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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

4.9 / 5

94 reviews

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

From US$ 108.69 per person

Savor the flavors of Asia and Europe on a food tour of Istanbul and conquer the cuisines of the city’s 7 hills. Follow a local to neighborhood cafés to find Kurdish food, typical drinks, and more.

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  • Try the foods of Istanbul on both the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus
  • Cross the Bosphorus Strait by public ferry
  • Browse the local food and fish markets in Kardikoy
  • Sample local drinks like cay (tea), served in a tulip shaped glass
  • Taste the Kurdish foods typical of southeast Turkey
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Explore the cuisines of Istanbul on a food tour of both sides of the Bosphorus. Take in the city as your cross the Bosphorus with the included ferry. Stop a 9 mouth-watering locations and sip on 4 drinks. Savor an entrée, main course, and a dessert.

Starting at Karakoy Pier, ride a public ferry across the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port. Enjoy views of 2 continents on the journey. 

Stroll around the Kadikoy neighborhood visiting local markets and diving down a maze of streets lined with local shops selling all kinds of produce. Go to the fish market to try some delicious mussels stuffed with rice and spices.

Stop at break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon. Follow your guide to a restaurant that specializes in home cooked food from the Kurdish area of south east Turkey (vegetarian and gluten free options available).

Head back to the European side on the ferry, admiring views of Istanbul at night. Indulge in something sweet at a local eatery where you can sample a Turkish dessert.

Relax with a drink as you watch the locals going about their business. Try the fruity flavors of an authentic Nargile (water pipe), washed down with some Turkish beverages, such as chay (Turkish coffee), sahlep (milky drink made from orchid tubers). 

  • English-speaking local gourmet guide
  • Bosporus ferry crossing (return)
  • Entree, main course, and dessert
  • 8 food stops with 14 different kinds of food
  • 4 non-alcoholic drinks
  • Nargile (water pipe)
  • Extra food and drinks not mentioned in "what's included"
  • Tips and personal expenses

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Meeting point

• Please meet your guide at the right side of the entry of the Karaköy Pier, Karakoy İskelesi, under the yellow sign; Your guide will come and ask if you are waiting for the tour. • If you come by tram, please get off at Karakoy tram station. Facing the direction of Galata Tower on the hill, walk from the tram station and turn right when crossing the traffic lights. Keep walking along the left side of the water and you'll find the tour within two minutes. • If you come by taxi then please tell the taxi driver Karakoy İskelesi Şehir hatları (not turyol). He will drop you off on the bridge and you can walk to the pier in two minutes.

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4.9 /5

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This is a fantastic tour. FIVE STARS!!!! Not only is all the food interesting and delicious, but the tour takes you through a very local and non-touristy area of Istanbul. There is even a couple ferry rides. Sahil was very knowledgable and there is a great variety of food and education on Istanbul and the culture.

January 13, 2023

The experience was fantastic. Onder, my guide was very knowledgeable about all the different foods we tasted. The history and origin of them. He also had a tremendous knowledge of the area of Istanbul, the history of the mosques and churches of the area as well as other significant land marks. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Istanbul, even if you only have one night. It’s worth it.

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January 8, 2023

Being a travel agent, I always advise my clients to book a local guide especially with a short stay in a city. We only had 24 hours in wonderful Istanbul so wanted to ensure we saw as much as possible. Onder was an excellent guide, we travelled across the Bosphorous Strait and spent time being taken around the local food market, sampling food and drink as we went. He is very knowledgeable both historically and culturally and the tour was everything we expected and more. I had specified I was a vegetarian and this request was catered for with no issues. Communication from GYG was great and overall 10/10 for our whistlestop city break.

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October 16, 2022

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