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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

From $117.26 per person

Savor the flavors of Asia and Europe on a 5-hour food tour of Istanbul, and conquer the cuisines of the city’s 7 hills. A local guide will take you on a lesiurely stroll to neighborhood cafés to find Kurdish food, typical drinks and much more.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Learn how to smoke a water pipe like a local
  • See the evening illuminations of Istanbul from the Bosphorus
Full description
Explore the cuisines of Istanbul on a 5-hour food tour of the city on both sides of the Bosphorus. Starting at Fuego Café and Restaurant in the Sultanhamet neighborhood, board a local tram to Eminonu Port to transfer by public ferry across the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port in Asia. Enjoy views of 2 continents on the journey. Then, 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. After a break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon and okey, 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). Stomach full, head back to Europe on the ferry, enjoying panoramas of Istanbul at night. By now you should have room for something sweet, so your guide will take you to an establishment where you can sample a typical Turkish dessert, before taking the tram to a 300-year-old madrasah that has been converted to a café. 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 cay Turkish coffee, sahlep or boomba tea..
Includes
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by public trams
  • Bosporus ferry crossing (return)
  • Entree, main course and dessert
  • 4 drinks over the evening, including 1 choice of wine, beer or raki with your main course
  • Nargile (water pipe)
  • Extra food and drinks not mentioned in "what's included"
  • Tips and personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Fuego Café and Restaurant, Alemdar mah, Incili Cavus Sokak. No: 15A, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The meeting point is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station. The public tram system starts at 06:00 and ends at around Midnight
  • Parents of children under 6 years old are advised to book a private tour
  • Please advise on booking of any dietary requirements (vegetarian etc.) or food allergies
  • Please provide a contact mobile (cell) phone number
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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This was a fantastic food tour! It ended up just being me on the tour. My guide, Salih, met me at my hotel and off we went. We started at little earlier because of the restrictions put in place because of the pandemic. All the food I tried was delicious! Salih was a great guide and informative with the sites we passed! Highly recommend if your a foodie or want to try amazing Turkish foods!

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April 5, 2021

The guide was wonderful!

Luckily, I was the only participant on the tour. Rafael, who is a Ph.D. student of art history, took me around the city of Istanbul, explaining the history of the city and introducing various local cuisine. Rafael was very nice and he was a great guide with deep knowledge of the local culture. He made my evening in Istanbul very special.

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April 25, 2019

Delicious fascinating educational and fun!

Salih was an excellent guide - great taste and suggestions, very informative on food, culture, history. Very flexible - we got lost in way to meeting point and he came to find us, helped us find an open shop needed on our way home. And in the middle - such an experience! Loved the walk and ferry, market tastes and history, pickles, mussels, pastrami, cheese - all delicious! And then dinner was perfect - really gave us a sampling of so many wonderful flavors that we wouldn’t have been able to find for ourselves. And we were stuffed! But still managed to find room for baklava and ice cream afterward. Only downside is no liquor license at restaurant. Highly recommended.

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January 6, 2019

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