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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul
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From £86.16 £68.92 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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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
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 chay Turkish coffee, sahlep
Includes
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by public trams
  • Bosporus ferry crossing (return)
  • Entree, main course, and dessert
  • 9 food stops
  • 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. The meeting point is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station. The public tram system starts at 06:00 AM and ends at around Midnight

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  • Please advise on booking of any dietary requirements (vegetarian, food allergies, etc.)
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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What an amazing evening. We had a wonderful time in the company of Salih, who is simply an incredible guide. He's easy going, does not feel like he has to. tell you everything about everything and you feel totally at ease in his company. Thank you so much Salih - I will be recommending this to anybody I know. Thanks Salih!

21 June 2022

This tour has a lot of tastings (come hungry) and bonus shisha at the end in a historical old building. It was great to get over to the Asian side and see the vibrant neighborhood there. Our guide, Salih, went above and beyond to make sure I got safely to the metro stop at the end of the night. Definitely recommend if it’s your first time in Istanbul!

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7 June 2022

What an amazing experience walking and eating our way around Istanbul with Salih we even forgot we were on a tour, it felt like hanging out with friends. All the best tastes of Turkish food in one night. This was the highlight of our time in Istanbul. We may have been in a food coma at the end of the night but it’s worth it! You will learn a lot about Istanbul and Turkey, your tummy and senses will thank you later!

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21 May 2022

Product ID: 45418