Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour
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Treat your palate to authentic Turkish delicacies on this 3-hour Istanbul evening food tour. With a food-loving guide, delve into sidestreets and hidden food haunts to eat and drink like the locals do. Enjoy mouthwatering 'borek' (flaky pastry), down 'raki' (aniseed liquor), sample moreish street food and visit a 'meyhane' (tavern) to nibble on classic mezes with the early evening crowds. Learn about Istanbul’s culinary history and fads, and enjoy in-depth attention from a guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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In Brief

Location:
Beyoğlu, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Overview
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Meet your guide in Istanbul’s Karaköy district and ride the subway — the world’s second-oldest underground funicular — to the nearby Beyoğlu district.

Set out through the bustling backstreets, making frequent stops to sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods and drinks. As you explore, your guide will fill you in on Turkey’s cuisine and how Istanbul, on the cusp of Europe and Asia, absorbs a plethora of culinary influences, making its food scene incredibly exciting.

Stop for some borek, a moreish pastry oozing with cheese, potatoes or meat, and enjoy some aryan, a yogurt drink that’s a big local favorite.

Join the early evening crowds in a traditional meyhane and savor meze such as patlican salatsi (eggplant purée), along with raki, Turkey’s beloved aniseed liquor. As you taste, learn about the origins of meyhanes and some of the ingredients used in Turkey's most popular dishes.

Next, sip on Turkish tea at a teahouse that was once a meeting spot for the Young Turks, the early 20th century rebels credited with helping bring multi-party democracy to the country. Then, weave through streets of food carts to try goodies such as icli kofte and midye dolma (rice-filled mussels).

Head into the historical Çiçek Passage for some Turkish delight and to try some of the delicious baklava (honey soaked pastry stuffed with nuts), cikolata (chocolate) or ice cream from the Maras region that’s much loved here.

Continue to Taksim Square and dig into Istanbul’s latest food fad — an islak or ‘wet’ burger made with tomato sauce-soaked buns.

Finish at a trendy cafe filled with street art to enjoy a perfectly brewed Turkish coffee. Your tour ends here, leaving you free to continue your explorations or travel independently back to your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Progressive dinner
  • Tea and coffee

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Departure Point

Karaköy, Müeyyedzade, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Returns To

Taksim Square, Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.78 out of 5 based on the last 9 recent reviews

Atahan was a most wonderful guide to delicious street food, mezes and desserts AND an absolute delight to learn from. We were a group of 3 and he was flexible in meeting us at a location closer to our hotel, but still along his planned route. Bring an appetite and wear flat, comfortable shoes! The tour involves a lot of walking, with sufficient times to sit and regroup. My absolute favorite were the stuffed mussels made with rice, butter, olive oil and small grapes. My advice, try everything on offer! Everything he recommended was wonderful.
• Submitted 24 Jun 2018
Pricey, but a nice way to see some of the back streets and out of the way places in the Taksim/European region of Istanbul, as well as learn about some of the local food culture.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2016
Excellent way to spend the evening. Burke was fantastic and took us to some spots I would have never found on my own. I would highly recommend.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2016
Really an excellent tour, but put on your walking shoes for this one. Well paced with wide variety of foods and eating venues from small cafés, to rooftop restaurants, and street vendors. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Only negative comment was that the initial meeting point caused some confusion as landmarks provided had changed. Once we found our guide, everything went smoothly.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2015
Had a great tour guide who took us to delicious food places. She was personable and interested in showing us the food delights in Istanbul.
• Submitted 30 Jun 2015
A highlight of our trip. Very interesting and fun to do. The guide was EXCELLENT! Tasted many new dishes. Will highly recommend to friends.
• Submitted 19 Jun 2015
The best...only four of us and guide such a great evening!!!!
• Submitted 02 Jun 2015
Fantastic itinerary with good peeks into the local food life. Our tour guide was great, but it took some effort to get him engaged.
• Submitted 20 May 2017
I was so glad that I signed up for this tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable not just about food but about the neighborhood we were walking through. I definitely tried food that I would not have tried without her. I did feel that the tour was a little expensive given that we ate mainly small street food and desserts.
• Submitted 05 Jun 2015

In Brief

Location:
Beyoğlu, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide