Istanbul Private Foodie Tour

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38.50 EUR

Discover and taste Turkey’s best culinary specialities while exploring lesser-known districts of Istanbul on a private 6-hour foodie adventure! This tour takes you from cosy cafés to hidden-away restaurants, niche food stores and vibrant kitchens in Beyoğlu and beyond.

Duration: 6 hours
    Available in
  • English
The tour was a perfect way to start our trip to Istanbul. Very well though through, very tasty, very representative. I would definitely recommend it to a friend and I would also advise to eat everything (!) That Necla offers!!
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Highlights

  • Explore Istanbul’s lesser-known districts with a local foodie
  • Learn about Turkish cuisine and its regional variations
  • Visit a handpicked selection of cafés, restaurants and food stores
  • Meet the chefs and friendly shopkeepers

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Description

This tour gives you the opportunity to increase your appreciation for and knowledge of Turkish cuisine and its regional variations.

Your experienced and charismatic English-speaking foodie guide will meet you in a comfortable café and then accompany you on your gastronomic treasure hunt.

You’ll stop for tastings all along the way, meeting the chefs behind the dishes and the friendly shopkeepers who sell their delicacies to locals, while your guide shares the background stories of their cultures and creations. At the same time you’ll be exploring very authentic local districts that you might not otherwise visit, and developing your understanding of how food fits into the broader culture of the city.

At lunchtime, you’ll take a longer break at a special type of restaurant.

Your guide will accommodate your particular interests as much as time allows. There won't be any pressure to buy anything, and there are no commissions involved. You’ll feel very different about Istanbul and Turkish food culture than you did six hours earlier!

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What’s included & not included

  • 6-hour guided tour
  • Friendly and professional English-speaking guide
  • Food tastings
  • Public transport tickets

Meeting point

Karakoy, Galata, Beyoglu, Taksim

Reviews from travellers (5)

5.0/5

Fantastic
The tour was a perfect way to start our trip to Istanbul. Very well though through, very tasty, very representative. I would definitely recommend it to a friend and I would also advise to eat everything (!) That Necla offers!!
Personalised bliss
Necla was a very intuitive guide on our day out and about in Istanbul. She communicated with us prior to the day to ask of our interests,preferences, diet specifications etc and planned the day accordingly. Her insights were fascinating and it was a real pleasure to experience life here through her eyes. She provided further tips on things of interest to do and see and we could highly recommend this day that was well considered and enjoyed.
We found places we didn't know existed!
Necla was a very good guide. She was knowledgeable, interesting and friendly without being too much of any of these things!
She took us to places we would never have found without her - and was canny enough to order half portions so we were able to try lots of different delicious foods without exploding! She also adapted the tour to suit our requirements, including a Turkish Delight shop, and an authentic Turkish coffee cafe. She even helped us bargain in the Grand Bazaar!
I would thoroughly recommend this tour - although go with an empty stomach.

This operator has 8 reviews for other tours

4.9/5

Great tour with great insights
We had the guided tour which was great. Necla showed us the hidden Istanbul. Would definitely recommend this!
5 Stars :)
Our guide was very sweet and gave us a great tour through Istanbul. She also gave us tips for things to see, where to buy the best Turkish delight and beautiful small vintage shops. We would definitely recommend her for anyone who wants to see Istanbul like a local.
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There are many sights to see in Istanbul of course but if you want to have a more personal encounter with its citizens, I’d highly recommend the Artisans tour with Duygu in the Beyolglu District. It was a refreshing change from the tourist venues as we had a chance to have conversations (with Duygu frequently acting as our translator) with Turks who don’t often interact with Americans. They are involved in trades which are vanishing. Some had been in their businesses for over 50 years and were eager to tell us how they went about their work and their history in the area. (One seemed so interested in talking to us that he bought us tea, which was promptly put before us!) Duygu seemed to have a special rapport with them so it was a very enjoyable time.

Duygu was an amazing resource not only in telling us about the artisans but answered questions about the city, its history and what is current in Turkish politics. She is friendly, and has a warm, thoughtful way of talking. It was so great to spend some time talking to her about her experience in Istanbul. She made the tour quite special. I was resistant to spend so much money on a tour but it was money well spent!
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Tour operated by: Offbeat Istanbul