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

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

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!

What’s included & not included

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

Meeting point

Rihtim Caddesi: in front of the Karaköy–Kadiköy ferry terminal

Reviews from travellers (4)

5.0/5

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.
What a fantastic way to start our Istanbul adventure, it set up our eating and cultural experience for the rest of our stay. Traveling and meeting people and learning about food and culture is our idea of an amazing holiday. We were looking for an authentic food experience and we got so much more.
Duygu loves her home and its rich culture and it was truly a pleasure to meet her. She gave us an authentic experience that enriched our lives. We were visiting Turkey for ANZAC day and when we told Duygu why we were visiting she expressed her true understanding, and said that she really admired us for honouring our ancestors. This made us feel completely welcome and established a beautiful connection right from the beginning. She went out of her way to give us the best tour possible to meet our needs and changed the tour to suit our personal taste.
We ate amazing food from artesian food producers, went to trendy and traditional cafes and modern and traditional restaurants. This experience set up our stay and we returned to nearly all of the establishments we visited and had a lasting food experience.
Make this the first thing you do in Istanbul, you will not regret it.
My two travel companions and I have been lucky enough to have visited Turkey before and so wanted to try a bit of an off the beaten track look into Istanbul and the food that really inspires the locals... we couldn't have selected a better company or guide - knowledgeable, insightful and happy to accommodate our requests. We found awesome neighborhoods, definite spots to return too, great places to shop and a number of haunts that are frequented by the current crop of cool-kids, but that we felt welcome in regardless. All-in-all, we should have done this tour at the beginning of the trip so that we could have made use of all of our new found knowledge. If you have any doubts - this was worth every cent twice over.
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Tour operated by: Offbeat Istanbul