Istanbul Private Food Tour and Tastings

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An array of colorful pickled vegetables with the happy vendor - Copyright: Calculated Traveller
Copyright: Calculated TravellerAn array of colorful pickled vegetables with the happy vendor
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Turkish delights at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Turkish delights at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Spices and tea at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Spices and tea at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
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Delicious honey
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What To Expect

Discover the exciting culinary offerings of Istanbul together with an expert local guide. Sample a wide variety of Turkish delicacies from sumptuous local cheeses to mouthwatering kebabs. Visit local Turkish markets, food stalls, and restaurants.


  • Experience Istanbul's great selection of local delicacies!

  • Ride a ferry across the Bosphorus River going to the Asian side of Turkey

  • Visit the Turkish fish, vegetable and spice markets with a fun local guide

  • Delight your taste buds in a series of Turkish food samplings including dairy products, pizza, pastries and so much more!

  • Discover great eats at the hole-in-the-wall shops at the streets of Kadikoy


Tours around Istanbul
Departs From:
Meeting Point:
Caribou Coffee Shop at the entrance of Karakoy Ferry terminal
4 hours
Friday and Sunday at 10:15 AM
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Venture into the world of Turkish local delicacies and cuisines as you join a tour that discovers all of that! Along with a witty local guide, explore a wide selection of culinary offerings that only Istanbul has to offer!

Star off by meeting with your guide at the European side of the city where an early morning ferry ride awaits you. As you cruise down the Bosphorus River, marvel at the beautiful sights that your cruise will pass by. Sip a cup of hot tea while your guide briefs you with Turkey's history through its cuisines, it's spices in particular.

Once you've reached the Asian side of Turkey, head over to the fish and vegetable market where you will be introduced to the local foods in a typical Turkish market. Find strange and unrecognizable edibles such as idge, kelek and green plums. Visit local spice shops to see the local spices used by every Turk in their cuisines. Get to know why saffron costs much more than gold in Turkey. See Turkey's version of the Spanish tapas and learn how differently people eat at home and in restaurants.

Head over to the streets of Kadikoy where a myriad of hole-in-the-wall restaurants can be found. Eat like the Turks as you sample local treats such as kebabs, metze, Turkish pizza, lentils, kofte, and stuffed mussels.Also sample Turkish dairy products usch as delicious yogurt with honey and Turkish cheeses including buffalo cheese, goat's milk cheese and smoked cheddar.

For dessert, also try the lokma which resembles a donut.

Stop by a local cafe and enjoy a cup of hot Turkish coffee as your guide answers all your questions. End the tour by heading to the ferry back to Europe after your quick stop at the cafe.


  • Istanbul food tour

  • Roundtrip Bosphorus River ferry ride (between Asia and Europe)

  • Fish, vegetable and spice markets visit

  • Kadikoy hole-in-the-wall shops tour

  • Turkish food sampling

  • Turkish cafe visit

  • Expert English-speaking guide


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Before booking, please advise for any dietary restrictions, food allergies, and other special requirements. While we can provide an option for vegetarians, guests should be aware that tastings such as the Kebab meats on this tour cannot be replaced with a vegetarian alternative.

  • Participants with mobility impairments, baby carriages or strollers cannot be accommodated by this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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