What To Expect
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
Tips and gratuities
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.
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8 hours and 30 minutes