"We had a really great day together with our guide Betul, exploring the cuisine of Turkey in both knowledge and through our tastebuds. This also involved lots of close contact with the Turkish people, sellers, traders, makers, cooks, chefs and waiters. It's a real insight to the culture and the way things are done in this part of the world" Read more on Tripadvisor.
Unforgettable Culinary Experiences of Istanbul
You have probably heard about Turkish cuisine: It is delicious, rich and, yes, even healthy! From traditional bakeries to kebab houses, from fine dining restaurants to local eateries, Istanbul offers a wide range of unforgettable culinary experiences. If you like to eat your way through a city as much as I do, you will enjoy this unique culinary tour that I designed for you.
Flavors of the Old City Tour Program
- Early Start at a Traditional Bakery: The day begins in the historical neighborhood of Karaköy. Here we will buy ourselves one of the most beloved daily staples of the Turkish diet: simit, a sesame coated ring which is known as the Turkish bagel.
- Enjoy a Typical Turkish breakfast: Of course, you are not here only to watch, but taste it as well! Next on the tour agenda is a walk to a traditional Turkish restaurant famous for its winning combination of local ingredients. Here, you savor a typical Turkish breakfast with local white cheese, olives, menemen (Turkish scrambled egg), honey & clotted cream, and other morning treats such as Turkish tea or coffee.
- Visit some Historical Landmarks: It’s not all eating! After your breakfast, it’s time to enjoy some of the historical landmarks of the neighborhood. The Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque is a must-see in Istanbul and is located just across the street. This charming mosque has a very unique interior and design.
- Taste the world-famous Turkish Baklava: A short walking distance from the mosque is a splendid pastry shop, known for its baklava, a world-famous Turkish dessert. Layers and layers of extremely thin dough are brought together by mouthwatering syrup and chopped nuts.
- Walk across the Galata Bridge: It’s time for another (digestive) break. We walk across the bridge which joins old and new Istanbul. This bridge over the Golden Horn is lined with fishermen, angling their lines in search for fresh fish to bring home for dinner. It also offers great photo opportunities for both Istanbul silhouettes and local people.
- Visit the Spice Bazaar: Next stop is Eminönü Mısır Çarşısı, also known as the Spice Bazaar. A walk through this immensely fragrant covered market is an educational experience of Turkish spices. Heaps of aromatic spices, dried fruits, nuts and Turkish delight is a delicious sight. And if you are interested in taking some home with you, prices are quite reasonable.
- Watch how Turkish Coffee is Produced: At this point, a good Turkish coffee seems to be exactly what’s needed. Your guide will take you to a very old coffee shop, a real hidden gem! Here you can watch the making of Turkish coffee with its various stages such as: roasting, cooling and grinding. You’ll also get to learn about about the culture and tradition behind Turkish coffeesuch as the fortune telling tradition and other delightful coffee stories.
- Lunch time: We don't want to give much spoiler about the lunch but can guarantee that you'll have your lunch in a very typical Istanbul restaurant - local ingredients, recipes, traditional stone oven and of-course delicious Turkish food! There are delicious vegetarian options too. The culinary walk finishes around 2.30pm in the Taksim area.
Who is this tour for?
- Foodies who want to get beyond the Turkish restaurants and eat what the locals eat.
- Anyone who wants to sample the best Turkish food.
- People interested in learning about Turkish food culture and enjoying some delicious meals at the same time.
Why book with Istanbul Tour Studio?
- As enthusiastic Turkish foodies, we take pride in knowing all the best places to eat, and will also point out options for you to visit during the rest of your stay.
- Our Istanbul food tour was curated by Turkey’s Vogue Food Editor, who really cares about bringing you the best Turkey has to offer.
- Istanbul Tour Studio is rated "Excellent" on Tripadvisor. Click to read the latest reviews about us.
- We make you feel at home! Our tours give you the feeling that you are walking around Istanbul with local friends.
- We have a team of knowledgeable personnel that are trustworthy, friendly and always on time.
How much is the private Flavours of the Old City tour per person?
- Private Flavours of the Old City tour prices start from $95 USD/person for two people. ($190 USD/total for two people)
- Our prices are quoted per person. We require minimum two participants to organise this private tour. Please contact us if you'd like to book a private tour for one person. The prices include English speaking professional guidance and all the meals, bites and drinks on the tour. We offer dynamic pricing which means as the number of people on your private group increase, our per person prices decrease.
- This tour is $95 USD/person for two people; $90 USD/person for three people; $80 USD/person for four people; $75 USD/person for five people and so on. You will automatically get the dynamic pricing at the booking phase after choosing the total number of people.
- We give 50% discount for children between 8-18 years old; meanwhile our tours are free for kids under 8 years old.
Vogue Turkey Food Editor, Cookbook Author and local foodie