Meeting at your hotel
Private guide in your language
All the meals, bites and drinks on the food tour
Ferry cruise ticket
Neighbourhood Maps (Online)
Private Mercedes Van (optional)
"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.
This full-day culinary tour takes you to the finest specialty food shops and local eateries of Istanbul’s two most exciting neighborhoods: Beyoğlu on the European side and Kadikoy (Kadıköy in Turkish) on the Asian side. While tasting some of the best examples of Istanbul’s delicacies, you will also listen to the inspiring stories behind these culinary delights, meet the people who make them and delve deep into the bustling Turkish street culture. If you like to eat your way through a city as much as we do, you will enjoy this unique culinary tour that we designed for you.
Our journey begins in Karaköy with a Turkish breakfast, a traditional egg dish accompanied with some pastries. Next, we take the historic vapur (ferry) to Kadıköy, Istanbul’s Asian side. Crossing continents with one of the best scenic rides in the world is a unique moment on its own and we experience it as most locals do in the morning: eating simit (Turkish sesame bagel) and soft cheese, and drinking Turkish tea freshly brewed in the ferry’s old school canteen with stunning views of the old city serving as a backdrop. You may want to share some of your simit with vapur’s best companions - the famous seagulls!
We will be spending the first half of the day between Kadiköy and Moda, the new ‘cool’ neighborhoods of Istanbul showcasing the best street food. The local market of Kadikoy is beyond comparison. You can find most Turkish specialties lined up one after another in seemingly unending narrow streets. The real challenge becomes in choosing which ones to taste. Do not worry, we have already sampled it all and chose the best list for you: lahmacun from the South East, meatballs from Marmara, dolmas and mezes from the Aegean regions - and of course some world famous pickles on the go… Our coffee break will be at a historic dock overlooking the Marmara Sea.
Then we take the ferry back to Karakoy and take one of the most historic metros in the world up to Istiklal Avenue. We continue with our discovery of the specialty eateries in Beyoğlu. We visit the historic fish market, taste some seafood delicacies, learn about the meyhane (tavern) culture, including the proper way to drink your rakı alongside matching mezes. We taste one of the best cups of Turkish coffee in town in a historical landmark; a 150-year old arcade. Our culinary walk adventure finalizes on a sweet note in a locally famous baklava shop.