Flavors of Two Continents

PRIVATE TOUR STARTING FROM
* Private tours are upon request.
** The price above is quoted per person
VENUE
Istanbul
THEME
Culinary
DURATION
6.5 hours
WHAT'S INCLUDED?

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)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED?

Private Mercedes Van (optional)

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OVERVIEW

"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 Between Two Continents

This full-day culinary experience takes you to the finest specialty food shops and local restaurants 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 I do, you will enjoy this unique culinary tour that I designed for you.

Part 1: European Side of Istanbul

You must have heard the worldwide fame of Turkish breakfast. This is your chance to taste it. Our journey begins in Beyoğlu with a traditional Turkish breakfast. Next we discover the eateries in Beyoğlu’s local market and learn about the meyhane (tavern) culture, including the proper way to drink your rakı along side matching mezes. We taste one of the best cups of Turkish coffee in town in a historical landmark; a 150-year old arcade. We continue along the back streets of Istiklal and Galata, where we will taste real black tea coming from the Black Sea region in a charming little cafe run by a kemençe (a kind of fiddle particular to Black Sea region) master. We head down to Karaköy to catch a ferry to cross the majestic Bosphorus strait towards the Asian side. The ferry ride is an unforgettable experience in itself, where you get to feed simit (local bagel) to sea gulls with stunning views of the old city serving as a backdrop. 

Part 2: Asian Side of Istanbul

We will be spending the next half of the day between Kadikoy and Moda, the new ‘cool’ neighborhoods of Istanbul. The local market of Kadikoy is beyond compare. You can find most Turkish delicacies 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, meat balls from Marmara, dolmas and mezes from the Aegean region… Our Kadiköy adventure finalizes on a sweet note in a picturesque pastry and sweets shop. The day ends exploring the fashionable Moda district with its hip cafes and fine architecture. You sip your final tea or coffee of the day while enjoying a game of backgammon, how most Turks choose to spend their lazy afternoons.   

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 $120 USD/person for two people. ($240 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 $120 USD/person for two people; $110 USD/person for three people; $100 USD/person for four people; $90 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 7-12 years old; meanwhile our tours are free for kids under 7 years old.


 Contact us for more information

Tour Curator
Cemre Narin
Vogue Turkey Food Editor, Cookbook Author and local foodie
Contact
USA/Canada Toll Free: 1-800-262-3412
Mail Us info@istanbultourstudio.com