Discover and taste the best of Turkish culinary specialities while exploring lesser-known districts of Istanbul. This tour will take you from speciality cafes to hidden-away restaurants, niche food shops and kitchens in Beyoğlu and then further afield in Istanbul. You’ll increase your appreciation and knowledge of Turkish Cuisine (bridging Far-Eastern and Mediterranean food culture, renowned as one of the best and healthiest in the world) and its regional variations.
Our experienced, characterful and clear English-speaking walk leader will meet you in a comfortable cafe, then accompany you out on your gastronomic treasure hunt.
You’ll stop for tasting all along the way, meeting the chefs behind the dishes, the friendly shop-keepers who sell the delicacies to locals and learning from your guide the background stories to their cultures and creations. At the same time you’ll be exploring very genuine districts of Istanbul that you might not otherwise find and developing your understanding of how food fits into the broader culture of the city.
At lunch time you’ll stop for longer to enjoy a special choice of restaurant. Your guide will be intuitive and sensitive to your particular interests as much as time allows. There will be absolutely no pressure to buy anything or any commissions involved. You’ll feel very different about Istanbul and Turkish food culture than you did 6 hours previously!