Flavors of Old Istanbul Tour gives you the chance to savour some of the best local foods Istanbul has to offer, while wandering the back streets around the markets of the Spice Bazaar. Discover a side of Istanbul that only the locals know about. Discover how Turkish cuisine has developed over Istanbul’s long history as the capital of 3 different empires – right in the heart of the Old City.
Sit down to a local market-style breakfast after sourcing our foods fresh from the market, and sip on tea the way that Turks enjoy it. Taste original Turkish baklava the way it should be – fresh from the traditional wood-fired ovens. Feast your taste buds on some local favorites like kokoreç (we’ll tell you what that is later) and çiğ köfte (raw meatballs, also probably best explained upon tasting their delicious flavors) – from the best local hole-in-the-wall restaurants that the locals are enjoying. Stop in at a generations-old lokum (Turkish Delight) shop and see how the popular sweet is made. Experience over 15 different foods during your day.
Finally, finish your tour at the home of our lovely host, who will prepare a traditional Turkish lunch – just like Turkish mums’ cook! This is an opportunity to savour during your visit to Istanbul, and experiencing the true Turkish hospitality is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
Join us for a day that is sure to surprise and delight your taste buds and unearth the charms of the real Old City. Eat. Walk. Enjoy!
Your ticket entitles you to the following:
- All food-tastings along the tour (more than 15)
- A friendly, knowledgeable and energetic English-speaking tour guide
- Water and Turkish tea
- Loads of culinary, cultural and historic anecdotes
- An insider’s view of Istanbul
- Maximum group size of 6 people
- 5 hours of eating, walking and enjoying Istanbul
What To Bring & Wear
- An empty stomach and a very big appetite!
- Casual and comfortable shoes and clothing
Departures & Meeting Point
The Flavors of the Old City tours start daily at 09:30 am and are approximately 5 hours in duration.
This tour takes place around Istanbul’s Old City; therefore we meet to begin our tour in the heart of Eminönü.
The exact meeting time, meeting point and detailed directions will be provided upon booking.