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Beyoğlu, Turkey
Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Treat your palate to Istanbul’s exciting flavors on a 3-hour evening food walking tour. Follow a food-enthusiast guide around hidden streets and neighborhoods, and scout out the best food haunts the city has to offer. Taste treats such as 'borek' (flaky pastry); nibble on enticing ‘meze’ (small appetizers) at a ‘meyhane’ tavern, and savor ‘raki’, the locals’ beloved anise-flavored firewater. As you walk and eat, learn about Istanbul’s cuisine and the ingredients and influences that have shaped it. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • 3-hour evening food tasting tour in Istanbul with a food-expert guide
  • Go off the beaten track to explore streets rammed with cafes, ‘meyhane’ taverns and food stands
  • Try local classics like flaky ‘borek’ pastries and ‘icli kofte’ (deep-fried meatballs)
  • Sip on Turkish tea at a traditional tea house
  • Sample a mouthwatering ‘islak’ wet burger and ‘meze’ appetizers
  • Learn about the ingredients and regional culinary styles that have shaped Istanbul’s food
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience
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Local English-speaking guide
Progressive dinner
Tea and coffee
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks (unless specified)

Departure Point

Azapkapı, Tersane Cd. No:8, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

The Tünel (The Tunnel) entrance, IETT building in Karaköy, opposite Nordstern Hotel (Kemeraltı Cd,Arap Cami Mh., Beyoğlu (GPS: 41.022816,28.974877)

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

Taksim Square, Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Taksim Square, near Independent Monument and Central Metro Station (GPS: 41.037048, 28.985860)

After you meet your guide in the district of Karaköy, hop aboard the metro and ride one of the world’s oldest underground funiculars to the Beyoğlu district for your evening food tour.

Begin with an off the beaten path walk through Istanbul’s winding corridors for popular bites and bevs. With your guide, discover how east and west cultures influence the culinary delights that drive this city’s intriguing food scene.

Make a pit stop and taste a piece of borek, a moorish pastry with meat or potatoes and a delicious cheesy filling. Then, wash it all down with a cup of ayran, a traditional yogurt beverage.

Next, stroll with the locals into a popular meyhane to enjoy meze favorites like patlican salatasi (eggplant purée). Pair your food with some raki, Turkey’s classic anise flavored spirit, as hear about the pastime of meyhanes and the different ingredients that help create Turkey’s tastiest plates.

Continue to a teahouse where the Young Turks, rebels from the early 20th century, formerly convened to unite the country in an effort to bring democracy into Turkey. Sip on Turkish tea here before you visit some yummy food stalls to partake in local food favorites such as midye dolma (rice-filled mussels) and icli kofte.

Gear up your sweet tooth as you enter the Çiçek Passage to indulge in Turkish delight and mouthwatering baklava, a flaky pastry smothered and stuffed with honey and nuts. Then, either try the Maras region’s beloved cikolata (chocolate) or some creamy ice cream.

Afterward, stroll to Taksim Square and satiate a craving you didn’t know you had as you bite into an islak or ‘wet burger’ known for its buns dripping in tomato sauce. Last but not least, stop for a Turkish coffee at a popular joint and relax here as your tour comes to a close. Feel free to stay here or return to your hotel at your leisure.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • While Istanbul is quite liberal, please be aware that the standard of dress throughout much of Turkey is often conservative. To respect this and for your own comfort, we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for both women and men.
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has proven to be highly transmissible and poses significant increased safety risk, effective September 1, 2021, travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Turkey

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour.

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star-5
A great way to explore Istanbul
Benedicto R
, Sep 2019
We had a great time with our guide, Feyza, eating our way mostly through Pera, Taksim Square/Istiklal and the Nevizade Street area. The food choices were amazing and her accompanying insights into modern life in Istanbul were very interesting as well.
star-4
Fantastic itinerary with good peeks...
Karla E
, May 2017
Fantastic itinerary with good peeks into the local food life. Our tour guide was great, but it took some effort to get him engaged.
star-5
Pricey, but a nice way to see some...
Adam W
, Nov 2016
Pricey, but a nice way to see some of the back streets and out of the way places in the Taksim/European region of Istanbul, as well as learn about some of the local food culture.
star-5
Excellent way to spend the evening...
Kathy C
, Feb 2016
Excellent way to spend the evening. Burke was fantastic and took us to some spots I would have never found on my own. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Really an excellent tour, but put on...
Linda R
, Jul 2015
Really an excellent tour, but put on your walking shoes for this one. Well paced with wide variety of foods and eating venues from small cafés, to rooftop restaurants, and street vendors. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Only negative comment was that the initial meeting point caused some confusion as landmarks provided had changed. Once we found our guide, everything went smoothly.
star-5
Had a great tour guide who took us...
Carlene F
, Jun 2015
Had a great tour guide who took us to delicious food places. She was personable and interested in showing us the food delights in Istanbul.
star-5
A highlight of our trip. Very...
Betty T
, Jun 2015
A highlight of our trip. Very interesting and fun to do. The guide was EXCELLENT! Tasted many new dishes. Will highly recommend to friends.
star-5
The best...only four of us and guide...
Donna G
, Jun 2015
The best...only four of us and guide such a great evening!!!!
star-4
I was so glad that I signed up for...
Heidi C
, May 2015
I was so glad that I signed up for this tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable not just about food but about the neighborhood we were walking through. I definitely tried food that I would not have tried without her. I did feel that the tour was a little expensive given that we ate mainly small street food and desserts.

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