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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

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Beyoğlu, Turkey
Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

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Savor traditional bites on this guided Istanbul food walking tour through the lively Beyoğlu district. Beyoğlu is a maze of winding back streets with top notch grills, restaurants, and eateries around every bend. On this tour, explore with a local guide and open up your temporal senses trying an array of delicious foods like classic kebab and ‘islak’ burgers, tomato sauce-drenched rolls on either side of a burger. This night is has it all: scrumptious meze platters, cosmic fortune telling and traditional Turkish coffee. Top it off with sips of anise liquor ‘raki’ that will have you rolling.
  • 3.5-hour evening food tour of Istanbul’s bustling Beyoğlu district
  • Learn all about the city's vibrant culinary street scene from a knowledgeable guide
  • Sample some favorite local street and fast foods with an expert guide
  • Try popular treats such as islak burgers and dürüms
  • Enjoy an authentic Turkish coffee and fortune-telling session
  • Savor a selection of classic meze accompanied by raki
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The Marmara Taksim , Gümüşsuyu, Osmanlı Sk. 1/B, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

In front of the Marmara Hotel Taksim Square

6:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Kick of your Istanbul food walking tour by meeting your guide by Taksim Square in the district of Beyoğlu formerly known as Pera. Begin by strolling beside your guide and gain insight into the food history of this area and the treats you will be sampling shortly. 

Arrive at a popular burger depot and taste the renown islak burgers. Watch as they prepare these ‘wet burgers’ by covering their buns in a tomato-garlic gravy and are then store them in a heated glass case to soak. Bite into this burger and savor its mouth-watering goodness.

Next, promenade down Independence Street to the ‘Flower Passage’ or Çiçek Pasajı. Check out this covered walkway and the nearby Nevizade Sokak arcade that bustles with popular meyhanes, Turkish bars. Drop in and let your guide pick the best starters to sample such as soslu patlıcan salatası (salad with eggplant) or patçanga böreği (rolls with melted cheese inside).

Continue down corridors through the fish market to a top notch grill house called Dürümzade. Here, you will relish the same freshly folded dürüms (kebab wraps) that chef Anthony Bourdain tasted in his hit TV show, No Reservations. Munch on this crispy flatbread filled with a juicy meat filling. It’s sure to satisfy.

From here walk to a coffee house and enjoy a strong cup of traditional Turkish coffee. Learn about the Turkish heritage of kahve falı, where after finishing your coffee you use your leftover grounds to read your future. Try it by turning your cup over and interpreting the shapes that the grounds create. An example is a fish-shape which means a new love.

Your night concludes with a platter of delectable meze at a trendy joint. Enjoy dolmas, yogurt with herbs and wash it all down with a local shot of raki, an anise-flavored liquor. After learning a ton about Istanbul’s underground street food, end your walking tour back at the same starting location and wish your guide a good evening.
Stop At:  
Cicek Pasaji
Delve into Çiçek Pasajı or ‘Flower Passage.’ This covered arcade and its neighboring Nevizade Sokak passageway brim with noisy meyhanes (taverns). Head inside some with your guide to savor a selection of traditional small plates such as patçanga böreği (melted cheese rolls) or soslu patlıcan salatası (eggplant salad).
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Next, dive into the streets around the fish market and find Dürümzade, a grill joint specializing in dürüms (kebab wraps) that was recommended by chef Anthony Bourdain in his travel TV series, No Reservations. Savor a freshly made dürüm, crunching through the outer, crispy tortilla into the succulent meat inside.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Istiklal Caddesi
Taksim Square in Beyoğlu — the district once known as Pera — for your tour. As you walk, listen to your guide as they share fascinating insights into the area’s street cuisine and tell you about the tastings to come
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Taksim Square
Head to your first stop, a burger outlet famous for its islak burgers or 'wet burgers.' These soggy buns are doused liberally in tomato-garlic sauce before being left in hot glass cabinets to make them extra wet. Sink your teeth into one — they’re addictively scrumptious!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night?
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 Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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This is a rip-off. Inexperienced...
Louis B
, Dec 2016
This is a rip-off. Inexperienced guide. Took us o Burger King then asked where doyou want to go? He was supposed to be knowledgable and inroduce us to Turkish food. This was a rip-off
A great way to become comfortable with...
Jeanette D
, May 2016
A great way to become comfortable with Istanbul right away!
Good food, good conversation. Thanks...
, Dec 2014
Good food, good conversation. Thanks for an incredible evening Umut!
I loved this tour. I was the only...
Manal H
, Aug 2014
I loved this tour. I was the only guest and I had 2 guides and another guide who was training for this pariticular culinary tour joined us later. Hakan is a gourmet cook and writer. A well spoken highly educated businessman who has great interest in his country and its diversity. He was educated in the states and Britain and he really caters and delivers. Aicha is equally highly educated passionate guide and was genuinely trying to make the tour as enjoyable as possible. And it was! I know a little bit about the turkish cuisine but I was quite surprised by what they offered. First, we walked the surreal Istiklal Street and went through the back door of a very old well known restaurant where a salted chicken was being served litterally on fire. Quite a show. We tasted some exquisite kebab and Humus with " bastirma" served with freshly baked bread and Sherbet. We continued on istiklal and tasted some delights from another old establishment. In between, we stopped at a couple of churches and had some history background of the area. We went through the fish market and stopped at a restaurant offering black sea cuisine. Very very interesting. Hamsli Pilaf, some warm marinated vegetables, special dolmades and corn bread. Very very tasty. We went through the flower passage with its cafes and night life. We then went to another old establishment to eat special clotted cream and pastries. It was then time for coffee which I declined in favor of turkish tea. This was enjoyed on the terrace of a very ancient hotel. Last we visited a well known opulent hotel where Ataturk used to stay. You can visit his room in the morning. And then it was time for the final stop at the terrace of another amazing spot with amazing views on the Golden Horn. Well done! I highly recommend this tour. It is not delivered by half knowledgeable guides. Rather you get top notch experience. Next time I visit Turkey, I will try their morning Kadikoy and Karakoy tour, also on viator. Thank you guys!
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