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The 10 Tastings of Istanbul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour

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Beyoğlu, Turkey
The 10 Tastings of Istanbul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour

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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Taste 10 of Istanbul's top culinary treats on this half-day private food tour. Your guide will walk you through a carefully curated itinerary of the best must-taste foods, including raki, durum, and baklava, among others. This private tour means undivided attention from your guide and plenty of chance to ask questions. You'll find some new favorites and places you'll want to return during the rest of your stay in Istanbul.
  • Learn about Turkish culinary traditions through guided commentary
  • All food tastings included
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks included
  • Private tour for just you and your party
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Private Tour
Local Guide
10 Food & Drinks Tastings
Vegetarian alternatives
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Extra food & drinks
Kılıçali Paşa Mahallesi , Kılıçali Paşa, Şimşirci Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Your host will meet you at the entrance of Espressolab Cihangir, address Kılıçalipaşa Mahallesi, Sıraselviler Cd. 115-A D:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Olivya Gç. No:1 , Asmalı Mescit, Olivya Gç. No:1, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Say goodbye to your local host but not before receiving more recommendations of things to do and what to eat in Istanbul.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • Includes city highlights in between food stops
  • Alternatives offered for those with dietary restrictions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Withlocals
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 The 10 Tastings of Istanbul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour ?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during The 10 Tastings of Istanbul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The 10 Tastings of Istanbul With Locals: Private Street Food Tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Don't eat before this tour, I can eat- and I was stuffed by the end :) highly highly recommend!" See review

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star-5
Taste Your Way Through Istanbul!
Michaune_T
, Jul 2022
Emre is incredibly knowledgeable about Istanbul historically and the food scene. He has also developed relationships with the various shop owners so you will get great service! He has some fabulous spots on the tour and the food is FANTASTIC!” I recommend this tour! Come with your appetite!!
star-1
Terrible experience, USD 180 paid but no tour - any reimbursement denied - Viator never again!!!
Dr_S
, Jun 2022
We showed up at the agreed location 15min late as we had real trouble finding it. After 30min looking for the host, we contacted the tour operator who said he will look into it. End of the story was that we were billed the full amount, had a terrible time trying to find the tur guide, and no food, no drink. Good business for the local host USD 160 for a half an hour wait, terrible for us, USD 160 paid for pure frustration. What irritates me the most is that this was a private tour of 3 hours, so even if we came an hour late altogether, we still got two hours no? But apparently, there is no way to get back a single cent. The last time we are booking anything with Viator for good!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
star-5
Real flavours of Istanbul
shrutichadha1989
, Jun 2022
Ugur is an extremely professional person...his choice of places were just perfect for anyone to explore and taste the real flavours of istanbul ❤
star-5
Amazing cultural food tour
Kate_H
, Jun 2022
An amazing experience in Istanbul with Emre, a mix of cultural history, secret food spots and amazing food to try. Emre also provided great tips ahead of the tip and the best restaurant advice. Best thing I did in Istanbul.
star-1
It Didn't Happen At All!! From The Company's Side!
alks
, Jun 2022
It didn't happen at all, so what review do I give? Firstly, I fixed the time 9.30 for the tour, because that was amongst all the slots. Yesterday Dilek connected and said 9.30 would be early, so, we decided 12 noon. Today little before the time she said she was on her way, but would reach by 12.30. Then, some time later, she called and said she wasn't well. Naturally, we expected the company to send someone else in her place, but, that, they offered for the next day, when we wouldn't be in Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
star-5
A fantastic food tour!
James_F
, Jun 2022
What a wonderful experience! Our guide Ibra made sure everything went smoothly even before the tour began; we were in touch via WhatsApp to confirm the meeting point and he responded punctually. Ibra took the time to understand what we like and dislike and tailored the tour to suit out needs! We tried so many traditional Turkish dishes and foods we would either never have heard of or never have thought to order! He knew so many secret locations, markets stalls & shops and allowed us to try so many things from meats to fish, to pickles, Mezes, as well as the more traditional coffees, Turkish delight & baklava. Everything was authentic and he was a truly kind, knowledgeable guide. If you love food and really like to try local cuisine, this is the tour for you!!!
star-5
Great tour with Emir
HyeYun_L
, Jun 2022
I came to Istanbul for a business meeting and had a free afternoon for some sightseeing. I’d highly recommend booking this tour with with Emir. He shared not only details of what we were eating but also the history and interesting facts about the city as we walked around. Great way to spend an afternoon!
star-5
Highly recommended
Simon_W
, May 2022
This private tour was a perfect introduction to the delights of Istanbul. Our guide Ceren was wonderful and so friendly and knowledgeable, she really made us feel welcome in this great city. She gave us some great recommendations of what and where to eat as well as taking us to some hidden gems during our tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
What a great time and wonderful food!
Kerry_P
, May 2022
We had a wonderful time on our food tour. Our guide (Aysegul) was perfect, on time, good communications and shared lots of good information about the food and Turkish customs, plus she was super friendly and nice! My wife and I would definitely recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very good food tour
Barry_F
, May 2022
Very knowledgeable and informative guide who was also very friendly. Excellent food in ordinarily hard to reach places.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
An ok tour
Steven_W
, May 2022
This was a fine tour….average for the similar tours we have taken - a lot of sweets…..would have enjoyed more savory foods…..biggest negative really is the relative value - having taken similar tours recently in Italy and Greece this was as expensive as a full day tour of Italy tasting Brunello di Montalcino wines with a complete lunch and transportation all day - just doesn’t make sense to me from a value standpoint - that being said Emre was nice company ….gave lots of info on Istanbul…..
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, my name is Lieke from Withlocals and I am part of the quality and support team. At Withlocals we want our guests to have the best experience of their trip so we are very disappointed to find out about your negative tour experience. As we cannot directly get in touch with you from here, please email us at info@withlocals.com and we will make sure to follow up on this issue. We are looking forward to your email. Thank you and please accept our apology on behalf of Withlocals. Have a great day, Lieke | Withlocals
star-4
A morning well spent
Adi_H
, May 2022
Emre was superb. He tried fit the tour to my special taste and needs, which is not easy as I try not to eat meat. I liked the verieyaa of places he showed me and the stories behind them. The pace was very relaxed and suited me. I defienetly recommend this tour.
star-5
Emre was a fantastic...
Hyun_D
, May 2022
Emre was a fantastic guide and a genuinely friendly, enthusiastic and warm person! The tour consisted of 8 food stops, which was a great mix of different tastings. He not only provided us with fantastic food, but with a lot of background information as well. It was a true delight to spend 3 hours on this tour, and we would do it again and second time!
star-4
Eating street food with traditional knowledge
Venkata_S
, May 2022
Guide asked us to come to his place. We are tourist and heavy traffic getting taxi to reach pick-up point is delayed . He waited for us Enjoyed traditional street food
star-5
Bravo to guide & Viatour
Joy_W
, May 2022
Our guide is a delightful and knowledgeable person, eager to show visitors a rewarding time. She provided a pleasant and tasty tour.
star-5
Emre and the Food Tasting Tour: Top Notch!
William_S
, May 2022
Amazing local tastings at the best places one would never think to look! We prefer smaller intimate cafes off the beaten path with a home away from home feel and that is exactly what we got. Amazing cuisines and shops showing us the authentic Turkish culture and the friendliest owners of each shop. Emre helped us with where to go and how to get there AFTER the tour was over and we really appreciated that. He is a great person and we HIGHLY recommend Emre!
star-5
Perfect for anyone who wants to explore Istanbul
Calum_A
, May 2022
Alper our guide was fantastic, he was very easy going, friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to taste some great local specialities and see parts of Istanbul we wouldn’t of seen otherwise. For anyone looking to explore the city you will be in great hands with Alper, I would 100% recommend.
star-5
I’m in love with Turkish food
Manohar_N
, Apr 2022
Emre was such an amazing and happy person. I could tell and he brought that vibe into the food tour. He was great with my kids. The tour itself is not overly filling. You nibble at stuff everywhere and when you are done you are quite full. The highlight for me was the cheese pizza at Nizaam. I will remember the spicy powder I sprinkled on it and washing it down with Ayran. My 9 year old son fell in love with the cheeses. He said that was the best part of the vacation. I also loved the pickle shop. Did not expect to go there. Emre took us to all old ( 100’s of years old) and established eateries and we truly felt we got a genuine experience. Emre also helped us with other stuff we had questions about during our vacation. He had also reached out to us via wats app immediately after we booked and had provided several useful pointers. I recommend Emre overall. Please do this tour while in Istanbul.
star-4
Had a trip with Emre....
PATRICK_Y
, Apr 2022
Had a trip with Emre. Knowledgeable guide that helped us through our gastronomic adventure in Beyoglu.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Matteo_D
, Apr 2022
We had a great time with our guide Ibrahim! He was competent and very welcoming! Can definitely recommend to book a food tasting tour in Istanbul!

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