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Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining out in Turkish way as locals

Beyoğlu, Turkey

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Awaken your culinary senses with this small-group Turkish food night tour in Istanbul. This tour explores Istanbul’s off the beaten path eateries, letting you discover the best of Turkey’s traditional tastes. Visit a barbecue restaurant and roast kebabs over an open flame, savor classics from a ‘simit’ bakery and enjoy live music and delicious meze at a ‘meyhane’ (Turkish tapas bar). This small-group food tour is limited to 15 people, for more personalized attention from your guide.
  • Evening Turkish food tour of Istanbul
  • Step off the main tourist trail and eat like a local
  • Enjoy a simit bagel in a locally renowned bakery and visit a kiraathane (meeting room)
  • Grill your own kebabs on an open fire in a barbeque restaurant
  • Party the night away in a Turkish tapas bar with live music
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Food tasting
Beverages (two glasses of raki, Turkish coffee and tea)
Dinner (kebab, meze, soup)
Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Istanbul hotels
Local guide
Live music

Departure Point

Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your Turkish food tour guide for a pickup at your hotel in central Istanbul and begin with drive to a bakery for a classic simit bagel. Munch on this molasses and sesame covered baked treat as you continue to a traditional kiraathane. Here, sit down for a relaxing cup of Turkish tea and watch locals deal game after game of cards. Chit chat with your guide about Istanbul until your last sip and then climb back into your minibus.  

Turkish cuisine is renown for its synergy of Mediterranean and Eastern foods. With an abundance of spices, herbs, and simple yet fresh ingredients it’s no wonder Turkish fare tantalizes taste buds. Moreover, no place does it better than the the culinary capital, Istanbul. Since Istanbul has restaurants, street vendors, and meyhanes along every street the city can be difficult and often frustrating to navigate for the best grub. Lucky for you, your local guide can help uncover the hidden gems and help you discover Istanbul’s traditional delights. 

Next, cruise to neighborhood hot spot called Ocakbaşi, where you can barbecue your own kebabs on a fired grill. Savor this delicious spiced meat as your guide explains the heritage of Turkish cuisine. Then, taste the traditional aniseed-flavored liquor, raki, a perfect aperitif. After getting a nice buzz, walk down a bustling street lined with restaurants and step into a festive meyhane to enjoy the rest of your night.

Listen to the hip live music and witness the bar’s ambiance trend from chill to high energy. As you get into the vibe, start with some tasty Turkish meze and then warm your belly with a bowl of Işkembe Çorbasi, Turkish soup. Prepare yourself for a fun evening with a cup of Turkish coffee since meyhanes can transform into parties. Finally, sip on another raki and soak up the good times before a late return to your hotel.  
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Istanbul Walks
No touristic places - but you will see much more than that! We will take you where 'real people' go to dine in a 'Turkish Way'. You will see and have a chance to meet local people having fun with their friends. We start the evening in a traditional 'Simit Bakery'. Simit is a bread roll, which is covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds. We take our simits and visit one of the local kıraathane'- which literally means reading rooms-but-in reality is a coffee shop with lots of men with mustaches playing cards or backgammon! After having traditional Turkish tea in a traditional tea glasses we visit another traditional place: Ocakbaşı-which is a traditional self-service barbecue restaurant where you sit by the fire and grill your kebabs, along with glass of Turkish Raki of course! We continue our gourmet journey passing, seeing and sniffing by some Turkish Restaurants. Finally, we end up in a Meyhane – a traditional Tavern where you taste 'Meze', drink 'Rakı' and listen to live Turkish Music performed by Gipsy Musicians. Well if you think that is it for the night, you are wrong! We will offer you a traditional 'İşkembe Çorbası’, which is a 'Tripe Soup'- the same way Turks complete their evening after being sated with 'Turkish Rakı'… And of course no Turkish Night is 'a complete' without tasting the 'Türk Kahvesi'-Turkish Coffee. Sounds tasty huh! And to give it quality, you will be escorted by a Professional guide who will explain to you everything that you will need to know.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for drinking alcoholic drinks is 18 years
  • Please note that if your hotel is located on the Asian side hotel pick up can’t be provided
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Walks

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining out in Turkish way as locals?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining out in Turkish way as locals?
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 by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining out in Turkish way as locals?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining out in Turkish way as locals?
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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81 Reviews

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Showing 1-10 of 81 reviews
, Dec 2020
A very good experience, our guide was excellent. The places were we visit was very familiar and the food spectacular.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Dear Gabriel, Thanks for your good review. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Ali
Totally Awesome
, Sep 2020
A must do for any first time visitors. We got to try a variety of various food and drinks. Our guide Furlan gave a lot of isight into the history of these dishes and drinks. Very grateful for the experience. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Sean, Thank you very much for this beautiful review, and your compliment for Furkan. We will be glad to keep in touch with you if you come to Istanbul again. Best wishes
Fantastic introduction to Turkish culture and history
, Feb 2020
This was an awesome introduction to Istiklal street and the general Taksim area. There was plenty of food and fun cultural tidbits sprinkled in. The tour guide was a local resident and very knowledge about the area and the history. You truly got to have an authentic and local experience of Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are happy to get your positive comments and that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again in our tours when you next time come to Turkey. Regards, Damla Baştürk
Enjoyable experience
, Feb 2020
Very enjoyable experience. Lutfallah, the guide, was excellent. Learned a lot about the culture. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We glad to see you happy during your tour. Thank you for your good comments, also we hope to see you again in İstanbul. Kind Regards
A great introduction to beautiful Istanbul
, Oct 2019
A thoroughly enjoyable experience with a very knowledgeable guide. Lots to eat and drink. Enjoyed learning a little of the social history of this amazing city.
Great tour
Derek W
, Oct 2019
I highly recommend this tour, the guide was incredibly knowledgeable and we ate incredible food the entire time. We were stuffed by the end of the tour. This is one of the best ways to see Istanbul.
A true taste of Istanbul!
, Sep 2019
Ilker was our tour guide on this foodie tour. We originally were supposed to have 11 people in our group, but this went down to only 3 people as others could not make the tour for extraneous reasons. While 3 people might not seem like much, it make the food tasting experience much more intimate and personal. We had great lamb kebab with lavash. Ilker did a great job showing us how to drink Raki, and included some customs on how to drink in a group of people. We also went to a Turkish delight vendor, and then to a more musical restaurant. We had musicians join our table after we had some great red and white wines. The music and food here was really nice. We visited a baklava vendor as well, which felt very personal as we were the only people inside the small dessert vendor shop. The baklava was great quality, and we also purchased more to take home. Lastly, we visited a coffee/tea place were some people were playing backgammon. The night wounded down and our bellies were full of delicious food. Ilker did an amazing job explaining everything, including some history of such foods as well as complementing flavours. Bravo!
Waste of time and money!
, Jun 2019
Only one on tour, food was terrible, the tour guide was awkward & 35 minutes late. Big disappointment
Amazing experience
, May 2019
The people I met were awesome it was like we had known each other for ages. The tour guide was the best, he was very knowledgeable about history and culture and took us to the best places for food. All the food we ate was really good, we really experienced real Turkish culture through food and it was great having it at night. Istanbul never sleeps!
Worst company
, May 2019
We made it clear we needed a pick up from the airport. We were stranded and never picked up. Will be requesting a refund when i get home. Dont trust them, they send emails, ignore your responses and the take your money.

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