Local Food, History and Hidden Places

Istanbul, Turkey

Experience hosted by Ozcan

  1. 4.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
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Ozcan's rated 5 stars by 98% of guests.

What you'll do

The day will start in front of epic Spice Bazaar and first experience will be a unique Turkish pide cooked in old oven located in a historical building which was built in 1888.

We will have our scrumptious Turkish delights from a 245 year old shop and try the local flavors in Spice Bazaar afterwards.

Before having a truly local meal; beans and rice followed by a unique pumpkin dessert with walnut and tahini, get ready for a fabulous view at magical Suleymaniye mosque.

Exploring the incomparable Grand Bazaar as real locals do, we will discover the best type of kebabs that are cooked at the moment just for us in the little hidden restaurants inside the bazaar.

Turkish coffee is always best after a perfect meal. So next will be the local coffee tasting while watching the people walking in the bustling streets of Grand Bazaar.

After leaving Grand Bazaar, we will have our doner kebabs in a 50 year old food stall. That may be the best one in town !

Before heading to the cosy streets along the marvellous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, it's time to finalize the day by indulging ourselves with the famous Turkish dessert; Baklava!

Other things to note

This food trail has mostly meat products so it is not convenient for vegetarians or vegans. If you have this kind of diet, please let us know in advance. Please also note that the tour covers most parts of the old town.
The day will start in front of epic Spice Bazaar and first experience will be a unique Turkish pide cooked in old oven located in a historical building which was built in 1888.

We will have our scrumptious Turkish delights from a 245 year old shop and try the local flavors in Spice Bazaar afterwards.

Before having a truly local meal; beans and rice followed by a unique pumpkin dessert with walnut and tahini, get ready for a…

What's included

  • Food
    If you are on a special diet like vegan or gluten-free, we kindly request y...
  • Drinks
  • Equipment
    Please come with comfortable walking shoes. Walking pace is quite easy thou...

Meet your Host, Ozcan

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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IMPORTANT: During our experiences we follow all the guidelines of the WHO and local authorities regarding Covid-19

Hi, my name is Ozcan and I am the founder of tasteof.istanbul. In our team with Didem and Ezgi, we are all travel & foodie enthusiasts and we do love Istanbul !

We organize food trails for small groups in the best culinary spots of Istanbul which has a fusion cuisine reflecting cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

This heritage kitchen is among the most diverse ones on earth and we will guide you to these non-touristic spots that serve unique tastes in town, seasoned with storytelling of our city, history and cultural secrets.

PS: Don't forget to check out our other food tours in Istanbul :)

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IMPORTANT: During our experiences we follow all the guidelines of the WHO and local authorities regarding Covid-19

Hi, my name is Ozcan and I am the founder of tasteof.istanbul. In our team with Didem and Ezgi, we are all travel & foodie enthusiasts and we do love Istanbul !

We organize food trails for small groups in the best culinary spots of Istanbul which has a fusion cuisine reflecting cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

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Where you'll be

Since the trail is in old town we will walk by some sightseeing points as well and walking pace is quite easy.

In order to get the maximum joy and provide a healthy experience, the group size is limited to 5 people.

And we speak fluent English.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 135 reviews.

Cara
January 2022
I was the only person on the tour so I had the undivided attention of my guide Didem, who was great. I enjoyed the food and conversations, and Didem also showed me some non-touristy sides of famous attractions. Also appreciate that she tried to make the tour as covid-safe as possible. Would definitely recommend. What a great way to experience Istanbul!
Kyle
January 2022
Didem was our guide and we had the best experience with her. The food was amazing and we really enjoyed talking with her and learning more about local culture.
Louis
January 2022
An amazing tour. Guide was knowledgeable and good fun. Food was delicious and p l e n t i f u l. Bring an appetite. Have a great time.
Chris
January 2022
We absolutely loved our time with Didem- she was lovely and the highlight of our trip to Istanbul. This was truly a fantastic way to see some amazing parts of Istanbul, and the food was top notch. I highly recommend this tour.
Alberto
December 2021
We enjoy a wonderful time in this experience. “Didi” was the perfect host for discovering the best places and the best meals. Totally recommended.
Pat
December 2021
Loved this tour! Great for first comers or travelers who want to experience local local spots. Get your second stomach ready because you are going to need it, haha. Didem was such a sweetheart! Don't hesitate in booking

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 8 and up can attend, up to 5 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.