- Explore the more laid back Asian side of Istanbul
- From homemade honey, to kebabs, “Turkish pizza”, metze dishes and local cheeses
- Includes more tastings than a large meal
On this small group food tour, you’ll escape European Istanbul for the less-visited Asian side, exploring the charming neighborhood of Kadikoy and the secret, local side of Istanbul’s food scene.
You’ll visit fish & vegetable markets to learn about Turkish produce, tracing the history of Constantinople through its spices. Then taste for yourself with visits to bakeries, cheese shops and our favorite local eateries and hole-in-the-walls. Just be sure to come hungry!
Our tour meets on the European side of the city for an early-morning ferry across the Bosphorus. Enjoy a cup of tea and beautiful views over the city as your guide explains how you can trace Turkey’s history through its foods – and particularly its spices. This isn’t just a food tour, it’s an education too!
Over in Asia, we’ll do as the locals do, heading to the lively fish and vegetable market Here your guide will show you which foods are native to Turkey and explain those strange edibles you don’t recognize, like kelek, green plums and idge. We’ll visit local spice stores to learn why saffron is more expensive than gold; about metze, Turkey’s answer to Spanish tapas; and how differently people eat at home and in restaurants.
Our culinary adventure continues through the streets of Kadikoy. We’ll eat like the Turks, visiting the best hole-in-the-wall shops and eateries for metze, kebabs and Turkish pizza. You’ll sample such local treats as stuffed mussels, lentil balls and delicious kofte. Two of the highlights of our tour are a surprise for many guests – Turkish dairy products! You’ll try yogurt with honey and a selection of Turkish cheeses; from raw buffalo cheese to goat’s milk cheeses and smoked cheddar.
Because we want to give you an authentic taste of Istanbul, you’ll have the option to sample some local favorites you may not have tried on your own.
Be sure to save room for the sweet stuff - sobiyet, a pastry of rolled baklava with cream and pistachios, epitomizes Turkish baking; and lokma an addictive sort of mini Turkish donut. Our last stop will be for a delicious Turkish coffee at a local café and some last questions for your guide as you board the ferry back to Europe (although you’re welcome to hang around if you’d like, your ferry ticket is valid all day). We hope you haven’t made lunch reservations though, you may not be hungry again until tomorrow!
- Food tastings including two mezze stops, kebabs, cheeses, bread, yoghurt, desserts & coffee
- Round-trip ferry tickets from Europe to Asia
- Expert local guide
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
● Please notify us before booking if you have any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special requirements. While we can provide an option for vegetarians, guests should be aware that tastings such as the kebab meats on this tour cannot be replaced with a vegetarian alternative.
● As this tour includes a meals' worth of tastings, we encourage you not to have a big breakfast before the tour begins.
● There might be some variations to the itinerary during Ramadan, specifically the butchers store could be closed. The other shops and stalls visited should not be affected.
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.
Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.