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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

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Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul
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Savor the flavors of Asia and Europe on a food tour of Istanbul and conquer the cuisines of the city’s 7 hills. Follow a local to neighborhood cafés to find Kurdish food, typical drinks, and more.

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Duration 5 hours
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Limited to 10 participants


  • Try the foods of Istanbul on both the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus
  • Cross the Bosphorus Strait by public ferry
  • Browse the local food and fish markets in Kardikoy
  • Sample local drinks like cay (tea), served in a tulip shaped glass
  • Taste the Kurdish foods typical of southeast Turkey
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Explore the cuisines of Istanbul on a food tour of both sides of the Bosphorus. Take in the city as your cross the Bosphorus with the included ferry. Stop a 9 mouth-watering locations and sip on 4 drinks. Savor an entrée, main course, and a dessert.

Starting at Fuego Café and a Restaurant in the Sultanhamet neighborhood, board a local tram to Eminonu Port to transfer by public ferry across the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port in Asia. Enjoy views of 2 continents on the journey. 

Stroll around the Kadikoy neighborhood visiting local markets and diving down a maze of streets lined with local shops selling all kinds of produce. Go to the fish market to try some delicious mussels stuffed with rice and spices.

Stop at break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon. Follow your guide to a restaurant that specializes in home cooked food from the Kurdish area of south east Turkey (vegetarian and gluten free options available).

Head back to the European side on the ferry, admiring views of Istanbul at night. Indulge in something sweet at a local eatery where you can sample a Turkish dessert. Hop on tram to a 300-year-old madrasah that has been converted to a café.

Relax with a drink as you watch the locals going about their business. Try the fruity flavors of an authentic Nargile (water pipe), washed down with some Turkish beverages, such as chay (Turkish coffee), sahlep (milky drink made from orchid tubers). 

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by public trams
  • Bosporus ferry crossing (return)
  • Entree, main course, and dessert
  • 9 food stops
  • 4 drinks over the evening
  • Nargile (water pipe)
  • Extra food and drinks not mentioned in "what's included"
  • Tips and personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

• Please meet your guide at the right side of the entry of Karakoy İskelesi ( Karakoy pier ) under the yellow sign. Your guide will come and ask if you are waiting for the tour. • If you come by tram, please get off at Karakoy tram station. Please face the direction to where the Galata tower is on the hill. Walk off the tram station and turn right side with crossing the traffic lights. Keep walking along the water on the left side as the pier is two minutes' walking distance. • If you come by taxi then please tell the taxi driver Karakoy İskelesi Şehir hatları (not turyol). He will drop you off on the bridge and you can walk to the pier in two minutes.

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Fantastic tour! An absolute must do. Especially at the start of your visit. Our guide, Salih, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of the tour it felt like we were out with a friend. Tasted food and drinks that we would not normally have tried and we kept looking out for them later on our tour through Türkiye. Wish I could give more than 5 stars

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August 5, 2022

This was an amazing experience! Our guide (@mylocalguideistanbul) was phenomenal. He took us to great local places and we truly got a taste of two continents!! We were absolutely stuffed by the end of it but the hookah to end the night was an unforgettable. Thank you so much for the experience.

August 3, 2022

Really good food tour. Had a lot of amazing traditional Turkish foods. The tour guide was friendly and also the group that we were with. It was nice getting to know people from other countries and having a tasting experience with them. It was very enjoyable. I want to leave you with 1 tip, come with an empty stomach hahah

July 27, 2022

Product ID: 45418