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Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

1. Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

From home-made dishes and street food to traditional kebabs and Turkish ice cream, immerse yourself in Istanbul’s food scene and acquaint yourself with Turkish culture and habits during this walking tour. Make stops at 10 different eateries with a variety of samples at each. Begin your morning with a delicious Turkish breakfast of locally sourced produce on Istanbul’s European side before crossing the mighty Bosphorus by ferry to explore the more modern and chic area of Kadıköy, on the Asian side, where you will discover the best restaurants in Istanbul. Sip on freshly brewed Turkish coffee while enjoying locally-made baklava. Taste delicious dolma, tantuni and kokoreç, as well as other local favorites. Enjoy the home-cooked flavours of Kadıköy’s most loved restaurant, Çiya Sofrası. Finally, finish your day with the cool, refreshing flavours of the best Turkish dondurma (ice-cream) in Moda.

Istanbul: Private Layover Tour from New Istanbul Airport

2. Istanbul: Private Layover Tour from New Istanbul Airport

Go on this tour and explore the city instead of waiting at the airport during your layover. With your friendly local guide, feel like you have done a lot in a short amount of time. Your itinerary will be redesigned according to your landing time and your guide will confirm the best itinerary for you when you meet at the airport. If your flight lands before 4:00 PM, you will be able to go inside the sights but if your flight lands after 4:00 PM, you will not be able to go inside the sights but you will see Istanbul at night. The sights you can see included the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, Bosporus Bridge, Bosporus to Kadıköy cruise, Maidens Tower, Kadıköy food market, Karaköy neighborhood, Taksim Square, and Istıklal Avenue. You can choose the additional activities of a Turkish bath for 50 Euro, dinner at a local restaurant for between 10 and 20 Euro, or a baklava tasting for between 5 and 10 Euro. 

Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

3. Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour with a walk around the Spice market. See where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. Walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy and enjoy a Turkish breakfast which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey. Catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. Make a tea stop at a local tea house. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side in Kadikoy. Taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe try a liver wrap. Continue to the fish market and sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Visit a shop that only sells pickles. Complete your tour by sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. After indulging, catch the ferry back to the European side of Istanbul where the tour will conclude.

Istanbul: Kadıköy Food Tour for Cruise Ship Visitors

4. Istanbul: Kadıköy Food Tour for Cruise Ship Visitors

Discover the colorful neighborhood of Kadıköy on a 3-hour tour across the Bosphorus. Accompanied by an experienced, multi-lingual guide from start to finish, this tour will allow you to experience the best of Turkish cuisine in a small-group tour.  A local guide will meet you in the Istanbul Cruise Ship Port and accompany you across the Bosphorus by ferry. Take in panoramic views of both sides of the city before setting off to explore the residential neighborhood of Kadıköy. Get a taste of how the locals live, wandering through markets and food stalls. No need to have dinner afterward, as this tour will take you to sample local delicacies such as baklava, kebabs, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, olives, pastrami, clotted cream, local cheeses, and more. Chat with shopkeepers, meet the locals, and make new friends while learning the history and culture of the city. After the tastings, choose to spend free time in Kadikoy or follow your guide on the commuter ferry back to your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Kadıköy

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

This is the best tour I’ve ever been on and I’m a heavy user and an avid traveler. The guide took is trough a historical culinary adventure that not only delighted the senses but also showed us hidden gems that tied to the culture and customs of the people all over Istanbul. By the end my palate was not only blown away but I also felt like I understood the people better. It was truly amazing.

It was a very interesting and enjoyable tour for foodies. During the whole tour I really enjoyed all of the food and interesting story behind it. We ate at a diner where the Iskander kebab was invented and strolled through the spice bazaar. I have no bad memories about this tour. Overall, absolutely fantastic, just make sure not to have breakfast.

Layla was our fantastic host for the tour. She was very knowledgable and helpful. The tour consisted of a group of 8 people, made up of people from Scotland (us) plus Ireland, America and Australia. The food throughout was excellent and a really authentic insight into Turkish traditions. Would highly recommend.

My guide was very knowledgeable on the cities history. My layover wasn’t but 5 hours but he still was able to get me to multiple attractions.

Everything went very well, perfect tour, lots of fun with food, drinks and the people. I can recommend it to everyone