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Delicious Istanbul

Acibadem Kadikoy, Istanbul 34718, Turkey
90 0216 348 70 17
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Ranked #58 of 395 Activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Walking tours, Classes/Workshops
Owner description: Looking to experience the real taste of Istanbul? Join Olga Irez in exploring the local markets, visiting hand-picked vendors and food makers, tasting... more » Owner description: Looking to experience the real taste of Istanbul? Join Olga Irez in exploring the local markets, visiting hand-picked vendors and food makers, tasting famous and lesser known local treats and, finally, cooking a Turkish feast at Olga's kitchen.Olga cooks and eats full time in Istanbul and also publishes popular food blog Delicious Istanbul, so her insights and tips put you on the fast track of learning all about Istanbul food. « less
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We spent a week in Istanbul this September, and Olga's food tour was one of the highlights of our trip! It was a pleasure spending time with Olga, and we were able to try many different foods and drinks. It was a great intro to Turkish cuisine and a fabulous way to start off our trip.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Although Olga's actual tour was decent, she left us with our of our most horrific travel experiences ever: She took us to a Turkish Delight shop called Şekerci Aytekin Erol (Caferzade) in Karakoy. We picked 5 boxes to take to the US, but the employees suggested other (more expensive ones btw), because they were supposedly "sealed" better for travel. They... More

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Olga T, Owner at Delicious Istanbul, responded to this review

I am very sorry for your unfortunate Turkish delight experience as I have told you in the email. The shop I have brought you to and I vouched for is an established family-run business that has been around for decades. I have personally purchased many boxes of Turkish delight from them as gifts for my friends here in Istanbul and... More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

At the last minute we had an extra day to kill in Istanbul. Searched for fun things to do for 2 couples and came up with a cooking class. Found Olgas contact details on the internet, sent off an email and she got back to us quickly. We spent the very next day with her and enjoyed every moment, from... More

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Orlando
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I found her class thru a blog of chefs and trip advisor My husband and I enjoyed the class, however it was not "quite" what she advertised. The walk thru the market was fun and very interesting. I would have liked her to talk a bit more about the market and the relationships she had with the vendors. The cooking... More

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Olga T, Owner at Delicious Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your opinion about my cooking class. I am surprised to hear your comment about my "small" kitchen: many of my guests who actually live in Istanbul are vowed by the size of my kitchen that opens into a living room. Besides you and your husband, there was just one more person joining the class that day:... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

I just got back from Istanbul and i love the city. I will definitely be back again. there are so much to see and do. A week wasn't quite enough. I found Delicious Istanbul through Trip advisor after looking through a lot of the classes. I chose this class because availability which matched my schedule. Olga described herself as a... More

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Olga T, Owner at Delicious Istanbul, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your opinion about my cooking class. I would like to respond to your critique and clarify a few things. I am not sure why you expected a Turkish home. I am not Turkish and have lived in 5 other countries before moving here, and my house reflects that in a way. And still the house was... More

Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

A great cooking course, all participants hands on, small group size makes it very good. A great way to spend a day.

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Firstly I enroll in cooking classes in different countries to enjoy the local foods and meet other like minded individuals. We (as a group of 4) found this tour/cooking class a rip off. Apart from the market tour on the Asian side, we just chopped onions. I already know how to chop onions. There was little conversation or hands on... More

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Olga T, Owner at Delicious Istanbul, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not enjoy the day with me. Most of my cooking class clients are savvy cooks who understand the inevitability of chopping onions and other preparation work that precedes any cooking. On my website I emphasize that the class is hands on, and I do no prep before it. I am actually glad you found... More

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This tour restored our interest in Turkish food. We grazed for 5 hours - breakfast, turkish coffee, turkish delight, bakava, pickles, meats, fish lunch, dessert - all yummy! The food was tastier than anything we had discovered ourselves. So taken with the experience, we revisited the area the next day to taste other foods that had been pointed out to... More

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Australia
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234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The day with Olga opened up a window to the local life of Istanbul that we would not have found as we wandered the sites; amazing that they are. Olga met us and we enjoyed the ferry ride to Kadikoy. Olga gave us a very informative tour of the markets and we tried local backlava and Turkish coffee. All the... More

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Kingwood, Texas
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59 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My wife and I like to do more of the off the busy tourist route activities when we travel and were very pleased with our choice to do the Kadikoy market tour and cooking class. Our day started with an early morning ferry trip over to Kadikoy and we were early enough to wonder around a bit before meeting up... More

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