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Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining Out in Turkish Way as Locals provided by Istanbul Walks

Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining Out in Turkish Way as Locals

Istanbul by Night: Local Food Tasting - Dining Out in Turkish Way as Locals
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Discover Istanbul’s culinary delights on a 5-hour evening food tour of the capital. Led by an expert local guide, your tour includes visit to all the food hotspots around the city that many tourists don’t even know about. Check out a traditional ‘simit’ bakery, grill your own kebabs on an open fire in a barbeque restaurant, and visit a ‘meyhane’ (Turkish tapas bar) for meze and live music! Numbers are limited to 6 people on this small-group food tour, ensuring you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Meet your Turkish food tour guide for a pickup at your hotel in central Istanbul and begin with drive to a bakery for a classic simit bagel. Munch on this molasses and sesame covered baked treat as you continue to a traditional kiraathane. Here, sit down for a relaxing cup of Turkish tea and watch locals deal game after game of cards. Chit chat with your guide about Istanbul until your last sip and then climb back into your minibus.   Turkish cuisine is renown for its synergy of Mediterranean and Eastern foods. With an abundance of spices, herbs, and simple yet fresh ingredients it’s no wonder Turkish fare tantalizes taste buds. Moreover, no place does it better than the the culinary capital, Istanbul. Since Istanbul has restaurants, street vendors, and meyhanes along every street the city can be difficult and often frustrating to navigate for the best grub. Lucky for you, your local guide can help uncover the hidden gems and help you discover Istanbul’s traditional delights.  Next, cruise to neighborhood hot spot called Ocakbaşi, where you can barbecue your own kebabs on a fired grill. Savor this delicious spiced meat as your guide explains the heritage of Turkish cuisine. Then, taste the traditional aniseed-flavored liquor, raki, a perfect aperitif. After getting a nice buzz, walk down a bustling street lined with restaurants and step into a festive meyhane to enjoy the rest of your night. Listen to the hip live music and witness the bar’s ambiance trend from chill to high energy. As you get into the vibe, start with some tasty Turkish meze and then warm your belly with a bowl of Işkembe Çorbasi, Turkish soup. Prepare yourself for a fun evening with a cup of Turkish coffee since meyhanes can transform into parties. Finally, sip on another raki and soak up the good times before a late return to your hotel.  
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet your Turkish food tour guide for a pickup at your hotel in central Istanbul and begin with drive to a bakery for a classic simit bagel. Munch on this molasses and sesame covered baked treat as you continue to a traditional kiraathane. Here, sit down for a relaxing cup of Turkish tea and watch locals deal game after game of cards. Chit chat with your guide about Istanbul until your last sip and then climb back into your minibus.   Turkish cuisine is renown for its synergy of Mediterranean and Eastern foods. With an abundance of spices, herbs, and simple yet fresh ingredients it’s no wonder Turkish fare tantalizes taste buds. Moreover, no place does it better than the the culinary capital, Istanbul. Since Istanbul has restaurants, street vendors, and meyhanes along every street the city can be difficult and often frustrating to navigate for the best grub. Lucky for you, your local guide can help uncover the hidden gems and help you discover Istanbul’s traditional delights.  Next, cruise to neighborhood hot spot called Ocakbaşi, where you can barbecue your own kebabs on a fired grill. Savor this delicious spiced meat as your guide explains the heritage of Turkish cuisine. Then, taste the traditional aniseed-flavored liquor, raki, a perfect aperitif. After getting a nice buzz, walk down a bustling street lined with restaurants and step into a festive meyhane to enjoy the rest of your night. Listen to the hip live music and witness the bar’s ambiance trend from chill to high energy. As you get into the vibe, start with some tasty Turkish meze and then warm your belly with a bowl of Işkembe Çorbasi, Turkish soup. Prepare yourself for a fun evening with a cup of Turkish coffee since meyhanes can transform into parties. Finally, sip on another raki and soak up the good times before a late return to your hotel.  
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5744ISTDINNER
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Beverages (two glasses of raki, Turkish coffee and tea)
  • Dinner (kebab, meze, soup)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Istanbul hotels
  • Local guide
  • Live music
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and drop off from centrally located Istanbul's European side hotels Please provide your hotel name address and phone details
  • Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for drinking alcoholic drinks is 18 years
  • Please note that if your hotel is located on the Asian side hotel pick up can’t be provided
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Beverages (two glasses of raki, Turkish coffee and tea)
  • Dinner (kebab, meze, soup)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Istanbul hotels
  • Local guide
  • Live music
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and drop off from centrally located Istanbul's European side hotels Please provide your hotel name address and phone details
  • Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for drinking alcoholic drinks is 18 years
  • Please note that if your hotel is located on the Asian side hotel pick up can’t be provided
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Beyoğlu
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Istiklal Caddesi
  • You'll return to the starting point
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3.0
6 reviews
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Very good
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Average
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Jessica R
Charlottesville, VA3 contributions
Great Night with Great Food
Atahan was a fantastic guide! He was knowledgeable about the city, knew all the best food spots, and was very fun to hang out with. He made the tour feel more like hanging out with a local friend than a tour guide. This tour is a great way to get to know the city on a more local level, and have great food while you’re doing it!
Written June 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dodolady
Singapore127 contributions
Not too bad an experience
Jun 2019 • Couples
The guide picked us up and then we did the food tour by walk.
The food was okay and the portion is generous. You really do feel very very full at the end of the tour.
Worth a try if you will like to try local food introduced by a local guide
Written June 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Terry P
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Dont not book, they are thieves!!
May 2019 • Solo
was told i would be picked up out the front of my hotel at 6:15, i waited until just before 7, i emailed them, i tried to call but as it was Friday night there was no answer! i not only didn't get a chance to go on the tour but it also didn't allow me to book anything else for than night and it ended up being a wasted night in Istanbul

the next day they emailed back and said they were there, which was just a lie! i have emailed and asked for a refund as i paid for a service i did not receive! i have tried to work this out with them directly but they have not responded to my last 3 emails

they have ignored me and dont even have the decency to respond

an absolute disgrace of a company and they are criminals as they have stolen my money!!!!!!

DO NOT BOOK THESE CRIMINALS !!!!!
Written June 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JayJ81
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom46 contributions
Pleasant but pointless
Jun 2018
I was the only person on the tour, which was a shame because part of the attraction for me was to meet and share the experience with other travellers. Having said that, my guide was friendly and pretty knowledgable about Turkish culture.

I quickly realised that all we did was walk around the busiest street in Istanbul, stopping periodically to have mostly very basic starters. No hummus, no tatsiki, no kebab, no kunefe, no lentil soup, no shisha, etc. The whole thing was incredibly rushed; it started at 7pm and I was back in my hotel, full of bread, tea, and coffee, by 10pm.

I don’t think I was unreasonable in my expectations. This tour pretty much turned out to be a waste of an evening. I can’t imagine the food I ate came to more than 100TL. The one highlight was the Kokoreç. And when the highlight of a food tour is a £5 greasy kebab from an all night kebab house, alarm bells should sound.

Not only should you avoid this tour, I really think they should stop advertising it. Thankfully I had a few more nights to explore the wide variety of Turkish cuisine. If I had only had 1 or 2 nights, this would have ruined my trip.

Sorry to my guide for the bad review. She was nice, but I have to be honest for the sake of other travellers.
Written July 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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