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Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul
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Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul

By Private Istanbul Walking Tours
Recommended by 100% of travelers
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Delight your palate in a multitude of Turkish flavors on a private food tour. The immersive culinary adventure goes way beyond your average kebab. Feast on a traditional Turkish breakfast and sip tea over a game of backgammon. Take a ferry to the often-overlooked Asian side of the city and enjoy stuffed mussels, pickles, and a dish or two for the adventurous traveler. End with Turkish coffee and delectable desserts.
from
$175.00
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
$175.00
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 0-90
Duration: 6–7 hours
Start time: Check availability
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Highlights
  • Taste a huge variety of traditional Turkish foods
  • Explore popular districts around Istanbul
  • Customize the itinerary to suit your interests
  • Get the personalized experience of a private tour

  • Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Food tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Your tour guide will meet you 'personally' at your hotel reception, vacation rentals, Airbnb, or cruise port.
  • Ports:
  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 63525P7

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please note: the itinerary is subject to change, based on the location's availability and weather.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul?
How much is Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul?
Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul price starts from $175.00. Discover and book Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul on Tripadvisor
What is the Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul cancellation policy?
Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul?
Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul is hosted by Private Istanbul Walking Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Private Istanbul Walking Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 63525P7

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Karakoy Iskelesi
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 2
    Istiklal Caddesi
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Kadikoy Carsisi
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 4
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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arlequin-nyc
arlequin-nyc
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An intricate city with an astounding guide
It took less than a minute to realize how brilliant Furkan was. He was extremely detail-oriented and had an excitin
IRISHPAC
IRISHPAC
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Fantastic Istanbul
We were collected at our hotel by the guide from Private and Guided tours Istanbul. We visited the Topkapi palace,
joshuad493
joshuad493
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Food: WOW! Knowledge: WOW! Experience: WOW!
One of the best private tours I've experienced in any city! If you want to get off the beaten path, stray away from
Curiosity322669
Curiosity322669
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Best tour in town!
If you want the best this is the tour for you! Seeing Istanbul with Furkan & Derya is like being taken care of by a
837garrys
837garrys
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Once in a lifetime experience
After 12 days from Venice, Greek Islands, and Turkey with many guides, Furkan and Derya are certainly at the top of
Penolepe L
Penolepe L
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Grand trip of Turkey; Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia and Pamukkale.
We are recently back from a two weeks Turkey trip: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale. Furkan from Privat
Rory N
Rory N
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Could not have imagined a better tour!
Furkan, Had to take time to send Christmas greetings to you, and to thank you again for your great tour around  Is
jlw292
jlw292
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Must-Do in Istanbul
My tours with Derya (yes, I booked two days) were definitely a highlight of my Turkey trip . She not only showed me
Jan R
Jan R
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Wonderful tour! Great city!
Furkan was the perfect tour guide for us. He provided a lovely itinerary and all the right background information.
danafX8098PC
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Two Days of a Lifetime
I was on a 14 day cruise and went to many cities and many countries. This was the highlight of my trip. Our guide
susanblum
susanblum
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More than a tour!
We had a really great experience with Derya. She makes you feel like you're touring the city with a good friend, an
andreacB6046WS
andreacB6046WS
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Amazing food and city tour!
This is an incredible tour! Book NOW! We started off with a food tour and were impressed by Derya’s hospitality tha
VillaIntimaSea
VillaIntimaSea
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My favorite tour guide EVER!
Absolutely fabulous tour! Daria was an absolute pleasure to work with. She intuitively understood our needs and
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Food Tour Derya
Derya was so amazing and accommodating to my family and I during the food tour. She became like a friend to us, and
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_JanviPatel7
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Private Food Tour with Derya
Derya was amazing!! It’s like we made a new friend, and had an beautiful time exploring the city while eating all k
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MonaVP
Erial52 contributions
Nov 2022
I knew coming into Istanbul, I wanted to experience some sort of 'Food & Wine" tour. As many people, I went to Trip Advisor to get a general feeling of the reviews. This one did not disappoint, I can see why 90+ people have taken the time to give Fukran an amazing review. (please note, at no time does he ever ask to be reviewed on Trip Advisor or google, I'm taking the time because I enjoyed it that much). He really takes the time to get a sense of what you want, and based on the areas he takes you he will do his best to fulfill it. Plus the endless conversation is a plus, it was like hanging out with a local just having some fun eating your way thru town. I am a solo traveller, so for me the food and conversation were lovely. He also answered my endless questions without a hint of being annoyed, and texted me suggestions for the rest of my trip. By reading the reviews, We started with Karkoy, and then headed to the Asian side. The food choices were outstanding. Loved breakfast, Coffee under some beautiful vines. Baklava and ice cream., Yes also a shot. Tried an oyster for the first time, and surprisingly 'lamb intestines', (yeah, I know & I am not a big lamb eater), but it was cooked that well. We ended at our final stop, which again the food choices were bang on. My tour was 10:30am to 3pm. So as far as pricing, yes generally all food tours are expensive, but if you have to let one go to do this, do it. Thank you Fukran for the suggestions and the wonderful day. You well deserve all these wonderful reviews!
Written November 9, 2022
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Dear MonaVP. Thank you so much; what a fabulous review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your guided and private Istanbul food tour. It s one of our favorites too. We are so pleased when guests are kind enough to take time out from their busy lives to support us with the written word. It is of vital importance to us and our continued reputation. Thank you for trusting Private Istanbul Walking Tours. Please come back again soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written November 13, 2022
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Tezra N
Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
We had an amazing holiday in Turkey and most certainly could not have organized such a diverse trip without Furkan's help in these unusual times. We cannot say enough about the professionalism of this travel company from our first contact to the end of our trip. They put together a custom itinerary, designed just for what we were looking for, and made sure everything went as smoothly as possible driver pickups, hotels, guides, etc. Visiting the Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque, shopping in the Grand Bazaar, hiking in Cappadocia, and delicious food were the most enjoyable parts of our trip. They arranged tickets for museums and public transportation in advance. They had wifi device waiting for us on arrival at the airport. The quality of the hotel in Cappadocia was excellent. When we were in Cappadocia, they introduced new restrictions that at risk of disrupting our travel. Furkan contacted us immediately and worked over the night to adjust our schedule. Their personal touch was beyond our expectation and I would definitely recommend this travel company to anyone from the US who wants a bespoke holiday experience in Turkey. We have dealt with many travel companies in the past, but this travel agency was simply the best.
Written December 21, 2020
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Dear Tezran. Thank you so much for your kind words, reviews like yours truly put a smile on our face. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Turkey and it was an absolute pleasure showing you around. I enjoyed my time as much. We love it when our guests appreciate the finer details of our beloved Turkey. We always strive to provide the most enjoyable experiences with wonderful activities, food, wine, and company. We hope you will come back to Turkey again. All the best, Furkan G.
Written December 28, 2020
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Daniel O
Florida8 contributions
Sep 2022
Despite the rain, the private and guided Istanbul food tour was terrific, engaging and delicious. The best part of the tour was our guide Furkan, who was so knowledgeable, about food and history and just a nice guy who was fun to be with. It felt like spending a day with a good friend showing us around Istanbul. All the places he took us were great, and the food was the top quality. We sampled cheese, clotted cream, menemen, Turkish pepperoni, kokorec, stuffed mussels, and a huge variety of authentic Turkish cuisines and kunefe dessert. The tour was my highlight of 10 days trip in Turkey. I highly recommend booking this tour early in your stay so you can use your knowledge for the time you are in Istanbul.
Written October 12, 2022
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Dear Daniel O. Thank you so much for your kind words; we love it when our guests appreciate the finer details of our beloved Istanbul. I enjoyed my time with you just as much, and it was a pleasure to guide you. Please recommend us to anyone you know who is planning to visit Istanbul. All the best, Furkan G.
Written October 17, 2022
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Ellen C
4 contributions
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough - if you want to experience the true food of Istanbul, this is the tour to go on. Furkan was absolutely amazing; we had such a laugh with him and his knowledge of the city and its culture was fascinating. Thank you again Furkan for a fantastic day - this was by far our favourite part of Istanbul.
Written October 16, 2022
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Dear ellencV81NZ. Thank you so much for your consideration and detailed review. We appreciate you taking the time to review us. It means a great deal to the team and me. We are very proud of our service, and receiving reviews like yours motivates us to strive forward. Again thank you for choosing Private Istanbul Walking Tours for your Istanbul guided tour, and we hope it won´t be your last. All the best, Furkan G.
Written October 17, 2022
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Getaway798922
2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
I am a solo (female) traveller with only 2 days in Istanbul. I had a great time doing the guided Istanbul food tour with Private Istanbul Walking Tours and would recommend especially for those staying a short period of time. My tour guide was Derya and she took me all around (old city and new city on the European side and the Asian side). We used public transit (which is recommended given heavy congestion) and hit all the touristy as well as local favourites in one day (while eating / tasting all the food of course). I felt well taken care of and also felt like I was hanging out with a friend who also takes great photos.

For the food tour, we tried a mix of street food and dishes at restaurants (some examples include authentic spread of Turkish breakfast, Turkish coffee, intestine sandwich, muscles, pickled veggies, and many more that I do not remember the names of. We also went to Çiya Sofrası, which was featured on Chefs Table, and had a number of dishes there). All the places Derya took me to were authentic and clean. Derya also noted other popular restaurants / destinations etc for me to discover on my own.

I also arranged for pick up from the airport (with an additional fee) and it went smoothly. Derya was waiting for me with a sign and the meeting point was clearly communicated beforehand. The team is responsive and the tour is well laid out (ie they know where to find clean bathrooms etc). I would definitely go on another tour with them next time I am in Turkey.
Written April 26, 2022
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Dear Getaway798922. Thank you for your kind words and for entrusting your trip to us, and we're so glad it lived up to your expectations and that Derya took such excellent care of you. We cannot ask for more praise than that. There is so much more to see in Istanbul. We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written April 30, 2022
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Bruin23
Dover, NH14 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Our guide (and owner of the company) Furkan was waiting outside of our AirBnb right on time and promptly took us to a delicious Turkish breakfast. It was the beginning of an amazing day of eating great food and learning about Istanbul and Turkey. Furkan is a great guide and even went out of his way to buy gluten free bread for my wife who has an allergy so she could have bread for all the dishes we tried. We went back to a few of the locations in the following days and the employees remembered us and were extremely welcoming. You can tell Furkan has a great relationship with all of these restaurants. We even ran into his wife giving a tour on one of the return visits. You can’t go wrong with this food tour, and I’m sure the same applies for any other tours this company operates!
Written May 19, 2022
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Dear Bruin23. Thank you so much for your feedback. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us. It has been an absolute pleasure guiding you, and we are so pleased when our guests are kind enough to take time out from their busy lives to support us with the written word. It is of vital importance to us and our continued reputation. We hope to see you back on one of the Private Istanbul Walking Tours experiences one day very soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written May 20, 2022
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gurl
Georgia Coast, GA3 contributions
Oct 2020
All our tours with Furkan were phenomenal. Furkan made every single step of the tours easy and stress-free in these challenging times. Our food tasting tour in Istanbul was the most enjoyable and memorable part of our trip that showed us the less-visited parts of the city. We absolutely enjoyed all the main sights we visited in the old city. His personality and knowledge made the days a lot of fun. Turkish hospitality is the best. Also, the food is so tasty everywhere in Istanbul. The itinerary that he put together allowed us to experience the art, culture, history, and culinary of Istanbul. This trip was everything we dreamed of and more. He is one of the best travel organizers that I have ever worked with. He is clearly an expert in his market. We have referred Furkan and his team to other friends and they have had the same experience, this points out that they consistently deliver excellence.
Written November 7, 2020
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Dear georgiagurl0, What a fabulous review, thank you so much. It's made our day to know you had such a lovely time in Istanbul and it was a pleasure looking after you and yours. We are so pleased when our guests are kind enough to take time out of their busy lives to support us with the written word. It is of vital importance to us and our continued reputation. We appreciate your recommendation and would love for you to visit us again sometime in the future. All the best, Furkan G.
Written November 7, 2020
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Igor A
Dallas, TX12 contributions
Apr 2021
Furkan was recommended by our friends and he did not disappoint. He did a fantastic job planning our trip. He was extremely attentive just like a friend would be. The trip was planned over a 3 week period with emails and WhatsApp calls even there was an 8-hour time difference between Dallas and Istanbul he responded back to me instantly. In 10 days we visited Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and numerous nearby cities. Our private chauffeur, top-class boutique hotels, the historical sites and towns that we visited, the restaurants, the balanced flavor wine, and delicious Turkish cuisine, the private tours with local guides, and all other experiences such as balloon ride in Cappadocia, traditional Turkish bath treatments in Istanbul that were planned for us created us a trip of a lifetime. It was exactly what we wanted and it far exceeded our expectations. The local guides took us to places that were not visited by many travelers along with the main highlights in the area and the amount of time that we spent in each of the locations was perfect. We can't say enough about hot great they are. We stayed at Yesil Ev hotel in Istanbul 2 minutes from the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, in Cappadocia we stayed at Cappadocia Cave Suits, and in Ephesus, we stayed in Nisanyan Hotel. We loved getting a taste of life in Turkey and enjoyed every minute of our trip to Turkey. We have already recommended Furkan to friends who are planning a trip to Turkey in 2022.
Written October 29, 2021
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Dear Igoratsumov. Thank you so much for your kind words, we love it when our guests appreciate the finer details of our beloved Turkey. We really appreciate you taking the time to write this fabulous review. We're so please it all went without a hitch and you enjoyed all of our suggestions. Please come back again soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written November 15, 2021
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Mark P
4 contributions
Sep 2022
This was my third time to Istanbul, and I was looking for a customized experience centered around food and conversation on a range of modern Turkish topics. Furkan facilitated all that - and much more. He curated the perfect day around eating venues he'd frequent as a local and that I'd have difficulty efficiently accessing on my own. Conversation was rich with chit chat about business, economics, culture and politics. He even provided some guidance on what I should do the next day on my own - I took all his suggestions and they were spot on. Furkan understood exactly what I wanted out of the tour - and delivered beyond my high expectations. I've met some fantastic private guides on each of my trips, so this is saying a lot.
Written September 11, 2022
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Dear MarkP3191. Thank you so much for your kind words and beautifully written review. It's heartwarming to know that all the passion we inject into every tour is appreciated. We're privileged to meet and tour with such lovely people, and we get as much out of it as you do. Please come back again soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written September 14, 2022
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martin c
1 contribution
Jan 2022
We've toured with Private Istanbul Walking Tours and Furkan for 3 days in Istanbul in January and found outstanding value and service. Each day has been wonderful, full of learning and discovery moments. We loved the city and the friendly nature of the people. The unique things we did were wonderful and highlighted was the grand bazaar it has to be one of the most beautiful shopping paradises in the world. Furkan was a huge part of why we enjoyed our trip to Istanbul as much as we did. Furkan was not only knowledgeable about Istanbul he was always so patient with all of our questions and last-minute changes and he had such a good sense of humor. He gave us lots of information and really made Istanbul come alive. We would not hesitate to recommend Private Istanbul Walking Tour to anyone.
Written February 13, 2022
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Dear martincC4905SL. Thank you so much for your kind words and excellent review; it is vital to our continued reputation. Receiving reviews like yours motivates us to strive forward. We are so glad you enjoyed your experiences with us. It's a total pleasure organizing tours and activities for such enthusiastic travelers. We hope to see you aboard another Private Istanbul Walking Tours experience very soon. All the best, Furkan G.
Written February 14, 2022
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