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“Wonderful insight into Istanbul”

Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours
Ranked #2 of 72 Food & Drink in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The best value food tours in Istanbul. Discover the real flavours of Istanbul while our expert foodies make the city's long and colourful history come alive – and have some serious fun along the way! Taste more than just kebabs and baklava: uncover the unexpected and hidden edible treasures of Turkey. Walk the back streets and see Istanbul like a native. Become a culinary tourist! Eat. Walk. Enjoy!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Wonderful insight into Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

One of the highlights of our four day visit to Istanbul was our food tour with Korhan. Despite some changes to the itinerary because of the Bayram celebration, we gained a great insight into Turkish food. We especially enjoyed lunch in the house of a local family. Thoroughly recommended!

Visited August 2013
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istanbulonfood_Leisa, Manager at Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Tasting the food of Istanbul certainly is a highlight of many visitors' stays in our wonderful city. So happy you enjoyed your culinary adventure with us!
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“Great food, great information, and lots of fun. Loved our day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

I love food, I loved Istanbul, I love wandering the streets and seeing a city from all angles, seeing the living history, and the people and experiencing life... and this tour gave me all of that and more!!! I loved it!!!!!!!
What a fantastic time we had with Korhan, whose English is superb!!! A great sense of humour, and a real passion for food and his country.
We learnt and experienced so much on this tour. The food, the sights, the ins and outs of life. The Spice Market is a slice of heaven to wander through, but to have things explained, demonstrated and best of all tasted was a bonus.
The extra touches such as being picked up from our hotel, the interest in what we were doing next and his recommendations on what he thought we would enjoy, just sets this tour apart. Korhan is young, very knowledgeable, and really interested... an experienced tour guide, he makes this tour special.... but the food is the ultimate reason for the day and we were not disappointed!!! The pistachio pancakes..."cigkofte", the coffee, we tested, tasted and nibbled our way through this tour and came home with so many experiences and memories.
So if you love food, and finding out about it and wonderful country of Turkey, this is the tour for you! Thanks Korhan! I look forward to coming back again and doing one of your other tours!

Visited November 2013
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istanbulonfood_Leisa, Manager at Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Istanbul's food is among the most tasty in the world, and it sounds like you agree! We are so happy to have helped introduce you to this wonderful cuisine and that you enjoyed your day with us.
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“A food experience you shouldn't miss.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Although a relatively new business to Istanbul, this local foodies guided tour hits the nail on the head. Breakfast with great views of the New Mosque is followed by a ferry ride across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul. Guide 'Korhan' is a very knowledgeable and dedicated local with insight into the history and culture of not only Istanbul, but the whole of Turkey. He has found local eateries that serve authentic and delicious foods. His explanations of the foods and the culture associated with them, means you are delighting your brain and your stomach! I have recommended this tour to several of my friends visiting Istanbul.

Visited September 2013
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istanbulonfood_Leisa, Manager at Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Korhan certainly does love the food of his country, which is why he's so passionate about introducing it to everyone. Glad to hear you enjoyed your tasty day with us :)
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Toronto, Canada
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“Incredible 'Flavours of the Old City' Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing this incredible food and walking tour around one of the most amazing and historic cities in Europe. At the end of our two-month, nine country backpacking trip we were fairly certain we had ‘seen it all’ but were pleasantly surprised by Istanbul. More than that though, we were blown away by the ‘Flavours of the Old City’ tour we took with Korhan (the friendliest, most accommodating, most knowledgeable guide we had yet encountered).

We began the day with a tour around the spice market - check out the colorful photos attached! - and ate a simple but delicious breakfast of honey, cream, olives and cheese. Along the way we tasted more than twelve foods and got the chance to explore this world famous market. Without our fantastic guide, I’m not sure we would have discovered many of the hidden treasures we were exposed to. He is a native of Turkey and speaks fluent Turkish and English, which was a huge asset.

The absolutely best part of the tour, however, came at the very end when we were invited to sit down for an authentic lunch in the home of a very sweet lady. There we had the opportunity to taste kebabs, soups and many other treats while gaining exposure to a Turkish home and the life of a local of Istanbul.

It’s difficult to choose a favorite part of the tour, but I really enjoyed walking around the backstreets of the spice market. The city is very beautiful and I am sure we would not have had the chance to see some of the things we were able to without our wonderful guide. It was a lovely day with a lot of great good and great experiences. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Istanbul who is looking for an authentic experience.

Visited January 2014
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Leisa_AU, Manager at Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
The food in Istanbul sure is delicious - especially when prepared and enjoyed inside the home of an Istanbulu. So glad you enjoyed our tour!
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Toronto, Canada
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“flavours of the old city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

Throughout my travels, I enjoyed the food in Turkey the most. I especially got a chance to experience Turkish food with Istanbul on Food. We spent 5 hours trying different foods around the Spice Bazaar. The colours and smells were intoxicating. We were not in Kansas anymore. It was great to get the local experience and visit places I would not have known about otherwise. To top it all off, we ended the tour with a lovely lunch at an actual Turkish home. It was a fun and delicious affair. Thanks to our friendly host and knowledgeable guide. What an epicurean experience! A true hidden gem within this storied historical city.

Visited November 2013
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Leisa_AU, Manager at Istanbul on Food - Culinary Tours, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
The hustle and bustle of the Spice Market is definitely not to be missed - but tasting the food is even better! We're so happy you liked your tour with us.
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