FOOD, PEOPLE, & ISTANBUL is a superb combination!
If you love FOOD & TASTING , you want a local's look at the Istanbul food scene and a culinary adventure,
The tastiest way for understanding Istanbul’s Cuisine is to join our
Istanbul Food Walks for sampling local food.
Best of all at the end of the day you’ll have a mouthwatering hit list of places to return to.
SPICE BAZAAR & KADIKOY MARKET TOUR WITH GOURMET LUNCH
Everyday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
A gourmet walking tour through two markets and on two continents -Europe & Asia!
Depart for a visit to the Spice Bazaar and nearby attractions. This extensive market was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque, Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt. There is plenty to discover for the "foodie."
Then we will take a ferry to Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul from Eminönü and walk through the historical Kadıköy market where there is plenty to discover for the "foodie. This market is one of İstanbul's most colorful, vibrant and accessible shopping spots. Many traders have been in business since the early to mid 1900s and the more famous ones really need no introduction.
We will wander to probably Kadıköy's, if not Istanbul's best-known restaurant amongst gourmets, to Çiya Sofrasi that specializes in Anatolian home cooked specialities, as well as a wider selection of Mediterranian food.
Çiya creates its menu from the kitchen memories of forgotten dishes, lost tastes and wiped -off-cultures which have been carried from hand to hand and from taste to taste.
The ingredients used in the dishes travel from the cities of Hatay and Gaziantep to arrive at your plate in Istanbul: aromatic red pepper, pistachios,chickpeas, olive oil and pomegranate molasses. Here we will enjoy a sumptuous meal of dishes by the reknown chef Musa and eventually hear the stories of his signature dishes; Zahter salad, kebab with pistachios, stuffed eggplant, babahannus, and many more.
After lunch we will take the ferry back to the European side.
A delicious gourmet walking tour in Istanbul with more than 25 delicacies you may not discover on your own! Please do not have a big breakfast on the day of your tour and make no dinner reservations.
Vegetarian diets are not challenging options for us – it's easy being green and tasting exciting Turkish vegetarian delicacies during this tour.
Price includes:Tour from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, ferry fares , tastings , a multi course lunch offering small portions of many dishes in Çiya Sofrasi.
Cost : USD 100.- per person
We are proud to be listed amongst Lonely Planet's Top Ten walking tours for Globetrotting foodies.
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THREE MARKETS - TWO CONTINENTS
This tour is on Mondays only 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
(as the farmers market we visit is open only on Mondays)
We will first meet at the Spice Bazaar for Spice Tasting. This extensive market was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque, Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt. There is plenty to discover for the "foodie."
Then we will take a ferry to Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul from Eminönü .
We will savor the morning at Goztepe Farmer’s Market discovering season’s vegetables and fruits, browsing, and sampling your way through the stalls of fresh produce. You will find produce--fragrant, pristine and bursting with flavor. As you explore the market your senses are filled with the fresh smells, and tastes from the produce, herbs, and flowers.We will also have the chance to taste what ladies have prepared to sell in the market.
Our third stop will be the historical Kadıkoy Food market where there is plenty to discover for the "foodie. This market is one of Istanbul's most colorful, vibrant and accessible shopping spots. Many traders have been in business since the early to mid 1900s and the more famous ones really need no introduction.
For lunch we will introduce you to Istanbul's diverse street eats in the Kadıkoy market.
This tour will give you a chance to discover 3 different types of food markets of Istanbul, taste delicious Istanbul street eats allowing you a glimpse into the daily lives of Istanbulites.
Price includes:Tour from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm including ferry rides, tastings , transportation to /from farmers market ,street eats lunch.
Cost : USD 110.- per person
ISTANBUL STREETFOOD WALK
Everyday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our walking tour is designed to introduce you to Istanbul's diverse street eats.
This tour will give you a chance to taste delicious Istanbul street eats and discover the colorful Kadıköy market on Asian side of Istanbul also allowing you a glimpse into the daily lives of Istanbulites. You will also have a chance to taste some of Istanbul's popular street food during your tour.
Please do not have a big lunch if you are joining us in the afternoon.
Price includes:Tour from 5 pm to 8 pm, ferry fares ,tastings along the tour
Cost : USD 80.- per person
TURKISH FLAVOURS ,SPICES AND DELIGHTS
Everyday except Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The focus of this 5 hour experience is a study lunch about Turkish cuisine. You will have the chance to experience the typical Turkish style of eating. We’ll explain the menu as we compose a meal in a well known tradesmen restaurant to illustrate the major components of a Turkish meal in general as well as specific dishes particular to the Istanbul repertory and a variety of seasonal dishes. As we savor our lunch, we will provide information on the components of a typical meal, and the incredibly rich array of fresh ingredients that comprise our meal. After lunch we will walk through the Spice Bazaar to learn about the special spices used in the Turkish Cuisine.
Then we will walk over the Galata Bridge to Karaköy, Istanbul's coolest trendy neighbourhood, Karaköy today is a dynamic neighborhood to say the least. What used to be the main port of the Ottoman Empire and a site for local hardware stores is transforming slowly but surely into a hub of food, culture, and shopping.
We will walk to discover the streets of Karaköy and sit down at a café where traditional desserts are made by connoisseurs or masters sticking to the original formula and using one hundred percent natural ingredients.
You will create your own Turkish Delight! Choose ingredients, decide for the covering and name it !
After savoring your creation a very fresh authentic Baklava brought directly from Gaziantep ( the cradle of Baklava) accompanied by a delicious Ottoman sherbet drink will be served.
USD 100.- per person
Price includes: Tour from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, all tastings and lunch consumed during the tour.
TRENDY KARAKÖY & NOSTALGIC MODA GOURMET WALK
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
A delicious walk on two shores of Istanbul – Europe and Asia
In a country where the cuisine is made up of so much meat and fish, it is also possible to do a food tour as a vegetarian in Istanbul.
Our tour is completely vegetarian friendly, and throughout the 5 hour route you will have your fill of some of the most traditional (and vegetarian!) Istanbul specialties as well as some local İstanbul neighborhood-only flavors.
Our walk begins at Istanbul's coolest hip neighbourhood Karaköy. Karaköy today is a dynamic neighborhood to say the least. What used to be the main port of the Ottoman Empire and a site for local hardware stores is transforming slowly but surely into a hub of food, culture, and shopping.
The opening of the nearby Istanbul Modern Museum in 2004 sparked a renaissance that has gained momentum in the past couple of years. Now, hardware stores rub shoulders with galleries, restaurants and boutiques, creating a dynamic blend of urban grit and glitter.
We will meet at a café where Baklava is made by connoisseurs or masters sticking to the original formula and using one hundred percent natural ingredients.
After savoring very fresh Baklava ,we will continue to discover the streets of Karaköy stopping for tastings along the way.
We will then take a ferry ride to the other side of the river that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul to explore the famous open-air street market of Kadıkoy.
After a leisurely coffee/tea break we will hop on the nostalgic tram to go to Moda an old, quiet, cosmopolitan Istanbul neighbourhood. Moda is known as the most beautiful district on the Anatolian side of İstanbul. Many old and middle-aged Istanbulites have romantic memories to tell you about Moda.
For lunch we will stop at various spots and taste an array of vegetarian dishes.
After lunch we will savor Homemade ice cream from a re known ice cream shop and hop back on the tram to the pier to take our ferry back to the European side.
USD 100.- per person
Price includes: Tour from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, ferry rides ,all tastings and lunch consumed during the tour.
THE TURKISH MEYHANE ( TAVERN) EXPERIENCE
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stop for Spice Tasting at the Spice Bazaar, cross over to the Asian side by ferry ,stroll the Kadıkoy neighbourhood market, enjoy a Turkish Meyhane style dinner.
A Meyhane is a traditional Turkish restaurant that serves alcoholic beverages with Meze and traditional foods.
We start by tasting unique spices and spice mixes in the Spice Market; then take a ferry over to the Asian side of Istanbul. Stroll through Kadıkoy market , a colorful open air street market , the heart of shopping for food.
Stop for a full Turkish meze experience with seafood, wild herbs and vegetable titbits; a true feast.. a chance to taste Rakı, Turkish lion’s milk in traditional Istanbulite style.
Tour from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost : USD 125.- per person
Price includes:Tour from 5 pm to 9 pm, ferry fares and dinner with 1 glass of Rakı.