APPETIZING ISTANBUL CULINARY WALKS
Why Take A Turkish Flavours Food Tour?
- You LOVE food & TASTING food
- You think that TRAVEL and food go hand in hand
- You want a local's look at the Istanbul food scene
- You enjoy learning the FOOD CULTURE of a city
- You are looking for a culinary ADVENTURE
- You know that food, people, & ISTANBUL is a superb combination!
SPICE BAZAAR & KADIKOY MARKET TOUR WITH REGIONAL ANATOLIAN LUNCH
A culinary walk 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 İstanbul's best-known restaurant amongst gourmets to Çiya restaurant that specializes in food from the Southeastern region of Turkey, 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 20-25 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 walking tour in Istanbul! Please do not have a big breakfast if you are coming on this tour. Please do not have a big breakfast on the day of your tour and make no dinner reservations.
Tour from 10:30 am to 16:30 pm, ferry fares , tastings , a multi course lunch (20 + dishes) with a tasting menu offering small portions of many dishes in the restaurant.
Vegetarian food is not a challenging option for us – it's easy being green and tasting exciting Turkish vegetarian delicacies.
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ISTANBUL STREETFOOD WALK
Our walking tour is designed to introduce you to Istanbul's diverse street food.This tour will give you a chance to visit truly authentic street food stalls, backstreet restaurants and a colorful market.
This walking tour in Beyoğlu will give you a chance to explore Turkish Streetfood, stop at delicious street food stalls and discover one of the oldest fish markets in Istanbul, allowing you a glimpse into the daily lives of the people of Istanbul.Please do not have a big lunch if you are joining us in the evening.
Tour from 17:30 pm to 20:30 pm
This tour is operated only on week days.
All other reviews confirm how excellent these tours are. I'd like to especially recommend the Istanbul Street Food tour. We did this on a recent Friday evening and spent four very fun hours strolling Beyoglu, tasting all the local foods and having them explained by Annie, our superb leader, who knew every vendor we visited. Stops included sit-down meals, standing-up snacks, and specialty shops owned for generations. She never takes more than five people per tour, so it's truly an intimate and informative experience. This was the highlight of our time in Istanbul. Five stars! And don't eat beforehand.
Kathleen Lubey /New York
Tour from 10:00 am to 14:00 pm
TURKISH FLAVOURS LUNCH AND THE SPICE MARKET WALK
The focus of this three-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 visit a special candy shop dated back to 18th century ,discover the colorful and tasty world of Ottoman style candies and delights and walk through the spice market to learn about the special spices used in the Turkish Cuisine.
Tour from 12:00 pm to 15:00 pm
DINNER IN A TURKISH HOME
If you are limited for time but would like to sample some real Turkish hospitality, we invite you to have dinner in a Turkish home. This evening you will venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right into the homes of some of the people of Istanbul! Share a delicious home-cooked dinner,enjoy pleasant conversation,delight in the warmth and friendly hospitality of your hosts.
Instead of trying a restaurant you will enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties at an authentic Turkish home where you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts.Dinner with Turkish Wine upon availability of hosts. This dinner is available with minimum 4 participants.
A TASTE OF LIFE STYLE IN PERA WITH ANNIE PERTAN
One of Istanbul's most colorful quarters, every corner of Pera has a different story to tell.
Towards the end of the 19th Century the Grande Rue de Pera, with its embassies, churches, schools and art nouveau monuments was the Champs Elysées of Istanbul.The hub of Constantinopolitan high society.
Annie will take you from Taksim Square, down the Istıklal avenue, showing the interesting turn of the century architectural buildings, arcades, walk through the Galatasaray food market stopping for delicious Turkish desserts, visit a Franciscan Catholic Church and two Modern Art Galleries.
Your walking tour will end with Turkish tea or Turkish coffee at Annie's typical Pera Style house.
EAT & SHOP LIKE LOCALS AT THE GRAND BAZAAR.
You will linger in the Grand Bazaar, shop for unusual treasures and enjoy delicious tasty treats served in quaint restaurants.
Find out places you never would have found by yourselves!
TASTE ISTANBUL PHOTO TOURS
These are walking tours for photographers, the emphasis is on photography and the tour is led by a local well known professional photographer. We will help you to select best locations and give tips on how to get the best shots.
Have a chance to photograph the New Mosque ,the Spice Market,The Suleymaniye Mosque from angles you probably would not be able to discover without the help of a local professional photographer.Take a panoramic image of the Golden Horn, visit the fish market.
Tour size is limited to max. 6 participants. 9:30 am - 16:00pm
Special tours may be designed upon request.
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