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Istanbul culinary walks

Turkish cuisine, like Turkey itself, channels cultural currents coming in from every direction, resulting in the delicious culinary chaos that is Istanbul. Turks, Greeks, Arabs, Persians and countless others have passed through here, leaving an indelible stamp on the cuisine. Historians speak of the “layered” nature of the city; we like to think of Istanbul as a stew. Our culinary walks and cooking classes in Istanbul are designed to lead visitors on an eating binge through the city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, taking in countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed monuments. We offer several activities in Istanbul (as well as a culinary walk in the Aegean city of Izmir and, seasonally, a multi-day culinary adventure in southern Turkey’s Gaziantep): Click here to compare our Istanbul Routes.

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Culinary Backstreets of the Bazaar Quarter

Culinary Backstreets of the Bazaar Quarter

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter is one of the world’s biggest open-air commercial centers, crowned by the planet’s largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar. It is not only a sprawling marketplace specializing in everything from knitting yarn to knockoff purses, but a historic center of small craftsmen who still carry on their tradition in the atmospheric caravanserais — Ottoman-era trading posts — that dot this area. Explore this Istanbul tour

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Two Markets, Two Continents

Two Markets, Two Continents

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Duration: about 6.5 hours

Our favorite Istanbul experiences include exploring the eateries in local markets and crossing the Bosphorus on the public ferry. The “Two Markets, Two Continents” route draws from our best-of list in the European side’s Karaköy neighborhood and the Asian side’s Kadıköy, tied together by a Bosphorus crossing. Explore this Istanbul tour

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Culinary Secrets of the Old City

Culinary Secrets of the Old City

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours
In Istanbul’s Old City, two culinary worlds exist side by side- one for tourists and one for locals.  While tour buses unload groups for a set menu lunch beside the Egyptian Spice Market, we take the backstreets in search of the shops and small restaurants that local Istanbulites will cross town to visit. Our “Culinary Secrets of the Old City” walk goes beyond the major monuments to these time-honored spots where all of the serious eating is done. 

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Kebab Krawl

Kebab Krawl

$75/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 4-10
  • Start/End: 5:45pm-around 9:00pm
  • Duration: about 3-3.5 hours

Istanbul has always been a magnet of migration and the city’s rich cuisine is a collection of deposits made by wave after wave of people passing through. Some stayed, some kept going, but often, their foods made their way into the Istanbul diet. Explore this Istanbul tour

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Hidden Beyoğlu

Hidden Beyoğlu

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

Until recently, Greek, Armenian and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) were the languages spoken in most kitchens in Istanbul’s historic district of Beyoğlu. Though the old cosmopolitans who populated the belle époque apartment buildings of Istanbul’s “European Quarter” have largely been replaced by a vibrant blend of rural Anatolians and global bohemians, hidden traces of these unique cultures remain, creating a very unique dining culture – at once rough and refined. Explore this Istanbul tour

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Born on the Bosphorus: Exploring Three Distinct Waterside Neighborhoods

Born on the Bosphorus: Exploring Three Distinct Waterside Neighborhoods

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Duration: about 6.5 hours

The Bosphorus Strait, which divides the city of Istanbul and separates the European and Asian continents, has never failed to inspire; from Emperor Constantine to Mark Twain, its charms are well noted. On its shores are palaces but also neighborhoods – from bustling marketplaces to multicultural fishing villages – all connected by the Bosphorus yet each a world unto itself. This is something that, despite Istanbul’s explosive growth, lives on today. Explore this Istanbul tour

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Shop, Cook, Feast: A Hands-On Istanbul Culinary Adventure


Shop, Cook, Feast: A Hands-On Istanbul Culinary Adventure

$110/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:15am-2:30pm 4:00pm-9:30pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

Behind every great Turkish cook is a neighborhood community – a baker, a third-generation milkman, a greengrocer with fresh seasonal produce, a butcher who’s owned the same shop for decades. Nowhere in Istanbul is this local culture more alive than in Kurtuluş, where our cooking experience takes place.  Explore this Istanbul tour

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Meyhane: A Night of Meze, Raki and Tradition


Meyhane: A Night of Meze, Raki and Tradition

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 4-10
  • Start/End: 7:00pm-11:30pm
  • Duration: about 4.5 hours

As Istanbul races toward assuming its role as a modern global city, timeless dining traditions passed down through the generations become all the more important to the city’s citizens and for preserving a sense of the past. Explore this Istanbul tour

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