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Albert Varon

Albert Varon

Born and raised in Istanbul, Albert really grew up in the Sephardic Jewish kitchen of his mother, where a distinct language and culture at once Turkish and yet Sephardic ("borekitas", "koftes de pirasa") inbedded in him a fascination with how different cultures impact cuisine in the same city. A guide in this city for more than 25 years, he is as much an explorer as any of us, always hunting down that perfect bite, always surprised at what's around the corner.

Recent stories by Albert Varon

February 18, 2016

Born on the Bosphorus: Exploring Three Distinct Waterside Neighborhoods

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Istanbul --
Book now       Give as a gift  US$ 125/adult
  • 2-7 people Beşiktaş -> ~6.5 hours 9:30am
    Kuzguncuk    (Everyday)
Quick bite: From a workingman’s breakfast in the frenetic market to a leisurely fish lunch in the Bosphorus neighborhood, this full-day food tour brings together the high points of life in Istanbul, in all their rich contrast. Read more
February 17, 2016

Hidden Beyoğlu

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Istanbul --
Book now    Give as a gift    US$125/adult
  • 2-7 people Beyoğlu ~5.5 hours 9:30am;  5pm
Quick bite: With Beyoğlu’s cosmopolitan history as a backdrop, on this Istanbulfood tour we will eat our way through the classic and unknown eateries of the neighborhood, the old and the new, tasting specialties from all over Turkey.  Read more