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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.

Hidden Beyoğlu

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  • 2-7 people Beyoğlu ~5.5 hours 9:30am

Quick bite: With Beyoğlu’s cosmopolitan history as a backdrop, on this walk 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. 

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

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  • 2-7 people Kurtuluş     ~5 hours 9:15am, 4pm 

Quick Bite: After a shopping for ingredients in one of Istanbul’s most food-centric neighborhoods, we’ll teach you how to cook six of our favorite Turkish recipes from all over Turkey – dishes like Circassian chicken, stuffed eggplant from southeastern Turkey, Aegean-style mincemeat pastries and more. 

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Kebab Krawl

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  • 4-10 people  Aksaray     ~3-3.5 hours 5:45pm 
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Quick bite: This evening activity is a celebration of the cuisine of Southeastern Turkey, which includes the famous grilling districts of Gaziantep, Urfa and Hatay, tied into one big evening feast.

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Istanbul and Beyond: First stop, Hatay

US$2,500/adult  ($250 single supplement)

  • 4-12 people Istanbul-> Hatay September   2018 2-day photography workshop add-on

Quick Bite:  With author Robyn Eckhardt and photographer David Hagerman, we’ll take you on a week-long culinary journey from Istanbul to Hatay, learning about the people and places behind the tastes featured in their acclaimed cookbook Istanbul and Beyond. We’ll tour urban markets and village bakeries, meet homecooks for hands-on demonstrations and experience much more.

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