Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul

6 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


From kebabs to baklava to Turkish delight, Turkish food is famous worldwide. While many people have enjoyed more than the odd kebab in their time, there is so much more to Turkish food than just kebabs, as you will discover on the 6-hour Istanbul Food Tour. The tour takes you off the beaten track so you can sample the authentic tastes of Istanbul and experience delicious Turkish delicacies you may not have known existed. While discovering local markets, you will also gain an overview of Turkish history and culture while appreciating the unique architecture of Istanbul. Whether you are a food expert or love food, the Istanbul Food Tour will fulfill your eating dreams.


  • Beverages
  • Breakfast
  • Food tasting
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Karakoy Iskelesi, Istanbul Turkiye

Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel reception at 09.00 am. If you would like to start later in the day, please email us what time suits you the best. Firstly, we walk or catch a tram to Karakoy, where we have our Turkish breakfast, which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Istiklal Caddesi, Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkiye

Following breakfast, we will catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street and give a break for a cup of tea and coffee.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, Caferaga Mahallesi Kadikoy, Istanbul Turkiye

Walking down Istiklal Street will take us to Karakoy ferry station, where we will catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side to Kadikoy (Kalkedon ancient name that means the city of the blind), where you can taste authentic Turkish dishes or Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe have a liver wrap. We will continue to the fish market, where you can sample stuffed or fried mussels and pickles. Turkish people love their pickles, and some shops only sell pickles.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

So after indulging, we will then catch a ferry back to the European side of Istanbul and visit the Spice Market. Where you will have a chance to see where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years.

• Please note: the itinerary is subject to change, based on the location's availability and weather.
• You will have a chance to experience local culture while visiting some local markets, bazaars, and backstreets.
 • This is a 6-hour walking tour. 
 • We will use public transportation such as ferry.
 • You have full freedom on our tours. You can even change your mind on the day as we go.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Service animals allowed
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: the itinerary is subject to change, based on the location's availability and weather.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
December 2022

We had an outstanding tour with Furkan, who was knowledgeable, funny, and candid. The communication over WhatsApp in advance of the tour was excellent. Furkan took us to seven merchants selling extremely high-quality foods, from olives to meat to pastries to mussels and baklava, both in the Europ...

November 2022

Furkan was our guide and knew all of best places to sample real Turkish food. His recommendations on what to order, how to eat it and what he thought tasted great were spot on. He was also a very pleasant person to spend the day with and very knowledgeable about Istanbul as well as Turkey. We had...

September 2022

This was my third time to Istanbul, and I was looking for a customized experience centered around food and conversation on a range of modern Turkish topics. Furkan facilitated all that - and much more. He curated the perfect day around eating venues he'd frequent as a local and that I'd have di...

May 2022

By far, this was the best tour we experienced during our stay in Istanbul! Had we known it would be so amazing, we would have booked all our tours with this wonderful tour company. The food was so delicious, but our experience would not have been the same if it weren’t for our tour guide Derya! S...

April 2022

I am a solo (female) traveller with only 2 days in Istanbul. I had a great time doing the guided Istanbul food tour with Private Istanbul Walking Tours and would recommend especially for those staying a short period of time. My tour guide was Derya and she took me all around (old city and new cit...

April 2022

We only had one day in Istanbul and couldn’t have asked for a better day to experience the city. Our guide was very friendly and definitely knew his way around the city. All of the stops we made were great and we really enjoyed all of the food.

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