Snack your way through Istanbul like a local on a private 5-hour street food tour. Follow your guide to locals-only eateries not found in any guidebook. Culinary highlights include stuffed mussels, coffee, simit (Turkish bagel), and fish sandwiches. The menu can easily be customized to suit any dietary restrictions. Many tastings are within plain view of famous landmarks including Gulhane Park, Galata Bridge, and Galata Tower.
Pick-up around 11:00 from your hotel. Enjoy the Street-food, people and culture of Turkey. (If we make some changes in the tour content “boat tour” can be done)
A delicious gourmet walking tour in Istanbul with many delicacies you may not discover on your own! Vegetarian diets are not challenging options for us – it’s easy being green and tasting exciting Turkish vegetarian delicacies during this tour. At 10:00 we will pick you up from your hotel.
Starting with Simit and Turkish tea. Simit is a freshly baked, molasses dipped and sesame crusted dough. Shopping in a famous Leather/Carpet. After shopping by tram to Gülhane Park, discovering Gülhane Park by walk and continuing to the historical Post Office in Sirkeci. Eating Raw Meatbals: Çiğ Köfte. It is traditionally and usually served as an appetizer or meze. Enjoying the Pomegranate Juice, which gives you energy for the rest of the day. We start by tasting unique spices in the Spice Market; then walk to Eminönü for Balık – ekmek:Fish and Bread, which is served on a traditional Turkish boat. Passing the historical Galata Bridge by walk and taking the second oldest Metro to Taksim. Tasting the traditional Turkish coffee next to Galata Tower. It’sroasted and ground coffee is boiled with sugar, and then served with the grounds which are allowed to settle at the bottom of your cup. This method allows the preservation of the full flavor. Turkish coffee is a communal drink. After coffee walking to the famous Istiklal Street and eating Stuffed Mussels: Midye, served with lemon. The vendor will crack one open for you. Squeeze on a bit of lemon and use the shell to scoop out all the street gourmet goodness. After that we will enjoy the delicious Fried Mussels: Midye Tava, spooned on a thick smear of tarator, made with dried bread crumbs, walnuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, herbs and tahini. It’s served skewered onto a shish. The same unlicensed street mussels of unknown provenance, coated in flour (and sometimes egg yolk and beer), then deep fried in a vat of sizzling oil; these are another very popular snack available at any time of day.
Upon tour completion, back to your hotel for overnight in Istanbul.