Istanbul Street Food Tour and Picnic

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3 hours 30 minutes
Departs from
Spice Bazaar in central Istanbul
Returns to
Concludes at Eminönü Port, central Istanbul
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Discover Istanbul’s tantalizing street eats on a 3.5-hour tour of the city’s street food scene! Led by a food-loving guide, visit the Spice Bazaar to try local delicacies such as ‘pastirma,’ Turkish cheeses and other treats. Then, cross the continents on a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian side. Stroll along the waterfront, and enjoy Turkish delight and a traditional tea or yogurt drink as you admire views of the Maiden’s Tower, before returning to the European side. 

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour for a personalized experience.
Meet your guide near Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and start your street food tour with a stroll around the impressive foodie market. Discover the stalls that are true local favorites and run your tastebuds past delicacies such as pastirma, artisan cheeses and some of the finest Turkish delight from a long-established sweet maker.

While exploring and chatting with the friendly traders, your guide will buy delicious treats for you to sample on the next leg of your tour — your visit to Istanbul’s Asian side. Foods bought will vary on the season, but expect to dig into delicacies such as pastirma, olives, halva (a sweet made with sesame flour and honey), simit (bagel-like bread with toasted sesame seeds) and traditional Turkish cheeses.
Leave the bazaar and walk to nearby Eminönü Port on the Bosphorus. Here, catch a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian shore, enjoying the views as you travel between the two continents of Europe and Asia.
On arrival, stroll along Üsküdar’s waterfront past cafés and mosques, and follow your guide to a traditional tea shop with panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Maiden’s Tower, the medieval tower that rises from the water. Absorb the setting as you enjoy some Turkish delight and a traditional Turkish tea or yogurt drink, and chat to your guide about the country’s culinary culinary culture and traditions.
After relaxing with great refreshments and conversation, take the metro back to Eminönü Port, where your tour finishes. Return to your hotel with directions from your guide, or, if you wish to enjoy the evening in the city center, ask your guide for insider tips on where to go.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Market stall samples
  • Snacks
  • One-way ferry ride to Üsküdar
  • Turkish tea or yogurt drink and turkish delight

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified