ISTANBUL FOOD TOUR
Join us on a journey through the central part of the old city of Istanbul and the very non-touristy part of the Asian side. When we explore the old city of Istanbul, you will find the splendid cultural heritage left in the background of the empire, combining Turkish, Arabic, Greek, Jewish, Persian, Armenian, Circassian, Caucasian and other cultures in one bowl. Enjoy the rich and varied history of this vibrant and charming neighborhood as the stories of past and present unfold before you.The day begins with a short ferry ride to Kadikoy on the Asian side. Kadikoy has one of the best food and fish markets in town, with brightly colored fruit and vegetables, plenty of fish and a variety of weather-resistant street tables. We stop at a local cafe for some Turkish coffee as we prepare for the next leg of our journey. You will take the tram to Moda, a popular leisure spot for locals. Time for some delicious ice cream (or a salep in winter) at Ali Usta. We will walk through the tea plantations on Cape Moda, admiring the stunning panorama from the Sea of Marmara to the old city of Istanbul, until we reach Bahariya Street, one of the busiest streets in the city. Next stop will be at Saray Muhallebicisi for pudding, a Turkish dessert made of chicken and milk – an odd-sounding but delicious dish that is now considered Turkey’s “signature” dish.
Time for lunch at a local restaurant. Here you can taste some of the most famous traditional local dishes and appetizers. After lunch, we take the local ferry to Karakoy. You will visit Gulluoglu Baklavacisi, one of the leading baklava manufacturers in Turkey, established in 1871. Gulluoglu also has a big store in the center of Karakoy where you can also find the best Turkish cheeses, olives, olive oil and appetizers. You can shop to your heart’s content here.
Walking across the Galata Bridge with the fishermen and seeing what the fishermen caught today, we arrived at the Spice Bazaar, the last stop of the Western Silk Road, a paradise for dried fruits, cheese, sausages, jams, nuts and seeds. We The last stop on this tour is Haci Bekir Sekercisi, where you can taste some of the best Turkish food served since 1777.
Including: Licensed English speaking guide, Transportation with A/C vehicles, Lunch, Entrance fees, All taxes
Excluding: Beverages at lunch, Tips, Personel expenses