Istanbul Old City Food Tour

Old City Food Tour

Explore local food and hidden gems around the historical center

Welcome to Istanbul's highest rated food & walking tour that covers unique delicacies, hidden streets and extraordinary locations in the old part of the city. Experience the true vibe of the city by joining us on an Istanbul food tour that explores the captivating historical sights around the old city while tasting traditional mouth-watering delicacies.

Tour Schedule

Taste of Istanbul's Old City Food tour starts at 09:30 AM every morning (except Sundays) and will end around 14:00 PM. The total duration is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

What is included ?

- The tour price includes all the food and drinks through the tour. Bottled water is also provided when necessary. - The tour is instructed by one of our knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic guides that aims to provide culinary, historical and cultural insights of the city including a local's personal suggestions.

Group Size

- All our tours consist of a maximum 8 people but we do our best to run the tours even with only a few people. - Private groups are also welcomed.

Price and Cancellation Policy

- The tour price is 920 Turkish Liras for adults. For children under 12 years old, please contact us. - The tour price is fully refundable if you cancel 24 hours before the tour starts.

Meeting & Finishing point

- Taste of Istanbul's Old City Food Tour starts just in front of the famous Spice Market and explores Istanbul's historical streets. - The tour ends just next to marvellous column of Constantine which is also neighbouring Cemberlitas Tram Station and just 200 meters away from very well known Hagia Sophia.

What to bring

- Your appetite for sure! - Comfortable walking shoes - Umbrella if necessary. - If winter season please wear warm clothes, a hat, scarf and gloves. We will spend some time at open air and might be cold.

Tour itinerary

Meeting at 09.30 AM
You will meet your guide in front of epic Spice Market. We look forward to having you!
Traditional Pide
The first experience will be a unique Turkish pide cooked in old oven located in a historical building which was built in 1888.
Breakfast delicacies
Then it will be time to mingle in the crowds and taste several luscious breakfast treats as well as hand-made pickles in different stores on a colorful street.
Turkish Delight
We will have our scrumptious Turkish delights from a 245 year old shop after having a walk in gorgeous Spice Market.
Döner
The perfect time for tasting the famous döner is just afterwards. We will visit a little food stall which is in business since 1970! That may be the best döner in town !
Kebabs at Grand Bazaar
Exploring the incomparable Grand Bazaar as real locals do, we will discover the best type of kebabs that are cooked at the moment just for us in the little hidden restaurants inside the bazaar.
Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee is always best after a perfect meal. So next will be the local coffee tasting while watching the people walking in the bustling streets of Grand Bazaar.
Perfect end with Baklava
Before heading to the cosy streets along the marvellous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, it’s time to indulge ourselves with the famous Turkish dessert; Baklava!

400+ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews on Airbnb Experiences, TripAdvisor and Google

  •   Excellent tour very informative good introduction to Istanbul

    thumb Kim
    September 30, 2022

      great tour

    thumb Nicole
    September 29, 2022

      Incredible food experience featuring Istanbul’s best local spots. There’s no way you’d be able to research and try all of these authentic foods without the local knowledge and connections. Elif… read more

    thumb Bailey
    September 27, 2022
  •   We had a lovely time with our guide and ended up having a private tour 🙂 the host is so sweet and will adapt the tour to your needs.… read more

    thumb Stephanie
    September 26, 2022

      We do “food experiences” at almost every place we visit, and this was one of the best. Oscan mixes stories about Turkish history with a description of the contemporary status… read more

    thumb Todd
    September 24, 2022

      Excellent experience with friendly and interesting guide. Thank you so much! Highly recommended and the food was delicious.

    thumb Louella
    September 23, 2022
  •   Didem was simply above and beyond amazing! One of the best tours that we have ever been, and we have been to a lot! She was very knowledgeable of the… read more

    thumb Roham
    September 22, 2022

      Had a wonderful tour today with Elif! She was an amazing guide as we adventured to some incredible places off the beaten path filled with great food and fascinating conversations… read more

    thumb Christopher
    September 20, 2022

      Génial ! Elif est une superbe guide avec de nombreuses connaissances sur la ville d’Istanbul, sa gastronomie et son architecture. Nous avons visité et mangé des endroits que nous n’aurions… read more

    thumb Clara
    September 19, 2022
  •   Wonderful experience and totally enjoy!!!!!! I am late one hour and Dedem really patient to tell me their trace and help me find them!!! I enjoy nature fresh local food… read more

    thumb Yuchi
    September 16, 2022

      This tour is an ideal way to meet Istanbul, its culture and cuisine. We visited historic restaurants and shops that make the best of the best of their respective dish… read more

    thumb Sj
    September 12, 2022

      We booked this tour for our first full day in Istanbul and had a wonderful time exploring the city and culture through the lens of the food scene! Elif was… read more

    thumb Lauren
    September 12, 2022
  •   Nice experience. You learn a lot and eat a lot.

    thumb Myosotis
    September 10, 2022

      Such an amazing tour! Was so lovely eating food, meeting people and learning about the history of bazar and the food we ate. Would really recommend!

    thumb Ellie
    September 10, 2022

      Didem was a wonderful guide! We had the best day learning about Istanbul and the food scene. Our tour was small (their maximum number of 8). Wonderful food all around,… read more

    thumb Cassidy
    September 8, 2022
  •   Absolutely wonderful experience. Learned so much about Istanbul and it’s charming old town. Would highly recommend

    thumb Annie
    September 3, 2022

      Great way to meet nice people, see the city and try some great food!

    thumb Rosanne
    September 3, 2022

      Amazing ! Don’t think about it, just do it!

    thumb Carmelys
    September 3, 2022
  •   This is an amazing tour, perfect to get your bearings in Istanbul. Elif was a perfect host: Knowledgeable, engaging and fun. The food stops were all excellent, and gave us… read more

    thumb Alexandra
    September 2, 2022

      This was an amazing tour, can’t recommend it enough! Thank you!

    thumb Monica
    September 1, 2022

      Such a fun tour! The food was delicious and Elif did and amazing job showing us around and telling us about the history of the places we went. Highly recommend… read more

    thumb Lyndsey
    August 30, 2022
  •   Amazing experience! Highly recommend doing this tour during the first 2 days of your stay in Istanbul!

    thumb Alissara
    August 30, 2022

      Great tour, but come with empty stomach and don’t eat too much in the beginning! It’s as much a tour of the grand bazaar as of the food, but was… read more

    thumb Max
    August 27, 2022

      This is a fine tour that shows you hidden gems as well as great classics. Didem gave us interesting details on the food and the city in a personal, easy… read more

    thumb Nicole
    August 26, 2022
  •   All the amazing reviews are correct! Such an incredible tour – the best food spots that you would never find my yourself. Felt really authentic and were given lots of… read more

    thumb Joanna
    August 23, 2022

      Lots of fun stops and information on our tour with Elif! It’s much more of a cultural tour than historical so it’s good to pair this with another historical tour… read more

    thumb Murphy
    August 23, 2022

      Ótima experiência, vale a pena conhecer!

    thumb Antonio
    August 23, 2022
  •   Great experience! Was just the two of us so was like a private tour. Loads of history and information, best thing to do at the start of our trip. Loved… read more

    thumb Nick
    August 22, 2022

      Great experience that I recommend all who are visiting the first time.

    thumb Sachit
    August 17, 2022

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