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 10:00 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 1.450 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 10:00 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.
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!

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

  •   We absolutely loved our food tour with Didi, she was really friendly and showed us great Turkish food that we would have otherwise missed. There was nothing more I would… read more

    thumb Corey
    September 9, 2023

      Didi leads an amazing 4 hour tour throughout Istanbul’s old town. She shared knowledgeable insights of the food, culture, and history of the area. Would definitely recommend!

    thumb Tyler
    September 8, 2023

      This tour was really wonderful. Our guideDuden was amazing, fun and knowledgeable. She made sure everyone felt welcome and included and really showed us an insider’s knowledge of the local… read more

    thumb Marion And Andrew
    September 1, 2023
  •   Such a good way to visit some of the amazing food sites of the city, and also uncovering lots of hidden gems we wouldn’t have found otherwise. Food was some… read more

    thumb Larry
    September 1, 2023

      Didi was very nice and took us around the city trying new foods. She even gave us recommendations for our next day. Good snacks throughout!

    thumb Renee
    August 31, 2023

      We loved this tour! The food was delicious and there was lots of everything. Didem, our guide, was simply wonderful. She was friendly and informative and shared some helpful background… read more

    thumb Flannery
    August 19, 2023
  •   This was such a great experience! The guide took us to so many cool places, many were “off the map”. We ate very well and saw some great places, and… read more

    thumb Christina
    August 19, 2023

      Didem was an excellent tour guide! Communication before the tour and the meet-up description was great, which gave me peace of mind as I was a solo traveler, and it… read more

    thumb Liesel
    August 15, 2023

      Didi was a fantastic guide! She was very knowledgeable about Turkey’s history and of course food culture, but in a very relaxed and friendly way. We loved every stop and… read more

    thumb Prue
    August 11, 2023
  •   Didem was amazing and the tour gave me an insider’s view of the city. She took us to places I would have never found on my own. She’s nice and… read more

    thumb Khaled
    August 11, 2023

      We tried a lot of great local foods and had a great conversation while walking. Good way to experience Istanbul outside of the major places.

    thumb Poli
    August 10, 2023

      Host was very knowledgeable and friendly, we had really good time and was good to see parts of the city we would never have seen as tourists, thank you.

    thumb Richard
    August 8, 2023
  •   Great tour I got to learn so much about the history of turkey our tour guide (Didem) was so knowledgeable and worldly also her friend (Ozgur) very educated and nice… read more

    thumb Ramin
    August 7, 2023

      Amazing tour!
    I booked super last minute during a 24h layover in Istanbul, in order to get to know the city.
    Our guide was amazing and she really made it feel… read more

    thumb Hannah
    August 4, 2023

      We had the most fantastic tour with Didem! She was so knowledgeable and took the time to get to know each of us and our interests. The food was delicious… read more

    thumb Emma
    August 4, 2023
  •   Ozcan is a real professional and was really great and keeping everyone engaged throughout the entire tour. So full by the end of it but also so worth it!

    thumb Leonard
    July 28, 2023

      very nice and funny guide, but don’t expect to get a lot of food. a few bites of pide, kebab and one baklava. we expected more with that many good… read more

    thumb Malte
    July 27, 2023

      The food was not as good as I was hoping for. We avoided places which had a big crowd, but it looked like those places had better food. The pizza,… read more

    thumb Vu
    July 22, 2023
  •   We had the pleasure of going on a fantastic food tour in Istanbul, led by Didem. She expertly guided us across the city, introducing us to an array of delicious… read more

    thumb Devansh
    July 17, 2023

      Ozcan was the great host. Super friendly and would literally ask us if we are tired and we will take some pause in between. Such a great guy with great… read more

    thumb Nimie Chaylone
    July 12, 2023

      Volkan was super personable and a great story-teller! This was almost like a history tour, but with the added bonus of food. Absolutely loved it and would highly recommend, especially… read more

    thumb Yen Khe
    July 11, 2023
  •   We had a great time on this food tour, and learned so much about the culture of the city, all while trying lots of different foods. As vegetarians, we were… read more

    thumb Nive
    July 11, 2023

      We had an incredible time on this tour! We tried so many delicious Turkish dishes, and Didem is a wonderful host. She also gave us many recommendations for our remaining… read more

    thumb Emily
    July 10, 2023

      This was an absolutely amazing tour! The food was great, everything was timed and spaced really well, and I was really happy overall with everything. Thank you!

    thumb Meghana
    July 10, 2023
  •   Booked the experience for me and my fiancee whilst visiting Istanbul. We definitely enjoyed our day on the tour, and got to try various cuisines at places we never would… read more

    thumb Adam
    July 5, 2023

      Fun trip! Great stories of Istanbul food / restaurants / history. Had the chance to try breakfast, Turkish delight, doner, kebab, baklava – so much fun!

    thumb Kenzie
    July 5, 2023

      Didem gave us a wonderful tour of the local food and places around the o ld city of Istanbul. We were able to explore different varieties of delicacies and specialties… read more

    thumb Namrata
    July 4, 2023
  •   Great experience all around. Really didn’t expect to learn as much outside of the food-based experience. Our host Muti was very kind and knowledgeable

    thumb Jeremy
    June 27, 2023

      Great intro to Isanbul! Our guide was very approachable and knowledgeable! It’s a great way to try traditional Turkish dishes, learn about the culture, and see some famous sights. Unfortunately… read more

    thumb Lisa
    June 26, 2023

      Fascinating culinary exploration of Istanbul’s rich history spanning from Ottoman delicacies to today’s Turkish street side delights.
    Our host Didi shared the history of Pide, Turkish coffee, Turkish delights, doner… read more

    thumb Nadia
    June 17, 2023

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