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

  •   Lovely tour guide and ended up being a private tour due to low tourist season. However, the food itself looked very different to the pictures and the food / tour… read more

    thumb Anita
    January 12, 2024

      Of all the small group tours we have done around the world, this one was indeed one of the best and most enjoyable. Absolutely fantastic tour for a group of… read more

    thumb Anita
    January 5, 2024

      Very good tour to enjoy Istanbul in a different way. Didem, our guide was very interesting and precise. She gave us so many details on Turkish culture and spirit. It… read more

    thumb Rémi
    January 2, 2024
  •   Wunderbare Erfahrung! Ich entdecke eine Stadt am liebsten mit einer Kombination aus Geschichte und gutem Essen, das man nur als Local findet – beides wurde voll erfüllt. Klare Empfehlung!

    thumb Philipp
    December 30, 2023

      I was on the tour with Didem and she was a wonderful guide. We went to some amazing places and Didem did a magnificent job telling the stories about the… read more

    thumb Oscar
    December 30, 2023

      Ulku est une très bonne guide, qui parle très bien de son pays et de sa culture. Le tour est très agréable en partie grâce à elle. De notre point… read more

    thumb Aurélie
    November 9, 2023
  •   The tour was excellent. Didem was knowledgeable, kind and I greatly enjoyed the spots she took us to. They’re not spots I would have thought to visit on my own… read more

    thumb Daniela
    October 28, 2023

      Be prepared to eat well! We stopped at local hidden gems that you would never find on a map and it made it extra special.

    thumb Delaney
    October 28, 2023

      Maravillosa experiencia guiada por Didem que nos ha cuidado y tratado de forma exquisita. Una buenísima forma de conocer lugares de la ciudad a los que nunca irías… read more

    thumb Julian & Coco
    October 21, 2023
  •   WOW. We’re doing a 7mo wedding instead of a big wedding in California and Didem was incredible, overly nice to the point where I’m still asking her for recs and… read more

    thumb Anastasia
    October 17, 2023

      Everything was great. Food, walk, stories, hidden places one will not find on g00gle maps or guides. Also get to see some local food artisans that tourists don’t… read more

    thumb Jin
    October 4, 2023

      Our tour with Ozcan was amazing! We learned so much and got to try the tastiest foods in Istanbul! Definitely a great tour, and we’ll be doing his Asia side… read more

    thumb Emily
    October 3, 2023
  •   What an amazing day with Ozcan. More than a food tour, I learned so much on Turkiye and its history, saw the highlight spots of the City and of… read more

    thumb Alexandra
    September 26, 2023

      I left some private feedback for the host as I feel our experience may not have been a genuine reflection of how the tour typically is. We felt most restaurants… read more

    thumb Melissa
    September 26, 2023

      We had a great morning with Ozcan learning about the history of Istanbul through story telling, visuals and of course food. We tried dishes from places we would have likely… read more

    thumb Flora
    September 26, 2023
  •   Book this trip and you won’t regret it! The tastes of Istanbul we discovered were amazing. Dede also provided us with useful tips on where to eat, shop, enjoy hookah,… read more

    thumb Leslie
    September 20, 2023

      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

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