Istanbul Culinary Tour: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods 

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Easy        4 hours(Approx.) 

Get to know the complex food culture of Istanbul on this guided street food walking tour. Explore the Pera neighborhood and visit some of the hidden passages and streets including the Flower Passage, Hazzopulo, and Asmali Mescit. Stop at traditional meyhanes and food markets and sample a wide range of cuisine, including snacks, desserts, and drinks.

  • Learn about Turkish food culture from a culinary guide
  • Explore the historical Pera neighborhood
  • Sample traditional snacks, desserts, and drinks
  • Visit local meyhanes and food markets
Meeting point

This tour takes you into the heart of the modern section of Istanbul, ‘quirky’ meyhanes and bustling food markets. You and your friends and family will embark on a four-hour gastronomy tour around the world famous Beyoğlu (Pera) neighborhood.

We make sure nothing remains out, from home-style dishes to delisious kebaps and Turkish delights. Our pationete tour guide will take you to eateries and food shops, beloved by the area’s locals, and we know you will fall in love with them too. We promise you will love it!

What’s Included

Professional Guide
Transport by funicular
Food tastings – Samples & Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Coffee and/or Tea
Small Group


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For this trip to run, a minimum of 2 people are required to book
  • Minimum age is 14 years old
  • Near public transportation
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Pricing Details:

Adults Age (18-99): 1 Person: €98.00 | 2 Person: €136.00 | 3 Person: €168.00 | 4 Person: €224.00 | 5 Person: €265.00 | 6 Person: €300.00

Childeren Age (14-17): €60.00

Beyoğlu – Istiklal Street:

Istanbul is famous across Turkey for its outstanding street food but discovering good eateries in a big city is not always easy. Not to worry, that’s where we come in! We’ll help you experience all the flavors the city has to offer by guiding you through Istanbul’s best street food area called Beyoglu or a.k.a. Pera.


We start our food journey with delicious Börek; is a family of baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo, of Anatolian origins and also found in the cuisines of the Balkans, Levant, Mediterranean, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Western Asia.


Continue with Meyhane (Mezes and raki experience) A meyhane is a traditional restaurant or bar in Turkey. It serves alcoholic beverages like wine, rakı, vodka, beer with meze and traditional foods. “Meyhane” is composed of two Persian words: mey (wine) and khāneh (house). A meyhane refers to a restaurant with traditional food, decoration, and music.

İçli Köfte:

Stop at another street food vendor for İçli Köfte; Sabirtaşı makes Istanbul’s best içli köfte (a crispy bulgur shell filled with minced meat, parsley, and sautéed pine nuts), and if you don’t feel like walking up to their restaurant, their İstiklal Street vendor is always around to serve up the köfte on the go. Made by hand on a daily basis, the içli köfte are downright delicious.

Menengiç Pistachio Coffee:

We are sure, easily you will find Turkish coffee all around Istanbul but you should know another traditional type of coffee drink as Menengic Pistachio Coffee. Menengic is produced from the coffee tree. This tree is Latin name is pistacia terebinthustur. In Turkey, menengic trees grow naturally in mountainous rural parts of the Mediterranean region, Southeastern Anatolia region, and Central Anatolia region without any need of any planting process. Menengiç Coffee has different ways of cooking, but the most common method of cooking is to cook just like Turkish coffee.

Dürüm Kebab:

You must not leave Turkey without tasting Dürüm Kebab that is the sliced meat of a döner kebab may be served on a plate with various accompaniments, stuffed into a pita or other type of bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin flatbread such as lavash or yufka, known as a dürüm. Since the early 1970s, the sandwich or wrap form has become popular around the world as a fast food dish sold by kebab shops and is often called simply a “kebab”. The sandwich generally contains salad or vegetables, which may include tomato, lettuce, cabbage, onion with sumac, fresh or pickled cucumber, or chili, and various types of sauces.

Beyoğlu Chocolate:

Turkish people love sweets and confectioneries. Let try some of them; Beyoğlu Chocolate; one of the most famous chocolates in Istanbul are the milk or dark chocolate bars filled with enormous hazelnuts, pistachios, or almonds, sold on İstiklal Street at Meşhur Beyoğlu Çikolatacısı. The manufacturer of these grab-and-go chocolates is Elit, which has been around since 1924.


Baklava (baqlawah) is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped walnuts or pistachio and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is a very traditional Turkish Dessert.Ice cream; traditional ice cream in Turkey incorporates natural thickening agents, which give it a smooth, compact, and almost stringy texture.

Turkish Tea:

We can finish our delicious journey with Turkish Tea, is popular throughout Turkey and the Turkish diaspora. Turkish tea culture also extends to Northern Cyprus and some countries in the Balkan Peninsula..

Departure Point:

Nordstern Hotel Galata:

We meet outside the entrance to “Nordstern Hotel Galata” in Karaköy. Located on “Tersane Street” where the tram lines (T1) run through Galata Bridge, approximately one minute walk from Karaköy tram stop.
*Please check the exact location on Google Maps



Return Details:

Taksim Square:

Your tour concludes at Taksim Square, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul exploration.

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18 Reviews
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Elkin A. 🇨🇴

Couple Traveller
Culinary insights

Very knowledgeable and flexible tour around Istanbul, as my wife and I had only a couple of hours during our stopover to visit the city. Super recommended, with many cultural and culinary insights

December 24, 2020

Yulia E. 🇺🇸

Couple Traveller
Wonderful experience

We visited Istanbul in August 2020 and were the only ones on the tour. It was such a great experience because the tour was a combination of food and history. Our guide Erol was very generous with his time and knowledge and shared really interesting insights into Turkish cuisine, culture and history. We learned a lot about different neighborhoods of Istanbul, its architectural highlights and, of course, delicious Turkish food. There is a lot of food involved, so better come hungry! Thank you, Erol, for being an amazing guide!

September 10, 2020

Catsliz 🇺🇸

Family Traveller
Culinary tour Istanbul with Errol

What a fantastic experience. erol showed us places and food we would never have tried as we would not have known about it. A tour every tourist should do

February 18, 2020

Mark Q 🇺🇸

Couple Traveller
Excellent introduction to Turkish cuisine

We had an excellent evening with our guide, Erol. We visited a number of restaurants, bars and shops in Beyoglu, and the tour included a lot of historical information. The food we tasted was excellent, and ranged from mezze platters to confectionery. The tour felt very well thought out, our guide was a local expert, and we felt we gained a great insight into the food culture of Istanbul.

November 1, 2019

Sumitha Mu. 🇬🇧

Couple Traveller
Excellent food tour!

My tour guide was excellent, attentive and had a lot of knowledge on Turkish food and history. Me and my partner happened to be the only 2 on this tour and our tour guide still spent a full 4 hours (and bit more). I tasted food I would have never tried and enjoyed immensely. Would recommend this tour to anyone!

September 9, 2019