Our Flavours of the Old City Tour gives you the chance to savour some of the best local foods Istanbul has to offer, while wandering the back streets around the markets of the Spice Bazaar. Discover a side of Istanbul that only the locals know about. Discover how Turkish cuisine has developed over Istanbul’s long history as the capital of 3 different empires – right where it all began, in the heart of the Old City.
Sit down to a local market-style breakfast after sourcing our foods fresh from the market, and sip on tea the way that Turks enjoy it. Taste original Turkish baklava and katmer the way it should be – fresh from the traditional wood-fired ovens. Feast your tastebuds on local favourites like kokoreç (we’ll tell you what that is later) and cağ kebabı (the grandfather of the modern döner kebab) – from the best local hole-in-the-wall restaurants that the locals are enjoying. Stop in at a generations-old lokum (Turkish Delight) shop and see how the popular sweet is made. Experience over 15 different foods during your day.
Finally, finish your tour with a traditional Anatolian-style lunch – cooked just the way it has been in central Anatolia for generations. This is an opportunity to savour during your visit to Istanbul, and experiencing the true taste of Turkey is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
Join us for a day that is sure to surprise and delight your taste buds and unearth the charms of the real Old City. Eat. Walk. Enjoy!
The Flavours of the Old City tours depart daily (except Sundays) at 09:30 am and are approximately 6 hours in duration.
This tour takes place around Istanbul’s Old City; therefore we meet to begin our tour in the heart of Eminönü. The exact meeting point and detailed directions will be provided upon booking.
Our small, standard tour group size is just 2-6 people. However, we are certainly happy to cater for your larger, private group.