Turkey Food Tour

Turkey Food Tour

By Ruby Zhao | Updated Sep. 28, 2023

4-Hour Private Night Food Tour in Istanbul

Turkish food has long delighted foodies around the world. Beyond the delicious food itself, night food culture is an important aspect of life in Turkey.

This tour is designed for those who are curious about the nightlife of Istanbul. On the tour, you will explore the heart of Istanbul's night food culture — Taksim — and taste authentic and popular Turkish food and drink, such as kebabs and raki (a classic Turkish alcoholic drink). Enjoy a legendary night with delicious food, music, and local entertainment.




from US$80 p/p

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Mar. to Nov.

Tour Highlights

Explore Taksim, the heart of Istanbul's night food culture.
Explore Taksim, the heart of Istanbul's night food culture.
Socialize in an ocakbaşı (literally "around the grill").
Socialize in an ocakbaşı (literally 'around the grill').
Taste juicy kebabs at a famous local spot.
Taste juicy kebabs at a famous local spot.
Enjoy fresh simit (Turkish bagel) from trays and carts on the streets.
Enjoy fresh simit (Turkish bagel) from trays and carts on the streets.
End the night at a Turkish tavern, with raki, mezes (appetizers), dance, and music.
End the night at a Turkish tavern, with raki, mezes (appetizers), dance, and music.

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Itinerary Details

Istanbul is a city that lives on after sunset. This is especially true in Taksim, where our night food tour takes place. We will introduce you to the lively nightlife and dazzling streets of Taksim, where you will be amazed by the local food and entertainment.

Among other things, you will get to try Turkish tea and coffee, kebabs, raki, and mezes on this night food tour.

Your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. To experience life as a local, you will take public transport to the heart of night food culture — Taksim.

We will start with a snack that is often sold on the streets called simit. This crispy, sweet snack is the perfect companion to Turkish tea, and it is irresistibly delicious when it is fresh from the oven.

Next, you can try a snack with an interesting appearance — Midye dolma (stuffed mussels). The stuffing is usually made up of herbed rice, pine nuts, and currants. This is a relatively new street food and a favorite among night foodies.

Then, it's time to get social! In an ocakbaşı, you will experience a Turkish "social barbecue." Sitting by a fire, you can grill kebabs with friends and enjoy raki.

Finally, you will end the night at a Turkish tavern with dance and music. No matter how old you are, you can indulge in the wonderful rhythms and delicious food. Treat yourself to more raki and mezes, and end this legendary night with a full stomach.

Your guide will take you back to your hotel.

Trip Notes

1. Meet Your Personal Guide at the Hotel

The meeting time is 6 p.m. Your personal tour guide will arrange pickups at hotels in the following vicinities: Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray, and Taksim. Pickups outside these areas may incur an extra charge. Speak to our staff if you have any questions.

2. Transportation

To experience life as a local, your private guide will take you on public transport.

3. Diet Restrictions

If you have any special food requirements, please inform us in advance so that we can modify the tour to cater to your specific needs.

Price: US$80 p/p, Tour code: gh-tk-5

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