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Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home

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    After you meet your guide in the Sultanhamet district, head by foot to your local family’s home for your small-group food and culture tour in Istanbul. Savor an evening to learn about the heritage of Turkish cuisine and, of course, fill your belly with plenty of home-style delights.
    Arrive and meet your hosts as you absorb the delectable smells emanating from the kitchen. The meal of the night will vary depending on available ingredients, but prepare for a 3-course dinner that will leave you satiated. A typical appetizer is a thin soup called çorba (usually prepared using lentils) and a classic entree is minced meat and eggplant served with a side salad and rice. Since Turks have a soft spot for sweets, save room for dessert which includes tasty pastries served with mint tea.
    During dining, enjoy casual conversation about a typical day in the life of an Istanbulite. Then, learn more about the food you’re eating as your bilingual guide helps translate with your friendly hosts. After experiencing warm Turkish hospitality, savor the waning moments as you bid farewell to your hosts.
    Next, step outside into the evening air for a walk along the lesser known streets of Istanbul where tourists are few and far between. Cruise through neighborhoods with elegant wooden homes and learn about the diverse cultures that led Istanbul to be named the city of a thousand faces. Hear how Turks, Armenians, and Greeks all converged here making this a true east meets west Cosmopolitan city.
    Continue to a local joint to meet some cool locals and gaze out over the Marmara Sea. Here, delve into Turkey’s sporty culture and see televised football games and people playing backgammon. Perhaps challenge a local to a backgammon match. The last highlight of the day is a Turkish staple: sipping strong tea and experiencing a rich puff from the shisha pipe. From here you can request from your guide directions back to your hotel or any other location you wish to go.
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    Reviewed July 10, 2019

    Feyza was a terrific guide. You know when you walk past something and think, that looks delicious or I wonder what that is etc. We should have done this walking food tour from day one because Feyza gave us insight into Turkish Culture which put...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank kufefe
    Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

    It was a pleasantly different and new experience, visiting a local home and having a real home & mommy cooking dishes. There were 4 kinds of cold and warm dishes (soup, two salads, chicken & rice) and unlimited Turkish tea, all of which were tasty...More

    Thank Curious713429
    Reviewed March 30, 2019

    This was unique. I met Atahan at The Pudding Shop, which was a couple blocks from my hotel. I like walking. We then walked about 15 minutes away to this local women's house. I love going into the local neighborhoods you would never normally know...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Beth G
    Reviewed March 17, 2019

    I have done two UA tours before in different countries, and this being my first time in Turkey decided to seek out what they had on offer. I decided on the Homecooked tour, which really exceeded my expectations! We were just four people, and Atahan...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank 864christinez
    Reviewed February 26, 2019

    There was no way to contact the agency, they never replied to my texts or e-mail so I wonder why they even wrote it on the ticket

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Alessio B
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    January 14, 2019|
    Response from mses2014 |
    well it depends on where you go. not only there are top-class restaurants and cafes around but also street cuisine. Doner (beef and chicken) sandwich and a drink might cost between 15-25 Turkish liras (around 2.5€-4€) on the... More
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