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Istanbul Culinary Tour: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

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    Pass By: Beyoglu, Merkez Bankası Karşısı Arme Elektrik Tic Ltd Şti, Istanbul 34100 Turkey

    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.

    Pass By: Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

    When you’re in Istanbul, you’ll soon realize that there are a lot of street vendors in every neighborhood selling all kinds of delicacies. From the iconic Istanbul simit to a fish sandwich by the Bosphorus, the city has lots of food that you can eat on the go or very late in the evening when everything else is closed.

    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.

    Pass By: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh. Beyoglu, Istanbul 34437 Turkey

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Turkish people love sweets and confectionaries. 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.

    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..
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    Departure Point
    Nordstern Hotel Galata, Azapkapı, Tersane Cd. No: 5, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
    Departure Time
    6:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Taksim Square, Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by funicular
    • Food tasting- Samples and Snacks
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 14 years old
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
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    Reviewed August 17, 2019 via mobile

    This was an excellent tour from the beginning to the end. Meeting up with our guide, Erol, was straightforward and as my 21 year old son and I were his only guests, we had his undivided attention throughout. The tour itself was a gentle stroll...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank I7301LEkenc
    Reviewed May 28, 2019

    Errol (guide) was waiting at the meeting point when I got there, and he found me immediately. We were joined by just one couple, so wandering around the streets was easy with just four people, especially as the streets were busy all the way from...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank bebap2019
    Reviewed September 24, 2018

    Our family of 3 have just completed an evening Street Food walking tour with Erol our guide. It was a wonderful experience, beginning in Galata with a ride up the funicular into Beyoğlu. Erol was waiting when we arrived about ten minutes early which was...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank DavidB22537
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