vanish at the bohemian streets of Istanbul AND try delicious street food to forgotten recipes

Culinary Backstreets


  • Grand Bazaar
  • Spica Market
  • Roof tops and alley ways of Tahtakale
  • Ferry ride from Europe to Asia
  • Street food and lunch at Ciya Restaurant
  • Wandering at Beyoglu and Galata
  • Coffee break at Pera Palace Hotel

Please bear in mind; we can always redesign this tour according to your interest and time.

You will meet your guide at your hotel at 09.00. You will start the tour with Constantine’s Column that he erected when he turned Constantinople into the Roman Empire’s new capital. From here, we will walk to the historical Golden Horn by walking through winding narrow ancient streets past old Ottoman Hans (old inns from the Silk Road era), the world-famous Grand Bazaar, Egyptian or Spice Bazaar, and Rustempasa Mosque, which is decorated with 16th century handmade Iznik Tiles.

When we get to the Golden Horn, we will catch a ferry to the Asian side of Istanbul. Here we will explore this district on foot and walk through the local market area and try the different tastes Istanbul offers. You can enjoy lunch here at a local restaurant as well.

During this tour, as you will vanish at the bohemian streets of Istanbul, you will also try delicious street food to forgotten recipes.

After lunch, we will catch another ferry back to the European side to Besiktas, where we will board a shared taxi (Dolmus) to Taksim Square. Here we will follow the famous Istiklal Street and take in the beautiful Baroque architecture and delight in the many shops and local cafes.

We walk through Asmali Mescid, Tunel (old funicular railway), Galata and eventually find our way back to Karakoy, where we will finish the tour by Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. If you like, your guide can assist you back to your hotel or you can explore further afield by yourself.

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  • All the entrance fees to the sites
  • Assistance of a local guides
  • Transport (local ferries, taxi, tram or private A/C van depending on number)
  • Treats to experience different tastes
  • Lunch

Not Included

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included

Are you interested in this tour? Just contact us

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