3- 3½ hours
6 stops
Local food and culture
10 people max
English
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€59/ person
If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price. Flat fee rate applies for groups of 6 and under.

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What you'll do

Our evening Secret Food Tour: Istanbul - Karakoy will introduce you to a range of traditional Turkish cuisine.

Learn about some of Istanbul's most important dishes, the evolution and history of Turkish food, and how important food has and always will be to Turkish culture. We'll focus our tour in the area of Karakoy, which is well-known for its delicious street eats and buzzing nightlife.

By the end of the tour, you'll have tasted some of Istanbul's best dishes and will have gained a better understanding of our history and culture.

A thoughtfully curated Upgraded Drinks Package is also available for those looking to enhance their food tour experience.

Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

  • We'll begin our tour with a sublime Shish Kebab.
  • We'll then move on to our world-famous Turkish Delight, with this version being slightly tart and almost savory.
  • We'll then stop for some fresh fish with a twist.
  • Some home baked pide bread will be up next.
  • We'll then make a stop for some refreshing Turkish tea.
  • Are you ready to try the finest kokorec in Istanbul?
  • One of our personal favourites, baklava will be next up on your tour.
  • As with all our tours, there's our delicious Secret Dish.
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When you purchase our Upgraded Drinks Package, you'll enjoy the following in addition to the drinks already served on the tour:
  • Bomonti Beer


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*Please note: the itinerary and menu is subject to change, based on the locations' availability, weather, and other circumstances.

What you'll taste
THE FOOD
  • Multiple mezze
  • House baked bread
  • Chicken shish kebab
  • Turkish Delight
  • Freshly fish
  • Freshly baked pide bread
  • Kokorec
  • Baklava
  • Our delicious Secret Dish
DRINKS
  • Raki
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Non-alcoholic options
Meeting Spot
Your guide will be waiting for you right next to the Books&Coffee Café diagonally across from the Karakoy Tram station next to Hotel Momento Golden Horn. If you have any questions. Please email us.

Fri-Sat 17:30 p.m.

Books&Coffee Café

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Your guide will be waiting with an orange umbrella so they are easy to spot.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price. Flat fee rate applies for groups of 6 and under.

Nusret - Istanbul City Manager

City Manager - Istanbul

Nusret

+90 212 900 8161

"I'm excited to share my stories and experiences relating to Turkish food culture with my guests who have booked this tour. Feasting with people who have come all this way to experience my city makes this a truly rewarding experience for everyone!"

WHY KARAKOY?

Karakoy is known as the neighbourhood of beautiful views and night foods. It is located by the entrance of the Golden Horn and surrounds the iconic Galata Tower. Throughout history, Karakoy has always been a major port and trade centre of Istanbul. Today, Karakoy is known for its street eats and nightlife. In the secret back roads of Karakoy you can find special items not offered in other parts of the city, but only if you know where to go!

About Istanbul Food Tours

As Turkish food lovers and experienced home cooks, we'll be able to introduce you to some of the finest Ottoman and Turkish dishes in the city. Our small team of English speaking Turkish locals are eager to share our local and dining knowledge with all visitors who have made the trip to our amazing city.


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City Manager, Nusret, is a local who has traveled all over Turkey in search of new flavors he can share with his friends and family. He has gained knowledge of his country's food history, and a deeper appreciation for the food and the cultures they come from.

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Frequently asked Questions
How do I order?

That is very easy! Go to our "Book Now" page, where we detail our tours. Select your tour and the time of your tour and book it! You are looking for something special? You are organising an event? Just email us at Group & Private Tours and we will do our best to arrange something that suits you. After your booking is made, we will send you an automatic e-mail confirmation. If you have any questions before booking, feel free to contact us via email or phone us at +90 212 900 8161.

*Please note if you are using a special promo code then enter it in the "Voucher Code" section before you select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase*

What is included in the food tour?

All the delicious food and drinks, but if you want more alcohol (and who doesn't?) We offer a upgraded drinks package that gives you 1 drink, tax and tip included.

Where is the meeting spot?

Your guide will be waiting for you with his orange umbrella right next to the Books&Coffee Café diagonally across from the Karakoy Tram station next to Hotel Momento Golden Horn. When you are at the Karakoy Tram station with the sea at your back you will see a big black and yellow sign of the Books&Coffee Café straight ahead to your left on the other side of the crosswalk/intersection. The easiest way to get there from Sultanahmet or Eminonu is, after crossing over Galata Bridge in the direction of Galata Tower, to find the Karakoy Tram station and cross the road at the intersection after the tram station.

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Where the tour will end?

We will end our tour at the famous Bull Statue of Kadikoy. From there your guide will explain to you how to get back to the ferries and metro stations. For those who desire to explore the local streets more he/she will help you with where to go. However, you can depart at any convenient spot. Please let your guide know in that case. Then, you will be pointed in the right direction to explore on your own.

Is your food tour suitable for a vegetarian or someone with other dietary requirements?

You can always tell our guides of any food allergies or special dietary requirements. We will adapt the menu so you can fully enjoy the tour ! If you have any doubts or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected] before booking. Unfortunately, this tour is not gluten free however it can be arranged to be suitable for vegetarians.

I am traveling with my family, is the tour ok for infants/children?

Children are quite welcome and it's free for any child 2 years or under. We can give them non-alcoholic drinks and you are free to enjoy the tour with your entire family of all ages.

I don't drink alcohol. Can I book your tour?

There is one alcohol drink in this tour, but it can be easily changed to non-alcohol drink. Just inform our guide before your tour starts if you have any special request. During the tasting, water is available in most of the food houses.

Is there enough food during your tour?

Think of the tour as a tasting menu. As we travel you get many delicious treats that comprise a meal with desert, fruit, and snacks. You will not feel hungry after the tour.

Where do I add my discount voucher?
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I would like to take your tour but it is already fully booked. Is there a way I can do the tour?

Our tours are often sold out very quickly. If the date requested is not available, please do not hesitate to email us and see if there is anything we can do. We cannot promise, but we will try our best to sort something out for you.

Is there a lot of walking?

To join our food tour, you must wear comfortable shoes. There will be around 45 minutes to one hour of walking, but it is not too difficult and is broken up between food stops. The guide walks at the pace of the tour members.

How many people max are on this tour?

We take 10 people maximum on the main tour and 8 people maximum on the brunch tour. If you are more than 10 people, please do not hesitate to email us and will try to see if we can accommodate.

I cannot find a way to print the confirmation. Is it OK if I have it on my phone?

You do not have to print your voucher. A confirmation on your phone will be fine!

If I purchase a voucher as a gift, or am given a voucher how long is it valid for?

All of our vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

Can I choose my own cheese and meat?

Our guide will take care of everything. Should you wish to try something special, please inform our guide and they will do their best to make you happy.

Where does your food come from?

Top-quality, fresh and local!

What if it rains or I change my plans?

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable in Istanbul especially in fall and winter seasons. Bring an umbrella with you. We will try routing not to be bothered by rain that much. In the case that a huge storm is approaching and any considerable difficulties and risks are predicted, the tour will be cancelled for your safety. We do not issue refunds as per our terms and conditions. We also inform you that we never cancel a booking even if we have only 2 people! However we do reserve the right to cancel the tour if we feel the weather is extreme, and we cannot run the tour due to this for more info see our Terms and Conditions: https://www.secrettours.com/terms-and-conditions/

Can I pay the tour in cash?

You must book directly on our website. We do not accept cash payments. Our online payment is safe, secured and SSL protected.

Why do we need to pay for booking fee?

The booking fee that you have to pay is up to our ticket provider and we can't change it. All our clients need to pay for it upon booking. The booking fee charged contributes to the cost of the ticketing system to provide an excellent service to our customers.

Foreign Transaction Fees

A few banks have charged their customer an extra fee while booking with us (this isn't the booking fee but another fee added by the bank). We think this is unfair, if this happens let us know by showing us in your bank statement and we will refund this fee as a gesture of good will.

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