Istanbul’s Authentic Flavors: the 10 Tastings

Istanbul’s Authentic Flavors: the 10 Tastings

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( 52 reviews ) star Food tour Istanbul 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Taste the most authentic dishes in town
  • Go to Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurant
  • 100% personalized to your wishes
  • Feeling daring? Have some pickle juice!
  • Munch on some local sweets like marzipan
  • Private tour: only you & your local host!

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What you can expect

Flavorful, traditional, and mouth watering: these words best describe Istanbul’s food scene. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t just hear about it, try it on a private tour with a friendly local!

Want to try a best kept secret? Turkish cheese is one of the best! You’ll have a chance to discover why with a cheese platter at a local favorite eatery. The best way to eat it: mix it with some simit and a tea, just like the locals do.

Turkish people love pickles, that’s a fact! Do as the locals do and have a cup of turşu at a family-owned pickle speciality shop. Be amazed by the variety and types of pickles on display. Or how about another classic? Try ‘pide’, Turkish pizza, at a local hotspot with a modern vibe. As soon as you take a bite of this cheesy bread vessel, you’ll understand why this is a favorite go-to food. And for that local touch: drink some ayran with it!

This whole experience is a foodie’s paradise, and to commemorate the biggest foodie of all, Anthony Bourdain,go to one of his favorite spots in Istanbul. Here can have one of the best dürüms in town.

A food tour in Istanbul would not be complete without a local drink in the mix. Step into one of the oldest meyhanes (taverns) in Istanbul and have some raki. This signature drink is a must try and a perfect conversation starter among the locals.

Last but not least: dessert! After all that delicious food, it’s time for a sweet treat. Check out an old school candy shop for a marzipan tasting and pick your favorite type of baklava at a traditional sweets shop.

With all that food in mind, you must be eager to try them all! Give it a go, with the help of a friendly local. See the hosts’ videos, pick the one you like the most and let them create your perfect foodie experience in Istanbul.

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Meet the host outside Restaurant Ozkonak Lokantasi
Tasting 1
Did somebody say cheese? Try different types in an amazing local deli
Tasting 2
You can’t leave Istanbul without trying some pickles and it’s juice
Tasting 3
Try Turkey’s version of a pizza pie called ‘Pide’, it will not disappoint
Tasting 4
Wash it down with some salty milky yoghurt drink called Ayran (tastes way better than it sounds)
Tasting 5
Head into a famous shop for Lokum (or Turkish delight) where the servers will let you try what you fancy
Tasting 6
1, 2, 3 CHEERS. Time for some traditional alcohol called Raki, not for the faint hearted
Tasting 7
Try Anthony Bourdain’s favourite Dürüm straight from the fire
Tasting 8
Discover the sweetest chop with the most delicious sweets and taste a very rare treat
Tasting 9
Boost your sweet tooth just that little bit more with some baklava to go
Tasting 10
End the fulfilling day with a proper coffee in a very secret spot with your host

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Food tour details

Private Food tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Guest pick-up
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What's included
checkPrivate guide
check3 alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.