No Diet Club Istanbul Food Journey

Beyoğlu, Turkey

Experience hosted by Yunus Emre

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Great for groups
Celebrations, work gatherings and more.

What you'll do

Anthony Bourdain once said, “Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.” So then we are thinking the same for İstanbul. It is time to see parts different from than Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Area!

Our tour starts in Karaköy Pier. First, we will check out the fish market and try fresh mussels together! After that, we will have baklava in one of the most famous dessert shops in İstanbul! Having a walk-in Karaköy and talk about the history of the area, we will take a ferry to the Asian side! (Yes you can change continents while in İstanbul! ) If we are lucky, we will also see the sunset during our ferry ride to Kadıköy!

Rather than having a proper meal, we prefer to take you on a local food adventure at the backstreets of Istanbul!

As we arrive at Kadiköy we will visit the local food market and sample different Turkish appetizers and see if Turkish cheese is better than the French and see together if our pide is tastier than the pizza Italiana!

Our tour will finish with a Turkish coffee and with a surprising cheese dessert called Künefe.

Hope through this tour you will have a deep insight into Turkey and its people.
Anthony Bourdain once said, “Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.” So then we are thinking the same for İstanbul. It is time to see parts different from than Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Area!

Our tour starts in Karaköy Pier. First, we will check out the fish market and try fresh mussels together! After that, we will have baklava in one of the…

What's included

  • Food
    We will sample more than 10 Turkish foods and some local beverages
  • Drinks
    Tea, Turkish coffee, Ayran

Meet your host, Yunus Emre

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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As an official tour guide for 12 years in Istanbul and Turkey, I like to share my love for Istanbul and Turkish cuisine with you. Let me take you on an entertaining journey for Turkish food on 2 continents.
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From £41/ person

£41 per person
£41 per person
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Where you'll be

You will discover Karakoy district, take a ferry from Europe to Asia, see the Kadikoy food market on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Felipe
January 2022
Don’t miss out! This was a fabulous way to see Istanbul on foot and from the water, all while eating like a local. Yunus was a great guide and provided great contextual information about each dish/stop, and also about Istanbul more broadly. Only a few of the items on the tour were things I’d heard of or tried before—nearly everything was first time and amazing. Make this a dinner plan for one of your evenings, you will not regret it!
Elana
November 2021
We really enjoyed this tour and were happy we took it at the beginning of our trip. I definitely recommend it this exploration of street food, including for vegetarians. ! We signed up because we were hoping to learn both about Turkish food and culture through the lens of food. We definitely got both! We learned a lot and ate oh so much! We signed up for an extra couple of hours on the tour, which was a great idea, because it gave us lots of time to relax and eat and learn. Turkish food is definitely meat heavy, and our guide was so careful to make sure I as a vegetarian had a good experience, and there was a good balance between that and things for my omnivorous husband to enjoy. (I was overly stuffed by the end!) Thank you for a great evening and one of our trip's highlights!
Nicholas
November 2021
We had the pleasure of having Emre as our guide, two times… When we saw him again for this tour and realized we wanted to embrace him but Covid seems to make hugs impossible… That said, he is a world class guide and charmer. You will not be disappointed. The food tour? Well this tour must be new and doesn’t have many reviews yet. We kind of demanded he past us pick some foods and him pick some. The nice thing is we could point and ask “what is this” and he explained and we ate it. We ate a lot. We tour Asian side and European side (some). Fun and good food! What more do you wish?
Adrian
November 2021
This experience was above expectations. Emre is exceptionally intelligent and will adjust himself to cater to your needs. Energy levels and enthusiasm were high at all times and it was hard to think of something that couldn't be met within the experience. In terms of service and genuine friendliness, this goes above and beyond.
Hans
October 2021
What a fantastic Tour! By far the best tour of Istanbul. You get to enjoy some amazing food and learn a lot of history along the way! Wish I would have done it sooner! MUST GO ON! You won't feel like you are stuck in a tourist trap!
David
June 2021
This has to be one of the best "tours" I've ever done in my life. Calling it a tour doesn't do it justice. This was a behind the scenes look at neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants that I would have never taken the time to enter. Emir was so gracious and patient. He took time to really share his personal story with us and made us feel so welcome. We strolled through narrow alleys filled with fish stalls, delis and many other shops selling wares. We went into a pickle store (an absolute highlight) and drank pickle juice with black carrots and beets. We tried so many different foods, and it seemed like Emir knew everyone in the neighborhood. I wish all my friends could have this same experience. It was so special.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 20 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.