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Must Try Taksim Local Street Food Walk

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.Istanbul, Turkey

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Experience hosted by John

3 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our journey begins atTaksim Square. We will meet in front of the Marmara Hotel. Once we are all ready we will cross the street which takes us to the top of the worlds busiest and most decorative street called Istiklal Street; the heart of Taksim. We will sample "Doner (spin)Kebap at one of the many delicious famous kebap stands. Next we will make our way through the ancient and beautiful streets of Taksim down Istiklal Street and into a side street where we will try some amazing dolma(rice) mussels , fried mussels and fried calamari. You will have the option to try kofte(spiced beef patties)and kokorec as well. From there we make our way back onto Istiklal Street and walk down to a must go place to sample a very special and different tasting type of kebap called Adana Kebap; spicy and non spicy. The dish includes a different kind of kebap that is from another part of Turkey. Doner Kebap and Adana Kebap have 2 completely different flavors. Its a must try and i can never get enough of Adana Kebap. We will finish the walk at the most famous dessert shop in Istanbul to try the best baklava in the world; literally. After Dessert we end the tour with real Turkish coffee and chy (tea).
Our journey begins atTaksim Square. We will meet in front of the Marmara Hotel. Once we are all ready we will cross the street which takes us to the top of the worlds busiest and most decorative street called Istiklal Street; the heart of Taksim. We will sample "Doner (spin)Kebap at one of the many delicious famous kebap stands. Next we will make our way through the ancient and beautiful streets of Taksim down Istiklal Street and into a side stre…

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What's included

  • Food
    Doner Kebap - Special Lamb and Beef on large spinning rotator.
    Mussels...
  • Drinks
    Real Turkish tea also known as Chy.
    Authentic Turkish Coffee - Each on...
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Fri, 23 Oct
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
₹3,384 per person
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Sat, 24 Oct
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
₹3,384 per person
₹3,384 per person
Sun, 25 Oct
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
₹3,384 per person
₹3,384 per person

Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 7 Reviews
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Merhaba! Hello World. My name is John Justice and I’m a business graduate from San Francisco California. I am currently residing in Besiktas. Ive been giving tours of Istanbul my whole life. Im half American/Turkish and am fluent in both English and Turkish. I was born and raised in the U.S but have been coming to Istanbul for over 30 years and have lived here for many years now. I have spent the best times of my life in this city. We absolutely love this city and we will show you why. My colleague and best friend Mert, who is a Turkish local and a certified tour agent will assist with the tours. We know exactly how to show our guest a great time! We have perfected these tours specifically for you guys. It is my passion to show the world how truly amazing Istanbul is! I will provide one of the most unique experiences for your taste buds.
Merhaba! Hello World. My name is John Justice and I’m a business graduate from San Francisco California. I am currently residing in Besiktas. Ive been giving tours of Istanbul my whole life. Im half American/Turkish and am fluent in both English and Turkish. I was born and raised in the U.S but have been coming to Istanbul for over 30 years and have lived here for many years now. I have spent the best times of my life in this city. We absolutely love this city and we will show you why. My collea…
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Where you'll be

First stop is an open area at the beginning of Istikal Street with many kebap stands to choose from. Second food stand stop is a place that is on a side street. It's a slightly narrow street with stone walk ways that really gives you the feel of Old Istanbul. Next stop is a small, very famous and old authentic little local restaurant where we will try Adana Kebap; a reminder of history. Last stop dessert shop. Many options of turkish dessert.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Carlos
July 2020
At this particular time of little tourism we were the only guests for this tour, furthermore we booked at 3pm for a same day tour at 5pm, John quickly arranged everything for our tour to start sharply at 5pm. We had an amazing time, discovered amazing neighborhoods in Istanbul, delicious food (8 stops) and learned so much about local life and history of Istanbul. Food was delicious including freshly squeezed juices. John is very generous and pays for all 8 shops and restaurant as part of the tour. We truly enjoyed our time with John and connected with him again daily when in need of info and tips and also to arrange other activities. We booked an amazing 60' boat for an evening private tour, every couple should do this, this was an unforgettable experience. Trust this tour guide, you will be happy you did. Avoid the big tour companies and guide these locals a chance, you will have a much better/personal experience with a feeling that you have made new friends in Istanbul.
At this particular time of little tourism we were the only guests for this tour, furthermore we booked at 3pm for a same day tour at 5pm, John quickly arranged everything for our t…
Lindsey
December 2019
John is a lively host with passion for his tours & guests. We had a great time getting an in-depth experience with all the local foods, and would recommend this to anyone who wants to really immerse.
Tara
August 2019
This tour was just as engaging as it was delicious. Loved being able to explore and eat through a neighborhood that we probably wouldn’t have ventured into on our own. Highly recommend this tour, it’s delicious food and delightful hosts. We felt like it gave us insight as to what to order for the rest of our trip
This tour was just as engaging as it was delicious. Loved being able to explore and eat through a neighborhood that we probably wouldn’t have ventured into on our own. Highly recom…
Celeste
July 2019
It's a shame that it was raining when I met up with John and Matt for the food walk, but it didn't really dampen our spirits - especially with such a plethora of Turkish delights (and I don't just mean the dessert) to dive into. They took me to their favourite haunts around Taksim, and even shared some stories about their home country, their lives outside of being experience hosts, and just general camaraderie; even though it was my first time in Istanbul, and only just for less than five hours, it felt like I came by to meet up with friends I haven't seen in a while, and we spent hours walking around Taksim having bits of the best Turkish food for dinner while catching up with each other. They have definitely left me a good impression when it comes to Istanbul, and I can't wait to plan a proper trip to the city (and the rest of Turkey) again in the future! çok teşekkür ederim! :)
It's a shame that it was raining when I met up with John and Matt for the food walk, but it didn't really dampen our spirits - especially with such a plethora of Turkish delights (…
Ale
July 2019
It was an amazing way to get to know Istanbul’s delicious food! John took us places we would never have gone as tourists and he knew exactly what to ask for and also quantity. John is friendly, relaxed and knows his way around. It’s a great experience since you eat , walk, eat, walk.... so you never feel overfed or tired of walking. We did it our firs day of our trip and the next couple of days we knew exactly what to eat.
It was an amazing way to get to know Istanbul’s delicious food! John took us places we would never have gone as tourists and he knew exactly what to ask for and also quantity. John…
Chris
June 2019
The guys were nothing short of fantastic! They brought me to different nooks and crannies around the city and completely personalized the experience to my preferences and appetite. Along the way, they shared funny stories and deep insight into life in Istanbul. I cannot recommend this experience enough.
The guys were nothing short of fantastic! They brought me to different nooks and crannies around the city and completely personalized the experience to my preferences and appetite.…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Bring a little extra cash incase you see things you want to purchase along the way.

What to bring

If hot bring Hat. Comfortable shoes. An Appetite.

Extra cash for things you may want to buy on the way