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One of the main reasons people travel is to try the local cuisine. Turkish cuisine, like Turkey itself, is a mixture of history of different people from various cultures leaving a lasting stamp on its food. Our tour is designed to lead visitors on an eating binge through the city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets and cafes. Why not come see and taste Istanbul in true Turkish style
This tour is a real traditional night in Istanbul. No professional belly dancers, folk dancers or tourist hangouts. We will go to places where Turks go to dine with their friends.
After picking you up at your hotel around 6pm, the evening starts with a visit to a traditional ‘Simit bakery‘. A simit is a bread roll that is covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds. With our simits in hand we will visit a local kiraathane – which means reading rooms, but in reality is a cafe – to eat our simit with a glass of Turkish tea. On to Ocakbasi – a traditional self-service barbecue restaurant where you will sit by the fire and grill your own kebap. A glass of Turkish Raki might accompany your meal.
We will continue our gourmet journey passing several Turkish Restaurants en route to Meyhane – a traditional Tavern where you have a ‘Meze’ (a selection of appetizers), drink (more?) Raki and listen to live Turkish music performed by Gypsy Musicians. But, wait, there’s more.
At our next stop you will have ‘Iskembe Corbası’ (Tripe Soup). Finally, no Turkish evening night out is complete without ‘Turk Kahvesi’ – Turkish Coffee.
We will return you to your hotel around 10pm after the tour.