You will meet with your culinary guide in the hotel lobby at 10:00am, and start your private full-day tour of exploring the flavors of Istanbul.
First you will visit Namli, a gourmet shop and restaurant carrying quality varieties of olive oils, international sauces, cheeses, helva, dried fruit and nuts, meze and other delicacies, as well as deli meats such as pastırma and sucuk. You will enjoy tasting some specialties that are in high demand by locals.
Then you will walk over for a culinary tour of Spice Bazaar, the second largest covered market in Istanbul. It was constructed in the 1660s as part of the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) complex. The name derives from the herbs, and spices imported from or through Egypt. It is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs. You will stop in a spice shop and taste several spices.
Then you will stop at the fish and bread boats in Eminonu and taste fresh fish in a bread accompanied by a pickle juice!
Light lunch recommended at Sehzade Cag Kebab serving local kebab. Do not miss to taste the local speciality, kadayif dolma!
After your lunch you will take a historical tram up to Tunel area where you will enjoy a tea in a small cafe. Then you will walk on the Istiklal Street and visit the street stalls of the Beyoglu-Galata area and sample their delicacies as you explore the neighborhood. You will visit Beyoglu Fish Market, where you can find varieties of fresh fishes and vegetables. This fish market is a good resource for seasonal varieties of fish and seafood. Each fish is displayed with gills on full show, loud and proud.
Stuffed and fried mussel sellers in the Fish Market, the historical pickle-hawkers, visits to a historical profiterole shop and Turkish delight shop are some of the highlights in the area. Information about the seller and the food is explained throughout the tour with a little bit of history.
Your last stop will be the Karakoy Gulluoglu Baklava shop to indulge in what most locals believe to be the best baklava in all of Turkey. Enjoy dessert at this Istanbul institution, and observe the local foot traffic as deliveries depart for homes throughout the city and to all parts of the country.
At the end of your experience, you return to your hotel approximately around 4:00pm.