You might have heard that food is really good in Istanbul. It's especially good in the historical peninsula, the melting pot of Turkey.
After my return from USA, I gained a total of 60 pounds. As I visited the shops, restaurants and sweet makers of Fatih, I couldn't help but taste the amazing food these shops had to offer. The good thing, now I know where you can find this amazing food around the historical peninsula.
Everything from great kebabs to delicious street food, hundred year old shopkeeper restaurants to desert makers. It is there if you know where to look.
Stay away from tourist trap restaurants. If locals are not eating there, you should stay away from them.
Please let me take you to a rollercoaster ride of delicious food. As we eat and walk, I'll tell you about the history of the city and we'll talk about politics, culture and traditions of this country. Don't worry, it takes about 5 years to put on all that weight.
I have done this tour for vegans, vegetarians, families with children and mixed groups. Please let me know your food choices, any allergies you might have and your preference for food, so I can tailor the tour.
The price doesn't include the food. I'll make suggestions on what to eat and you can try them according to your preferences and budget. We typically eat about $25 per person.
Here's a sample tour we did recently that took about 5 hours:
• Historical Sultanahmet Meatballs Shop: Meatballs, ayran, beans salad, halva
• Gülhane Social Center: Toygar soup
• Muhiddin Hacıbekir Candy Shop: Tamarind sorbet
• Kral Kokoreç: Kokorec
• Eminönü Street Vendors: Lokma dessert
• Süleymaniye Erzincanlı Ali Baba: Red beans, rice
• Süleymaniye Hüsnü Ala: Turkish mastic flavoured coffee
• Taksim Fish Market: Stuffed and grilled mussels
• Nevizade Lipsos Restaurant: Grilled calamari, shrimp casserole, feta cheese, melons, eggplant salad, fava, samphire, purslane salad with yoghurt
• Saray Dessert Shop: Künefe, rice pudding, kazandibi
I was born and raised in the old city of Istanbul. My family has been living next to the Byzantine Palace of Bucoleon for the last 100 years. After the world war, my grandfather bought the land from our neighbours, the Cagaloglu family. They have been living there since 16th century and gave their name to the district famous for the governors office and newspaper industry. I'm a computer engineer by education and I had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Qualcomm. My team implemented History Calls, an audio and video guide covering the monuments of the city. For the last six years, I'm a councillor of the city responsible for foreign relations. During my mandate, I hosted numerous guests ranging from Hollywood celebrities to presidents. I always enjoy revisiting the street of the city and talking about it's past, present and it's people. My hobby is magic. So if you are interested, I'll be happy to perform for you during our trips. Full profile
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