A quick jaunt from Karakoey on the world's second-oldest funicular takes you to the heart of Istanbul's food scene. Taste the complex and rewarding flavors of local specialties as we wander through secluded lanes and alleyways. Learn about local culinary traditions as your guide tells you the ingredients and origins of Turkey's most popular dishes.
We'll begin our food tour with some boerek, a delicious flaky pastry consisting of several thin layers filled with cheese, potato or meat. Wash it down with a cup of ayran, a yogurt drink considered by many to be the national beverage of Turkey.
Next, we'll take part in a true local tradition: some drinks, snacks and good conversation with friends at the end of a long work day. Pull up a seat at a traditional meyhane (tavern) and converse with the locals over a plate of meze and a glass of raki. Learn about the fascinating history of the Turkish tavern and the dishes traditionally served there.