1. Istanbul: Guided Food Tour of Street Food and Markets
Try out the best culinary offerings in Istanbul with the help of a guide to show you some local favorite spots. You'll sample food from cafes, markets, and street food vendors, and get a taste of some traditional Turkish dishes of the highest quality. Browse a local dairy market before sitting at a cafe with a delicious dish of simit (sesame bread) with honey and kaymak (a creamy dairy product), along with other cheese varieties. Try out a bowl of menemen (a tomato-based dish) and a mug of çay, a traditional Turkish tea. Then, admire panoramic views of Istanbul as you take the ferry to the Uskudar region on the Asian side of the city, a popular location with locals for food shopping. Taste a delicious Adana kebap, followed by tantuni, a roasted beef dish with yogurt, olive oil, and sumac sauce. Next, you'll wander through the bustling fish market to try a balik ekmek (fish sandwich), before sampling some delicious kofta meatballs. Top it off with a portion of tulumba, a traditional deep-fried dessert. Once you're back on the European side of Istanbul, savor a mouth-watering meal of mussels cooked in their shell with rice, spices, and lemon sauce. Finally, take one last stop at a local cafe to sip on a traditional Turkish coffee cooked in a cezve (copper pot).