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Food Tours, Istanbul

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Experience the unique melange of cultural influences that shaped Istanbul into the symbolic and literal bridge between Europe and Asia on a guided food tour. Follow your foodie guide off the beaten path and into the city's backstreets in search of barbecue restaurants, traditional "meyhane" taverns, and famous markets, as you learn about the origins of local delicacies like roast kebab, flaky "borek" pastry, and sweet "baklava." Some guided experiences will even allow you to step into a local family's home and enjoy authentic Turkish hospitality in a cozy private setting. Most tours are limited to small groups and can last from 3 to 8 hours.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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