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Discovering Taksim and Tasting Turkish Food - Free Walking Tour

Your Guru: Yavuz
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  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 3 hours

About the Guru

Hi! My name is Yavuz. I was born and grew up in Istanbul. I'm a master student and basketball writer. I like meeting new people and communicating with them. I love exploring new places. Thus, I discovered the best places to eat and visit in Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul!

Hi! My name is Yavuz. I was born and grew up in Istanbul. I'm a master student and basketball writer. I like meeting new people and communicating with them. I love exploring new places. Thus, I discovered the best places to eat and visit in Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul!

About the Tour

Taksim is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its boutiques, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, churches, libraries, cafés, pubs, historical patisseries and restaurants. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul. Istiklal Avenue and Galata Tower located in the Taksim.

Our tour will start at Taksim Square and continue on Istiklal Street. We will see many historical places on Istiklal Avenue and we will taste some Turkish street food. Our last stop will be the Galata Tower.

What will we see? 

  • Republic Monument 
  • Hagia Triada 
  • Greek Orthodox Church 
  • Huseyin Aga Mosque 
  • Çiçek Pasajı (Cité de Péra)
  • Balık Pazarı (The Fish Market)
  • Galatasaray High School
  • Aznavur Passage
  • Church of St. Anthony of Padua 
  • Church of St. Mary Draperis 
  • Galata Tower 


What will we try? 

  • Tantuni 
  • Kokoreç 
  • Stuffed Mussels 
  • Pide 
  • Kazandibi 
  • Chicken Breast Dessert 
  • Turkish Coffee 


This is a tip based free food tour, which means that you only pay for what you eat. If you eat all the foods on my list, it will cost around 150 TL = 15 Euro.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I'll be waiting for you in front of Taxim Hill Hotel

Tour Schedule

  • English
    Mon, 02 Aug 10:00
  • English
    Mon, 02 Aug 13:30
  • English
    Tue, 03 Aug 10:00

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (24)

Tim Taylor 07/27/2021

Yavuz took us on a fun and fascinating ‘foodie’ tour down İstiklal and then on to Galata Tower. On the way we found back streets off the beaten path and learned about modern culture in Istanbul. This tour is absolutely recommended for anyone who wants to experience some of the most delicious Istanbul street foods from authentic Turkish restaurants and cafes…come hungry though!

Sohrab Malik 07/22/2021

Yavuz is a really nice guy who is helpful and accommodating. Overall amazing tour which shows real Istanbul and real Istanbul street food. He showed us many hidden gems and took us off the beaten path for great photography. Highly recommended. Try all of his food recommendations.

Anne-Kathrin Pannen 07/17/2021

Patricia Habchy 02/26/2021

Yavuz is a very kind and interesting person. He made the neighborhood we visited feel familiar. I almost forgot that I was a tourist!

Ira Kristina Lumbantobing 02/10/2021

I would like to recommend Yavuz if you really need not only just free walking tour with Guruwalk but complete package with the detail of Taksim, the glimpse of history of Turkey, the little insight about the economic impact of pandemic in Istanbul while enjoying the cuisines area of Taksim. Great to know him. I was also assisted by his professional picture taking skill. Thank you Yavuz. Wish all the best for you ahead, especially for your goal for your personal life.

4.7(24) Ratings

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

4.7(24) Ratings