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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 90 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

  • Thu, 28 Jan
    10:00
  • Thu, 28 Jan
    14:00
  • Fri, 29 Jan
    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 (19)

Sofia 4 months

On September 12 we had a really great time joining free walking tour on Taksim Square region. Despite the fact that we’d already spent a week in Istanbul we were surprised, as we were shown many interesting hidden places that are difficult to find on our own. The guide was extremely friendly, so it was very comfortable and easy to communicate with him. We literally showered him with questions, and got all the questions answered. At the end of the day, we asked to recommend us a local dinner spot according to certain criteria, and dinner in the place was delicious! I highly recommend this tour to everyone

Simona Das 4 months

Great tips by a local who knows the best places and food in Instanbul

Jamal Hassan 5 months

Awesome tour! Also Yavuz is a great man!

Darya 5 months

Yavuz took us to hidden but great places we would never discover ourselves. The food was amazing and the places are good. He supports local producers so you will eat farm Turkish products. He was also very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed 3,5 hours of the tour with him around the Taxim area and talks about the life in Turkey. Thank you Yavuz!

Theo Galinoglou 5 months

Great tour! You must meet the Yavuz to eating a best street foods and taking good time!

4.6(19) 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!

4.6(19) Ratings