DAY WALKS AROUND ISTANBUL
- Bazaar Quarter Back Streets with street food tasting – 4 to 5 hours
- Book Market, University and Sulimaniye Mosque back streets – 4 hours
- Kadirga Kumkapi and Local Churches – 6 hours with dinner or lunch
- Beyoglu, Galatala and Karakoy – 4 hours
- Kadikoy Asian side by ferry – 3.5 hours
- Balat and Fener – Sunday markets 4 hours
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - Bazaar Back Street Walk - 4-5 hours
We start our walk at the Burnt Column (Column of Constantine) at Cembalitas and make our way to the Grand Bazaar. Time to wander before a taste of local street food! Then on to Mahmutpasa where the local people shop! We wend our way down to the Spice Bazaar stopping for tasting delicious Kokorcic along the way. Time for tasting and buying spices at the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) before hitting the streets around the Spioce Bazaar. Lokum, spices, exotic teas - all sorts of things to to take home! Then on to taste delicious Kunefi and a cay before visiting Rustem Pasa Mosque, renowned for its beautiful Iznik tiles, before returning by tram to Sultanahmet. My guests always love this back street walk and return home tired but happy!
DAY 2 - Balat and Fener Neighbourhoods - 4 hours
This walk is best done on a Sunday or Tuesday when the local market happens. We take the tram to Eminnou (call in at the Spice Bazaar for a quick look - and then take the local bus firstly to Fener. Explore around the wonderful streets and visit antique and preloved clothing stores before a coffee break, and perhaps a taste of manti at Mitsis. Then walk on to the market street inin Balat. Take our time before heading back by bus and tram to Sultanahmet, or to your hotel. This back streert walk is seeing life in the emerging funky design area with a blend of local life in authentic surrounds. Photo opportunities abound.