Nat Geo Day Tour: Istanbul's Finest Coffee and Confectionery
Gastronomy & Wine

Nat Geo Day Tour: Istanbul's Finest Coffee and Confectionery

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 4 hours
Do this because
  • Explore the enduring significance of coffee in Turkish culture, dating back centuries, and witness the resilience of traditional coffee houses during global coffee chains' expansion
  • Visit Karakoy Gulluoglu, a renowned baklava producer, and delve into the history of baklava and indulge in a diverse selection of these delectable sweet pastries
  • Step into Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir Lokumları, an establishment with centuries of history, to taste and discover the intricate process behind making Turkish Delight
  • Stop at Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the esteemed Turkish coffee brand since 1871, and witness firsthand the sourcing, roasting, and brewing of coffee using traditional methods as you join locals in savouring freshly ground coffee
  • Immerse yourself in local customs as a fortune-teller interprets the patterns in your coffee cups, a cherished practice deeply intertwined with Turkish coffee culture

Based on our commitment to sustainable tourism, all National Geographic Day Tours meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria, and a portion of the proceeds from these tours goes back to the National Geographic Society to fund research and sustainable programs around the world.

What to expect

Since its introduction hundreds of years ago, coffee has taken a prominent role in Turkish social life, leading to the creation of numerous coffee houses that remain an integral part of the community today. Even giant global coffee chains have had to adapt their range and admit that the distinctive local style coffee deserves a place on their Turkish menu. On this exclusive National Geographic Day Tour, you will discover the history and cultural significance of coffee, or "kahve", in Turkey.

Your National Geographic-trained guide will take you to see behind the scenes of Istanbul's most prestigious gourmet institutions. First, pay a visit to Karakoy Gulluoglu, a renowned baklava producer. Here, you'll learn the history of baklava and sample a selection of these deliciously sweet, flaky pastries, paired with Turkish tea. At Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir Lokumları, step into a shop that has stood for centuries to find out how Turkish Delight is made and try some of these celebrated sweet treats.

No Turkish coffee tour would be complete without a stop at Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the premier Turkish coffee brand since 1871. Here, you'll see first-hand how the beans are sourced, roasted and brewed the Turkish way, following deep-rooted, traditional rituals. You’ll see locals popping in for freshly ground coffee, and enjoy a cup or two yourself. Adding a touch of local flair, a fortune teller will read your coffee cups - another cherished custom connected to Turkish coffee culture.

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What's included
  • check Drinks
  • check Guided walking tour
  • check Local delicacy tasting
What's not included
  • x_not_included Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Kılıçali Paşa, Gümrük Muhafaza Kısım Amirliği No:5, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Meeting point:
Galataport Clock Tower. Please be at the meeting point on time.
What to remember

Not allowed:

  • this tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age

Know in advance:

  • during each visit, you'll have information and tasting. The tour in this combination is exclusive to National Geographic
  • the tour will be guided by a local expert and at coffee, Turkish Delight and baklava places, an expert will give a presentation about the specific subject
  • this tour will host max. 15 people
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Istanbul Welcome Card
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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