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"Little Syria" Humus Walk

Taksim Fatih, Turkey

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Experience hosted by Miko And Roza

90 mins
Includes food, drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

This experience is special!
It is a food walk! but a journey into hope and life too, even against the backdrop of war.

I don't want to tell stories of desperation...and there are so many. But want to show you signs of hope, hard work, luck; i call you to witness an amazing story in itself: the new "Little Syria" of Istanbul.

In Fatih, one of the crowdest neighborhoods of the Old City of Istanbul, not only thousands of Syrian refugees settled after leaving their war-torn country, they also opened dozens of shops, restaurants, coffeehouses, groceries, patisseries, perfumeries, and so on.
In the last few years, the flavors and smells of this part of the city changed dramatically and I invite you to join me in discovering this amazing display of vitality, against all odds.
We visit several shops and eateries. We taste and look and smell and talk, and possibly buy. We meet amazing persons, probably willing to answer your questions and tell their stories, sharing their difficulties and their success.

We have the most incredible Middle Eastern, Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, Turkish, Kurdish foods

We'll visit the magnificent imperial mosque of Fatih as well
Be prepared to be surprised!

ATTENTION: this experience is temporarily semi-suspended because of COVID (I will put limited availability)
If you are interested in doing it please contact me for "Request Availability" and details
This experience is special!
It is a food walk! but a journey into hope and life too, even against the backdrop of war.

I don't want to tell stories of desperation...and there are so many. But want to show you signs of hope, hard work, luck; i call you to witness an amazing story in itself: the new "Little Syria" of Istanbul.

In Fatih, one of the crowdest neighborhoods of the Old City of Istanbul, not only thousands of…

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What's included

  • Food
    Our breakfast is
    - by the oven we taste freshly baked gigantic Croiss...
  • Drinks
    Strong aromatic coffee, çay (tea), water at eateries is all included. <br /...
From G$5,429
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Miko And Roza

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 32 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a home chef and gourmet. Actually, I am working as an academician in university here in Istanbul
I love this city, know it well and love to share. I love the history, the peoples, the foods.
Besides managing our own Airbnb houses and leading a few interesting and appealing "experiences" I also guide several cultural and culinary Walking Tours as a private guide to the discovery of hidden gems and secret monuments of this wonderful fascinating city. Please feel free to ask for more about it, if interested.
I am particularly interested in political aspects of cultural traditions, religion and social realities

"Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey". ___Rumi
I am a home chef and gourmet. Actually, I am working as an academician in university here in Istanbul
I love this city, know it well and love to share. I love the history, the peoples, the foods.
Besides managing our own Airbnb houses and leading a few interesting and appealing "experiences" I also guide several cultural and culinary Walking Tours as a private guide to the discovery of hidden gems and secret monuments of this wonderful fascinating city. Please feel free to ask for more…
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Where you'll be

We venture into the roads and alleys of Little Syria, in the neighborhood of Fatih.
We visit several shops and eateries walking around in the neighborhood, seat in some cafe, tasting snacks and street food items, sipping çay/black tea or strong coffee.
We will have crispy Falafel, creamy Fattah or Hummus, freshly squeezed Fruit Juices and Cocktails, warm Maneesh from the oven... for breakfast or lunch (depending on the time)

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Safiyyah
September 2020
If you're into good food and great storytelling, I'd definitely recommend this tour. Miko added a dimension to the neighbourhood that we'd not have been able to get if we'd gone alone. The tour is so much more than just hummus. Miko intuitively adapted the tour to our areas of interest and went above and beyond in both his time and recommendations. Cannot recommend enough for an interesting perspective and history into areas you wouldn't necessarily know if you'd walked by alone.
If you're into good food and great storytelling, I'd definitely recommend this tour. Miko added a dimension to the neighbourhood that we'd not have been able to get if we'd gone al…
Morven
March 2020
Great insight into a different area and demographic of Istanbul. Interesting to now know the difference between Syrian and Turkish baklava.....I'm now a fan of Syrian!
Sondra
March 2020
This was a unique experience for Istanbul. I would not have been able to explore these areas with any understanding or insight on my own. I enjoyed learning about how the Syrians have integrated their food into the culture of Istanbul.
Fulya
March 2020
Thank you so much Miko for guiding us through this great experience! Miko was not only knowledgeable about the certain district but also about a lot of other history and artifacts. Meeting the other guests was also lovely.
Daria
January 2020
Thanks so much for the experience! Miko is a wonderful storyteller with a lot of knowledge on history and culture. The food was great and the stories accompanying it were absolutely fascinating. Would totally recommend anyone!
Aster
January 2020
和Miko一起的旅途非常棒,还有另一个印度的小哥一起。Miko的讲解很清晰。他带我们吃了很多叙利亚的食物,还讲了关于叙利亚、奥斯曼的历史,给我们展示了周围的小店。如果不是他,我应该很难找到这里。 That’s an amazing journey. Miko is talkative and funny. He knows very much history of the places he showed us. He is an expert for history. If you want to learn about cultural stuff, food trip is a great choice.
和Miko一起的旅途非常棒,还有另一个印度的小哥一起。Miko的讲解很清晰。他带我们吃了很多叙利亚的食物,还讲了关于叙利亚、奥斯曼的历史,给我们展示了周围的小店。如果不是他,我应该很难找到这里。 That’s an amazing journey. Miko is talkative and funny. He knows very much history…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.