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Culinary Backstreets - Private Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 392 activities in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth of the matter is... more » Owner description: When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth of the matter is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. In order to help you explore the world’s gastro-capitals and get off these cities’ eaten path, CB is offering (with selected partners) guided culinary walks in some of the cities we cover, starting with Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, and Shanghai.Our culinary walks are designed to lead visitors on an eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, taking in countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed monuments. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Highly recommend the culinary backstreets tour of the old city. really great to explore the city and try so many places that I normally wouldn't have looked at twice. Come hungry!

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This tour was definitely the highlight of our 5 day Istanbul stay. Our guide was Ipek and she was one of the reasons the tour was so good. We got to taste a variety of local dishes from savoury to sweet and got to visit parts of the city which we would never have visited through the ordinary tours. Ipek... More

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Scottsdale, AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Count us as fans! We took the Two Markets, Two Continents tour with Gonca as our guide. What a pleasure. Gonca was very knowledgeable and extremely entertaining with her explanations and information. She was full of historical, cultural and fun information which she shared freely. Everyone in our group got plenty of attention and we all enjoyed her tour greatly.... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A great way to start your vacation in Turkey! (....and EAT you will! So get ready to get stuffed and be sorry you have no space for more!) Not only you learn what you want to eat for the rest of your stay, but you get a reference point for said food: in a plethora of choises, you'll eat THE... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We took the Two Markets, Two Continents tour led by Gonca and it was one of our Istanbul highlights. Not only did we get to taste some delicious food but it was also a cultural tour and we got to see some parts of Istanbul we probably would have never explored. Highly recommend this tour but eat light (or maybe... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We did the "Culinary Secrets of the Old City" with Gonca. It was an extraordinary journey in the back streets of the Old City with a knowledgeable and charming guide. We had the chance not only to try a wide range of Turkish foods but also to know how they are made, what makes them special, how they became part... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hot Istanbul, not really the weather for traipsing round a busy city in search of good things to eat. But you know what, we hardly took notice of the heat because the tour was so interesting and full of excellent things to eat. We stopped off at 13 different places and were surprised by the amount of food we were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We just completed our 2 Continent Tour, and it was well beyond our expectations. Our guide Ugur was amazing, and really showed us a part of the Istanbul culture through food. We will let everyone know that when coming to Istanbul, the first call to make is to book a tour with Culinary Backstreets. What a fantastic experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

What an outstanding day! Turkish food is so amazing, it was great to really get to understand more about it. The guide was fabulous (sorry I can't remember his name!), and even though I was by myself, everyone else on the tour was lovely! So much food!!! Even if you have one day in Istanbul, this is a must, and... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We did the Two markets, Two continents walking tour on our first full day in Istanbul and we are so glad we did! It was a wonderful introduction to this amazing city. Our guide was Gonca who was a wonderful storyteller and guide. The tour lasted nearly six hours and was so informative. There were only seven of us on... More

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