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Culinary Backstreets - Private Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 393 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We did the Two Markets, Two Continents tour, and it was fantastic. You will get a chance to see parts of Istanbul you might not otherwise stumble upon, but more to the point, you will get to EAT things in Istanbul you wouldn't otherwise know to eat. There's really no other way to do this unless you're already extremely knowledgeable... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We took the 2 continents tour with our marvelous guide, Benoit. We begin in the "new Europe" side by the docks learning, history, culture and of course food. We took the ferry to Asia and continue our tour. It was a perfect way to see the Asian side, which we probably would have missed if we hadn't done this tour... More

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brooklyn, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We did the Kebob tour which was about 3 hours of eating our way through the Fatih neighborhood. It was really incredible. Our group of six people went to about 5 different restaurants—all places that we could have never found in a guide book—and in an area of Istanbul that is very popular with Arab tourists but not Europeans or... More

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Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We did the Two Markets, Two Continents Tour in August 2014. 6+ hours of walking, eating and talking about food with tour guide, Ugur Adam Ildiz. One of the best travel experiences ever. We started on the European side with tea and simit and wound up on the Asian side with ice cream having visited about 15 different food sites... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We went on this tour, and while it was a good tour it wasnt what we expected. We had expected to actually visit "markets" but instead walked through streets and tasted food from various shops. This wasn't a bad thing, just not what we had been expecting which was an insiders guide to local markets. This specific itinerary would be... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was our second tour with Culinary Backstreets in two years. Last year we took the "Old City" tour and this year had the pleasure of being on the "Best of the Bosphorus". Both were wonderful . The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They know not only food but the history of the city. We look forward to trying... More

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

My parents came to visit me in Turkey and we wanted to do something different. After much searching we decided to do the Two Markets, Two Continents tour and it was possibly the BEST thing we did on our whole trip. We had very insightful conversations with our guide Katrina, and she was very knowledgable about both the food as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Come hungry and wear comfortable shoes. This tour is a wonderful value and lives up to all the great reviews! A half day tour, we started in the morning with breakfast in the spice market - bread, olives, dried figs, homemade cheeses and Turkish coffee all picked up from various street vendors on the way to a makeshift eating area.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent a wonderful time eating our way around the backstreets of Istanbul. Our small group was taken around by the lively and knowledgable Ugur and guided through numerous food adventures. Although this was not our first trip to the city, we learned more on this tour than our previous visits. I would highly recommend this trip if you are... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Can not thank Benoit enough for Istanbul culinary secrets he shared with us on August 14. Interwined with history and local backdoor secrets the tour delivered the perfect aroma of a city that we regret leaving...It was much more than we expected and we enjoyed every minute. Benoit was quite excited to share with us the streets of the Old... More

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