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Culinary Backstreets - Private Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #3 of 395 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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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The tour began with a walk through a local neighbourhoods and local markets. Our host Aysin is also a certified tour guide and had many stories and anecdotes about the local culture. Aysin also showed us the best place to buy Turkish delights and spices ( with better prices than the spice market). When we had gathered some cooking ingrdients... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I chose this tour because I had gone on the Bosphorous boat and to the Asia side, and this was recommended to me when I emailed to inquire about which tour for my personality type. It was a great day as 2 people didn't show up, so there was 5 total which meant more food for us! Our tour guide... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We took many guided tours while in Turkey and this was the only one that took us off the beaten track and truly into the backstreets of the city. By far the best way to learn about the culture - through the food. Our guide, Senem, was warm, funny, and knowledgeable. She took us on the Old City tour and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We participated in the culinary backstreet tour. It was fantastic. Ipek, our guide was a marvel. Comfy shoes and an appetite are a must. Breakfast at the old orient express station was a brilliant way to begin the day and I guess we had 10 tastings from pide, simit, honey, cheese, pastirma, borek, a tahini/pomegranate paste on bread and tea.... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide Senem was warm, friendly and gave us some incredible insights into Turkish cuisine. There is a lot of food on the tour but it's all so good we just kept on eating everything our Turkish Mama provided. Senem arranged a "Turkish" birthday cake for one of the members of the tour and took us off the beaten... More

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We participated in the "Two Continents - Two Markets" tour, which we truly enjoyed and introduced us, among other things, to the wonders of Kaymak - something we are sure we otherwise would have entirely missed. Especially, if you have limited time in Istanbul, starting your stay with this tour gives you a delightful "crash course" of the more subtle... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This was a brilliant tour led by Gonca. We went in the 2 markets and 2 continents trip. It's the second one we have done, having attended the kebab tour last year so being repeat visitors should be a clue has to how good they are. Firstly Gonca is a superb guide. Passionate, caring and knowledgable and really brings the... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

First things first: Wear super comfy shoes and bring your appetite. Senem was our guide for this tour and she was very easy to talk to and very personable. We started out on the European side for some tea and then another spot for breakfast. That was just the start to the many, many places we ate at. I tried... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had such a wonderful time eating our way through Istanbul. We were a small group of eight tourists plus our guide, Gonca. She was an excellent guide, fun and informative. And we ate some truly delicious things. She said that some of the things we would try and maybe not like so much (true), and some we'd be dreaming... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We did the "Two Markets - Two Continents" tour with Culinary Backstreets. It was very impressive, mainly due to the work of our guide, Senem. She had a Masters Degree, had studied overseas, and traveled extensively; and was a great communicator and facilitator of our group of 6. While food was the context of the tour, a lot of the... More

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