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Culinary Backstreets - Private Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 386 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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Boulder
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

This tour was amazing ! Our guide , Gonca, was so clever and entertaining and smart. She knew a lot about the culture and also explained to us what wasn't the culture. She taught is how to eat certain things and told us stories about the way things are eaten. Such a fun way to see both sides, istanbul and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Culinary Backstreets - Istanbul Old City Tour Highlight of Any Trip to Istanbul When something is rated as the #1 activity in Istanbul, that can be hard to live up to…but Culinary Backstreets did just that… All the trips sound so good that it was hard to decide. I took the Old City Tour with Benoit, which was FABULOUS!!! There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our guide Gonca took us on the 'two markets two continents' tour . It was a brilliant day- starting on Galata bridge side and taking the ferry to Asia side for majority of the day. A truly fun and interesting and YUMMY day! I think we ended up with 8-9 different food and drink stops balanced with good easy walking.... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had 3 days in Istanbul for our wedding anniversary recently and without doubt, the highlight of the trip was the food tour we did with these guys. Our guide, Ugur (or Adam) was extremely knowledgeable, friendly & engaging with all of our group throughout the day. We went in little local restaurants you'd typically be unsure about and had... More

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Putnam Valley, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We did the Hidden Beyoglu tour with Katarina. It was a great introduction to the streets of Beyoglu and to the remarkable tastings of Istanbul! From baked sheep's head (I passed on that one) to the best wrap sandwich (I didn't know a wrap could taste so good!) to fried mussels! Katarina was a great tour guide, and the group... More

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

When I was planning our recent trip to Istanbul (May 2014) I wanted to include a cooking class and some kind of introduction to the food scene in this city. After some web-based research I found Culinary Backstreets and fired off an email. I soon had dates and times confirmed and even had a picture of our guide so we... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our tour guide was Senem and she was great. The food was intriguing and often delicious (some dishes challenged the pallet but were very good nonetheless). Senem worked in history lessons during the tour and had everything very well organized. I'd do it again. Well worth the money.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

What could be better than learning about a culture through its food. Ganca, our fun and interesting and very personal tour guide, had us eating foods that we never would have known to order. And she took us to places we never would have known to go to in both Europe and Asia. We used this company for a similar... More

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California's Wine Coast Country, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Ugur (Adam) was our guide for the Beyoglu tour. I made a new food friend Michael when I discovered that he also was wiling to try anything. We ate skewered grilled meat in fresh wraps with hot little chilies. We split a lambs head and ate brains, tongue, eye sockets, and cheeks. So good. The women with us stood across... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I just realized I never wrote a review of our Istanbul Eats tour with Gonca, which we took back in April. We are big foodies and our favorite part of exploring new cities involves trying good food. Gonca was absolutely amazing, and took us to some awesome spots. She was also a wealth of knowledge about the history of Istanbul... More

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