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Culinary Backstreets - Private Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 380 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 July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

WOW. A highlight not only of our time in Turkey but of our whole travel “careers.” We joined the Cosmopolitan Beyoglu tour. This exceeded expectations, even after reading the glowing Trip Advisor reviews. Our guide, Adam, was superb and seemed to thoroughly enjoy what he was doing—his enthusiasm was contagious. We saw so many nooks and crannies of Istanbul that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

As someone who loves food, this tour did not disappoint in the slightest. We tried a huge variety of things from breakfast foods, savoury dishes, and sweets. Ugur (Adam) was my guide, and he was incredibly knowledgable about all the food as well as the history and culture. I spent the next day finding dishes and restaurants that we visited... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Worth every dollar. An amazing way to see the city, by its food. I was on the Hidden Beyoglu tour and visited from 'Old Town'. It works well as a break-day from visiting all the monuments/sights, which I visited on the other days.

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We did the Hidden Beyoglu tour with Senem on our first day in Istanbul and what a wonderful introduction to the city! As we walked, talked and ate she explained all about the food, customs, politics and history of Istanbul and Turkey. We were also able to ask her questions about how to interact with wait staff and how to... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had an absolutely wonderful time on our "Two Continents" tour. Our guide Senem was fabulous - chatty, warm, knowledgeable, friendly, and her English is perfect. Senem and our group spoke of not only the food and cuisine of Turkey, but politics, history, and culture. There is no better way to get to know a nation and... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip. Our tour guide Gonja was so knowledgeable and a great story teller. her stories brought the food to life. We did the two continents tour and enjoyed all the food from the Simit that she gave us with tea. To the Turkish coffee that she explained how to drink so you don't get... More

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