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Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
+90 536 620 38 44
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A Perfect Day in Istanbul

Exploring the food of the backstreets of Istanbul with Senem was a highlight of our trip. With... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2015
Beyoglu with Benoit -- Highlight of Istanbul experience!

We had the pleasure of spending several hours with Benoit. His passion for the regional food was... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2015
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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.
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Reviewed July 28, 2015

Exploring the food of the backstreets of Istanbul with Senem was a highlight of our trip. With only a week to explore Istanbul there was no way we would have experienced the complexity and tastes of Istabul’s food culture any other way. Each stop was...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had the pleasure of spending several hours with Benoit. His passion for the regional food was wonderful, and he was a wealth of information about food's origins (at times even showing pictures and videos on his phone). The food was excellent, the walk around...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had an amazing day enjoying and tasting the food delights of the ancient city of Istanbul. We did the Born on the Bosphorus tour with our 11 year old son - we all enjoyed every minute. Food sensations as well as culture, history, anecdotes,...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2015

This was a serious highlight of our time in Turkey - in fact, I couldn't imagine our trip without out it! We did the Secrets of the Old City tour, which gave us a very unique and intimate look at the daily local food culture...More

1  Thank Jessie B
Reviewed July 27, 2015

My wife and I returned from Istanbul with fond memories; at the top of it, the Culinary Backstreets tour of the Bazaar district with Benoit. Aside from the hospitality extended throughout the walk (9.30 to 5), his knowledge about the area and greater Turkey is...More

1  Thank Fawad S
Reviewed July 26, 2015

My husband and I recently visited Istanbul for the first time and decided to do a food tour with Culinary Backstreets. It was hands down the highlight of the trip! We chose Two Markets, Two Continents, but my guess is that any of the tours...More

1  Thank Sarah E
Reviewed July 25, 2015

Our guide, Remziye, was passionate and knowledgeable. We visited more than a dozen locales from the Spice Market's tea walla to a district catering to the culinary tastes of South Eastern turkey. We ate endlessly - everyone was overstuffed by the end. We did the...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife and I recently did the Two Markets,Two Continents tour with Gonca. It was really spectacular. We learned a lot about the city and got the chance to explore a neighborhood we otherwise wouldn't have, since we were staying in the Old City. Gonca...More

1  Thank WestonSprott
Reviewed July 23, 2015

We did a similar tour a couple of years ago with the same company in Shanghai and it was excellent, so we had high expectations, and all were exceeded. This was by far the best guided tour I have ever been on. We did the...More

2  Thank Julian S
Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Gonca made our first day in Istanbul a perfect start and a highlight of our multi-week trip. We are traveling with a 3 year old and did a private food tour to celebrate our first day in the city. We ate innumerable delicious foods and...More

1  Thank FubiniAndFamily
Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the
Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in
search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name
jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed
cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow
streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to
the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the
evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside
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Response from Tina E | Reviewed this property |
Please check the website where they will provide the price and how to book. I loved it!
Penny M
June 15, 2016|
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Response from tfnomad | Reviewed this property |
Penny, They have several tours covering different parts of the city during the day and night and even one cooking class in someone's house! So there's plenty to choose from in terms of area coverage and preferences, so... More
April 19, 2016|
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Response from Jollymon22 | Reviewed this property |
My best recommendation is to google Istanbul Eats or Culinary Backstreets and look for a promo code there. I am on their email list and have not noticed a promo code offering before.