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Culinary Backstreets -Tours
Ranked #3 of 89 Food & Drink in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

We had the delightful, energetic Ipek guide us through the backstreets and Grand Bazaar on a Saturday morning. Our group of 7 enjoyed every minute of the tour, nibbling and tasting food we would have never have known about. We learnt so much, not just about food, but wedding customs, the history of Istanbul, the merchants and makers, even the circumcision ceremony!
At first I thought it was expensive but in fact we left feeling we'd gained, not just a full stomach but a unique experience. Please note, this tour does have a lot of walking and steep steps, so do the guide a favour and don't book unless you can handle this.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

I have to say this was a REAL taste of Istanbul.
We did the Two Markets Two Continents food tour on our last day as there was no earlier space available. If we had another day in Istanbul we would have done another one.
Our foodie tour guide was Esin and she was wonderful. Thank you so much Esin we had the best time.
Tips:
- Book as early in advance as possible (groups are small, so limited space).
- Don't leave this tour for your last day, you will want to go back to some of the areas to explore some more.
- Don't trust the taxi driver if he says he knows where it is. Ask your hotel to explain the exact location to the driver (we had an awful start to the tour as the taxi driver was very confused to where it was).
- Go hungry...as you will be eating all the time.
- Don't plan a big dinner for the evening after the tour, because you will not be hungry.
- Try everything you are offered (at least once) :)!!!
- And lastly, HAVE FUN!!!

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4  Thank Chrissie T
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was a great way to explore off the beaten path with a knowledgeable local guide. You're free to enjoy the sights and sounds of tastes without constantly having to worry about getting lost! Our guide Ugur Ilidz was prompt and professional and very personable. My biggest difficulty was choosing which tour to sign up for, but with this one we visited an old caravanserai and then many little shops and restaurants which specialized in different foods. We actually had TOO MUCH food, which I never thought would be possible! This was also a great opportunity to take the ferry across the Bosporus to the Asian side, where we walked all over the markets, sampling along the way and also sitting down at traditional restaurants and a coffee shop. Ended with Turkish ice cream and a nice walk along the promontory overlooking the European side, on the way back to our ferry. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and a definite highlight of my too-short trip to Istanbul. Will definitely take another tour with them if I'm lucky to go back.

1  Thank fgrnyc
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

We did the Two Markets, Two Continents tour lead by Benoit. This was a GREAT tour- we got to sample so many delicious foods from different of regions of Turkey. We counted 14 different stops- from street vendors, to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, candy store, cafes, ice cream, pastry and bread, etc. Wear elastic banded pants (or sweatpants, lol) ..... you will eat to you bust!

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

We were lucky to get in last minute for the Born on the Bosphorus group tour. Our only regret is that we did it on our 3rd day and not on our first day. If we were to do it again, we would do the food tour on the first day and save sightseeing for other days so we know what to look for when we're hungry.

Ugur was our tourguide. He was amazing! So much energy without being overwhelming. You can tell he really liked the city and wanted to share what it had to offer. His English is perfect and he accommodated food allergies which we emailed about when booking the tour online. We only have good things to say about him. He was charming and even some wines to us so we could look for them when we went to restaurants on our own.

We are foodies and pretty much everything we ate was delicious. We were extremely full at teh end of the tour because there were so many stops. But at each stop the amount of food was not overwhelming. And we bought food gifts from some of the stores he took us to -- honey, halve, sumac. The Born on the Bosphorus tour was great because we got to go to the Asian side. But our favorite part of the tour was probably the breakfast in Besiktas.

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