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Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
+90 536 620 38 44
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One word: Authentic

They say the best way to understand a city is through its people, and its food. That is exactly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
AndyMatei2013
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Amazing Experience!

We did the Two Markets,Two Continents tour with Senem in June. It was our first day in the city... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sueu55
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Melbourne, Australia
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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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“istanbul eats” (144 reviews)
“food tour” (127 reviews)
“bazaar quarter” (54 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Istanbul, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
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+90 536 620 38 44
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Reviewed 2 days ago

They say the best way to understand a city is through its people, and its food. That is exactly what the mass-tourism industry doesn't give you these days. However, we were fortunate to have Remziye take us to hidden gems just steps away from the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Two Markets,Two Continents tour with Senem in June. It was our first day in the city and a great way to get to know a place.. It was amazing....Senem is such a warm person and so knowledgeable about the food of Istanbul..not...More

Thank sueu55
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an experience I would recommend very strongly. Gonca was a wonderful guide, leading us through the back streets in the market quarter, having us eat where the locals eat, and exposing us to a wide variety of traditional dishes prepared by master craftsmen...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I must say out of the 6 days in Istanbul, this was my favorite tour. It was amazing. I got to learn all the minor cultural things I would have just missed on my own. Our tour guide, Gonca was phenomenal! She took the time...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In Filipino, I would say that Culinary Backstreets Two Markets, Two Continents tour was sulit na sulit! It was so much more than just a food tour but also an outstanding overview of Istanbul’s culture and history. Each food tastings at the best specialty food...More

Thank Milet M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing!!! We explored areas we would have never found on our own! Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. Sooooo much amazing food!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nine years after we had what we considered at the time the best meal ever at Kusadasi, we returned to Turkey to do a food trip. Huge fans of Turkish food, we wanted to experience the best Istanbul had to offer. Chanced upon Culinary Backstreets...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd highly recommend this tour. Not only was our guide very knowledgeable, but we also experienced and tasted new things we had never tried before which is always fun.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely time with Esin leading us through the streets of Istanbul, sampling and tasting the middle eastern delicacies. There is PLENTY of food on offer, and we definitely sampled some food we would otherwise not even gone near!!! Thank you Esin for...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018

I did the two continents tour with Benoit during my trip in Istanbul. I love to explore the food scene when I travel and usually have great success but didn't really find any standouts on my solo search and was sadly disappointed by mediocre koftecisi...More

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madeleine805, Manager at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback! That is exactly what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on...More

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Mohsen B
19 February 2017|
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Response from Luiza M | Reviewed this property |
For the tour prices just go on their website. All the food is included in the price you pay.
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Penny M
16 June 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
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mmorgan225
19 April 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.
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