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Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
+90 536 620 3844
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LISBON EXPERIENCE

We had a private tour with Culinary Backstreets in Lisbon and were lucky that it was during the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
saltzmanm
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London, United Kingdom
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Just the best way to discover Istanbul

Here we are back in a city we have visited many times over 30 years. And yet today we discovered... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cyberquokka
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Paris, France
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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, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
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+90 536 620 3844

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a private tour with Culinary Backstreets in Lisbon and were lucky that it was during the Saint Antonio celebration. We basically had a tour of the food market including a tasting of the Portuguese pastry, ham and cheese. We finished the tour off...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Here we are back in a city we have visited many times over 30 years. And yet today we discovered new neighbourhoods and saw this remarkable city through fresh eyes with Benoit, our excellent host/guide. We ate in small artisan establishments, walked and talked until...More

Thank cyberquokka
CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did two days of tours and they were both absolutely spectacular. On the first day, Senem took us to a private home and to many little places. She was unbelievably good. Knew food, knew the city, knew the history of Istanbul, knew the situation...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we've been to Istanbul many times, this tour is definitely one of our best memories in the city! Esin was extremely knowledgeable and took us into little areas of the Spice Bazaar we had never seen before. The tres leches we had at the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the perfect way to explore Istanbul and eat like a local. We went on the 'two markets, two continents' tour and would highly recommend it. Do not eat breakfast before the tour, you will get stuffed throughout the day. Our guide, Gonca, was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok first thing take the food tour within your first few days in Istanbul, this way you can go back to those lovely food places. It's not just a food tour, you get to explore the real city not just the touristy parts. I realised...More

1  Thank Mehwish S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a brilliant day with Gonca, our guide, from the first simit and tea in Europe to the last ice cream in Asia. In between we ate and talked and learned for over 6 hours which sounds a lot but the day flew by....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We joined our guide, the OUTSTANDING Gonca, for a 6+ hour walk through Istanbul's 'old city' where city residents buy their food (not the touristy Spice Market). She began our group of six with a traditional Turkish breakfast of simit bread with coddled 'water buffalo'...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I joined a small group tour to ensure I got the best foodie experience out of Istanbul and I was not disappointed, in fact I was delightfully surprised! Gonca is a passionate, funny, authentic and knowledgeable guide to have in this city, navigating us through...More

Thank TamsynBrownie
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We decided to do this tour in Istanbul after doing similar in Rio. We were not disappointed. This tour is simply the best way to explore a new city, and get an appreciation for both the past and present. Our guide Benoit was extremely knowledgable...More

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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to...More

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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
...More
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Mohsen B
hi first i really thanks for the advise and wonderful suggestions of this tour. i have 2 questions 1-how much was the tour price and how could we reserve it? 2-all the food that you eat during the tour was included on the tour price?
19 February 2017|
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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!
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Penny M
If choosing 2 different tours for different days..which ones are best? I am hoping to see different parts of the city and the tours to be completely different.
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
I see a space for a promotion code, would you have information on where I could locate one?
19 April 2016|
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Response from Elise C | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend emailing them to see what the promo code is. I did not have one. BEST FOOD TOUR EVER. Enjoy!
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