Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Culinary Backstreets -Tours
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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. You can view our updated safety measures at https://culinarybackstreets.com/our-commitment/
Istanbul, Türkiye

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2022

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Walking Tours
5–6 hours
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Full-day Tours
6–7 hours
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Ian B
1 contribution
Jan. 2023 • Friends
Our tour guide, Remziye, was absolutely amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable and took us to places we would have never been able to find on our own. The food was outstanding and we would go back to eat at all the places we were taken. This is a must do tour while in Istanbul!
Written January 28, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for your kind feedback and for leaving us a 5-star review, this is exactly what we are going for! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with Remziye, she is absolutely wonderful! We take pride in working with great people like her who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 28, 2023
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mdrobot1
Salt Lake City, UT19 contributions
We had the most amazing experience with our guide Remziye! I can’t recommend this tour more highly, so fun to explore Istanbul and learn a lot about the history and foods. Come prepared to eat, we have 7-8 stops throughout the day. Our friend also did this tour in the past and highly recommended it to us and it didn’t disappoint. Next time we’re in Istanbul we’ll be sure to book another of the Culinary Backstreet tours!
Written January 28, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for your kind feedback and for leaving us a 5-star review, it was our pleasure to have you! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with the wonderful Remziye! We take pride in working with great people like her who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 28, 2023
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Trekkingchick1
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Solo
Katerina was fantastic sharing the passion for her neighborhood, Kurtulus, where her family has lived for decades. We had fantastic food across a wide range and she even found me gluten free simit and bread! We had an Erzincan breakfast with incredible honey, butter, eggs, tasty pickled veggies, decadent chocolate, kebabs and raki, mezes, doner, figs and apricots from the local market, kazandibi (dessert with secret ingredient - I won’t give it away) and numerous other items were offered. I highly recommend to get a really off the beaten track feel for Istanbul.
Written January 27, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for your great feedback, it was our pleasure to have you, this is exactly what we are going for! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with the amazing Katerina! We take pride in working with great people like her who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 27, 2023
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Rooba H
9 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Ugur was our guide during the food tour and we truly had a memorable experience. We got to try the traditional Turkish cuisine and e learnt a lot based on Ugur's explanation throughout the tour and he was very patient in answering our questions. Highly recommended.
Written January 23, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind feedback, it was our pleasure to have you with us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with our amazing guide Ugur! We take pride in working with great people like him who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 24, 2023
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Jennifer B
1 contribution
Jan. 2023
One of the highlights of our trip to Istanbul. Such a fabulous way to blend tourism with food. Our guide Gonca was exceptional; providing history and insight that helped us plan the rest of our trip! I would suggest this tour to ANYONE who wants a unique and insightful experience in Istanbul. Just wonderful and I can't wait to use your guides again in another city!
Written January 22, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind feedback, it was our pleasure to have you with us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with our amazing guide Gonca! We take pride in working with great people like her who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 22, 2023
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Jamie O
18 contributions
Dec. 2022
This trip to Istanbul was my family's first, and we found the city pretty overwhelming. So many people, so many choices, so much chaos. It was hard to know what to do and what to skip, especially since we were only there for a few days.

For all those reasons, this food tour was a perfect choice for us. Our guide Benoit showed us around neighborhoods on both sides of the Bosphorus, including a ferry crossing between them, and he explained a lot to us about the history and culture of Istanbul. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. It was just the three of us and him, and he was very personable and helpful.

We ate a lot, as we knew we would, and Benoit gave us tips on how to pace ourselves. ("Be careful with the bread!") Basically, we had three small meals with snacks in between, and the final stop was a cafe that specialized in traditional Turkish desserts. For me, the highlights were the breakfast in Beşiktaş and the homestyle meal in Kuzguncuk. It was also cool to visit a place where they make the pastry sheets that are used in making borek and a library that serves as a community gathering place, cafe, and prayer room.

Benoit was so knowledgable, and we learned a lot from him not just about Istanbul, but about the politics and cultures of Türkiye as a whole.
Written January 5, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and for your great feedback, it was our pleasure to have you with us! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with the wonderful Benoit, he is amazing! Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists. We are proud to know that the money spent during the culinary walk goes to support businesses that we believe in, helping to preserve the social and cultural fabric of the cities we love so dearly. Most importantly, of course, we take pride in working with great people like Benoit who are very knowledgeable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. All the best!
Written January 6, 2023
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Franco C
2 contributions
Dec. 2022
Me and my couple had an experience difficult to forget. It was an amazing day. Gonca, our fabulous guide, made the experience will be stunning. If you want to discover Istanbul in depth, know about history of the city, their secrets, and, above all, their tastes, do this walk it's a must. Definitely it was our best experience during our two weeks-stay in Istanbul.
Written January 2, 2023
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your wonderful feedback, this is exactly what we're going for! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with the wonderful Gonca, she is indeed fabulous! We take pride in working with great people like her who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written January 2, 2023
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KKofA
Austin, TX30 contributions
Dec. 2022
Not only was the food amazing, but our guide (Benoit) presented the origins of the cuisine and Turkish food in general in such a wonderful manner. Interspersed with all the eating was an amazing tour of some Istanbul areas with careful attention to the history and culture. All was delivered in an easily understood and made for such an enjoyable day. No other food tour compares to the ones offered by Culinary Backstreets
Written December 26, 2022
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your wonderful feedback, this is exactly what we're going for! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with the amazing Benoit! We take pride in working with great people like him who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written December 27, 2022
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KKofA
Austin, TX30 contributions
Our guide Ugur was wonderful. He was interesting, knowledgeable and considerate. One of us is vegetarian so he brought a variety of vegetarian meze foods with him when there were only meat options.
Ugur has an easy engaged manner. His food stop options were diverse and excellent. We learnt a lot about the food, culture and history in a fun and very tasty way.
All our culinary backstreet experiences have been excellent which is why we continue to do them wherever they’re offered.
Written December 24, 2022
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind feedback, it was our pleasure to have you! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walk with our amazing guide Ugur, he's one of the best! We take pride in working with great people like him who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written December 26, 2022
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Sibarota
Mexico City, Mexico3 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Couples
Very professional. Gonca and Esin, both understood perfectly our historical and culinary interests in the 2 different Istanbul tours we enjoyed.
Perfect timing and support in a strange environment making us feel comfortable.
Written December 21, 2022
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CulinaryBackstreets
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind feedback, it was our pleasure to have you! We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed our walks with our amazing guides Gonca and Esin! We take pride in working with great people like them who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We hope to see you again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected. All the best!
Written December 21, 2022
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