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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2023

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encee
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Gonca was the best: lively, fun, super-knowledgeable, caring. She shared great stories about the places she took us, the owners/cooks/families of those places, and how they crafted their foods. We were treated to the tastiest, with the wrap-around context that made everything more meaningful. The 3 of us were blown away by the experience, and HIGHLY recommend!
Written April 13, 2024
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Georges B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We did this tour on our first day in Istanbul and it was the best introduction to this unbelievable city. Esin was a wonderful guide and gave us a special taste of food and life in Istanbul. Would highly recommend .
Written April 11, 2024
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Rahul Bhalla
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic experience with Esin! This was our first food tour ever and Esin is not just an amazing and experience guide, but a wonderful human being! She is chatty, friendly and has great people skills. Even the staff are super responsive - helped us get on the tour even when it was full and helped reschedule once. This is not be missed!
Written April 10, 2024
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Thank you so much for a wonderful review! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people like Esin who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities that 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.
Written April 11, 2024
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amcf2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I did two of these tours during my stay in Istanbul and could not recommend them highly enough.
Great knowledge from both Esin & Gonca (two separate guides for two different tours). Not only was it insightful to understand the culture and the food in Turkey, but also to see areas that I would not have found had I not been on this tour.
Small groups and loads of laughter on both tours.
Loved it and will definitely recommend to friends and will do in other countries.
Thank you for the experience!
Written April 9, 2024
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Thank you so much for a wonderful review! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people like Esin & Gonca who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities that 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.
Written April 11, 2024
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Margo D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The tour was one of the highlights of our time in Istanbul! Benoit is a phenomenal guide. Kind, smart, articulate--it was a master class on not just the local food, but what influences shaped the cuisine.
Written April 8, 2024
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Thank you very much for your great feedback and leaving us a 5-star review, this is exactly what we’re going for! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour with the amazing Benoit! We take pride in working with great people like his 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 April 11, 2024
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David C
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fabulous food tour hosted by Remziye - our family love travel and food so this tour was the perfect combination ! Great way to learn more about the local cuisine and explore new neighbourhoods of this amazing city with a very knowledgeable local guide - thank again.
Written April 8, 2024
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We are glad to hear you enjoyed the walk! Thank you very much for leaving us a 5-star review! We look forward to having you with us again soon.You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to see the stamps you have collected.
Written April 11, 2024
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reneebeland
Guelph, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Remziye was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic on this tour, and made significant effort to find good restaurants that could accommodate us before sunset when people would break their fasts, as it was during Ramadan. She shared a great deal of knowledge about food and drink culture in Turkey and Istanbul. We ran into her the next day as well and she was very helpful giving us a realistic timeline for an activity we had planned that evening. We would surely have been late without her advice!
Written April 3, 2024
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Thank you so much for a wonderful review! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people like Remziye who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities that 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.
Written April 8, 2024
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reneebeland
Guelph, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Esin was an outstanding guide and once she confirmed that none of her guests had additional commitments that day, she took her time showing us the sights, particularly at the markets, and added 2 hours to the tour! It was fantastic. We learned a great deal about Turkish food and drink culture that we found fascinating. We will book with Culinary Backstreets from now on.
Written April 3, 2024
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Thank you very much for your great feedback and leaving us a 5-star review, this is exactly what we’re going for! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour with the amazing Esin! 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 April 8, 2024
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C Durley
Kelowna, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a top-notch highlight experience with over 10 food stops and a highly skilled guide. We did the Born on the Bosphorus tour with Ugur and it was an outstanding day. Ugur is an talented guide whose knowledge knows no bounds. His generosity and patience with the group was impressive. I learned so much and a whole new world opened up for me. And the food was UNBELIEVABLE!! Highly recommend
Written April 3, 2024
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Thank you so much for a wonderful review! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people like Ugur who are very knowledgeable and extremely fond of the cities that 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 citie
Written April 4, 2024
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Emily C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
After having done a Culinary Backstreets tour in Athens and loving it I had high hopes for this İzmir tour, and this tour with Nuket did not disappoint! The food was amazing (and very plentiful -- absolutely do not eat anything beforehand, and maybe even go easy on dinner the night before!) and Nuket was so knowledgeable about the food and culture of the region. Walking around the market with Nuket, you get to peek behind the scenes of local businesses and talk to shop owners, bakers, and cooks, all of whom were very friendly. If you love food and are interested in trying some of the most typical dishes of the city, I would highly recommend this tour!
Written April 3, 2024
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Thank you very much for your great feedback and leaving us a 5-star review, this is exactly what we’re going for! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our tour with the amazing Nükhet! 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 April 4, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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