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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Istanbul, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I did the Kadikoy/Karaköy food tour with Benoit and it was amazing! He’s so knowledgable and passionate about regional Turkish cuisine. We tried 25+ things (not full meals, thankfully!). It was an unforgettable experience.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour is worth your money. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. All travel and food is covered in the tour cost. Our guide Benoit is so delightfully charming and full of foodie trivia and history, his enthusiasm is infectious. We were lucky enough to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback! We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the walk, each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research as we work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the Two Continents tour recently with Benoit and it was superb! We tried a very wide range of dishes, including many that I’ve never had before (this is my second time to visit Istanbul). Even my Turkish friends said we went to places...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive review. We are happy to see that you enjoyed the walk and Benoit's passion, we take pride in working with him as he is one of the people who works to help preserve the social and cultural fabric of the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are independent travellers who don’t usually go on organised tours but we decided to give a Culinary Backstreets walking tour a try based on the excellent reviews. We went on the Culinary Secrets of the Old City walk with our guide Esin and weren’t...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the thoughtful review. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the walk and Esin's passion about her city. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research thanks to the work of academics in the field and our own...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Two Markets Two Continents tour in Istanbul recently with Benoit. What a great experience which we would highly recommend. We have now done three tours with Culinary Backstreets which have all been amazing. We have seen parts of Istanbul and Lisbon which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are always glad to have guests back and we are delighted to see that you enjoyed the walks. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research and we take pride in working with people like...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time on the two continents tour. Wonderful guide and we tried an amazing variety of food. The guide was super informative and we tried foods I’d never heard of and would have never ordered on my own.

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recommendation, we are happy to see that you enjoyed the walk. 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.

Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

I booked the “Born on the Bosphorus” tour as it happened to be the only one offered on my final day in Istanbul. I was not disappointed. Benoit (Selim) was a delightful guide who led the three of us participants to a variety of local...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your positive review. This is exactly what we are going for and we are glad to see that you enjoyed the experience, each of our tours is the outcome of considerable research and more importantly we take pride in working...More

Reviewed January 10, 2019

We took the Two Markets, Two Continents tour in Istanbul. The rainy weather didn't dampen our moods too much as we had an excellent guide in Gonca, who introduced us to her "ustas" (experts/masters) and made the 6 hours or so whiz by with fascinating...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your positive review. Each of our walks is the outcome of significant work and research and we are glad to see that you enjoyed the experience. Gonca is great, she is very knowledgeable about and extremely fond of her city...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019

We walked through parts of the city I never would have wandered into on my own, and we tasted foods I wouldn't have known to order. Everything was delicious and Senem was a wonderful guide! I was glad to receive the book as well!More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive feedback. We are glad to see that you enjoyed the walk and the food. Taking people out of the beaten paths is what we are going for. Senem is great, we take pride in working with her and people like...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

I have to admit I was a bit dubious about this tour because anyone can visit the bazaar and purchase whatever street food strikes their fancy without the need (or cost) of a guide. However the tour came recommended from a friend who had done...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CulinaryBackstreets, Proprietário at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for you recommendation. Each of our walks is the unique outcome of considerable research and we are happy to see that you enjoyed the walk and the food experiences. Senem is great, we take pride in working with her and people like her...More

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Mohsen B
February 18, 2017|
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Response from 773luizam | 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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pmittal
June 15, 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
April 19, 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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