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Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Istanbul, Turkey
+90 536 620 38 44
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Wonderful Way to Get to Know Istanbul

We took the Culinary Backstreets' "Two Markets, Two Continents" tour. We have taken other culinary... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
prettylilly
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Southern California
One of the kind perfection!

I have now done in total 4 of their tours in Istanbul. This time one year later I did born on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Giedre T
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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 38 44

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the Culinary Backstreets' "Two Markets, Two Continents" tour. We have taken other culinary tours in other cities with guides who were very good, but knowledgable and easy-going Benoit surpassed them all. He made us feel that the food of Istanbul was his passion....More

Thank prettylilly
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have now done in total 4 of their tours in Istanbul. This time one year later I did born on the Bosphorus and Two markets two continents one. In short- you LOOSING half of your Istanbul experience if you don't spend at least one...More

Thank Giedre T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the instant we met our foodie guide, Gonca, I knew that we were in for a special treat. She is an interesting and vivacious individual with a true passion for good food. Gonca took us to many wonderful local eateries where her charming personality...More

Thank Hungryhippohk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you to our great guide ( Ugur ). Our day was fantastic. We walked behind the scene(s) of the Grand Bazzar. Eating like the shop owners, and trying out so many diffrent local food. It was an amazing day. Thank you Ugur.

Thank Farshad N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a firm believer that the best way to truly connect with people and a new culture is through food. It has the ability to tear down walls created by politics, religion, and socio-economics. And that's exactly what this tour did for us. To...More

Thank Sebastian O
CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback! We agree, and the experience you describe is is exactly what we are going for. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. We are...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tips from other guests not to have breakfast were spot on. Ugur was amazing in every possible way. From his welcoming smile, to knowledge of the history not just of the dishes we were tasting but also the places we visited. The diversity of the...More

Thank Khaled F
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This outfit, founded by two long-term American expats, takes you off Istanbul's beaten track while keeping you extremely well-fed. Culinary Backstreets' small-group tours (maximum of seven people) explore the edible gems of the Grand Bazaar and nearby markets, Istanbul's Old City, modern Beyoglu, and other...More

Thank iConcierge
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

An absolute highlight of our trip to Istanbul! We had high expectations, and were not disappointed. We loved Gonca's stories, passion, and historical and cultural information. We felt like we were spending the day with an old friend. Of course, the food was also all...More

Thank TreyBostonSeoul
CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with incredible 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...More

Reviewed 30 June 2017

We participated in the Culinary Backstreet Tour while we were in Istanbul and had a fantastic tour. Our tour guide Gonca ( I hope I am spelling it correctly) was fantastic -very knowledgeable and toured us through the markets and we tried several local treats!...More

Thank lmapol
Reviewed 7 June 2017 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

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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

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
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Mohsen B
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
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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