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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
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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
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
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!
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
What a truly amazing food tour with our guide Benoit. It began with a lovely surprise breakfast prepared by Benoit and served in the Oriental Express train station in a tea room. This was an incredible spread of 15 different little tastes of sweet and...More
Really great food-- I can eat a lot, but even I was about to burst by the end! The guide was very thorough and had lots of interesting facts, and most important, she was very in tune to what we needed, making sure we were...More
So I proposed to my wife in April 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. During that memorable trip, we signed up for this food tour. It was one of the best food tours I have been on. The guide was knowledgeable and brought us to different places...More
I was born and raised in Istanbul but have been living abroad for over 12 years. This tour was a much welcome re-introduction to my childhood favorites and I even discovered new places/food. Magnitutes better than the classic airport/duty-free cliché "Turkish food". Also, having a...More
Date of experience: December 2018
CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are delighted to see that an Istanbul native enjoyed the tour! Exploring the culture via the food is exactly what we are going for! We hope that you will join us again soon for more discoveries in...More
We booked a tour for our first day in Istanbul, it was the best introduction to the city one could imagine. It totally blew away any apprehension and pre conceived ideas of the city. Our guide ,Remziy was fantastic, the tour was the Secrets of...More
Date of experience: October 2018
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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets -Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago
Thanks! we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tours and the guides. We take pride in working with people with different personalities that are equally passionate and very knowledgeable about the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets...More
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
the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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
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 surely you wont be disappointed. Just remember these tours are FOOD based and not for sightseeing...