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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 is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.
  • When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.
  • When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.
  • When it comes to exploring a city’s authentic dining scene, while the stomach should ideally serve as the best compass, the truth is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.

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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 is that it’s hard to find your way without good local advice. That’s where Culinary Backstreets’ Culinary Walks come in. Our small group walks lead visitors on an educating eating binge through a city’s lesser-seen historic side streets and authentic markets, visiting countless hard-to-find culinary gems and, in between bites, a select number of untouristed historic monuments. In today’s world, a city’s culinary scene is the most significant and accessible repository of local culture. Eating locally and authentically has become the easiest–and tastiest–route to getting a sense of a place’s real traditions. Let us show you the way.

Culinary Secrets of Downtown Athens

Culinary Secrets of Downtown Athens

$135/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

From downtown Athens, one’s eyes rest on the timeless vision of the Acropolis up on the hill, looming grandly above this ancient Greek city. But in the bustling market streets below, another classic, though less well-known, Athens exists.

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The Spanish Civil War Menu: Creativity in a Time of Shortage

The Spanish Civil War Menu: Creativity in a Time of Shortage

May 6, 2017
$28.50/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on activity
  • Group Size: 10-20
  • Start/End: 10:45am – 2:45pm
  • Duration: ~4 hours

The Spanish Civil War and the period that followed came on the heels of a decadent time in Barcelona when culinary and cultural developments were at a high, and then bombs rained down on the city for years. Food shortages, rationing and a black market become part of daily life, but the creative spirit of the city’s citizens still shone brightly. It was in these conditions that the Catalan chef, Ignasi Domenech adapted the classic Spanish tortilla (a dish consisting of eggs and potatoes) without using eggs or potatoes, at once avant garde and severely practical.

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Hotpots and Hutongs: Backstreets Dinner in Old Beijing

Hotpots and Hutongs: Backstreets Dinner in Old Beijing

$60 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: Max 8
  • Start/End: 7:00pm ~10:00pm
  • Duration: about 3.0 hours

The big, bold flavors of Northeast China combined with the historic imperial cuisine and humble fare of the capital’s many migrants are what makes Beijing’s dining scene unique. Steer clear of the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat – it’s best to get off the busy thoroughfares and into the hutong (alleyways) to explore the best food in town.

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Culinary Secrets of Gaziantep


Culinary Secrets of Gaziantep

$1100/person USD (single $100 supplement)
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  • Group Size: 10
  • Start/End: TBD 
  • Customized daytime walks by special request

Ankara may be Turkey’s political center and Istanbul its cultural and economic one, but ask Turks what their country’s culinary capital is and the answer will invariably be the same: Gaziantep.

An ancient city not far from Turkey’s southern border, a meeting point between the Arab Middle East and Turkish Anatolia, Gaziantep over the centuries has developed a culinary culture that is deeply rooted in the rhythm of the agricultural lands surrounding it and that is maintained with great pride and honor by the city’s cooks and food makers. Gaziantep is also the source for many of Turkish cuisine’s iconic dishes – the city’s famous baklava is without compare and its kebabs are truly works of art, the standard by which all others are measured.

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Two Markets, Two Continents

Two Markets, Two Continents

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Duration: about 6.5 hours

Our favorite Istanbul experiences include exploring the eateries in local markets and crossing the Bosphorus on the public ferry. The “Two Markets, Two Continents” route draws from our best-of list in the European side’s Karaköy neighborhood and the Asian side’s Kadıköy, tied together by a Bosphorus crossing.

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Culinary Walks: Izmir

Only in Izmir: Exploring the Seaside City’s Unique Culinary Traditions


Only in Izmir: Exploring the Seaside City’s Unique Culinary Traditions

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

If Istanbul is Turkey’s New York then Izmir is definitely its New Orleans. In this sun-kissed Aegean port city, peoples have come and gone for millennia – Greeks, Cretan Turks, Sephardic Jews, Armenians, Levantine Europeans and Kurds, to name a few – each contributing to the culture of the place, but also, we sense, surrendering to a lifestyle distinctive to the city. To be from Izmir is to know good food and take the time to enjoy it. Exploring the markets, bakeries, lokantas (homestyle restaurants) and tea gardens of the narrow streets that spread out below the ancient Roman-built agora, we are always struck by how local – so “Izmirli,” as the Turks say – the cuisine here is. Digging a little deeper, a wide range of Mediterranean influences reveal themselves in this city’s kitchen, reflective of its rich history.

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Lisbon Awakens: A Culinary Crossroads, Reborn

Lisbon Awakens: A Culinary Crossroads, Reborn

$130 US/person
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  • Fee Includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:00am-3:30pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

The oldest city in Western Europe, once the hub of a trading empire that connected Macau in the east to Rio de Janeiro in the west, Lisbon today feels staunchly Old World European, a sleepy town of nostalgic storefronts and scenic churches.

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Culinary Secrets of the Mercado Jamaica

Culinary Secrets of the Mercado de Jamaica

$115 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:00am-3:30pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

The best way to understand Mexico is through its markets. These bustling and colorful places are where the country’s soul – culinary and otherwise – truly resides. And, in our opinion, there is no better market through which to do this soul searching then at Mexico City’s Jamaica Market.

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Beyond the Walls: A Day in the Life of a Neapolitan Market Neighborhood

Beyond the Walls: A Day in the Life of a Neapolitan Market Neighborhood

$135/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Duration: 5 hours

Naples is at once a sophisticated ancient metropolis littered with monuments of art and architecture, a city dramatically perched between Mount Vesuvius and the sea, a place of palaces, the hometown of pizza. But unlike many other Italian cities with such a formidable legacy, Naples is not an open-air museum.

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The United Kitchens: Going Deep in the Borough of Global Eats

The United Kitchens: Going Deep in the Borough of Global Eats

$150/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • Duration: 5.5 hours

The largest of New York’s five boroughs, Queens is the home of over two million people, half of them born outside the United States, speaking more than 150 different languages. It’s perhaps the only place on the face of the planet where Tagalog bumps up hard against Romanian.

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Botequim: A Gastropub Crawl into Rio’s Soul

Botequin: A Gastropub Crawl into Rio’s Soul

$125/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 3-12
  • Start/End: 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • Duration: about 4.5 hours

To truly understand the soul of Rio’s popular culinary culture, all you need to do is enter one of the city’s numerous botequins. These tiny and humble gastropubs – first opened in Rio by Portuguese immigrants – are where locals go to eat, drink, talk and watch the day pass by in no hurry and with no worries.

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Street Eats Night Markets

Street Eats Night Markets

$75 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: Max. 10
  • Start: 7pm, sometimes 8pm and 6pm
  • Duration: about 3.0 hours

When the sun goes down, the woks fire up along the streets of Shanghai’s night markets. See for yourself why no one can resist the temptations of the city’s diverse after dark delicacies. On this tour, we’ll head to two of the city’s liveliest night markets.

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Old Market & Beyond: A Walk on Tbilisi’s Culinary Wild Side

Old Market & Beyond: A Walk on Tbilisi’s Culinary Wild Side

$85 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

Located between Tbilisi’s central train station and Dynamo Stadium is the Georgian capital’s largest and oldest open-air marketplace – the Deserter’s Bazaar. Named after the soldiers who fled the Czar’s army in the early 19th century and sold their guns and equipment there, the bazaar today is the main food source of most of Tbilisi’s restaurants and many families seeking the best bargains in fresh produce. It is a raw, chaotic warren of unprocessed victuals delivered daily, directly from the countryside, and a site not often featured in travel guides. Yet, no place in the city provides deeper insight into Georgia’s rich food culture than the Deserter’s Bazaar, for this convergence point is where it all begins.

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Tokyo Time Machine: Handmade To High Tech

Tokyo Time Machine: Handmade To High Tech

$195/person USD
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Duration: about 6.0 hours

In order to fully appreciate Tokyo and its deep food scene it’s necessary to not only peek behind the curtain of yesterday, but also join the constant flow of people eating their way through the city of today and even tomorrow. Our Tokyo walk will allow us to do just that, taking us on a journey that serves as an edible survey of the city’s culinary past, present and future.

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