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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.

Made in Catalonia

Made in Catalonia

$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

At first glance, the Gràcia district of Barcelona appears to be the gatekeeper of the resurgent Catalan identity: “Free Catalonia!” graffiti scrawled in the backstreets, Catalan flags flying from so many balconies, the distinct sound of the Catalan language heard in cafés and eateries.

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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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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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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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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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Shanghai Night Eats

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

Are you curious about Shanghai’s nighttime food scene? As the the sun sets and the woks fire up along the city’s fast-disappearing food streets, you’ll sample authentic dishes from several vendors, restaurants and local eateries – all of which adds up one delicious Shanghai supper.

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For Wine and Country: A Georgian Village Feast

For Wine and Country: A Georgian Village Feast

$100 US/person;  July 1, 2017
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  • Fee includes wine and food consumed during the activity and transport
  • Group Size: 4-7
  • Meeting point: Rustaveli statue next to the Rustaveli metro.  Drop off at the same point.
  • Start/End: 12-6pm
  • Duration: about 6 hours

About an hour and a half from Tbilisi is the Ateni area of Shida Kartli. It is an awesome landscape of both steep and rolling hills and lush river valleys and the epicenter of winemaking in the region. In ancient times, Shida Kartli produced the wine drunk by Georgia’s kings.

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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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