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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.

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The Moveable Sunday Feast

The Moveable Sunday Feast

$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: about 5.0 hours

Sunday is traditionally a day of leisure for the average Greek, dedicated to two important aspects of life: food and family. Most Greeks enjoy the largest meal of this day at lunchtime, sharing it with an extended family that usually includes children, cousins, grandparents and aunts and uncles.

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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 Backstreets of the Bazaar Quarter

Culinary Backstreets of the Bazaar Quarter

$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

Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter is one of the world’s biggest open-air commercial centers, crowned by the planet’s largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar. It is not only a sprawling marketplace specializing in everything from knitting yarn to knockoff purses, but a historic center of small craftsmen who still carry on their tradition in the atmospheric caravanserais — Ottoman-era trading posts — that dot this area.

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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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Song of the Sea: Fish, Seafood and Tradition in Lisbon’s Port Zone

Song of the Sea: Fish, Seafood and Tradition in Lisbon’s Port Zone

$135 US/person
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  • Group Size: 2-7
  • Start/End: 10:00am-3:30pm
  • Duration: about 5.5 hours

Beyond the bustling districts of the centro, Lisbon’s port and the old neighborhoods clustered around it have always had a close connection with the waterfront and its industries, especially fishing. The city’s iconic varinas, itinerant fish vendors, lived and worked on the streets here until quite recently, selling their goods from a basket hoisted on their heads.

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Day of the Dead at Mercado Jamaica — Seasonal Only

Day of the Dead at Mercado Jamaica — Seasonal Only

$85 US/person; group discounts available
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: 2-4
  • Start/End: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Duration: about 4.0 hours

Day of the Dead is a colorful, special time of year in Mexico City. The best place to see it unfold is at the Jamaica Market, whose aisles overflow every October with flowers and arts and crafts—bright orange marigolds, deep red terciopelos, sugar skulls, papel picado, and tiny skeleton figurines designed especially for Day of the Dead.

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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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Hands-On Dumpling Delights

Hands-On Dumpling Delights

$90 US/person
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  • Fee includes everything consumed on the walk
  • Group Size: Max 8
  • Start/End: 10:00am ~1:00pm
  • Duration: about 3.0 hours

Our original dumplings tour, with a cooking class! For more than 2,000 years, Chinese chefs and home cooks have been perfecting dumplings in all their delicious bite-sized forms. Carried abroad by Silk Road travelers over the centuries, dumplings are popular around the world, but nothing tops the original!

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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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