• Get serious about eating like a local with a fascinating food walk
  • With personalized recommendations, follow a bespoke Eatinerary through city backstreets
  • Take a Turkish cooking class with an eclectic twist

Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities for foodies. Get serious about eating like a local with the help of our concierge or guides like Culinary Backstreets, which runs fascinating food walks that go far beyond the well-worn tourist trails. (The Kebab Krawl is mandatory for spicy-food lovers.) If you’d rather go it alone, they’ll put together a bespoke Eatinerary, with personalized recommendations from workmen’s cafés to wine bars and detailed tips about what to order where—be it ram’s testicles or dandelion salad. Want to re-create your favorite Turkish dishes? The charismatic Ayca Apak runs Dish & Dine, Turkish cooking classes with a twist in eclectic Galata: historians, musicians, and artists provide cultural context as you prepare culinary classics such as kadınbudu köfte (“lady’s thigh meatballs”). It’s like a lively dinner party where everyone shares anecdotes and helps with the cooking. Plus, you can invite your friends and family to eat what you’ve made.

Visit the Culinary Backstreets website to customize your Istanbul food itinerary. Once you’ve done that, you’ll know where to start your yummy experience. Register for your Dish & Dine cooking workshop and the website will give you the full details on where to go.


DISH & DINE: Anadolu Sok. No:23/6-5-1; +90-531-469-7289;