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.