To explore the authentic dining scene of Istanbul, look no further than Culinary Backstreets. Holding walking tours and cooking classes, the Istanbul Culinary Backstreets team has invaluable insider knowledge and, as the name suggests, these tours will take you through alleys and laneways, to the local lokantas and kebab houses that fuel the city. They offer a variety of tours, such as the “Culinary Secrets of the Old City” tour, which takes in traditionally unexplored areas like the Egyptian Spice Market and the Fatih neighbourhood. The tour includes lunch and anything else you consume en route. For foodies, this is an insightful, cultural and satisfying experience; a real food safari.