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The definitive guide to eating locally and authentically in several of the world’s greatest food cities, including Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City – with more to come! Each city volume within the application is purchased separately for $3.99 with free updates to the database forever. Beyond the kebab, souvlaki, tapas, soup dumpling, feijoada or taco – and what you will find listed in most guidebooks for these cities – lies a wide range of unique regional cuisines and restaurants with hints of cooking from all around. Most of these spots, though, are found far off the eaten track. With Culinary Backstreets as your trusty guide, you will know what to eat and where to eat it. 

Application features:

-Content provided by Culinarybackstreets.com, the online global guide to local eats.
-The absolute best of Culinary Backstreets’ local correspondents’  eating experiences: hundreds of opinionated reviews of local and authentic restaurants, street food carts, bakeries, dessert shops and more.

-Search functions and integrated maps that make finding the perfect meal easy. 

-Vivid photos of food and the people who make it. 

-Content always available in off-line mode. 

About Culinary Backstreets:

Partnering up with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate food writers and bloggers across the globe, Culinarybackstreets.com is a hotline for the hungry traveler, bedside reading for the foodie voyeur, and a heavily bookmarked index for those who live among the culinary backstreets featured in our pages. Dispatching from Istanbul, Athens, Shanghai, Barcelona, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Tbilisi (with more cities on the way), Culinarybackstreets.com is a community of readers and writers who follow their stomachs to the next destination.
Praise for Culinary Backstreets’ Istanbul app:

“Finally, a guide that truly shows you how to eat like a local in Istanbul!”
-Anya Von Bremzen, contributing editor at Travel+Leisure, author of “The New Spanish Table”

“…. The insiders guide to the back streets, hidden gems and tasty bites in the glorious old city on the Bosphorus. I love it.”
 Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC NEWS

“Affectionate, funny and delicious. A must-have road map to the tastiest secrets in this beautiful city. I never leave home without it.” 
-Ivan Watson, International Foreign Correspondent, CNN

“The brains (and stomachs) ….you want guiding you through the vast culinary treasures of one of the world's most interesting eating cities.”
-Seth Kugel, Frugal Traveler, New York Times

“Brilliant insider guide to the best eats in Istanbul.” 
-The Guardian

What's New

Version 2.3.1

New cities in the app preview.

Ratings and Reviews



Lousy. Not well organized. Not worth $4

Plan your culinary trip


One of the joys and special gifts of travel is eating new foods and sharing this experience with locals. This app allows you to research eateries which might never be discovered otherwise. It is possible to find places by neighborhood and bookmark restaurants to match your schedule before you leave home. Once you are on site, the GPS feature kicks in (great if you don't take time to research before your trip, or if you change you mind about the type of food you want). Each restaurant is listed by neighborhood and you can view a map, check phone #, and hours. Reviews are well written in English, and if you have EVER downloaded an app and had a problem or a question, you will be amazed at the team which runs this app. I had a very thorough email answer within hours, and an offer to answer further questions. How unusual and great is that!!? My app is for Istanbul, but there are other cities offered. If you are an adventurous diner and want more than the usual guidebook recommendations, you just must purchase this app. Yes, it does cost a bit more than some apps, but you get recommendations on places I have never found on any other site, and tools which make this a bargain. Sharing the food of a different culture is one of the special treasures of travel - I love this app and it works.

Best travel app we've found

The B Lo

My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon in the Greek isles and spent three days in Istanbul. We loved everywhere we went, but I think we got the best experience out of Istanbul, and I really think that is because of the culinary experience. In fact, we organized our second and third days around the app and restaurants we wanted to check out. We got to see parts of the city we never would have.

By far the bed part, in terms of functionality is the GPS that works offline. We downloaded a few travel apps like this on our trip and most didn't work that well. This app, on the other hand, was like having wifi with us wherever we went. I hope they create this app for more places because it's that good.


Ansel Mullins
16.5 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Culinary Backstreets
In-App Purchases
  1. Istanbul $3.99
  2. Barcelona $3.99
  3. Athens $3.99


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