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Istanbul Cooking Course - Authentic Home Cooking with a Local

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Türkiye, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 4 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Come join me at my home, to learn how we, Turkish people, cook at home. While you will experience what daily life of a Turkish person is, you will learn things about the culture where you will not find online or on Istanbul streets.

Firstly, we will walk to my favorite local stores that I shop in my daily life. We will visit the Charcuterie, green grocery, spice store, pickle store and meze store that I go almost daily.

After we do the shopping, we will cook, and set the table together as two friends. While we exchange information about our cultures, religions, literature, and politics, we will enjoy the dishes we cooked together.

When you leave, you will have two questions in your mind: how did I eat so much, and how come did I get this close with someone in this short time. You will also keep this cooking knowledge as a souvenier that you will bring back to your friends and family at your hometown.

So, come as a guest, leave as a friend!

Step into my Turkish kitchen for an authentic cooking experience that's more than just recipes—it's a cultural journey. Join me for a delightful Turkish Cooking Course where we'll shop, cook, chat, and savor together.

Starting near Taksim at Osmanbey metro station, we'll explore local markets to find the freshest ingredients for our traditional dishes. Then, it's off to my cozy home kitchen where we'll cook and share stories about Turkish life, culture, and more.

Together, we'll prepare:

- A delicious main dish (like kuru fasülye, karnıyarık, or dolma)
- Tasty bulgur rice
- A flavorful meze or salad
- Turkish Coffee and Dessert

Not only will you taste these classics, but I'll also teach you how to cook them from scratch. I'll share recipes and secrets about Turkish ingredients, showing you their versatility in different dishes.

Got dietary preferences or allergies? No worries! Just let me know, and I'll tailor our experience to suit your needs, whether vegetarian, vegan, or any special requirements.

Join me for a 4-hour+ immersion into Turkish culture through its cuisine. It's more than a cooking class—it's an authentic taste of Turkish home life.

Sample Menu

• Kuru Fasülye - White Beans Cooked in a traditional Turkish way
• Pilaf (Rice or Bulgur) - Pilaf cooked in Turkish way
• Turkish Pumpkin Dessert with Tahini - Traditional Turkish Dessert

  • Dinner
  • Cooking Materials and Ingredients
  • Authentic home cooking
  • Local Market Tour to experience local life
  • Authentic Turkish Desert
  • Coffee and/or Tea - Tea, Turkish Coffee

  • Tips and Gratitudes
  • Things you buy for you from Market Tour
  • Private Transfer, arranged on request
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Istanbul City Center, Ergenekon, Halaskargazi Cd. No:63, 34373 Şişli/İstanbul, Türkiye

Departure Time

03:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours

User's Reviews


09 Apr, 2024

We have a great time with the host, Gulsah She is very honest and genuine, we had a great time and learn so much about turkish food and history. 10/10!!


25 Feb, 2024

This experience was great. Gülsa was a kind and good chef. She took us on a walk to buy some items, and then we went back to her house and cook together. We have a great time, we laughed and ate delicious food


01 Feb, 2024

This was such a treasured experience from my travels in Turkey. Gülşah was so warm and welcoming. I learned so much from her and I am confident I will be able to recreate the meal we made! I would recommend this to anyone!


21 Jan, 2024

This was such a lovely experience! Gülsah was so warm and welcoming! I immediately felt at home. We cooked some delicious traditional Turkish dishes together. She is a great teacher! She was really good at explaining things and showing me details that I would’ve missed. It was a great memory that I will treasure from my time in Turkey!


17 Jan, 2024

We spent a wonderful afternoon learning to cook but also learning about Turkish culture. Nuran was a wonderful hostess accommodated my vegetarian preferences into the menu as we learned how to prepare several dishes. She had prepared lamb ahead of time for my husband and son. All of the food was tasty and the hospitality of our host was incredible. Nuran’s husband and son joined for the meal and we discussed what to see in Istanbul as well as learned more about Turkey. It was fascinating and definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

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Top tier experience!


One of my best memories from Turkey!


Amazing hospitality and a highlight of our trip.


An experience worth considering


Esperienza indimenticabile!


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