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NEW! FATHER'S DAY PAELLA AND SANGRIA LIVE CLASS
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FATHER'S DAY PAELLA AND SANGRIA LIVE CLASS
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Host: Marilena

Athens, Greece

USD
$78-$100 per person

Traditional Greek cooking class with a view of the Acropolis

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Marilena

Marilena is a passionate food lover and food blogger, who has lived in Athens all her life. Her fondest memories are of her in the kitchen cooking with her grandmother! Five years ago, Marilena decided to document all her recipes and share her love for cooking, that is how she started her own blog. She enjoyed sharing her passion for food and cooking so much that she now decided to start her own cooking studio.

“It's a great way to meet interesting people and to teach them some things about the Greek culture and Greek food”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) The experience takes place in Marilena’s cooking studio, which has a perfect view of the Acropolis! The cooking studio was designed to offer a hands-on experience, where everyone can participate and learn. Marilena believes that cooking should be joyful and creative, and travelers will be encouraged to cook themselves to be able to replicate the recipes when they get back home.

Join Marilena in her cozy cooking studio and learn to cook traditional Greek food the way her mother and grandmother used to cook, using family recipes. During your 2-hour, hands-on cooking class, learn to make the filo dough from scratch for your loukoumades (Greek donuts), a traditional moussaka (eggplant baked with tomato or meat sauce and caramelized onions), Greek salad and spanakopita (Greek spinach pie). Once you’re done cooking, sit down at the dinning table to share the meal you prepared.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Marilena will take you to the Athens Central Market, a short 5-minute walk from the cooking studio. This market is a favorite with the local’s who come here to stock up on vegetables, cured meat products, herbs, spices and nuts and then grab a bite in one of the historic taverns. Walk through the fish, vegetable and meat market with Marilena and soak up all the sights, colors, smells and flavors. The market has been in operation since 1886 and you will hear wonderful stories about the place and the produce from Marilena, who has been coming here for years. You might buy a few local ingredients before walking back to the studio for your cooking class.

Notes: Please note that Marilena can offer vegetarian and vegan meals, on request. As Marilena has a full-time job, she is only available for dinner experiences on weekdays and lunch experiences on weekends.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Please choose one menu from the below two options
  • Menu 1: Traditional Greek Lunch/Dinner (includes 3 appetizers, salad, main course and dessert)
  • Menu 2: Mezedes (includes 6 mezes dishes)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

What better way to spend an afternoon or an evening than preparing the classics of the Greek cuisine while enjoying the view of the Acropolis! Marilena will guide you through the ins and bolts of Greek cooking just the way her grandma taught her. In her modern, sleek cooking studio she'll show you how to make your own filo dough for spanakopita, how to cook the most delicious loukoumades, and how to use chios mastiha in fava. She'll also provide you with a typed-up menu and a recipe for every dish so you can repeat the experience at home. Following this hands-on cooking class, you'll feast on all of the delicious food you prepared together while talking about Greece and its culinary traditions.

Margarita, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Athens Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Marilena

$78-$100 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $90
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $90
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm

Meet Marilena

Marilena is a passionate food lover and food blogger, who has lived in Athens all her life. Her fondest memories are of her in the kitchen cooking with her grandmother! Five years ago, Marilena decided to document all her recipes and share her love for cooking, that is how she started her own blog. She enjoyed sharing her passion for food and cooking so much that she now decided to start her own cooking studio.

“It's a great way to meet interesting people and to teach them some things about the Greek culture and Greek food”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) The experience takes place in Marilena’s cooking studio, which has a perfect view of the Acropolis! The cooking studio was designed to offer a hands-on experience, where everyone can participate and learn. Marilena believes that cooking should be joyful and creative, and travelers will be encouraged to cook themselves to be able to replicate the recipes when they get back home.

Join Marilena in her cozy cooking studio and learn to cook traditional Greek food the way her mother and grandmother used to cook, using family recipes. During your 2-hour, hands-on cooking class, learn to make the filo dough from scratch for your loukoumades (Greek donuts), a traditional moussaka (eggplant baked with tomato or meat sauce and caramelized onions), Greek salad and spanakopita (Greek spinach pie). Once you’re done cooking, sit down at the dinning table to share the meal you prepared.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Marilena will take you to the Athens Central Market, a short 5-minute walk from the cooking studio. This market is a favorite with the local’s who come here to stock up on vegetables, cured meat products, herbs, spices and nuts and then grab a bite in one of the historic taverns. Walk through the fish, vegetable and meat market with Marilena and soak up all the sights, colors, smells and flavors. The market has been in operation since 1886 and you will hear wonderful stories about the place and the produce from Marilena, who has been coming here for years. You might buy a few local ingredients before walking back to the studio for your cooking class.

Notes: Please note that Marilena can offer vegetarian and vegan meals, on request. As Marilena has a full-time job, she is only available for dinner experiences on weekdays and lunch experiences on weekends.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Please choose one menu from the below two options
  • Menu 1: Traditional Greek Lunch/Dinner (includes 3 appetizers, salad, main course and dessert)
  • Menu 2: Mezedes (includes 6 mezes dishes)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

What better way to spend an afternoon or an evening than preparing the classics of the Greek cuisine while enjoying the view of the Acropolis! Marilena will guide you through the ins and bolts of Greek cooking just the way her grandma taught her. In her modern, sleek cooking studio she'll show you how to make your own filo dough for spanakopita, how to cook the most delicious loukoumades, and how to use chios mastiha in fava. She'll also provide you with a typed-up menu and a recipe for every dish so you can repeat the experience at home. Following this hands-on cooking class, you'll feast on all of the delicious food you prepared together while talking about Greece and its culinary traditions.

Margarita, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Athens Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $90
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $90
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm
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