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Host: Nuray and Ipek

Istanbul, Turkey

USD
$58-$124 per person

Modern Turkish cuisine prepared with love

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Nuray and Ipek

Nuray and Ipek are a mother and daughter team who love to entertain. After getting married at the age of 18, Nuray learned to cook from cookbooks and workshops. She is now an accomplished home-cook who enjoys combining traditional Turkish flavors with Western cuisine. Her daughter, Ipek, is an engineering student at the Istanbul Technical University. Nuray and Ipek are inviting hosts and engaging conversationalists who love to meet people from all over the world and share their Turkish culture and delicious home-cooked food.

You will be warmly welcomed at Nuray and Ipek's modern apartment in the Ataköy neighborhood - be sure to notice their peek-a-boo view of the sea!

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.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Your meal might start with a mercimek çorbası (lentil soup) followed by içli köfte (stuffed bulgar meatballs, also known as kibbeh), cheese börek (a cheese-filled pastry), yogurt lu ispanak (spinach and yoghurt), barbunya pilaki (beans stewed in a tomato and lemon sauce), Nuray’s special handmade burger, karniyarik (eggplant stuffed with mincemeat and tomatoes) and a dessert of the most ethereal homemade baklava you’ve ever tasted. Dessert will be served with traditional Turkish coffee. Note your menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Under Nuray's expert eye you will learn to prepare some of her Turkish specialties. She’ll have you frying eggplant, chopping fresh vegetables, and wrapping börek within minutes of arriving at their apartment. Nuray is an effortless cook and will show you how to prepare a variety of dishes with confidence. You’ll enjoy the dishes you helped to prepare along with a few other dishes she prepares in advance.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nuray and Ipek at their apartment before heading out together to visit the neighborhood market. They will show you some of their favorite stalls and show you the best seasonal produce. After picking up a few things for the meal you'll return home to start cooking.

Please note that due to the market hours, Ipek and Nuray are only able to offer a market visit on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, followed by a cooking lesson and dinner.

Notes: Nuray and Ipek live very close to Ataturk International Airport and a visit to their home makes a convenient stop on your way in or out of town.

In keeping with Turkish tradition you may be requested to leave your shoes at the door.

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.
  • Mercimek çorbası
  • Içli köfte
  • Barbunya pilaki
  • Karniyarik
  • Seasonal salad
  • Cheese börek
  • Homemade baklava

Traveler reviews

4.95 (22)
Many thank you’s to Nuray and her daughter Ipek for such a warm welcome! Everything was perfect! They are easy to talk to and are ally’s of the LGBTQ community. All my love and gratitude to the both of them!
- Alexander_The_Gr8t September 06, 2019
Charming, energetic and extraordinary experience. I am a Turk who live in Anatolian side of the city so i was wondering what i will meet when i arrived their home. I found plenty delicious foods(many types) and two wonderful people. İpek was so lovely and talkative and Nuray was so energetic and hospitable. Even i am unsociable person, i felt like i have lots of things to talk with them. We spend nearly 3 hours at the table so i couldn't realize how time pass so quickly. The food was amazing, plenty and dessert was incredible. I became full and i even couldn't try other foods on the table. I felt very special at the table and it was so warm atmosphere. Their home is located near the metro&metrobus station and not far from the airport. It was a great experince for me. I strongly recommend anyone who looking for extraordinary experience and nice people to talk Şehrin anadolu yakasında yaşıyorum. Bu deneyim de Nuray ve İpek'in evinde neyle karşılacağımı çok merak ediyordum. Harika,lezzetli bir sürü yemek ve iki harika insanlar buldum. İpek çok tatlı ve konuşkan. Nuray hanım çok enerjik ve misafirperver. Ben çekingen bir insan olmama rağmen yanlarında hiç yabancı hissetmedim. Yemek masasında yaklaşık 3 saat harcamamıza rağmen zamanın nasıl geçtiğini anlamadım bile. Yemekler bol miktarda ve inanılmazdı. Doyduğum içim masadaki bazı yemekleri deneyemedim bile. Çok özel hissetim ve sıcak bir ortam vardı. Evleri metro ve metrobüs istasyonuna gayet yakın. Ayrıca havaalanına ulaşımı kolay. Benim için harika bir deneyimdi. Sıradışı bir yemek deneyimi yaşamak isteyen herkese tavsiye ederim.
- ilker Gül March 06, 2018
I am a Turk who live in Anatolian side of the city so i was wondering what i will meet when i arrived their home. I found plenty delicious foods(many types) and two wonderful people. İpek was so lovely and talkative and Nuray was so energetic and hospitable. Even i am unsociable person, i felt like i have lots of things to talk with them. We spend nearly 3 hours at the table so i couldn't realize how time pass so quickly. The food was amazing, plenty and dessert was incredible. I became full and i even couldn't try other foods on the table. I felt very special at the table and it was so warm atmosphere. Their home is located near the metro&metrobus station and not far from the airport. It was a great experince for me. I strongly recommend anyone who looking for extraordinary experience and nice people to talkŞehrin anadolu yakasında yaşıyorum. Bu deneyim de Nuray ve İpek'in evinde neyle karşılacağımı çok merak ediyordum. Harika,lezzetli bir sürü yemek ve iki harika insanlar buldum. İpek çok tatlı ve konuşkan. Nuray hanım çok enerjik ve misafirperver. Ben çekingen bir insan olmama rağmen yanlarında hiç yabancı hissetmedim. Yemek masasında yaklaşık 3 saat harcamamıza rağmen zamanın nasıl geçtiğini anlamadım bile. Yemekler bol miktarda ve inanılmazdı. Doyduğum içim masadaki bazı yemekleri deneyemedim bile. Çok özel hissetim ve sıcak bir ortam vardı. Evleri metro ve metrobüs istasyonuna gayet yakın. Ayrıca havaalanına ulaşımı kolay. Benim için harika bir deneyimdi. Sıradışı bir yemek deneyimi yaşamak isteyen herkese tavsiye ederim.
- Ilker G February 14, 2018
Deniz and her husband were wonderful hosts. They were both so interesting, and well traveled and made us feel welcome. The food was great and plenty. So plenty we felt guilty not eating more. The venue, overlooking the Bosphorus, was also singular. Our group has traveled to many exceptional places, but this experience - the venue, the food, the gracious hosts - will always stand out for our families and our children (right down to the 6 year old!)
- Victoria O October 27, 2017
We loved our experience with Ipek and Nuray. First, we especially enjoyed seeing a different part of Istanbul that was off the tourist path--taking the train out to their normal Istanbul neighborhood was a welcome difference from the downtown areas. Second, the food was incredible, especially the various mezes and Nuray's heavenly baklava. And finally, Ipek and Nuray were lovely and welcoming hosts, making us feel at home in their home and sharing an evening of interesting conversation. We'd definitely recommend dinner at their home, or any other Traveling Spoon host, to anyone planning a trip to Istanbul!
- robinp54 October 20, 2017
Ipek & Nuray were wonderful hosts! They made me feel very comfortable & cared for as I was alone during a 15 hour layover in Istanbul! The food was wonderful & gave me an understanding of Turkish cuisine. I would go back to dine with them in a heartbeat!
- Sara F October 13, 2017
The taxi ride on a rainy Saturday afternoon had me nervous that the destination would be worth the trip as my husband and I, and our two adult children, rode apprehensively through Istanbul's notorious traffic , but once we arrived, we all felt transported!I can not say enough about how much fun we had with our delightful hosts and how delicious our meal was. Nuray is a pro in the kitchen and the preparation was informative and easy. By the time we sat down to dinner, it felt like we were all old friends - we shared stories, laughter, photos and a magnificent meal.Our evening with Nuray and Ipek was a highlight of our trip.
- _michellesweet7 October 12, 2017
We had a great time with Nuray and her son during our visit. They were very friendly, helped give us some more context about Turkey/Istanbul, and made sure we learned a bit about Turkish cooking. Although we did help some with chopping/mixing, Nuray did most of the cooking and there wasn't too much instruction. We had a great time and learned a lot anyway. Thanks!
- G8914RHjenniferj October 04, 2017
"My husband and I had a dinner and cooking class with Nuray and Ipek at their home in Istanbul. Although Nuray had prepared several dishes before we arrived we helped with the borek and pilaf. Every dish was delicious and we shared lively conversation during our meal. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Traveling Spoon to any of my friends."
- Susanna1941 September 01, 2017
The more I use Travelling spoon....the more I love the experience of connecting people through food...and the cultural exchange is just another bonus! It's def making the world a smaller place!
- Karen September 02, 2016
Ipek & Nuray were wonderful hosts! They made me feel very comfortable & cared for as I was alone during a 15 hour layover in Istanbul! The food was wonderful & gave me an understanding of Turkish cuisine. I would go back to dine with them in a heartbeat!
- Sara F April 03, 2016
I'm so glad I booked the meal and cooking lesson with Ipek and Nuray. They were so welcoming and really have me a chance to get outside the touristy parts of Istanbul and connect with people who really live there. The food was delicious and the conversation was great. By the end we were laughing like old friends.
- Kaitlin S. December 13, 2015
The taxi ride on a rainy Saturday afternoon had me nervous that the destination be worth the trip as my partner and I, and our two adult children, rode apprehensively through Istanbul's notorious traffic , but once we arrived, we all felt transported. I can not say enough about how much fun we had with our delightful hosts and how delicious our meal was. Nuray is a pro in the kitchen and the preparation was information and easy. By the time we sat down to dinner, it felt like we were all old friends. Our evening with Nuray and Ipek was a highlight of our trip.
- Michelle & Pete November 06, 2015
we felt we got a very good insight into a locals usual daily life - including using public transport to get there. They were great company, lovely food and we highly recommend.
- Erena September 22, 2015
We had a great time with Nuray and her son during our visit. They were very friendly, helped give us some more context about Turkey/Istanbul, and made sure we learned a bit about Turkish cooking. Although we did help some with chopping/mixing, Nuray did most of the cooking and there wasn't too much instruction. We had a great time and learned a lot anyway. Thanks!
- August 25, 2015
We had a dinner and cooking class. Although Nuray had prepared several dishes before we arrived we helped with the borek and pilaf. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend Traveling Spoon to any of my friends.
- Sue August 18, 2015
We had a great time with Ipek and Nuray. We were even joined by Nuray's son. The food and presentation were fantastic! They were all very warm, friendly, hosts and open to any questions we had about Istanbul and Turkey. Their place is on the 14th floor, is quite modern and has great views. We ended up forcing ourselves to leave after 4 hours so we could catch the metro back to our place.
- Lisa July 13, 2015
We had a great time with Nuray and Ipek. They took us on a tour of a local market and we helped them prepare a few final dishes for dinner. They made us feel welcome into their home and we will definitely keep in touch. Wonderful experience!
- Kelly L July 12, 2015
My husband and I had a fantastic experience. I did cooking and meal and Geoff watched but mainly talked to Ipek about work , education, health government comparing our countries. Nureyev and I cooked away and chatted to our heart was cornet. Nurey had prepared some good but explained how it was cooked. She was going to do a plain rice pilau bit I asked about one I had in a restaurant so we went through all her cupboards with her explaining all the ingredients and made the restaurant pilau I had eaten. Nurey was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking which she had a real love and real talent in. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Left at 11.30 so we could catch the last trams. Highly recommend it and Nurey and Ipek are fantastic hosts. They are looking forward to your visit Hannah. I have already recommended to people in our hotel. Great fun will do it in other countries. It was great food, great company and great laughs- life couldn't get better!!!
- June 30, 2015
My husband and I had a fantastic experience. I did cooking and meal and Geoff watched but mainly talked to Ipek about work , education, health government comparing our countries. Nureyev and I cooked away and chatted to our heart was cornet. Nurey had prepared some good but explained how it was cooked. She was going to do a plain rice pilau bit I asked about one I had in a restaurant so we went through all her cupboards with her explaining all the ingredients and made the restaurant pilau I had eaten. Nurey was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking which she had a real love and real talent in. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Left at 11.30 so we could catch the last trams. Highly recommend it and Nurey and Ipek are fantastic hosts. They are looking forward to your visit Hannah. I have already recommended to people in our hotel. Great fun will do it in other countries. It was great food, great company and great laughs- life couldn't get better!!!
- June 30, 2015
We loved our experience with Ipek and Nuray. First, we especially enjoyed seeing a different part of Istanbul that was off the tourist path--taking the train out to their normal Istanbul neighborhood was a welcome difference from the downtown areas. Second, the food was incredible, especially the various mezes and Nuray's heavenly baklava. And finally, Ipek and Nuray were lovely and welcoming hosts, making us feel at home in their home and sharing an evening of interesting conversation. We'd definitely recommend dinner at their home, or any other Traveling Spoon host, to anyone planning a trip to Istanbul!
- Robin October 12, 2014
We could not have felt more welcome by Nuray and Ipek. They are lovely, warm people who are eager to share their culture and food with guests. And let's talk about the food - it was absolutely delicious. Nuray is an extremely talented homecook. I'll be dreaming about her carrots in yogurt sauce, kisir, and imam bayildi (eggplant with tomato sauce) for a long time to come - not to mention the 100% homemade baklava!! Nuray sent us home with a few leftovers which we shared with our Turkish friends. One of them attended culinary school in New York and, after tasting her kisir, proclaimed that it was better than his aunt's. High praise indeed. Their home was tidy and welcoming. We felt very comfortable spending the evening with them and I know they will continue to be inviting hosts in the future.
- Hannah Williams September 02, 2014
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Nuray and Ipek

$58-$124 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • 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
In-Home Meal
$68 $64 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $80 $74
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $102 $90
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$68 $64 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $80 $74
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $102 $90
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-3:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
3:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Nuray and Ipek

Nuray and Ipek are a mother and daughter team who love to entertain. After getting married at the age of 18, Nuray learned to cook from cookbooks and workshops. She is now an accomplished home-cook who enjoys combining traditional Turkish flavors with Western cuisine. Her daughter, Ipek, is an engineering student at the Istanbul Technical University. Nuray and Ipek are inviting hosts and engaging conversationalists who love to meet people from all over the world and share their Turkish culture and delicious home-cooked food.

You will be warmly welcomed at Nuray and Ipek's modern apartment in the Ataköy neighborhood - be sure to notice their peek-a-boo view of the sea!

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.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Your meal might start with a mercimek çorbası (lentil soup) followed by içli köfte (stuffed bulgar meatballs, also known as kibbeh), cheese börek (a cheese-filled pastry), yogurt lu ispanak (spinach and yoghurt), barbunya pilaki (beans stewed in a tomato and lemon sauce), Nuray’s special handmade burger, karniyarik (eggplant stuffed with mincemeat and tomatoes) and a dessert of the most ethereal homemade baklava you’ve ever tasted. Dessert will be served with traditional Turkish coffee. Note your menu will vary based on the season.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Under Nuray's expert eye you will learn to prepare some of her Turkish specialties. She’ll have you frying eggplant, chopping fresh vegetables, and wrapping börek within minutes of arriving at their apartment. Nuray is an effortless cook and will show you how to prepare a variety of dishes with confidence. You’ll enjoy the dishes you helped to prepare along with a few other dishes she prepares in advance.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nuray and Ipek at their apartment before heading out together to visit the neighborhood market. They will show you some of their favorite stalls and show you the best seasonal produce. After picking up a few things for the meal you'll return home to start cooking.

Please note that due to the market hours, Ipek and Nuray are only able to offer a market visit on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, followed by a cooking lesson and dinner.

Notes: Nuray and Ipek live very close to Ataturk International Airport and a visit to their home makes a convenient stop on your way in or out of town.

In keeping with Turkish tradition you may be requested to leave your shoes at the door.

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.
  • Mercimek çorbası
  • Içli köfte
  • Barbunya pilaki
  • Karniyarik
  • Seasonal salad
  • Cheese börek
  • Homemade baklava

Traveler reviews

4.95 (22)
Many thank you’s to Nuray and her daughter Ipek for such a warm welcome! Everything was perfect! They are easy to talk to and are ally’s of the LGBTQ community. All my love and gratitude to the both of them!
- Alexander_The_Gr8t September 06, 2019
Charming, energetic and extraordinary experience. I am a Turk who live in Anatolian side of the city so i was wondering what i will meet when i arrived their home. I found plenty delicious foods(many types) and two wonderful people. İpek was so lovely and talkative and Nuray was so energetic and hospitable. Even i am unsociable person, i felt like i have lots of things to talk with them. We spend nearly 3 hours at the table so i couldn't realize how time pass so quickly. The food was amazing, plenty and dessert was incredible. I became full and i even couldn't try other foods on the table. I felt very special at the table and it was so warm atmosphere. Their home is located near the metro&metrobus station and not far from the airport. It was a great experince for me. I strongly recommend anyone who looking for extraordinary experience and nice people to talk Şehrin anadolu yakasında yaşıyorum. Bu deneyim de Nuray ve İpek'in evinde neyle karşılacağımı çok merak ediyordum. Harika,lezzetli bir sürü yemek ve iki harika insanlar buldum. İpek çok tatlı ve konuşkan. Nuray hanım çok enerjik ve misafirperver. Ben çekingen bir insan olmama rağmen yanlarında hiç yabancı hissetmedim. Yemek masasında yaklaşık 3 saat harcamamıza rağmen zamanın nasıl geçtiğini anlamadım bile. Yemekler bol miktarda ve inanılmazdı. Doyduğum içim masadaki bazı yemekleri deneyemedim bile. Çok özel hissetim ve sıcak bir ortam vardı. Evleri metro ve metrobüs istasyonuna gayet yakın. Ayrıca havaalanına ulaşımı kolay. Benim için harika bir deneyimdi. Sıradışı bir yemek deneyimi yaşamak isteyen herkese tavsiye ederim.
- ilker Gül March 06, 2018
I am a Turk who live in Anatolian side of the city so i was wondering what i will meet when i arrived their home. I found plenty delicious foods(many types) and two wonderful people. İpek was so lovely and talkative and Nuray was so energetic and hospitable. Even i am unsociable person, i felt like i have lots of things to talk with them. We spend nearly 3 hours at the table so i couldn't realize how time pass so quickly. The food was amazing, plenty and dessert was incredible. I became full and i even couldn't try other foods on the table. I felt very special at the table and it was so warm atmosphere. Their home is located near the metro&metrobus station and not far from the airport. It was a great experince for me. I strongly recommend anyone who looking for extraordinary experience and nice people to talkŞehrin anadolu yakasında yaşıyorum. Bu deneyim de Nuray ve İpek'in evinde neyle karşılacağımı çok merak ediyordum. Harika,lezzetli bir sürü yemek ve iki harika insanlar buldum. İpek çok tatlı ve konuşkan. Nuray hanım çok enerjik ve misafirperver. Ben çekingen bir insan olmama rağmen yanlarında hiç yabancı hissetmedim. Yemek masasında yaklaşık 3 saat harcamamıza rağmen zamanın nasıl geçtiğini anlamadım bile. Yemekler bol miktarda ve inanılmazdı. Doyduğum içim masadaki bazı yemekleri deneyemedim bile. Çok özel hissetim ve sıcak bir ortam vardı. Evleri metro ve metrobüs istasyonuna gayet yakın. Ayrıca havaalanına ulaşımı kolay. Benim için harika bir deneyimdi. Sıradışı bir yemek deneyimi yaşamak isteyen herkese tavsiye ederim.
- Ilker G February 14, 2018
Deniz and her husband were wonderful hosts. They were both so interesting, and well traveled and made us feel welcome. The food was great and plenty. So plenty we felt guilty not eating more. The venue, overlooking the Bosphorus, was also singular. Our group has traveled to many exceptional places, but this experience - the venue, the food, the gracious hosts - will always stand out for our families and our children (right down to the 6 year old!)
- Victoria O October 27, 2017
We loved our experience with Ipek and Nuray. First, we especially enjoyed seeing a different part of Istanbul that was off the tourist path--taking the train out to their normal Istanbul neighborhood was a welcome difference from the downtown areas. Second, the food was incredible, especially the various mezes and Nuray's heavenly baklava. And finally, Ipek and Nuray were lovely and welcoming hosts, making us feel at home in their home and sharing an evening of interesting conversation. We'd definitely recommend dinner at their home, or any other Traveling Spoon host, to anyone planning a trip to Istanbul!
- robinp54 October 20, 2017
Ipek & Nuray were wonderful hosts! They made me feel very comfortable & cared for as I was alone during a 15 hour layover in Istanbul! The food was wonderful & gave me an understanding of Turkish cuisine. I would go back to dine with them in a heartbeat!
- Sara F October 13, 2017
The taxi ride on a rainy Saturday afternoon had me nervous that the destination would be worth the trip as my husband and I, and our two adult children, rode apprehensively through Istanbul's notorious traffic , but once we arrived, we all felt transported!I can not say enough about how much fun we had with our delightful hosts and how delicious our meal was. Nuray is a pro in the kitchen and the preparation was informative and easy. By the time we sat down to dinner, it felt like we were all old friends - we shared stories, laughter, photos and a magnificent meal.Our evening with Nuray and Ipek was a highlight of our trip.
- _michellesweet7 October 12, 2017
We had a great time with Nuray and her son during our visit. They were very friendly, helped give us some more context about Turkey/Istanbul, and made sure we learned a bit about Turkish cooking. Although we did help some with chopping/mixing, Nuray did most of the cooking and there wasn't too much instruction. We had a great time and learned a lot anyway. Thanks!
- G8914RHjenniferj October 04, 2017
"My husband and I had a dinner and cooking class with Nuray and Ipek at their home in Istanbul. Although Nuray had prepared several dishes before we arrived we helped with the borek and pilaf. Every dish was delicious and we shared lively conversation during our meal. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Traveling Spoon to any of my friends."
- Susanna1941 September 01, 2017
The more I use Travelling spoon....the more I love the experience of connecting people through food...and the cultural exchange is just another bonus! It's def making the world a smaller place!
- Karen September 02, 2016
Ipek & Nuray were wonderful hosts! They made me feel very comfortable & cared for as I was alone during a 15 hour layover in Istanbul! The food was wonderful & gave me an understanding of Turkish cuisine. I would go back to dine with them in a heartbeat!
- Sara F April 03, 2016
I'm so glad I booked the meal and cooking lesson with Ipek and Nuray. They were so welcoming and really have me a chance to get outside the touristy parts of Istanbul and connect with people who really live there. The food was delicious and the conversation was great. By the end we were laughing like old friends.
- Kaitlin S. December 13, 2015
The taxi ride on a rainy Saturday afternoon had me nervous that the destination be worth the trip as my partner and I, and our two adult children, rode apprehensively through Istanbul's notorious traffic , but once we arrived, we all felt transported. I can not say enough about how much fun we had with our delightful hosts and how delicious our meal was. Nuray is a pro in the kitchen and the preparation was information and easy. By the time we sat down to dinner, it felt like we were all old friends. Our evening with Nuray and Ipek was a highlight of our trip.
- Michelle & Pete November 06, 2015
we felt we got a very good insight into a locals usual daily life - including using public transport to get there. They were great company, lovely food and we highly recommend.
- Erena September 22, 2015
We had a great time with Nuray and her son during our visit. They were very friendly, helped give us some more context about Turkey/Istanbul, and made sure we learned a bit about Turkish cooking. Although we did help some with chopping/mixing, Nuray did most of the cooking and there wasn't too much instruction. We had a great time and learned a lot anyway. Thanks!
- August 25, 2015
We had a dinner and cooking class. Although Nuray had prepared several dishes before we arrived we helped with the borek and pilaf. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend Traveling Spoon to any of my friends.
- Sue August 18, 2015
We had a great time with Ipek and Nuray. We were even joined by Nuray's son. The food and presentation were fantastic! They were all very warm, friendly, hosts and open to any questions we had about Istanbul and Turkey. Their place is on the 14th floor, is quite modern and has great views. We ended up forcing ourselves to leave after 4 hours so we could catch the metro back to our place.
- Lisa July 13, 2015
We had a great time with Nuray and Ipek. They took us on a tour of a local market and we helped them prepare a few final dishes for dinner. They made us feel welcome into their home and we will definitely keep in touch. Wonderful experience!
- Kelly L July 12, 2015
My husband and I had a fantastic experience. I did cooking and meal and Geoff watched but mainly talked to Ipek about work , education, health government comparing our countries. Nureyev and I cooked away and chatted to our heart was cornet. Nurey had prepared some good but explained how it was cooked. She was going to do a plain rice pilau bit I asked about one I had in a restaurant so we went through all her cupboards with her explaining all the ingredients and made the restaurant pilau I had eaten. Nurey was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking which she had a real love and real talent in. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Left at 11.30 so we could catch the last trams. Highly recommend it and Nurey and Ipek are fantastic hosts. They are looking forward to your visit Hannah. I have already recommended to people in our hotel. Great fun will do it in other countries. It was great food, great company and great laughs- life couldn't get better!!!
- June 30, 2015
My husband and I had a fantastic experience. I did cooking and meal and Geoff watched but mainly talked to Ipek about work , education, health government comparing our countries. Nureyev and I cooked away and chatted to our heart was cornet. Nurey had prepared some good but explained how it was cooked. She was going to do a plain rice pilau bit I asked about one I had in a restaurant so we went through all her cupboards with her explaining all the ingredients and made the restaurant pilau I had eaten. Nurey was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking which she had a real love and real talent in. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Left at 11.30 so we could catch the last trams. Highly recommend it and Nurey and Ipek are fantastic hosts. They are looking forward to your visit Hannah. I have already recommended to people in our hotel. Great fun will do it in other countries. It was great food, great company and great laughs- life couldn't get better!!!
- June 30, 2015
We loved our experience with Ipek and Nuray. First, we especially enjoyed seeing a different part of Istanbul that was off the tourist path--taking the train out to their normal Istanbul neighborhood was a welcome difference from the downtown areas. Second, the food was incredible, especially the various mezes and Nuray's heavenly baklava. And finally, Ipek and Nuray were lovely and welcoming hosts, making us feel at home in their home and sharing an evening of interesting conversation. We'd definitely recommend dinner at their home, or any other Traveling Spoon host, to anyone planning a trip to Istanbul!
- Robin October 12, 2014
We could not have felt more welcome by Nuray and Ipek. They are lovely, warm people who are eager to share their culture and food with guests. And let's talk about the food - it was absolutely delicious. Nuray is an extremely talented homecook. I'll be dreaming about her carrots in yogurt sauce, kisir, and imam bayildi (eggplant with tomato sauce) for a long time to come - not to mention the 100% homemade baklava!! Nuray sent us home with a few leftovers which we shared with our Turkish friends. One of them attended culinary school in New York and, after tasting her kisir, proclaimed that it was better than his aunt's. High praise indeed. Their home was tidy and welcoming. We felt very comfortable spending the evening with them and I know they will continue to be inviting hosts in the future.
- Hannah Williams September 02, 2014
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$68 $64 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $80 $74
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $102 $90
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$68 $64 $58
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $80 $74
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$124 $102 $90
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:30pm-3:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-3:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
3:00pm-8:00pm
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Traveling Spoon connects you with meaningful culinary experiences, from private cooking lessons to homecooked meals in people's homes. Enjoy an immersive cultural experience that gives you a glimpse into the local way of life.

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