Host: Nuray and Ipek

Istanbul, Turkey

USD
$64-$124 per person

Modern Turkish cuisine prepared with love

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Nuray and Ipek

Nuray and Ipek are a mother and daughter team who love to entertain. After getting married at age 18, Nuray learned to cook at 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

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Your meal may 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 served with traditional Turkish coffee.

The 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.

Traveler reviews

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

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!! - Hannah

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 and government, comparing our countries. Nuray and I cooked away and chatted to our heart's content. Nuray had prepared some food but explained how it was cooked. Nuray was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking for which she had a real love and real talent. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Highly recommend it and Nuray and Ipek are fantastic hosts. It was great food, great company and great laughs - life couldn't get better!!! - Annette & Geoff

We felt we got a very good insight into a local's usual daily life - including using public transport to get there. They were great company, lovely food and we highly recommend. - Erena

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 informative 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

The more I use Traveling 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! My favorite dish was the dessert, kunefe! - Karen

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Nuray and Ipek

$64-$124 USD

per person
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  • Exact pricing depends on experience and will be shown before booking

Meet Nuray and Ipek

Nuray and Ipek are a mother and daughter team who love to entertain. After getting married at age 18, Nuray learned to cook at 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

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Your meal may 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 served with traditional Turkish coffee.

The 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.

Traveler reviews

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

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!! - Hannah

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 and government, comparing our countries. Nuray and I cooked away and chatted to our heart's content. Nuray had prepared some food but explained how it was cooked. Nuray was so flexible and I could ask her anything about cooking for which she had a real love and real talent. We then had an amazing dinner and talked and laughed all night. Highly recommend it and Nuray and Ipek are fantastic hosts. It was great food, great company and great laughs - life couldn't get better!!! - Annette & Geoff

We felt we got a very good insight into a local's usual daily life - including using public transport to get there. They were great company, lovely food and we highly recommend. - Erena

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 informative 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

The more I use Traveling 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! My favorite dish was the dessert, kunefe! - Karen

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$90 $68 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $86 $84
Market Tour + Cooking + Meal
$124 $112 $102
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 + Meal
10:30am-3:30pm 3:00pm-8:00pm
Host Contact
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