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Cooking Alaturka

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Address: Akbiyik Caddesi 72A | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 458 5919

Cooking Alaturka offers daily Turkish cooking classes, either from 10:30 to...

Cooking Alaturka offers daily Turkish cooking classes, either from 10:30 to 14:30 or from 16:30 to 20:30, to groups ranging from 2 to 11 persons. You cook five authentic Turkish dishes together with other travellers, under supervision of Rocco and his Turkish chef. Our classes are hands-on and fun, as well as informative. They are suitable for both professional chefs and kitchen novices. Afterwards, enjoy your cooking efforts over lunch or dinner with some local wine. We also function as a regular lunch and dinner restaurant, offering a daily-changing four-course menu. Reservations are recommended due to limited space.

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Best Cooking Class of My Life!

I've taken about six cooking classes now and this has been my favorite by far. Rocco and his wife were such a sweet, entertaining couple. There was only one other student besides... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've taken about six cooking classes now and this has been my favorite by far. Rocco and his wife were such a sweet, entertaining couple. There was only one other student besides us, and we all got along tremendously. We learned how to make five dishes and I loved all of them. The lesson was very hands on, more than... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was really great! Nice people and you learn alot. An unique experience! I had 4 meals prepared and there were al very nice.

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Bradford, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I truly enjoyed the meal and friendly atmosphere at Alaturka! I hope to try an Alaturka cooking class my next visit to Istanbul. Having experienced the freshness of the food and the friendliness of Rocco and Leyla, I know that the inexperienced cook that I am, would have fun and come to enjoy cooking!

Thank MFrank611
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I had such an amazing time with Rocco and Leyla during the cooking Alaturka class and I would highly recommend it. Beyond the fact that you get to learn how to make beautiful turkish dishes (some fairly easy than you can prepare at home with not much effort) you have also all sort of insights about food in general in... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

I travel around a lot and wherever I go, I take cooking classes from local places. Alaturka cooking place is stunning and absolutely one of best cooking classes I have taken so far. We cooked 7 different Turkish menus. Learning from instructor and had food we cooked in the fancy restaurant after finished was more than amazing. Instructors are very... More 

Thank Bonnie898
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Did this cooking class with my girlfriend. It was lots of fun. Rocco and his wife have a unique sense of humor, but they make the class really enjoyable. Great for couples in my opinion. The food was really yummy and filling.

Thank Rav S
Hedensted, Denmark
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

This little restaurant was a real gem in an area that is otherwise loaded with restaurant tourist traps. Here we were served really interesting and tasting food fitting the region. The service was also really wonderful and we had such a great time.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

If you have an interest in food and cooking, this is a great use of your time in Istanbul. A four-hour session where you get to discuss local ingredients, prepare and cook the dishes, and eat afterwards. The owner, Rocco, is Italian, but has lived in Istanbul for quite a few years. Great sense of humour, he and his team... More 

Thank Andrew E
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

The right place, the right people and the right food make the right experience we were looking for. We love Turkish food but wanted to dig more on the whats and hows of it. Cooking Alaturka was a great experience that we recomend to all those who appreciate food. From Chef Nezli with a great technique and sense of humour,... More 

Thank Vitor S
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Was sent there by receptionist at our hotel. Our meal was delicious. The lemon yogurt soup was my favorite part of it. The rest of the entrees such as the stuffed eggplant and something like a zucchini pancake were tasty as well. I wasn't too fond of the dessert but that could have been because I was pretty full by... More 

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