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What We Offer


Class Details:

  • Stroll and shop in Kurtuluş, a colorful and traditional neighborhood of Istanbul (1 hour)

  • Traditional Turkish tea and snack while getting to know each other

  • Cooking 6 traditional Turkish dishes with variations according to the season. (We also offer vegetarian and vegan options)

  • Have lunch or dinner with the dishes you prepared with two glasses of local wine

  • Pack your leftovers for your next day picnic :)

Class Capacity: 1 to 12 persons


  • Morning Classes: 9:15 - 14:30 (Everyday)

  • Afternoon Classes: 16:00 - 21:00 (Everyday)

Class Fee: 

  • 110 USD/person Please note that we only accept payments in cash

Refund Policy: 

100% will be refunded if given one week notice prior to facilities and 50% will be refunded if given 72 hours notice or more.



To reserve your place please fill in the form or contact us via:  

  • Whatsapp
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Booking sucessfully done, we will inform you the available classes !


About Us

We are happy to share 25 years of guiding experience and 15 years of cooking experience with you 


We are two sisters (Ayşın & Aysun) passionate about cooking and teaching the culinary culture of Turkey to others. During our travels abroad one of our first activities would be to attend local cooking classes because we believe that you can understand the culture of one place by learning its cuisine. We wanted to share this passion and our culture with others, that is why we founded Cookistan Istanbul in 2012. Our neighborhood Kurtuluş is one of the most local area of Istanbul that is why we wanted to do the cooking classes there so we can share with you the local life and culture of the area. 



  • Why Cookistan ?
    This is an opportunity to have a culinary experience, share great food, stories, fun and laughter. If you are looking to learn more about Turkey , this is your gig!
  • What payment methods are accepted ?
    We accept payments in USD, Euro or Turkish Lira (in cash only).
  • Do you have private classes ?
    Yes we do, for private classes please contact us. In this case an extra 100 USD per class will be charged.
  • Can I bring my children to class ?
    Yes ! Our classes are children friendly, for children between the age of 1-6 are free of charge, for children between the age of 7-12 the class fee is 50% discounted.
  • What is your class capacity ?
    Our class capacity is between 1 to 12 persons.
  • What do I do with my leftovers ?
    We have take-away containers for your leftovers so you can enjoy them later :)
  • Will I get the Cookistan recipes to take home ?
    For sure! You will get the recipes by e-mail in pdf format at the end of the class. If you cook these recipes back home don't forget to send us some photos of your fabulous work !
  • Can you accommodate my allergy or dietary restriction?
    We have vegetarian / vegan options in our menu, you can either specify your dietary preferences while making your booking or contact us in advance - we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
  • Can I offer this class as a gift ?
    You can register someone for a class as a gift.
  • What should I bring and wear to class?
    Just bring yourself! We supply aprons, cooking tools, and of course, all the food! Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Can I come to class even though I never cook ?
    Absolutely! This class is for everyone at any level.
  • Are the classes hands-on?
    Yes! You will be preparing everything you eat with your own hands.
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