Bebek Istanbul’s Trendy Village At Bosphorus
Istanbul Bebek Area By The Bosphorus Shores
I mostly represent Istanbul’s historical sites in my blog. Bebek neighborhood hardly has any historical sites except for a small mosque and an Art Nouveau style consulate building. However locals love this small village for its lovely atmosphere and magnificent view of Bosphorus.
Bebek Means “Baby” In Turkish
Bebek is located at the European shore of the Bopshorus. Its the prettiest bay of Bosphorus just like its lovely name. The Bebek is housing most trendy cafés and restaurants of Bosphorus shores. Therefore locals rush here at the weekend to have a elaborated waterfront Turkish breakfast and a bit of shopping.
The Egyptian Consulate Building
One of the most picturesque waterfront building of Bosphorus. This elegant art nouveau mansion was commissioned by the last Khedive of Egypt. Built at the end of the 19th century like many other buildings in the Bosphorus.
As the story goes, Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid, was in love with the Bosphorus. Firstly he built an elaborate pavillion at the Topkapı Palace to enjoy the view of Bosphorus. (Mecidiye Pavillion)
In the meantime, Nikoğos Balyan (the chief architect), built the spectacular Dolmabahçe Palace for him. A waterfront palace located at the best area of the Bosphorus. Abcülmecid left his traditional Topkapı Palace, in order to live in a European style Bosphorus Palace.
Folowing the Sultan, majority of Istanbul’s prominent figures built their houses in Bosphorus just like the Khedive of Egypt, who built this extravagant building.
Bosphorus (Boğaziçi) University
Turkey’s most well-known university located on the uphill Bebek. Bosphorus University, founded as Robert College by an Englishman Cyrus Hamlin in 1863, shares the hillside with the Sultan Mehmed II’s Rumeli Fortress.
Places To See & Eat In Bebek
Poseidon Fish Restaurant: A delicious fish restaurant along the Bosphorus. It’s expensive as any fish restaurant by the Bosphorus yet worth the price.
Bebek Kahvesi: This café is a modest place for a a tea or a coffee break as well as a good Turkish breakfast. Bebek Café located next to the Bebek pier, adjacent to the lovely Bebek park.
Bebek Badem Ezmecisi: This place provides the most tasty marzipan in Istanbul. The shop has been selling marzipan, an almond paste dessert, since 1904.
Lucca: One of Bebek’s most favorite establishments. Lucca is a small trendy café, bistro and bar. Easy-to-find establishment at the heart of Bebek, which serve delicious cocktails and wide variety of Turkish food.
Walking From Ortakoy To Bebek Near Bosphorus Shore
Walking From Bebek to Ortaköy
The best walk along the Bosphorus can be experienced from Bebek to Ortaköy. Ortaköy is another cozy village of Bosphorus located near Beşiktaş (hub of European Bosphorus shore)
To have a good Turkish breakfast in Bebek, then walking to Ortaköy and strolling through its street market strongly recommended. Perhaps you might eat Kumpir (Ortaköy’s symbolic baked jacket potatoes) for the lunch just like the locals usually do!
Map Of Bosphorus Districts
Istanbul Bebek Area Hotels, Restaurants, Map, Park, Things To Do Blog Post By Serhat Engul