The first thing I’d mention about Bebek is that it is not a touristic place. Visit only if you like to blend into locals. It is very popular (hence crowded) especially on weekends and when the weather is nice.
Bebek is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Istanbul. It is located on the west bank of the Bosphorus. Expensive apartments by the Bosphorus, yatches on the bay, hip cafÃ©s and restaurants can be seen all along. Besides, Turkey’s one of the most prestigious universities -Bosphorus University- is located on the hills of Bebek. If you have the energy to climb all the way up, the view from the top is spectacular.
The Bebek district starts with the big, white Art Nouveau building, Egyptian Consulate, also known as the “Valide PaÅŸa Mansion”. Next to it, is the Bebek Park, a magnet for families and dog lovers, just by the Bebek Mosque and the famous bohemian cafÃ©, Bebek Kahve, which is mainly preferred by intellectuals, writers and actors. If you are looking for a nice and rich breakfast, from traditional Turkish, French to American; inluding pancakes, granola or omelets, you should stop by at Happily Ever After. Besides, they have the best cupcakes in the neighborhood. Another alternative for a good breakfast or cocktails in the afternoon, with a view of Bebek Bay, is Mangerie. It’s a small restaurant with white decor, a lovely terrace, and a delicious menu.
Just accross Bebek Park, on the corner you can find the most trendy cocktail bar-resto in Istanbul: Lucca. It is popular among celebrities and high-society, and can easily be located by the sports and luxurious cars and the crowd in front.
Bebek is an ideal place to spend a lovely day. I’d recommend a walk from Bebek Park to Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli HisarÄ±), and taking a rest in one the cafÃ©s along the seaside.