Bebek is my favorite neighborhood by the Bosphorus with a more refined and upscale scene. It is in the middle of the best walking ways by the Bosphorus. On a sunny day, walking up to Rumeli Hisarı for around 2 km, or down to Arnavutköy, again around 2 km, is priceless. The entire path is by the sea, uninterrupted by any buildings. You can also enjoy Bebek Park, situated by the small bay.
If you prefer to rest and have a meal or some desserts, Baylan is the place I’d suggest. Originated in Kadıköy in 1923, Baylan is the oldest patisserie still serving customers. This Bebek branch opened in 2010. It has 3 floors and the bottom floor also serves as the restaurant with choices of sandwiches made from lamb to crab meat.
The signature dessert is the coupe; a mixture of ice creams, caramel and crouquant. Also famous for parfaits and chocolate cakes since it is now owned by one of the biggest chocolate makers.
During my recent visits, I noticed a slower service. If the place is crowded, you might want to check if every table is served before seating.
The view is spectacular, just looking over the sea and I believe it is one of the better stops while enjoying the Bosphorus.
When it is too crowded, expect to be served late.