Café Bebek recently opened in the new Kalkbreite neighbourhood.
So Jill and I decided to go check it out on one of the (what seems like) only sunny and warm days this summer.
Honestly, this summer has been so depressing.
I have seen more rain and worn more warm clothes than I ever remember doing in a summer.
So you gotta make the most of the sunshine when it comes (i.e. I’m writing this post on my garden steps).
Bebek’s, which means baby in Turkish and is also a really hip neighbourhood in Istanbul, menu is dominated with mezze platters and other Turkish food.
Similar to Maison Blunt in Kreis 5 as they are the same owners.
We sat outside and started the night with their lemon and mint ice tea and drinks.
What’s cool about the Kalkbreite Genossenschaft is its focus on community living.
A lot of the flats have shared living and dining rooms and big emphasis is put on sustainability.
The whole thing was build on top of or incorporates the tram depot.The inside of the restaurant is 5m high, 20m long and 18m wide!
And dominated by concrete but thanks to the inviting and creative interior it doesn’t feel cold and unwelcoming at all.
Actually quite the opposite.
And due to the large glass windows it feels like the tram is going straight through the restaurant.
Although the restaurant can seat 120 people it doesn’t feel crowded due to the large open spaces.
There is nothing worse than having to wiggle your way in and around tables.
And now let’s take a minute to take in those huge chandeliers.
And really bring the room to life.
It cooled down and started to rain so we moved inside to their bar area which is situated on top of the kitchen.
I’m usually not the biggest fan of carpets but this floral carpet just works.
The dim lighting and cozy seats definitely make the bar date worthy and you feel totally secluded from the restaurant below.
(Also good ’cause then you won’t longingly stare at everyone’s food if you’re sticking to a liquid diet).
We finished the night with some more drinks before going to check out the center of the apartments.
They’re built in a U-shape with a community space in the middle and big stairs leading up to it.
On either sides of the apartment you can take steps up and are treated to this fantastic view of the city:
Can you spot the prime tower?