Café Bebek, Zürich

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.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraHonestly, 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).

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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.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCafé Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCafé Bebek, Zürich // L.Alexandra Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraWhat’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.Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraThe 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.

Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraAnd due to the large glass windows it feels like the tram is going straight through the restaurant.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraAlthough 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.
Stunning.
And really bring the room to life.

For dinner we decided to have the vegetarian mezze starter platter but as it’s meant for 3 or more people we just had it as our main.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.Alexandra Café Bebek, Zürich // L.Alexandra Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraIt doesn’t look like that much but it’s surprisingly filling!

It cooled down and started to rain so we moved inside to their bar area which is situated on top of the kitchen.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.Alexandra Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCafé Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraI’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).
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCafé Bebek, Zürich // L.Alexandra Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraWe 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.
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraOn either sides of the apartment you can take steps up and are treated to this fantastic view of the city:
Café Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCafé Bebek, Zürich // L.AlexandraCan you spot the prime tower?

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