The European Communities Along The Bosphorus River
Condé Nast Traveller Magazine
Pictured: Lucca café, Bebek – Credit: James Bedford
A Tale Of Two Contınents: Europe
A string of villages, now absorbed by the city, runs along both shores of the Bosphorus. For Istanbullus, each retains a distinct character.
Bebek An affluent suburb set on a Bosphorus bay, Bebek is one of Istanbul’s smartest addresses. Yachts lie at anchor overlooked by the iconic Egyptian consulate. Steep streets climb away from the promenade into leafy districts of old houses, and along the waterfront there are trendy cafés. Head o Mangerie (www.mangerie.com), Lucca (www.luccastyle.com) and Kitchenette (www.kitchenette.com.tr) for skinny lattes and pastries.