Bebek: Marzipan

Bebek is a historic Istanbul neighbourhood, located on the European shores of the Bosporus surrounded by Arnavutköy, Etiler and Rumeli Hisarı. The direct translation of the word Bebek is baby which is a reference to the neighborhood's attractive positioning on the Bosphorus.

Bebek is a historic Istanbul neighbourhood, located on the European shores of the Bosporus, surrounded by Arnavutköy, Etiler and Rumeli Hisarı. The direct translation of the word Bebek is baby which is a reference to the neighborhood’s attractive positioning on the Bosphorus.

A popular residential district since the Ottoman rule, Bebek’s population reflects the diverse society of the time. Today with it’s historical buildings such as Boğaziçi University and waterside mansions, with it’s beautiful Bosphorus view and fancy restaurants, Bebek also hosts a small shop which is famous for its badem ezmesi, which is a kind of marzipan/almond paste. Called Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi (Famous Bebek Almond Paste) the shop’s story reaches far beyond to 1904. A family-run business since then, you can find the purest and best form of marzipan.

Even though the shop is best known for its marzipan, there are other homemade sweets like akide şekeri (a kind of traditional hard candy), fıstık ezmesi (pistachio marzipan) and lokum (Turkish delight). Sweet lovers definitely should enter this hundred years old shop and enrich their tastes.

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