Breakfast at the Happily ever after cafe in Bebek

Happily ever after in Bebek

Happily ever after in BebekRainy Sunday today – perfect for a little walk through Bebek. The one good thing about a rainy Sunday in April in Bebek is that you can find a parking spot outside Bebek center at 11AM. We drove through the center, turned around, drove through again, and found a spot just outside the center past the Egyptian Embassy. Luck for us, facing the right direction to go home to Ortaköy!

happilyeverafter_menuIt’s a perfect walk actually – right through the Bebek Park with the big playground, past the boats, and as we headed for Starbucks we passed a nice cafe called Happily Ever After.

They have covered outdoor seating (facing the road) where you can sit even when it rains like it did today. We sat inside though.It’s not that big but nice and spacious since there are not many tables. Great breakfast location, highly recommended. The kids loved the pancakes (with and without chocolate chips) and I had the ‘happy breakfast’ which was one of the nicest Turkish breakfast platters I’ve had. Nice staff, beautiful view.

The menu also featured bacon, which is always a plus in my book ;) The pancakes came with nice warm maple syrup.

Happily Ever After in BebekPricing: 120 lira for 3 dishes & 5 drinks – not cheap.

Accessibility: couple of steps to get in but the friendly staff is happy to help carry the stroller in

High chairs: yes

Dishes that will please both you and your kids: yes!

Happily ever cafe after in BebekParking: not sure if they have valet. Parking is always a problem in Bebek.Better to get their early on the weekends!

Food: lovely

What to do afterwards: walk back in the direction of Arnavutköy to find the big playground and a nice park on the Bosporus!


Puy-like lentils (Beluga lentils)



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