Baylan is one of Istanbul’s oldest patisseries, and its modern branch in Bebek includes a three-story restaurant, a patisserie, and a bar that is perfect for after-work drinks. The menu, which was designed with the consultation of the three Michelin starred French Chef Alain Ducasse, is not extensive, instead focusing on a select number of dishes. There is also a noteworthy wine list, with a nice selection of both Turkish and international wines.
Baylan’s interior is rich and tasteful with lots of dark wood, cream colored linens, and marble floors in a herringbone design, with a wonderful view over the Bosphorus. Particular attention has been paid to the table setting, with fine linen table cloths, Limoges china and silver flatware, as well as beautiful double walled glasses.
Baylan’s classics include Kup Griye (made with ice-cream, caramel sauce, and crocan), Trüf (dense chocolate cake), and Karamel (caramel and chocolate cake topped with profiteroles filled with caramel). In addition, Baylan’s menu includes a variety of desserts, such as mille-feuille, tiramisu, macaroons, and mousse au chocolat, as well as pastry products like quiche lorraine and croissant. You will also find a variety of coffee, tea, fruit juices, and alcoholic drinks.
A Little bit of History
Founded by the Albanian immigrant Filip Lenas in 1923, Baylan is one of the oldest and most established patisseries in Istanbul. Its first branch was opened in Beyoğlu in 1923 under the name Loryan, which was changed to Baylan in 1934. In 1961, a new branch in Kadıköy was opened—and this branch is still in operation to this day. In 2010, a very modern branch opened up in Bebek and renovations began taking place in the Kadıköy branch to keep the glory of the old days.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Baylan was frequented by many poets, painters, writers, and actors, such as Atillâ İlhan, Behçet Necatigil, Haldun Taner, Cemal Süreya, and Orhan Kemal. In fact, nearly 40 writers who were referred to as the “Baylancılar” were part of the social-realist literary movement that became known as the “Baylancılar movement.”
Address: Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No.52-54 Bebek