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Eminonu Pier

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Address: near the Sirkeci Railway Station, Istanbul, Turkey
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Nice view near the water and Galata Bridge

Eminonu Pier is the heart of the transit area. From here one catches a train, tram, taxi and the various boats around the inlet. The pier offers a nice photo opportunity of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Zurich, Switzerland

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Anyway, you pretty much have to walk through here to reach the spice market - the attraction seems to be fish sandwiches and cabbage pickle, or roast chestnuts and corn. We passed on the fish but it's hard to go wrong with roasted chestnuts and the people watching is fun!

Thank JH7500
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Eminonu Pier is the heart of the transit area. From here one catches a train, tram, taxi and the various boats around the inlet. The pier offers a nice photo opportunity of the Galata Bridge. On our visit, we were able to spot a lot of jellyfish in the water. In addition, there was a lot of trash in the... More 

Thank FormerCaliBoy
SF, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pier was very crowded during our visit and was a great place for people watching. There was a boat permanently tied to the pier that was passing fresh caught fish sandwiches to customers standing on the pier.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This seems to be THE PLACE to catch a ferry, tram, bus or taxi going someplace else. It was always busy with locals and tourists alike. Not much to look at but it is strategically located at base of Golden Horn, adjacent to Galata bridge and accessible to Old Town.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

From the bridge, I saw this very colorful wooden boat in the pier... so I disembark from the train & walk a few meters to this pier... and to my surprise, it is a place where you can buy grilled fish and placed on hotdog buns!!! What a delicious delicacy - you should try it!!!

Thank Mannie G
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Eminonu pier is a lively, crowded ferry terminal from where most Bosphorus cruises start. The pier is next to the Galata bridge. The water in the Golden Horn near the ferry terminal is quite dirty. Full of waste and plastic etc thrown in by irresponsible people. The area around the pier has a few street food, fish and sandwich stalls.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Eminonu iskelesi is a place like no other! So many people gathered, eating balik ekmek, watching the Golden Horn, waiting the buses, fishing, or just wandering around. The smell of fresh fish is all over! Worth visiting even if you are not planning on taking a boat.

Thank NeliDi
Fukaya, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This place is always full of people, many of them are tourists, of course. I just enjoyed walking around this area. I like the smell of balik ekmek, which makes me realise that Istanbul is the city of the fishing port. There are many vendors selling sweets and snacks, too. Full of bustle, very crowded, you can feel the energy... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

It is near Eminonu station actually. U can get down at eminonu station and walk towards the galata bridge. Walk across the bridge to the european side and u will find fish sandwich stalls along the pier. There are also restaurants that sells seafood varieties and my favourite is fried anchovies. Try it!

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

no other place like this for balik ekmek. the amtosphere and smells are all there. quing in line for your portion is an experience itself :)

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