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Eminonu Pier

Address: near the Sirkeci Railway Station, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #68 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Activities: Dining
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks
Activities: Dining

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Eminönü Iskelesi is one of the good starting points to see some parts of old city in Istanbul.Here you can start to walk down through Galata Bridge, or you can go through Spice Market and then to Grand Bazaar or walk up through Sirkeci to Sultanahmet touristic area with lots of museums and mosques and other historical monuments.Very much recommended.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Night market is a must visit for me as it presents a different sight to the local's nightlife. The night market here offers cooked seafood and beware of the stalls situated in the inside with dim lighting (supposedly romantic ambience). The man quoted me 15lira for 8 pieces of calamari, but I was charged 20lira. 5lira for "service fees", which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a place when you can get that genuine street good of Istanbul - mackerel sandwich. Mackerel + banquette + lettuce + onion = smelly but super yummy snack on the cheap. You need to try that while in Istanbul. Definitely - it is not a date food... Enjoy your meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Vibrant place. Lots of tourists and lots of Turkish people. The fish sandwich (Balik-Ekmek) prepared on the traditional boats on the Pier are a must. Tasty and simple. Grilled fish With lettuce and onions in a sandwich. Just add salt and lemon juice and you will be ready for a special experience you won't find elsewhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

After cross the Galata Bridge don´t forget to eat a fish sandwich at Eminonu Pier. There are several restaurants boats selling a fish sandwich in the middle of a crowded place of people . The taste is much better than i expected and you can eat seated on a little bench and see the big organized confusion ! Highly recomendable... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Beware of taxis parked at pier During my visit to Istanbul I took a cab from Eminonu Pier to Galata Tower and witnessed first hand the Istanbul taxi scam. First the driver kept asking me if I was paying in Liras and if i was traveling alone and insisted I sit in the front seat. After driving like a mad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Arriving here by tram is the best, go to the pier side with the best views - you can't miss the Suleymaniye Mosque. Go here at night time and watch the wonderful scene - fishing lines hangiing from the bridge in the foreground, floating restaurants, ferries coming and going and the wonderful backdrop of the Mosque - very colourful by... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Take the trip through Bosphorus straight and before or after enjoy a fish sandwich with pickles directly from the boats of the very crowded shore.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Loved the fish sandwich - so fresh and yummy! It is cheap and always good. You can find here lots of different useful stuff - istanbulkart recharge, street sellers, street food, closeby old city with nice sightseeing, galata bridge, seaside...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We stayed close to the port, about three blocks, and strolled down one night with doner sandwiches in hand to sit and enjoy the sea. We did not eat at any of the establishments there, but sat on the edge of the water and just watched boats and ships come in. Just calming enjoyment after a long day of walking.

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