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Galata Bridge

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Address: Galata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Phone Number: 902122439501
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu,...

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.

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Fish in crusty bread!!!!!

We went to try this (delicious) Istanbul snack at a large cafe under the bridge. So tasty!!! I imagine most of the places sell this snack (the one we went to appeared to sell... read more

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Lynnwood, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Several times walked across this bridge. On the top level, people fish, and have to watch for errant fish hooks. The bottom level has many seafood restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to try this (delicious) Istanbul snack at a large cafe under the bridge. So tasty!!! I imagine most of the places sell this snack (the one we went to appeared to sell nothing else). It's very crowded indeed along the walkway (and in the subway we used to get in from the Suleman Mosque side) so perhaps less... More 

Thank pxc75
Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is the place where Istanbul people do take their foods and drinks and spend few hours with families and friends. Nice to face the see. Many sellers around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tasty fish sandwiches available here on the european side. we wanted to come back a second time but were tight on time. the pickle juice I'm not a fan of, but my wife loved it. nice to see the locals fishing and hanging out.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The fish sandwich is fresh, and not that expensive but it is half the price on the Asian side. Food on that side is generally less expensive, caters to local trade and the university students, and lots more fun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's good and all but restaurant owners have like a competition you'd walk trying to choose a restaurant and they'll start advertising for themselves by yelling and some would say "if you go to the next restaurant and don't like it don't come here I won't serve you". One of them held a plate of fish to try too. It... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

GO AT NIGHT! There are TONS of restaurants, bars, and things to do and see. Keep your money inside a belt and don't carry a big purse.

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Buninyong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can't visit Istanbul without a trek over the bridge to check out the amazing views and the range of restaurants. We were told the restaurants were tourist traps and the staff will hassle you to get you to eat there but just keep walking and you will be fine. You need to visit here if only for the photo... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice place to walk with two levels. The bottom level is filled with restaurants selling a lot of sea food. The top level, in addition to serving the automobile traffic, has the locals fishing off the bridge. If you like walking, the bridge can connect your trip between the grand bazaar and the Galata tower and Taksim... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is nothing spectacular about this bridge. It is very busy with traffic and trams moving over it. Many fellows are fishing from it, making the bridge quite dirty. So, walk over it, and then forget about it.

Thank Thomas G

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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