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“Best fish sandwich”
Review of Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge
Ranked #58 of 1,167 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.
Reviewed January 8, 2015

The bridge is littered with fishermen, all of whom come prepared for the catch of the day. The Balik Ekmek (Fish Sandwich) is worth a try. It is made fresh on a rocking boat and tasty enough to order seconds. I would recommend going with your own wet wipes. There are people selling it but I saw one of them trying to grab all of the money from another patrons hand as he tried to pay for the wet wipes.

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank itsomar
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Reviewed January 7, 2015

An interesting bridge full of fisherman and restaurants. Do not miss to try the fish they make, but always try to eat where there is more Turkish people than tourists, as you will be able to try the real deal food :)

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank Velebit M
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Reviewed January 7, 2015

A short bridge across the Golden Horn. Top is fishermen (and they were catching lots of fish when we were there), underneath shops and such. If you have nothing else to do, its a nice stroll.

It gives yu a nice view back towards the old city as well and with one very impressive mosque at the southern end of the bridge.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank Martin C
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

I remember my first visit to Istanbul about 40 years ago, buying and eating fried fish on the Asian side of the Galata Bridge. The marvellous smell is still with me - but not the bridge. It burnt down in 1992, and a modern bridge was built. To begin with it was called the New Galata Bridge. You should definitely walk across it, and watch the enormous number of fishermen (yes, I think they are all men!) on it. They obviously take a pleasure in their "work", and at times they do catch some fish, too... The view is great, the Bosphorus on one side, and the Golden Horn on the other. It's nice walking here at night as well, when all the mosques on the hills are lit. And if you get hungry, there are a number of fish restaurants below the bridge.

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank Len P
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

Do the walking tour from Tunel (Taksim) to Galata Tower and then Galata Bridge.. Fishermen fishing away, people cleaning your shoes too, and must eat the fish sandwich there (bring wet wipes!) Across the bridge is the Spice Bazaar and the New Mosque which will also take a few hours to explore.

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank adz_702
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