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This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the northern district of Istanbul.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
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Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Nothing beats a walk across this bridge on a sunny day to give you a nice break from the crowds, and some beautiful views of Istanbul. The upper walkway is plenty wide so no worries about cars, buses or trams - you can watch fisherman...More

Thank Mez1961
Reviewed 3 April 2013

My wife & I walked across the bridge, it was a great experience, there were soooooo many men & boys fishing off the bridge you wouldn't think it possible to catch anything without everyone getting in a tangle! You get an amazing view of the...More

Thank NawtyStupot
Reviewed 2 April 2013

We walked over the bridge to visit the tower. There are many fisherman on the bridge and our young kids loved looking to see if they had caught anything. We enjoyed a Balek Ekmek ( fish sandwich) which was delicious and very cheap. It was...More

Thank JLandMike
Reviewed 1 April 2013

We love walking across the bridge to get lovely views of Istanbul and seeing the local fishermen casting their fishing lines into the water. We even saw some local women and tourists join them which was also sweet. Beware of the restaurants under the bridge,...More

1  Thank Christine R
Reviewed 28 March 2013

OK. Nice place. Very good view's. For sample, you can see traffic of the vessels through Bosphorus strait or boats through Gold Horn gulf under bridge. Also you can test absolutely fresh lockal fish with turkish spaces. Always you can found fresh juise from lockal...More

1  Thank Yevgen1959
Reviewed 21 March 2013

As you come out of The Spice Bazaar you come into a square and you head towards the underpass but you will be surprised what you see! The under pass is packed out with people and open shops on either side! When you come up...More

6  Thank Margo P
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Galata bridge must be walked back and forth, right and left! The bridge is alive with locals fishing, striking a pose or just commuting to work. The bridge is perfect for taking pictures of the beautiful mosques on the Sultanahmed side and the Galata Bridge...More

Thank JMMartinHK
Reviewed 19 March 2013 via mobile

what a bridge!! it reeks of fish from the grotty restaurants below.. its so busy and crowded with fishermen, tourists and locals..you cant walk 5 paces without somebody trying to sell you some old tat...and there are buckets of fish guts lining the way.. but......More

Thank Ruth H
Reviewed 15 March 2013

The bridge has nice views, many people fishing on the bridge, with many seafood restaurants underneath (you will be constantly harassed by waiters standing outside each restaurant, but I guess it is like that everywhere in Istanbul anyway). But try the grilled fish sandwiches (balik...More

1  Thank Trish1244
Reviewed 9 March 2013

It is a good way to cross the sea here. Nice place for restaurants on the lower 'deck' and good place for fishermen on the upper 'deck'. And good view to all those cruising ships, harbour etc.

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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
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Juls S
6 September 2018|
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Response from Muhammad Nahman R | Reviewed this property |
Their are many places most of the restaurants I visited were alcohol free but you can check hotels near blue mosque. In old sultanahmet. I don’t have a specific name for a restaurant as I am not a big fan of seafood. But... More
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Martin A
10 December 2017|
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Response from ESolorzanoLemus | Reviewed this property |
If I understand correctly you are arriving at 9 pm with kids, my suggestion will be to find a nice restaurant with a Terrace to enjoy the night view of the city. At night time all the tourist sites are closed. I recommend... More
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Martin A
10 December 2017|
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Response from Jay Y | Reviewed this property |
By 9 PM, Galata Bridge will still be lined with fishermen, although the area in general will be dead because the last ferries to and from the nearby Eminonu have already passed. If you could go to only one spot in Istanbul... More
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