and Istanbul has more than 15 million inhabitants and is by far the largest city among European travel destinations. the Eminonu-Tour is definitely part of Istanbul city tour. Here are some of the best tips and insider tips for resting in Eminonu, the European part of Istanbul.
Eminonu Square is the main attraction of Eminonu district, currently a neighborhood within Fatih district, which is located between Galata Bridge and New Mosque (Yeni Camii), where you can see many locals and tourists throughout the day.
Eminonu roughly covers the area of the ancient Byzantine city. The Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn and connects Karakoy (the historical Galata) in the north with Eminonu in the south. Eminonu is located at the junction of the Golden Horn and the southern entrance of the Bosphorus near the Sea of Marmara. Topkapi Palace, Blaue Moschee (Blue Camii) and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) on the top of the hill.
The Golden Horn is a natural harbour, particularly the Eminonu/Sirkechi coast. It was this place that led to the founding of Byzantium and the city developed from here.
The square is home to tram stops and ferry terminals, as well as the Yeni Mosque and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
What awaits you at Eminonu Square?
A walk across the Eminonu Enjoying the square, the market and the vibrant city atmosphere with historical buildings, strolling by the sea, watching the ferry and resting in the many restaurants and cafes in the area are among the best Activitiesthat you can do near Eminonu Square.
Egyptian Spice Bazaar at Eminonu Square
The historic Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or the so-called Spice Market is a colorful and mysterious covered spice market with spice stalls on both sides, just opposite Eminonu Square.
Along with the famous Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) it is also one of the most popular indoor markets in the world. It's a popular place for points of interest & sights and an ideal place for tourists to end their trip to Istanbul by buying souvenirs for their loved ones before leaving Istanbul.
New Mosque (Yeni Cami)
The Yeni Cami (New Mosque) is one of the most popular landmarks on the Eminonu coast. The mosque with its large courtyard and turquoise-blue and white Iznik tiles is worth seeing.
The Galata Bridge (Turkish: Galata Köprüsü) is a bridge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. It is named after Galata, the predecessor name of the modern Karakoy district in the Istanbul borough beyoglu, which is located on the north shore of the Golden Horn. There are several cafes and restaurants under the bridge.
Bosphorus Tours from Eminonu Terminal
The highlight of any stay in Istanbul is the Bosphorus Tour, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and is 31 km long.
The excursion boats start from Eminonu or near the Dolmabahce Palace. A small tour is offered in the morning, which lasts about 2 hours. In the afternoon there is a grand tour that lasts about four hours. Tea, all kinds of drinks and small snacks such as toasts (Sucuklu, Peynirli) are offered on the boat tour.
Try the famous fish sandwich (Balik Ekmek) on a boat along the Eminonu coast
The fish sandwich is called "Balik Ekmek" in Turkish. It is a very famous and tasty street snack. Served from a fishing boat, it consists of grilled white fish, raw onions and lettuce, with half a loaf of Turkish white bread. A classic for both locals and tourists who pause on the Eminonu shore on the Golden Horn side.
Fish sandwiches can usually be found on the left at the foot of the Galata Bridge in Golden Horn. There are Ottoman style fishing boats due to their long tradition.
How to get to Eminonu Square?
Eminonu Square is located in the Eminonu district of Fatih district. Right by the sea, in front of the ferry port and the Galata Bridge.
- The most convenient way to get to Eminonu Square is by taking the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line).
- The nearest tram stop is Eminonu.
- From Partition take the funicular to Kabatas (from Taksim place) or the funicular to Karakoy (from Tunel Square) and then continue by Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (line T1).
- Ferries or the Marmaray (Sirkeci) from the Asian side.
- You can also walk to Eminonu Square with Galata, Karakoy or Sultanahmet.
The use of IstanbulCard is a prerequisite for all public transport.