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Eminonu Pier, Istanbul

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Pier / Boardwalk Tourist Spot
Visit Eminonu Pier to experience traditional fish sandwiches prepared on the restaurant boats docked here--they're known nationwide. Sit on a bench as you eat, and take in the views of the ferries coming and going and the nearby mosque. The pier is walking distance from many attractions in the old city, but is also accessible by tram or taxi. Use it as a starting point for exploring the Galata Bridge or for touring the areas of the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. Put Eminonu Pier and other Istanbul attractions into our Istanbul tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • If you want to have some beautiful sights, take a boat to for instance Kadiköy (Asian side) and you will love the views of the ancient city from the water. Enjoy!  more »
  • Grab a fish sandwich and eat like the locals. Be daring and also order a pickled juice from the carts.  more »
  • Nice views of the golden horn. Boats selling fish sandwich ,a local specialty. Rows of benches next to them with locals and tourist enjoying snacks (I avoid the fish sandwich as once had an upset stom...  more »

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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