Eminonu Square is the main attraction area of the Eminonu neighborhood, located between Galata Bridge and New Mosque (Yeni Camii), where you can see loads of locals and tourists for all day long. The tram stop, ferry docks are situated by the square, as well as theYeni Mosqueand the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
Strolling around the Eminonu Square, enjoying the market area and lively city atmosphere in the company of historic buildings, having a walking by sea, watching the ferries and having a rest at the variety of restaurants and cafes around, is one of the best things to do around the Eminonu Square.
Egyptian Spice Bazaar/Market (Misir Carsisi) with Spicy Shopping Guide
The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or so-calledSpice Market, is a colorful and mystical covered spice market lined with spice stalls in Eminonu coast, near theYeni Mosque, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. It is also one of the most popular covered markets in the world, together with famous Grand Bazaar .
It is a popular point of interest and a perfect place with the tourists to end their Istanbul visit by shopping for some souvenirs for their beloved ones before leaving Istanbul.
The Yeni Mosque, which means "new”, is one of the popular landmarks on the Eminonu coast. The mosque is worth a see with its big courtyard and the turquoise, blue and white Iznik tiles.
History of Galata Bridge dates back to very old times. During the Byzantium era, there has been works to build a bridge on Golden Horn. The first bridges on Golden Horn were destroyed in 1204 during Crusade.
Later on, during the Sultan Bayezit II era, Leonardo Da Vinci offered to build a bridge here but that offer was not accepted. Many other bridges were built to that area during the history.
The 5th and the latest bridge is now one of the most popular sights in Istanbul with its great views, people fishing on, restaurants and cafes under. You can try the famous fish sandwiches there. Walking on the bridge and passing the Golden Horn in the company of Istanbul’s great historical and panoramic views is also a great attraction for the visitors.
Eat famous Fish Sandwich via the Boats along the Eminonu coast
Fish sandwich, called as "Balik Ekmek” in Turkish, is a very famous and delicious street food served from the fishing boats, made of grilled white fish, raw onions, and salad stuffed in a half loaf of white bread. It is a classic for both locals and tourists when they have a break in Eminonu shore, on the Golden Horn side.
You’ll find Eminonu Square in the Eminonu neighborhood of the Fatih district. Situated just by the sea shore, across the ferry port and Galata Bridge. See the location map .
The most practical way to get to Eminonu Square is via Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) .
The closet tram stop is Eminonu
From Taksim, take the funicular to kabatas (from taksim square)or funicular to karakoy (from Tunel square) and then take the tram.
Ferries or Marmaray from the Asian side
You can walk from Galata, Karakoy or Sultanahmet as well.