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“Trust me: skip the fancy restaurants” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge
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US$54.11*
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Evening Walk and Light Food Tasting Tour
Ranked #33 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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“Trust me: skip the fancy restaurants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

walking under the bridge and eating under the bridge is like going through a sales pitch at every restaurant. Each trying to lure you to them to eat there. The prices at each each restaurant is not what you see on the menu as they keep bargaining with you on price. You will get rude awakening when the bill comes too. Instead of eating fishing there, on the side of the bridge, eat with the locals at the stalls where sellers are making fish sandwiches. as for everything on the sandwiches and you will not regret. Does not cost much and much better than the costly meal under the bridge. Later on, head further from the sandwich place and drink tea at the side of the river. Local experience. Very enjoyable and better than the fancy restaurant thieves under the bridge.

Visited August 2014
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“Nice walk across”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

If you like walking and is fit enough, this is a nice 1 km walk (one way) across the bridge to catch different sights of the tourist and local boats going up and down the Bosphorous Straights. In the middle of the bridge you will find some fishermen busy with their daily catch. On each side of the bridge there are some stairs going down to the lower level of the bridge where a lot of different seafood restaurants are situated. Although it is quite windy here on the bridge (especially the southern side to the open Marmara Sea side) you get splendid views of the nearby Bosphorous Straights. The restaurants on the northern side have nice sitting sofas and are much warmer because of the afternoon sun setting in that direction. If you are a keen photographer you will get many photo opportunities on the Galata Bridge.

Visited June 2014
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“Galata bridge, a memorable place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

We had the chance of serving one cup of tea in lower stage of Galata bridge in 25 february, this year. It is a memorable place although the weather was cold in that night, about 1:30 Am. In the restaurant building, there was a live music + dance but single men were not allowed to enter, only couples or women. This is a good policy for families attending this type of music although we were beside of sea and cold weather, but the vie was fantastic specially with music playing behind of us.
Above this bridge you can find fishermen at nights and also fish Kebab on ghary.

خب به فارسی هم بنویسیم که دینمون را به هم زبونامون ادا کرده باشیم و با انگلیسی ضعیفمون اذیتشون نکرده باشیم.

جای خاطره انگیزیه این پل گالاتا. ما هر روز تقریبا از اینجا رد میشدیم و منظره ماهیگیرای متعدد بالای پل برامون جالب بود. اما طبقه پایین پل را نمیدونستیم همچین صفایی داره. به همراه دو تن از دوستان مجردی سفر کرده بودیم. شبی حدود ساعت اگر اشتباه نکنم یک و نیم بعد از نصف شب بود که از طبقه پایین رد شدیم. همه رستورانیها دعوتمون کردن به شام که ما قبلش شام خورده بودیم.
مثل همه جای ترکیه قیمتاشون چونه بر میداشت. از 30 لیر رسیدن به 12 لیر خوراک ماهی را توی رستوران اما خب ما سیر بودیم.
رفتیم بیرون یه رستوران کنار دریا نشستیم یه چای سفارش دادیم و دوستان هم قلیون.
توی رستوران هم موسیقی زنده در حال اجرا بود و هر کسی هم دوست میداشت میتونست برقصه با خانواده یا دوستانش. منتها شرط ورود اینه که مجرد نباشی، اگر آقا هستی.

این قانون اگرچه برا مجردا کمی حالگیره اما خب برای خانواده ها و خانومهای مجرد تنها فضای مطمئن و اطمینان خاطر ایجاد میکنه برا شرکت در اینطور جاها
کیفیت موسیقیشون خوب بود و ما به کارمند رستوران گفتیم بره تو و درخواست کنه آهنگ ماوی ماوی ابراهیم را اجرا کنند که فوری انجام داد.

خلاصه شب خاطره انگیزی بود. منظره کشتیها روی آب با اون هوای سرد خوب بود.
خود پل و اطرافش یه کمی کثیف هست به خاطر ماهیگیریها و یه کمی هم ملت خرابکاری کرده بودند که میشه اغماضش کرد فعلا و نیمه پر لیوان را دید.
جای ما را هم خالی کنید، خوش بگذره

Visited February 2014
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“GATES OF ASIA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

You really know you are at the Gates of Asia on this bridge.

The constant movement of ferries coupled with views of one of the most vibrant cities in the world really packs a punch.

Relax in one of the bridge's cafes with a shisha and watch the world go frantically by.

Visited June 2014
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“Don't miss the fish sandwiches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

There's a lot happening at Galata Bridge but make sure you get a fish sandwich straight off the boat. Fresh fish straight off the grill, lettuce and onion in a roll. Add some lemon juice and salt and eat sitting at one of the little tables and stools. Delicious and about AUD3 each.

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