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Balik Ekmek! The Famous Fish Sandwich in Istanbul
When visiting Istanbul, you'll cross the Galata Bridge countless times, as it connects the Golden Horn and the more modern areas of Beyoğlu with the old town (where you can find the markets and mosques) near Eminönü. The bridge offers great views of the glistening Bosporus River but also is the perfect place for an afternoon snack and drink. Under the bridge, restaurants and bars line the waterway, and over-zealous waiters wave and holler, alerting you that they indeed do have the famous fish sandwiches, called "Balik Ekmek." (And cold beer, waiting for you!) Chewy white bread, smeared with a quick mix of crunchy, chopped vegetables and a slice of salty, grilled fish, then served up with an Efes and an unbeatable view. Sound good? Then be sure to visit Istanbul.
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The Galata Bridge
The Galata Bridge is the heart of Istanbul, spanning the Golden Horn from Karaköy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south. On one side of the bridge, ferries are busy transporting passengers to their destinations. And, on the other side, there are floating restaurants, street performers, and vendors. On the top deck, the bridge is full of anglers from one end to the other, while the lower deck are mostly restaurants.
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Drinking in Istanbul, On a Bridge
It’s an obstacle course to get through the restaurant hawkers on the Galata bridge. Sometimes they stand directly in front of people walking by, thrusting their menus around, shouting “hello lady,” and blocking the walkway. But push past and the setting becomes one of the best places in Istanbul to grab a beer or a nargile. The bridge connects Istanbul’s imperial city to its European neighborhoods, and bars and restaurants line both sides, facing the Golden Horn. Here, below the city’s traffic and tramway, is where I used to sit on a bean bag and watch the sunset with my friends after a long work day. Any place that looks relaxing is a good bet here (first check if they serve beer though), but we used to head to Onnumera.
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