Near the ferry docks, Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar and Galata
Bridge (map), only a 10-minute stroll from Sultanahmet (and
an even shorter tram
ride), are many places to dine.
Traditionally known as one of Istanbul's
most famous places for roasted
and grilled meats, with views
of Eminönü, Galata
Bridge and the Golden
Horn, Hamdi has expanded
its menu to include all sorts
of dishes. More...
(Spice) Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in
Turkish), facing the huge Yeni
Valide Mosque, has no restaurants, but there's lots of food to buy both inside and outside along the west wall, and along Hasırcılar Caddesi, the way to the Rüstem Pasha Mosque.
Several narrow streets—passages, really—near
Eminönü offer simple, cheap and good
snacks and meals. Here they
The cheapest seafood in the city is under the Galata
Bridge, on the western (Golden
Horn) side, where you can have a great, cheap traditional Istanbul
fish sandwich. More...
The Sirkeci hotel area has quite a number of satisfying restaurants, many with excellent cuisine and moderate prices. More...
cheaper, easier, enjoyable fare you
should also wander south of the station
great little neighborhood packed with
simple, cheap, good eateries called Hocapaşa.
—by Tom Brosnahan