"The Streets of Eminonu" Eminonu District Tip by nicolaitan

Eminonu District, Istanbul: 7 reviews and 21 photos

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The Eminonu district, bordering the Golden Horn, is the ancient heart of Byzantine Constantinople's business district when the city was surrounded by walls. It is home to many famous mosques as well as the major transportation hub for trains and ferries. But the center of the district is fascinating as we found walking to the Rustem Pasha mosque behind the Spice Bazaar.
There are no famous boutiques here and the very narrow streets are jammed with shoppers most of whom are local trade seeking bargains. There are innumerable small stores as well as handcarts and goods laid out on blankets in the street. Many blocks are devoted to one item, be it clothing, toys, food, tools, or kitchen appliances, with abrupt changes in character as one crosses a street or turns a corner.
We found knock-offs of many famous clothing brands on sale here, bought a few, extremely inexpensive, hard but not impossible to tell from the real thing. And we probably still paid more than we might have had we chosen to do more than minimal bargaining.

Directions: between the Spice Bazaar and the Rustem Pasha Mosque.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 29, 2009
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