Eminonu and neighboring Sirkeci are also one of the most popular tourists areas in Istanbul, as well as one of the most dynamic, bustling and tourist neighborhood of the historical peninsula. We can also call the area as oriental district. The area is also one of the main transportation hubs in Istanbul. Eminonu means “in front of justice” that its name came from the courts/customs associated with the docks. And Sirkeci means “vinegar-seller” while there is no records with this.
Things to Do & See
Strolling around the Eminonu Sqaure, enjoying the market area and lively city atmosphere in the company of historic buildings, having a walking by sea, watching the ferries and rest at the variety of restaurants and cafes around, is one of the best things to do in Eminonu. The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar, the Sirkeci Train Station and the Yeni Mosque are the main sights of Eminonu and Sirkeci. The back streets of Eminonu and Sirkeci are home to cheap electronic goods and also low-budget restaurants.
Eminonu Square, is the main attraction area of Eminonu 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 the Yeni Mosque and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
Egyptian Spice Bazaar
The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or so-called Spice Market, is a colorful and mystical covered spice market lined with spice stalls, situated just by the Eminonu sqaure. It is also one of the most popular covered markets in the world, together with famous Grand Bazaar. Also called as, Egyptian Spice Market, it is a popular points 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.
Yeni (New) Mosque
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.
The Galata bridge is situated at the mouth of the Golden Horn and connects Galata and Eminonu neighborhoods. There are several cafes and restaurants under the bridge. Continue reading…
Located in between the Sultanahmet and Eminonu, Gulhane Park (Rose Garden) is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul for both tourists and locals. The park covers a huge area. There are variety of very beautiful gardens, trees, pools and outdoor cafes with the impressive views of the Bosphorus. There is also a Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam in the park, a unique one in the world that worth a see. Continue reading…
The Museum of Islamic Science and History of Technology inside Gulhane Park
Located located in the Imperial Stables building in Gulhane Park, he Museum of Islamic Science and History of Technology displays samples of tools and devices, some of which are surviving original pieces and some prepared by the University of Frankfurt’s Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences according to drawings and descriptions in reference books. Continue reading…
Sirkeci Railway Station
The Oriental-Gothic style Sirkeci Railway Station, was built in 1887-1889 by the German architect.