Photo Journal: The Fishermen of Istanbul’s Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge is an Istanbul landmark
The Galata Bridge is an Istanbul landmark | © Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / Culture Trip
The Galata Bridge is an Istanbul landmark that connects the newer parts of the city, including Karaköy and Beyoğlu, with the historic old parts of Eminönü and Sultanahmet. The bridge has been frequented by fishermen for over a decade, and boasts some of the city’s best fish vendors and views.

A variety of bridges have been built over Istanbul’s Golden Horn over the ages. The bridge that currently connects either side of the estuary is a steel bascule bridge constructed in 1994. This landmark has been frequented by the city’s fishermen ever since the Golden Horn was cleaned up a decade ago. They now come here to try to catch local favourites like cinekop (bluefish) and palamut (Atlantic bonito). Watching them work, and trying some of the freshest fish in the city, is a quintessential Istanbul experience that’s not to be missed.

The upper level of the Galata Bridge is dotted with street vendors | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
Vendors sell equipment for the fishermen | © Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
The Galata Bridge offers some of the best views of the city | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
Fishermen stand shoulder to shoulder while they work | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
All the necessary fishing equipment is available to buy on the bridge | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
Passersby come to watch the fishermen at work | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
Snack foods are sold by local vendors along the bridge | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
Most of the fishermen have been coming to this spot for over a decade | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
The catch of the day often includes bluefish and Atlantic bonito | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip
These fishermen are experts at judging how far and deep they need to throw their rod to catch their desired fish | Çağlar Harmancıoğlu / © Culture Trip