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SALT Galata, Istanbul

(4.6/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
An independent not-for-profit cultural institution, SALT Galata holds as its mission the exploration of critical and timely issues in visual and material culture and the cultivation of innovative programs for research and experimental thinking. The organization conducts research, develops archives, generates publications, and hosts exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops, educational programs, and video and film screenings in the fields of contemporary art, social and economic history, architecture, design and urbanism. For SALT Galata and beyond, use our Istanbul vacation generator to get the most from your Istanbul vacation.
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  • Its a very realaxing place with lots of history but sadly the gallary was closed till march . Its perfect for studying and has an outstanding view you can reach it from Taksim and then walk down past ...  more »
  • The Museum is not very impressed, and the building itself is a very. It was intended to embody the might of the Ottoman Empire, although power was already highly doubtful. Has 2 different façade. European and Asian. Impressive. And some wacky. Some unsystematic. Old banknotes are presented. Store. Library. A lot of photos.
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  • The restaurant/cafe is nicely situated in a library/old bank building in the Galata area. It could be a magnificent place if it were not for the terrible service/lack of it. The waiter was more intere...  more »
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  • I love SALT Galata. There's always something interesting going on at SALT, so be sure to check the event calendar for the latest goings-on. If you're a first-time visitor, be sure to check out the Ottoman Bank Museum on the lower level. The SALT Galata library is a quiet and it's good place to work or study.
  • Very peaceful place to have a coffee & cake and relax for a bit. There is an art gallery (-1 floor), a library and a coffee shop (2nd floor), and a really good but pricy restaurant called "Neolokal" with lovely views of the city (3rd floor). There is a reception but they do not speak English. They have wifi but you need a Turkish telephone number to get a code by sms to be able to connect, which is a bit silly. Students come to study here. Access: To get in you need to climb the first set of stairs from the street, and only then there is an elevator, but I am not sure how people with limited movement can get up there.
  • It's a very nice place to work/study with free wifi and a café/restaurant. 1. The seats are limited. If you want a good place you have to come early in the morning. 2. It gets very crowded after in the afternoon. 3. It's closed on Mondays. 4. The tea (chai) served in the café is horrible. I don't know why. 5. The toilets are nicely designed and very clean. It's just a bit dark.
  • There's a cool modern cafe and bookshop inside. Worth entering to look around. Go through the revolving doors and a quick security screening.
  • Very interesting and unorthodox gallery. Also, in the bank's historical section, there are records dating back for 100's of years. As an Armenian, it was very gratifying for me to view many Armenian names in the old records.