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SALT Galata, Istanbul

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Address: Bankalar Caddesi 11 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 334 2200
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Tues-Sat 12.00-20.00 Sun 12.00-18.00

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Beautiful Architecture, Space

What a treat to come and spend time in this space. Light, bright, airy, gorgeous staircase (there are elvators), great library, wonderful cafe, eclectic bookshop. Worth a return... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

What a treat to come and spend time in this space. Light, bright, airy, gorgeous staircase (there are elvators), great library, wonderful cafe, eclectic bookshop. Worth a return visit.

Thank G M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

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 the tower Ps there is a free wifi

Thank terrywisemann
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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 interested in looking at himself in the mirror than serving us. The chefs were sitting outside smoking and seemed very relaxed. Not an atmosphere that sets... More 

Thank bulgenes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Salt Galata always offers free entrance and has quite a selection of exhibitions and shows. Also the library inside is a perfect spot to study.

Thank ibrahimyuce
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

At the time where we went there was only one exhibition about the Ottoman Bank which was very interesting. Apparently, there are many more throughout the year. A very nice cafe and restaurant too inside!

Thank velissaris_
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

full of books in English ... mostly about architecture and art. it's a great place to read or study.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice exhibition "Empty fields" and very nice concept. Very bad service at the café once finished the tour though. Even if I was not there to that purpose it finished on a bad feeling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Very beautiful building inside and outside. Exhibition downstairs isn't so interesting,however,I think its important that they focus on the milestones of the history associated with the Armenians. Upstairs there is a nice cafe and restaurant with amazing view.

Thank Daria I
Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Great and very inspiring place. You can find lots of art books, and read it in calm and cozy place. Really must visit

Thank mariagavryluk
Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

We would never have thought that an exhibit about the history of a bank - the Ottoman bank - could be so interesting and well done. The original vaults add to it, sure, and the building, too! Just brilliant. A must see.

Thank MennoBlaauw

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