SALT Galata, Istanbul
SALT Galata, Istanbul
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Tues-Sat 12.00-20.00 Sun 12.00-18.00
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
How to get there
  • Şişhane • 6 min walk
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Abovetheclouds
1,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
There were no exhibitions on.  Not sure if this is due to C-19 but as I understand this is often the case.  The building itself as most reviews suggest is definitely worth a stop.  Stunning white interior.  Walk to the different floors (only two or three) rather than taking the lift as you can appreciate more of the architecture.  Look up too!  There is a research library as you enter but you can't go in unless you have a booking.  You can look inside though.  There is a coffee shop / restaurant which was open and toilets.  Clean and well kept.  Free to enter but you must have your HES code to hand and proof that you have been vaccinated or you can't go in.  If there are no exhibitions and you don't plan to stop at the coffee shop, then you need maybe fifteen minutes at the most. 
Written November 2, 2021
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye6,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
SALT Galata is culture complex which is located in the old headquarters of Ottoman Bank, the central bank of the Ottoman Empire. The building is very impressive with high ceilings and marble ornaments.

Inside the complex there is a library, a bookstore, a café, an upscale restaurant open only 3 nights a week, an exhibition area and conference rooms. It's always vibrant with visitors, mainly students. We were there last weekend for the exhibition about the first Turkish female painter Mihri, The exhibition was very professionally prepared and entrance was free of charge.

Parking is quite problematic here (except at the nights when the upscale restaurant is open, they offer valet service), so best is coming here by foot. It's not a big distance from neither Pera nor Karaköy.
Written March 18, 2019
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Fefeko
Istanbul161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015
Place to visit if you are in Pera and Galata area. Hosting great art exhibitions nice old building. You,feel the spirit of Pera.
Written September 22, 2015
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Türkiye6,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Converted to an art gallery/museum from a bank, this historical building is very impressive. It has a library at the entrance, with mainly art boks and on the lower and upper floors, there are transitory exhibitions.

Don't miss the view from upper floor ( looking at the Golden Horn and accross) and also pay attention to the colored glass
at the top of the patio in the middle.

There is a trendy restaurant inside the building which is nice but a little pricey.

The museum shop at the entrance floor has nice books and gift objects.
Written July 5, 2014
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KarYntravels
Cartagena, Colombia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Ducked into SALT Galata one evening before dinner and fell in love. Brilliant gallery space; with a thought provoking exhibition: tick. Great open space with views out over Istanbul with free WI-FI: tick. Quirky bookshop: tick. Awesome bathroom: tick.
I also really enjoyed the history of the Ottoman Bank exhibition in the basement, all you need to know about setting up a bank, plus great photographs and artefact: fun.
Written July 2, 2014
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grsteven89
Cary, NC94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
If you aren't interested in history, this place will bore you to death. If you are only casually interested in history, it will probably bore you too. However, if you're interested in the socioeconomic history of the Ottoman Empire, it will FASCINATE you.

The free Ottoman Bank Museum allows visitors a view into the history of the decline of the Ottoman Empire and its late attempts at modernization. The museum features historical documents in Ottoman Turkish, English, and French displayed in glass cases with excellent explanations in English and Turkish.
Written April 18, 2014
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kuepper
Manchester, UK1,380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
You have to look for this place which was the former HQ of the Ottoman Bank, it doesn't look like a gallery/museum from the outside and I only found it from the address in my Lonely Planet guide - Bankalar Caddesi 11 . In the basement is the Ottoman Bank museum which is worth a visit, you can even go into a couple of vaults, and elsewhere are exhibitions and a cafe/restaurant and bookshop. Visit this and its sister SALT Beyoglu which is only 10 mins walk away at İstiklal Caddesi 136
Written July 15, 2013
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,054 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Free to enter. No exhibitions on but impressive architecture and great views from the cafe. Also clean toilets! Don’t detour to get here but enjoyed popping in whilst by the Kamondo steps.
Written May 9, 2023
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Dogan Gurkan
Moscow, Russia258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Salt Galata is a leading place for researchers, youngsters, academics. It is located in the old Ottoman Central Bank building, on the “Bankalar Caddesi” (Banks Street). It has a very wide library for both researchers and university students, a cafe, restaurant and is the new home to Istanbul’s legendary Robinson Crusoe bookshop. It has a museum on the old Central Bank (by the way, the current Turkish Republic’s Central Bank’s Istanbul main branch is the next door neighbor to this building). It is very interesting to see the old safe boxes, documents on customers, photos, old banknotes and even papers of exchange market. It is a bit difficult to find the museum, most of the museum part is located separately and better to ask to staff. On the minus 1 floor there is always an exhibition. Upper floors are being used by academics etc. worth to see it. Thanks to Dogus Holding and it’s owner Ferit Sahenk who gifted such a beautiful place to Istanbul.
Written January 11, 2019
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John McKinley
Moscow, Russia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
You have a bibliothèque there to read your book or borrow one, nicely designed cantina and cafe upstairs with a wine list (with useful information on Turkish indigenous grapes) and splendid view over old town and Bosphore. Or sit outside for a coffee and a smoke. Seems
Written November 24, 2018
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