The curvaceous 18th-century Kamondo Stairs, one of Beyoğlu’s most distinctive pieces of urban design, run south from Kart Çınar Sokak....
Schneidertempel Art Center
Housed in a synagogue dating from 1894, the Schneidertempel ('Tailors' temple') exhibits work by local Jewish artists, as well as...
Its maze-like location in a backstreet behind the hardware stores that litter this part of town often discourages non-local bathhouse...
This ultra-cool basement venue in the Gradiva Hotel is run by – or at least in association with – New York–based jazz saxophonist and...
The glamorous rooftop restaurant at the SALT Galata cultural centre serves molto buono Italian staples such as pasta, pizza and...
SALT Galata information
Lonely Planet review
The descriptor 'cultural centre' is used a lot in İstanbul, but is often a misnomer. Here at SALT Galata it really does apply. Housed in a magnificent 1892 bank building designed by Alexandre Vallaury and cleverly adapted by local architectural firm Mimarlar Tasarım, this cutting-edge institution offers an exhibition space, auditorium, arts research library, cafe and glamorous rooftop restaurant.
Funded by the Garanti Bank, SALT aims to be a centre of learning and debate in the city and hosts regular conferences, lectures and workshops. The building also houses a small Ottoman Bank Museum.