As the Creative Director of Istanbul’s art institution Salt, Deniz Ova collaborates with artists, designers and thinkers who are dedicated to design education.

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Salt

Modern art museum
Azapkapı, Bankalar Cd. No:11, 34420 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
Salt

"Definitely go to Salt, obviously! We're just installing an exhibition right now actually. It's a selection of moving image works from the collection at the Polish Modern Art Museum, and is about work produced after the 2000s, but mainly looking into the ‘unknown’ that was the period at the end of the Cold War in 1989."

Deniz OVA

Fıccın

Turkish restaurant
Asmalı Mescit Mh İstiklal Cad. &, Kallavi Sk. No:13/1, 34430 Beyoğlu, Türkiye
Fıccın

"I would start with a walk and breakfast on the shore. Café-wise I would definitely go for lunch at Fıccın, which is very traditional, and then go to see some classical stuff."

Deniz OVA

Hagia Sophia

Mosque
Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
Hagia Sophia

"The Hagia Sophia is such an amazing place to see."

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Grand Bazaar

Bazar
Beyazıt, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
Grand Bazaar

"The Grand Bazaar itself is very touristic, but it's such an experience to see the centuries-old architecture and different layers that show how the city lives. There are some hidden jewelry places in the Grand Bazaar with antique jewelry. One place is called İç Bedesten [Inner Bedesten, the heart of the Grand Bazaar], where you have a lot of antique shops selling jewelry from different periods and cultures."

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Kariye Camii

Mosque
Dervişali, Kariye Cami Sk. No:18, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
Kariye Camii

"Do a classical tour and go to Chora Church [Kariye Camii] but at the same time, I would say go to some of the contemporary art institutions that are also situated in different locations in amazing architectural buildings — that is an experience in itself."

Deniz OVA

Koço Restaurant

Seafood restaurant
Caferağa, Moda Cd. No:171, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Türkiye
Koço Restaurant

"In the evening, I would go to one or two different tavernas, or meyhane as we call them, to have meze. Ones like Asmalı Cavit and Koço Restaurant."

Deniz OVA

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