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TÜNEL

tunelgecitKeVe Cafe in Tünel Geçidi

Technically it may be the name given to the 573-metre-long funicular that runs uphill to İstiklal Caddesi from Karaköy but Tünel (Tunnel) is also the name used to describe the trendy area at the top of the funicular too.

Built between 1871 and 1874 by the French engineer Eugene Henri Gavrand, the Tünel made it quicker and easier for people to get from their homes up in Pera to their work down in Karaköy. It is the world's third oldest underground railway after the London and New York undergrounds although it makes only one stop. In 2008 the old carriages were scrapped in favour of brand new ones. 

If you come out of the Tünel and look slightly to the left you will be able to see the brick chimney of the old steam works that used to power the funicular before it was electrified in 1970. 

Immediately across the road from the Tünel entrance is the elegant Tünel Geçidi (Tünel Passage) which is filled with cafes, restaurants and antiques shops.

Eating

KeVe Café

The good news is that the fairy lights that used to make KeVe so particularly alluring are back as the 2011 ban on pavement tables starts to fragment.  KeVe always won hands down when it came to atmospheric places to have a drink around here. 

Tel: 0212-251 4338, Tünel Geçidi

Transport info

The Tünel's upper station is at the southern end of İstiklal Caddesi, close to the last stop of the nostalgic tram and the Şişhane  Metro station. 

Nearby areas

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Galata

İstiklal Caddesi

Karaköy

Şişhane

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