Tel Aviv’s many neighborhoods each have a distinct character and exploring them can add a new dimension to your vacation. Some of the Tel Aviv neighborhoods have become top Tel Aviv attractions. Here is just a sample of some of the most interesting Tel Aviv neighborhoods you could visit.
Florentin – The Shabby-Chic Tel Aviv Neighborhood
This neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv used to be a commercial and industrial area before being reinvented as a trendy party destination. Although it is now the site of quirky bars, clubs and restaurants it is still shabby and raw. Florentin is undergoing gentrification and will no doubt soon lose all its crumbling buildings, dark alleys, scum and street art to be replaced by slick apartment blocks. The neighborhood is inhabited by cool young artists, students and immigrants. Nearby is the Levinsky Market where you can pick up spices sold in huge sacks.
Neve Tzedek – A Village within a City
This was the first Jewish neighborhood settled outside the walls of Jaffa when Tel Aviv was just being established. For years it stood neglected but over the past few years has undergone a complete facelift. Today the historic buildings are restored and gentrified. Many of the homes here are single-story houses with inner courtyards. The homes boast secret gardens, bright window boxes and trees, vines and bougainvillea which completes the village-look. Many of the historic buildings have been repurposed into boutique, funky restaurants, galleries and cute cafes. Nearby is Shuk HaCarmel, the beach and the Tachana.
Jaffa – The Old Port Neighborhood
Don’t miss a visit to Jaffa which is a joint municipality with Tel Aviv yet has a completely unique character. On one side of the main throughway, Yefet Street you’ll find a labyrinth of lanes lined with flea market stores. Their goods overflow onto the sidewalk and the atmosphere is vibrant and bohemian. Also on this side of the street are many trendy chef restaurants.
On the side nearest the sea you can explore the restored Old Jaffa Port. This neighborhood is entirely built of stone similar to Jerusalem stone. The houses flank narrow stone lanes and are built on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean. If you follow the narrow lanes down towards the small port you will discover Jaffa’s artists quarter. Find small galleries, art studios and artist’s shops along the lanes which are all named after the zodiac signs. This neighborhood has multi-cultural residents and Jews,Christians and Arabs live side by side.
Lev HaIr – The Heart of the White City’s Bauhaus Architecture
If you want to see some of Tel Aviv’s many Bauhaus buildings then you should take a walk through Lev HaIr. The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare is Rothschild Blvd. This long, tree-lined boulevard is lined with restored historic and Bauhaus house. There are sidewalk cafes, boutiques, restaurants and even Independence Hall. This hip bourgeois neighborhood is bike-friendly and perfect for relaxing in one of the parks or on one of the sidewalk benches. The neighborhood is upscale and popular with locals who have time to just hang out. You’ll see a pop-up library, old men playing petanque and yuppies enjoying a caffeine fix. Lev HaIr is also home to Tel Aviv’s Culture Square where the national theatre and Helena Rubenstein Pavilion of Contemporary Art are located.
Lev HaIr is bordered by several other interesting Tel Aviv neighborhoods you might lie to discover including Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Montefiore, Kerem HaTeimanim and Shabazi.