Why Tel Aviv Is The Ultimate Hipster Destination

Photo of Hilla Ofman
2 November 2016

With a love for everything against the mainstream, hipsters are the creative minds behind many new trends, and Tel Aviv is the perfect place for this urban tribe to cultivate their creativity. We list the reasons why this innovative city is the ultimate hipster destination.

Street Style, Maya and Merav | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Street Style

Take a stroll down Rothschild Boulevard or Shenkin Street and you will immediately notice that Tel Avivians have a unique style. The city’s street look is an effortless combination of comfort and style. Tel Avivians embrace the vintage look, and they make it work. Hipster creativity has revamped old, out-dated styles into a modern, stylish look.

Street Art | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Street Art

The streets of Tel Aviv are some of the most colorful. This is due to the city’s growing trend of street art. The hipster mentality of freedom of expression is evident throughout the city’s street art. The walls display everything from bold statements and protest words to artistic images. To learn more, check out the website Graffiti Tel Aviv or go on a street tour and discover some of Tel Aviv’s best graffiti.

Neroli Health-Food Store | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Environmentally Friendly

The hipster outlook values the environment and healthy eating. In Israel the vegan culture is booming, with many Israelis embracing the lifestyle. Tel Aviv is a leading city when it comes to the trend, boasting a variety of vegan restaurants. One recommended restaurant is Neroli Health-Food Store, which also includes a juice bar, and health food store.

Teder Bar | Sarale Gur Lavy Photography

Underground Nightlife

The variety of night clubs and bars is guaranteed to satisfy any musical taste. The Minzar on Allenby Street, an old-school bar with a young crowd, is a great place to grab a beer. If you are a music lover, Teder is a great place to add to your list. It’s both an outdoor bar and radio station, Teder.FM. Every summer it opens for 120 days to provide an alternative to commercialized radio stations, making it hipster heaven.

Ha’Baron Vintage | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Second Hand Shops

Whether you are looking for a gramophone, a typewriter or a vintage camera, Tel Aviv is likely to have it. Many second hand shops are spread out throughout the city. Travel back in time as you check out Ha’Baron Vintage or Black Hole Records. Book worms can also find their place in one of the city’s impressive second hand book shops. The Little Prince, a coffee shop and antique bookstore, is an ideal spot for those looking for an afternoon of quiet reading.

Neve Tzedek | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Unique Neighborhoods

No city can be labeled hipster without its signature neighborhoods. Florentin in South Tel Aviv is the ultimate example, characterized by its easygoing crowds and vivid nightlife. Another hot spot is Neve Tzedek which was the first neighborhood built in the ‘new’ city of Tel Aviv back in 1887.

Ahava Le Shnia | Photo by Hilla Ofman

Vintage Clothing Stores

While you can find all of the latest trends in shops around Tel Aviv, the true hipster fashionistas will love discovering the vintage clothing stories that are scattered throughout the city. A must-go is Ahava Le Shnia, which translates to Love for Second. Here, you can find everything from vintage suits to dresses from the 1980s.

Bike Share in Tel Aviv | Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr

City Bikes

In Tel Aviv, life is a bike ride. Literally. The city has a huge parking problem and as a result many of its residents have chosen the bicycle lifestyle. The appearance of Tel-O-Fun, a public bike sharing project offering about 150 stations throughout the city, has made biking throughout the city an easy and affordable transportation method.

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