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The Coolest Neighbourhoods in Tel Aviv

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Updated: 24 April 2018
While Tel Aviv is the international hub of Israel, one of the most special things about it is that it is very small in comparison to other major cities. It’s famed for its progressive and versatile social culture that manifests itself across the city in surprising ways.
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Tel Aviv has a little bit of everything: beaches, shopping, art, culture, heritage, and many unique dining and nightlife options. The size of the city offers a significant advantage in that all of its neighbourhoods are actually very close together, so in a 10-minute walk, you can discover something different around pretty much every corner.

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Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek is not only one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhoods that has established itself as one of its trendiest districts.

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With charming oriental-style conserved buildings and narrow vehicle-free roads, Neve Tzedek resembles a small European village. This charm makes it one of the city’s most expensive neighbourhoods when it comes to real estate and shopping boutiques, as well as some of the most refined dining options in Tel Aviv.

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Still, the serenity of walking down these narrow winding roads, especially with a scoop of Neve Tzedek’s best ice cream from Anita in hand, makes for an evening well-spent.

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Florentin

With everything from vegan delights, tattoo parlours, to indie art galleries and independent cafés, Florentin is Israel’s hipster haven.

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This neighbourhood used to serve as the industrial section of the city until 25 years ago, when a younger, more creative, crowd moved into the area.

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Over the past few years, Florentin has served as a stomping ground for artists, musicians, and anyone looking to experience some of its grungy charm.

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Lev Ha’ir

Lev Ha’ir means ‘heart of the city’ in Hebrew. It’s an area bordering Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Kerem Hateimanim, Sarona, and the old north.

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This area is the most vibrant part of the Tel Aviv and includes the lively and restaurant-packed Rothschild Boulevard, Habima (the national theatre), and ‘The White City’ UNESCO World Heritage Site – a collection of over 4,000 buildings constructed in the Bauhaus style – not to mention the countless bars and cafés.

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HaZafon HaYashan (The Old North)

The old north is one of the most bustling areas in Tel Aviv and includes Ben Yehuda, Ben Gurion, and Dizengoff avenues.

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Here you can find an incredible variety of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés in close proximity to some of the city’s best beaches. This is probably the most popular area for Tel Aviv youngsters to live in, especially for bachelors and bachelorettes. Indeed, Dizengoff Avenue is home to some of the best pick-up bars in the city.

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Kerem Hateimanim

The name Kerem Hateimanim means the Yemenite Vineyard – Yemenite immigrants founded the area in the 1880s. While it was once considered a poor and neglected neighbourhood, today it is a historic and cultural attraction, with winding alleys and small, modest homes.

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This area includes the famous Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), Tel Aviv’s largest fresh produce market, and Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian mall, known for its arts and crafts fair and street performers.

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Shapira

Shapira, a neighbourhood in south Tel Aviv, might be described as “the new Florentin”. Ethnically diverse, working class, and in parts gritty; here you can find culinary gems such as authentic Bukharian food (we recommend Hanan Margilan), charming cafés (such as Cafe Getzel), and an array of interesting galleries (such as Artspace Tel Aviv).

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The appearance and atmosphere of Shapira feels worlds apart from central or north Tel Aviv, but it is well worth a visit for anyone seeking to explore the side of the city not shown on postcards.

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Jaffa

Jaffa, or Yafo, is an ancient port city whose fascinating and tumultuous history traces back to biblical times. Officially declared part of Tel Aviv in 1950, it is home to a large Arab population.

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Your itinerary for visiting Jaffa must include bargain hunting in its flea market, getting lost in the enchanting, picturesque cobblestone streets of the Old City, checking out its vibrant nightlife (the flea market comes to life at night, while Anna Lou Lou is where Jews and Palestinians go to dance the night away together), and sampling its culinary gems – from some of the best hummus in Israel to trendy Asian restaurants.

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