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The White City

Tel Aviv’s White City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The White City of Tel Aviv is the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus style buildings. 

Since being designated one of the first ‘modern’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world in 2003, restoration of these buildings constructed by German immigrants in the 1920′s & 30′s has picked-up and this quarter is now getting closer to its former glory.

The White City is located between Allenby Street in the south, Begin Road and Ibn Gvirol Street in the east, the Yarkon River in the north, and the Mediterranean on the west. In the 1920′s and 30′s a large number of Jewish architects, who had studied in Europe, moved to Tel Aviv. Wanting to recreate the cafe culture of Europe in the hot climate of Israel, whilst integrating the modernist architectural style they had practiced, the group created a new architectural language, which is rich and diverse, characterized by its asymmetry, functionality and simplicity. The balconies, building pillars, flat roofs and “thermometer” windows have since become trademarks of Tel Aviv.

The White City has been largely restored over the past 20 years as people have realized the importance of the area. It has grown into one of the city’s coolest, trendiest and most exciting districts, with a vibrant atmosphere, and streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Within the White City lies Rothschild Boulevard, one of the city’s first streets designed as a public space with a central garden with benches, a pathway, and kiosks. From the beginning, it has been a place for the locals to see, and to be seen. The street is perfect for a stroll, taking in some of the Bauhaus architecture and some of the street-activity that occurs during the summer months. The unique kiosks in the center of the boulevard are a perfect place to stop for a drink and watch the world go by.
Another notable street in the White City is iconic Sheinkin Street. Sheinkin is a street of old boutiques, cafes and interesting people. 

Fashion boutiques include Story, Elise, Ellse, and BIG TOM, whilst Bahunot and Daniella Lehavi are good for shoes. Jewellery can be found at X-Ray, whilst gallery Urbanix is interesting.
The White City of Tel Aviv is hard to miss if you are visiting the city and its worth making the effort to explore a bit, and take in its beautiful architecture & unique atmosphere. Many visitors decide to take a Tel Aviv Architecture Tour.

Sarona

Sarona is a newly renovated complex in the heart of Tel Aviv, originally a German Templar Colony. 

The site sits at the heart of what is a new central business district of the city, with offices and apartments surrounding the beautifully landscaped complex, in which 33 original Templar buildings dating back more than 140 years, have been painstakingly restored, and today house boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes and some of the city’s most talked-about restaurants and bars. Opened in early 2014, Sarona has quickly gained a reputation as one of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots, and will continue to expand in the coming years.

Sarona has quickly become a day and evening destination for the discerning Tel Avivian and tourist alike, with the restored buildings housing an impressive array of boutique stores, eating and drinking destinations, as well as a visitor center documenting the history and restoration of Sarona and it's beautifully landscaped gardens.
In the coming months and years, the northern part of Sarona (still in government use) will be renovated, and a large culinary market will open on the southern side of the complex.

The shopping at Sarona includes luxury brands such as Tommy Hilfiger (who have a large flagship store in the complex), Fred Perry, G-Star, Liebeskind, as well as local fashion brands, upscale jewelers, design stores, beauty stores and other luxury goods outlets. 

American Colony

The American Colony of Tel Aviv is located in the south of Tel Aviv, slightly North of Jaffa, and is one of the best-kept secrets in town

Situated between the Florentin and Noga neighborhoods, this small and quaint area has a very unique look, feel and history. Walking down the cobblestone streets, you’ll be surprised to see wooden homes, a stained-glass church and the fusion of both high-end building projects and deteriorated & abandoned structures makes the area all the more charming. 

The American Colony is an off-the-beaten track gem not far from the heart of Tel Aviv.
For such a tiny neighborhood, there are in fact a lot of things to do in the American Colony. Plus, there are many options within walking distance, including a visit to the wonderful street cafes, art studios and boutique clothing shops of Noga – or the opportunity to check out the more “hipster” neighborhood of Florentin.
Being within walking distance to Jaffa, the sea, Neve Tzedek, and Hatachana, you will have plenty to see, taste and experience!

For a chance to walk through history, do not miss the Maine Friendship House. Owned and restored by American couple, Jean and Reed Holmes, this is one of the best preserved and renovated wooden homes that dates back to the late 19th century. The doors are open for free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. Jean and Reed live there 6 months out of the year and will likely welcome you at the door and give you their own personal tour. 
Step into a Neo-Gothic style church built over 100 years ago by the German Templars. The Immanuel Church is open for visitors from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

The church has a red tiled pointed roof and includes several colorful stained glass windows.  Approximately once a month, there is a pipe organ or choir concert and every Saturday, anyone passing by can hear the singing from the congregation during prayers.

Old Jaffa port

Old Jaffa Port (also known as Namal Yafo) was the ancient port of the city of Jaffa, out of which modern day Tel Aviv has grown. 

The Old Jaffa Port is reputed to be one of the oldest ports in the world, notably being the port from which Jonah set off in the famous Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. Its long and fascinating history as a strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and to the north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods. Today the port is used largely by local fishermen who continue the centuries old tradition of the area.

In recent years, Old Jaffa Port has been developed as a cultural attraction, whilst retaining its operations as a working port from where tens of fishermen head off into the Mediterranean each night.
Many of the old hangars have been converted into versatile contemporary spaces which often host art and photography exhibitions, whilst cultural institutions such as the Mayumana dance sensations are based just behind the port. Strolling through the port is fascinating, you never know what kind of exhibitions you might encounter.

The Jaffa Port Market, which opened in 2012 in a converted hangar at Jaffa Port offers a tantalizing array of great value gourmet food, a carefully selected range of restaurants from Tel Aviv have stalls here offering everything from seafood and oysters to local fare such as hummus. There are also gift shops and weekly events including a Friday morning farmers market.

Jaffa

Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. Jaffa has, in recent years, like much of South Tel Aviv, been regenerated with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming a another highly desirable part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry. 

Jaffa flea market is a well known attraction in the area, with vendors selling a diverse range of interesting and unique products. Meanwhile, the narrow passageways and ancient buildings in the Old City of Jaffa are worlds away from modern Tel Aviv.

There are lots of great things to see in Jaffa. Since its restoration, it has become a popular tourist attraction, with people visiting it as a part of Tel Aviv, and as a city of interest on its own. Jaffa is a real melting-pot with Jewish and Arab populations living and breathing the same closely-packed air. It always feels like Jaffa is in a constant state of flux as people rush about on their daily business.

The Flea Market is a key site, and the sights, sounds and smells of the small alleyways and streets which make up this city are lined with artists galleries and studios, as well as boutique and craft shops. All the shops in Jaffa are unique. The small narrow streets are home to intimate boutiques, design shops and other fascinating shops which you could be mistaken into thinking are not shops at all! Restaurants and cafes in Jaffa offer the full range of culinary experiences that Tel Aviv has become famed for, although there is a particularly wide range of more oriental and Middle Eastern styles of food.

Dizengoff Street

Dizengoff Street is a thoroughfare in central Tel Aviv and is one of the city’s most iconic streets. 
Originally described as the “Champs-Élysées of Tel Aviv”, Dizengoff Street suffered a decline after the 1970′s and the opening of Tel Aviv’s most significant shopping mall at the time, the Dizengoff Center in the southern portion of the street. 

In recent years, however, Dizengoff Street has seen something of a revival, with cafes and restaurants, boutique clothes stores and numerous design shops opening up. Dizengoff Street runs from Tel Aviv Port in the north, about 3km southwards, to its end at Ibn Gbirol Street, near Chen Boulevard and the Habima Cultural Center. The streets runs through the ‘Old North’ of the city, right into the ‘Lev Hair’ – the center of town.
The street is named after Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv and was built during the 1920′s as part of the original urban development plan of Tel Aviv.

Dizengoff Street and those streets surrounding it, particularly in the southern half of the street, feature some of Tel Aviv’s most iconic Bauhaus Buildings which have given Tel Aviv the moniker, the White City. The fountain which sits in the center of Dizengoff Square was designed by Yaacov Agam, one of the pioneers of the ‘kinetic art’ movement and opened in 1986. The fountain was fully restored in recent years having previously fallen into disrepair and is once again an icon of Tel Aviv. The square sits above Dizengoff Street which passes underneath in an underpass. The square was built in 1934 and named for Zina Dizengoff, Meir Dizengoff’s wife.

The Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv’s first major shopping mall is located at the junction of Dizengoff Street and King George Street. In it you will find over 400 stores. The design of the center sees the mall situated on both sides of Dizengoff Street, with bridges connecting the two sites.

Namal Tel Aviv

Namal Tel Aviv, aka Tel Aviv Port, has recently been beautifully restored and is now one of Tel Aviv's must-visit hotspots. 

During the day, the port hosts some of the city's trendiest cafes and stores, whilst at night, Namal Tel Aviv transforms into one of Tel Aviv’s most popular nightlife venues. Be sure not to miss the outdoor farmer's market on a Friday morning and the permanent indoor farmers market daily, where you can sample a wide variety of dishes while perched at a bar.

The Tel Aviv Port is an area of culture, entertainment and leisure activities. A huge wooden deck covers 14,000 sq.m. and acts as a huge promenade running along the seafront. Shaped like sea waves, this unique promenade becomes crowded, along with the rest of the port on weekends with families venturing out for great food, and  in the evenings, with the numerous bars and clubs.

Shops at Namal Tel Aviv include popular Israeli fashion brands such as Castro and Replay, surf and sports shops such as Blue Bird, Oasics and Adidas, as well as smaller boutiques. Restaurants at Tel Aviv Port also range from full service cuisine through to cafes and coffee bars. Nightlife at Namal Tel Aviv is vibrant and makes The Port one of the busiest locations in Tel Aviv's nightlife.

Florentin

Florentin in south Tel Aviv is called Tel Aviv’s Soho by many. 

Florentin has a very mixed population now increasingly catering to a more youthful and yuppie population. It is a neighborhood undergoing constant change and becoming a center for arty and alternative culture. It is a symbol of south Tel Aviv, and is a fascinating area to walk through, contrasting to the modern Tel Aviv which dominates the rest of this city and increasingly popular for its influence on the Tel Aviv nightlife.

The Florentin lifestyle is very different to much of the Tel Aviv seen by tourists, and is still, to a certain extent, an industrial zone and garment district where traders buy and sell clothing, artisans build bespoke furniture, and businesses from across Israel venture to purchase unique stocks.The Levinsky market is lined with tiny stores selling specialist Turkish, Greek and Romanian products as well as kosher meats, cheeses, spices and dried fruits. 

At night, Florentin comes to life transforming from a place of hard work to gritty leisure. Tiny bars and crowds overflow onto the sidewalks for pizza, falafel and more.

Bars, restaurants and boutique style shops have opened in the neighborhood's streets, whilst nightclubs and live music venues have opened in the abandoned warehouses and basements found across the area. This has transformed Florentin into one of Tel Aviv’s most popular spots for the artsy crowd, and increasingly, for the mainstream.

Neve Tzedek

Charming, beautiful and authentic, Neve Tzedek, is another district of Tel Aviv which has become increasingly fashionable in recent years, as restoration works have taken place to restore it to its former glory, creating an irresistible shabby-chic vibe.

Built in 1887, Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood outside of the old port city of Jaffa, built as a suburb. Its Oriental architectural style, combined with quaint, narrow streets with boutiques, make Neve Tzedek (which means Oasis of Justice) quite literally, an oasis in the modern city.
The magnificent buildings have their own individual style and a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood is a great way to pass the time. 

Shabazi Street is the main street through Neve Tzedek and, like many of the smaller side passages, is lined with with boutiques, galleries, and craft shops. The Suzanne Dellal Center is Tel Aviv’s dance center with a superb line-up of events and sits in a pretty piazza with interesting gardens.
Restaurants and cafes in Neve Tzedek offer the full range of culinary delights that Tel Aviv has become known for. HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s restored Old Railway station is a short stroll from Neve Tzedek on the Mediterranean Coast and definitely worth a visit with it's array of shops and restaurants all enclosed in a pretty pedestrianized area.

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