A five-minute bike ride across town from Neve Tzedek, Florentin is colloquially known as Tel Aviv’s SoHo—a multicultural quarter clustered around the old Levinsky market and the garment district where clothing is still bought and sold. This funky neighborhood is home to countless artists who’ve flocked here to set up galleries, designer boutique, organic cafes and live music venues in a string of warehouses and Bauhaus buildings. A hotbed of exciting contemporary cultural activities, this is the place to eat Turkish, Greek and Romanian specialties whilst soaking up a big dose of the city’s alternative cultural scene.
Address: Florentin, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
A haven for artists and writers since the early 20th century, avant-garde Neve Tzedek is packed with hip designer stores, fashion boutiques and handicraft shops. There’s also a string of al fresco cafes, gourmet restaurants and stylish cocktails bars near HaTachana, a renovated railway station that’s now home to one of the city’s most popular farmers’ markets.Dubbed the city’s first neighborhood (this was one of the first places in Tel Aviv to become home to Jewish settlers in the 1880s) Neve Tzedek’s winding streets are lined with stunning historic buildings, including the meticulously restored 19th-century structure housing the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater.
Address: Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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At the other end of the chronology, and worlds away from the gleamingskyscrapers of downtown Tel Aviv, Jaffa’s old town is an atmospheric maze of stone fortifications, domed ceilings, low doorways andnarrow alleys dating back thousands of years. Jaffa Port, said to beone of the oldest in the world, is surrounded by ancient buildings framing aharbor full of traditional fishing boats. Street food fans should head for Jaffa Port’s street market where you can sample everything from kkanafeh(sweet cheesepastry), to bourekas(vegetable stuffed crumbly pastry) and malawach(sweet flaky flatbread).