To find some of the most arresting graffiti in Tel Aviv, wander the streets of the hipster district Florentin, where almost every wall, door and outdoor surface is covered in colourful murals created by established and emerging street artists.
Just south of Florentin, Shapira is often known as the trendy neighbourhood’s quieter counterpart, an artistic quarter yet to be touched by gentrification.
The first Jewish neighbourhood to be built outside the old city of the ancient port of Jaffa. Artsy Neve Tzedek has avant-garde design stores, fashion boutiques and handicraft shops, as well as a weekly farmers’ market in HaTachana, a restored railway station. Trendy European restaurants sit alongside stylish bistros, and many of the area’s al fresco cafes turn into live jazz bars and cocktail lounges at night.
Meaning “heart of the city” in Hebrew, Lev Ha’ir is just that, located in the centre of Tel Aviv and housing all of the cultural must-sees in the city. You can wander through the iconic architecture of the White City – a Unesco World Heritage site that comprises 4,000 Bauhaus buildings – and along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv’s first official road.
Yemenite Quarter (Kerem Hateimanim)
Behind Lev Ha’ir’s famous Carmel Market, the historic Yemenite Quarter, or kerem, is still relatively untouched by tourism. Founded by Yemenite immigrants in the late 1800s, the area is home to a host of traditional Yemeni restaurants, including Shlomo & Doron, Tel Aviv’s most celebrated hummus joint.
Named after Yafet, son of Noah, the ancient port city of Jaffa is said to have been built after the biblical flood that wiped out much of the life on Earth. The city saw empires, from the Persians to the Ottomans, come and go before becoming part of Tel Aviv in 1950. The quarter is surrounded by stone fortifications, built by the Canaanites in the Bronze Ages, and the ancient alleyways within these confines make Jaffa an excellent place to spend the day.