Neve Tzedek: Where Tel Aviv Began

30 Mar

The Rokach House

The Rokach House

Nana Restaurant

Nana Restaurant

Hataim Metukim Bakery

Hataim Metukim Bakery

Yesterday I visited Neve Tzedek, a fashionable, artsy neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Neve Tzedek, founded in 1886, was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of Jaffa. Early on, Neve Tzedek, whose architecture incorporates elements of the Art Nouveau and Bauhaus movements, was home to many artists and writers. Tel Aviv, founded 22 years later in 1909, grew up around Neve Tzedek. Eventually residents began to move to newly developed areas in northern Tel Aviv, leaving Neve Tzedek to fall into disrepair and decay. The charismatic streets, restaurants, cafes and shops that we saw today are products of revitalization efforts that began in the 1980s.

I was thoroughly charmed by Neve Tzedek. It has a hip, though unpretentious, atmosphere totally different from its surroundings. I lost count of the jaw-dropping moments I experienced when stepping into one of the many craft shops or restaurants or cafes. And what really made my day even more special is that I drove into Tel Aviv for the very first time. I drove right past the U.S. Embassy to get to Neve Tzedek. It was a piece of cake! I am adding this spot to my must-do list for any visitors we may entertain.

Click on any of the images to view more photos of Neve Tzedek.

One Response to “Neve Tzedek: Where Tel Aviv Began”


  1. HaTachana: Tel Aviv’s Best Kept Secret? « Volare Via - July 30, 2011

    […] in Hebrew. And since last year it also means trendy shopping center between the Mediterranean and Neve Tzedek. In fact, that is the address that is given for the HaTachana shopping complex on their website. Of […]

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