THE MOST INTERESTING QUARTERS AND NEIGHBORHOODS OF TEL AVIV
The areas of Tel Aviv are strikingly different from each other. There are areas for carbon monoxide student parties, there are places for walking with children and dogs, there are old areas for artistic youth. The main thing is to know where to look inside the neighborhoods of Tel Aviv.
THE BEACH OF TEL AVIV
There is no better walk than a walk along the sea. Moreover, the promenade in Tel Aviv is absolutely beautiful. Herbert Samuel Promenade, or, as we say in Hebrew, "Tayelet", stretches almost along with the entire city - from old Jaffa to Yarkon Park. In the mornings, people walk the dogs here, ride bicycles in the afternoon, and go in for sports in the evening. Along with the promenade, right on the beach, there are sports grounds where you can tighten your figure for free no worse than in fitness. Walking along the promenade of Tel Aviv, you will meet tanned athletes stripped to the waist, and caring parents playing with their children, and young pretty girls walking adorable pets. The whole walk from the park to the old city of Jaffa will take no more than an hour, and you will have time to enjoy both the general atmosphere of the city and the stunning sea views.
THE NORTH PORT OF TEL AVIV
The port of Tel Aviv ceased to perform its direct function in 1965, and in 2011 became a place of recreation and entertainment. Now the locals do yoga in the morning, open a farmers' market and roller-skate in the afternoon, visit the port of Tel Aviv to have dinner in the evening, do your shopping during the day, and dance at night. Ride on a wooden deck built in the shape of sea waves, but keep in mind that the port is crowded on weekends.
UNDERGROUND AND TRENDS IN FLORENTIN
Florentin was once one of the most neglected parts of the city, but it has grown into a trendy underground area in the last decade. Students and artists live here, and parties are held both in bars and on the rooftops. Walk down Frenkel Street to the intersection with Abrabanel Street and you will see a small old synagogue, "Ahvat Hesed", standing alone on the border of the industrial zone. Take a look at Hamekhuga Street, to the right of the synagogue. Don't be confused by the slightly ruined look - this place is filled with car and carpentry workshops, but at the same time - some of the best graffiti works can be found in the city. However, graffiti is a fickle phenomenon, so the best advice would be to spin around the block in search of unexpected discoveries.
My favorite Tel Aviv neighborhood is the Yemeni region. And although it is literally tiny, it is simply impossible not to note it. Straight from the Carmel Market, you find yourself in a very cute, cozy area with narrow streets and small houses. It was formed over 100 years ago, but it was refined only in the early 1990s. Now that the houses have been restored and the water supply has been restored, the area is becoming more and more popular. Low-rise buildings, beautiful sea views, and proximity to the market are ideal components of a good rental, the prices of which are not so high yet but are constantly increasing. While walking around the Yemeni quarter, be sure to visit one of its restaurants and taste the national cuisine. For example, meat soup with local seasoning at Medina restaurant or Jahnun is a dense puff pastry “sausage” made from white flour, butter (or margarine) salt, and sugar at the home-made Jachnun Shel Imа snack bar.
THE ROTHSCHILD BOULEVARD
Tel Aviv boulevard stretch from Habima Square in different directions, forming a kind of ray system. The most popular is Rothschild Boulevard, which is teeming with beautiful girls on bicycles, hipsters with dogs, and cheerful companies playing petanque. There are cozy benches along the boulevard, where it is pleasant to read a book and just watch what is happening around.
Don't miss the pleasant cafes and the famous building of Israel's declaration of independence.
Walking through the center of Tel Aviv, you will notice many Bauhaus houses that were built by Jewish architects back in the 1930s-1940s. All these buildings are usually residential, and many of them seem to require restoration. But they are very interesting in their own way - at least because they reflect a certain era in Tel Aviv's development and ideology. The apartments in these houses are quite small and designed for the middle class. My favorite Bauhaus building is the former cinema on Dizengoff Square, which now houses the hotel. You can go inside and look at a very unusual staircase that goes around the central foyer.
TEL AVIV CITY HALL
Tel Aviv's City Hall is located on Rabin Square, and next to it is a recently appeared living area with a small pond and a picturesque island of decorative shrubs and bright flowers - a very successful, in my opinion, intervention in the urban space, shading the faceless buildings around.
THE AZRIELI CENTER
Tel Aviv is famous not only for its small white houses but also for its high-rise buildings. Recently, real estate companies have been inviting more and more star architects for the construction of luxury buildings in the city center, which certainly greatly changes its appearance. Some skyscrapers are really interesting in terms of architecture, although it seems to me that designing an unusual skyscraper is quite difficult. I like the famous Azrieli towers, which are a complex of three prismatic towers with bases in the form of a triangle, square, and circle. But my favorite tower in Tel Aviv is right in the center, on Rothschild Boulevard. It is a glass skyscraper designed by the very famous Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei, who also designed the Louvre glass pyramid in Paris. The glass of the Rothschild skyscraper gives off a light green tint, and the building has a slightly distorted design.
THE CRAZY HOUSE - GOUDI?
Walking along the promenade, near the port, you will see a very quaint building, similar in style to the creations of Gaudí. For some reason, this house was called crazy, and, of course, it stands out brightly against the background of simple Bauhaus-style buildings. Architect Leon Gainbet had been seeking permission to build a house from the Tel Aviv authorities for seven years. The main idea of the plan was to separate the city from the sea: that is why the outer side of the building is finished with industrial materials - concrete and metal, and the inner (a real work of art!) Is a mosaic panel decorated with shells, sand and even living plants! Be sure to go around the house from all sides and even try to get inside, literally every centimeter of this building is worthy of attention!
If you move along the embankment to the south, you will notice another unusual structure. There is nothing remarkable in its history - this is an elite residential building, built relatively recently. But against the general background of the same type of Tel Aviv architecture, it looks quite original.
THE CYMBALISTA SYNAGOGUE
The Cymbalta Synagogue was built on the Tel Aviv University campus. It is all made of red brick and has a clear geometric shape. Although the synagogue was built by the Swiss architect Mario Botta less than ten years ago, I would call it timeless.
BIKE RENTALS IN TEL AVIV
Automatic bike rentals are found throughout the city and are easily recognizable by their bright green color. The system works in such a way that the bike can be taken in one place and returned in another. A rental for a day costs 17 shekels (23 shekels on holidays and Shabbat), while every first 30 minutes is included in the price. In half an hour you can drive almost half of Tel Aviv, so this is usually just enough. Stop for at least 10 minutes, and then you can take the bike again - the time will be re-calculated. But even if you detain the bike and return it only after an hour, you will pay only 5 additional shekels.