Graffiti, restaurants, narrow alleys, old, new, bars, and a great vibe. Florentine neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv has a mixed population of youth and the elderly. Once characterized by poverty and questionable safety is now a vibrant and active neighborhood for singles and young couples.
Florentine is right on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa giving it an extra multidisciplinary feel with both Arab and Jewish cultures in one neighborhood. During your internship in Tel Aviv, take a quick break and head to this neighborhood which is truly unique.
The neighborhood’s roots are from Greece even before the State of Israel was declared. Blue-collar workers, as well as unemployment, were prominent in the neighborhood later housing the country’s poorest citizens and illegal foreign workers. The buildings became neglected falling into ruin. Despite this downfall, it laid the groundwork for the revitalization of the community, allowing for inexpensive living spaces in large buildings attracting a younger, youthful, and artistic crowd to settle down.
Today in Florentine you can find an eclectic crowd and businesses. There’s Levinsky market with stores of all origins – Romanian products, Turkish sweets, Greek spices as well as cheeses, meats, fish, candy, and dried produce. You can discover it on your own or book a tour to learn about its ins-and-outs. You can also find modern boutiques, specialty paper products, cheap toy stores, and lots of hip cafes and restaurants. Some fancy and some with a low key neighborhood feel.
At night the neighborhood wakes up to its night scene of bars and restaurants. From tiny hole-in-the-wall bodegas to chic trendy restaurants of well-known chefs, it’s one of the most popular spots in Tel Aviv and Israel.
Some favorite places in Florentine
When heading to Florentine, with Israel by Design, there is no need for anything fancy, just jeans and a t-shirt. Be spontaneous and explore the streets, have a drink, and soak in the vibe.