Recently listed as one of the world’s hippest neighbourhoods – up-and-coming Florentin is one of Tel Aviv’s most popular spots for an artsy, bohemian crowd. Since its clean-up and revival in the late 1990’s, Florentin has transformed into a centre for creative and alternative culture: artists, students, professionals, singles, new couples, the youthful and the yuppie. Bars, restaurants, workshops, markets and cafes have opened on the neighbourhood’s streets, with both intimate apartments and loft-like living spaces on the floors above, whilst nightclubs and live music venues have opened in abandoned warehouses and basements.
Artists, students, professionals, singles, the youthful artisan & the yuppie
Hipster bohemian cafes, street art, spice stalls, community trader buzz
Contemporary hipster, vegan cool against a backdrop of live music
Soaring development, younger buyers, new modern buildings. Affordable city living
Florentin owes its hipster vibe to its bohemian cafes, its graffiti street art, its laid-back bars with craft beers and live bands. During the day, it’s heaving with traders coming and going to buy and sell clothing, lighting, toys and unique foodstuffs, whilst artisans build bespoke furniture and garages repair cars. Vendors sell bureka filo pastries at Levinsky Market, known for its spice stalls. Eclectic art galleries dot the area’s street-art-lined streets and in the American Colony, there’s a gathering of evocative 19th-century wooden houses. At night, Florentin comes to life transforming from a place of hard work to gritty leisure. Tiny bars with live music erupt on street corners and crowds overflow onto the sidewalks for some of the best local cuisine the city has to offer.
Thrillist, a leading men’s digital lifestyle brand, recently posted the ten most hipster neighbourhoods on earth. Florentin stormed into second place: “it’s the blend of traditional culture and contemporary style that ultimately drew the hipster crowd there. In a city already known for its Bauhaus-style architecture, inspired street art, and 24-hour nightlife, Florentin’s the go-to spot for artists, musicians, and people who dress like artists and musicians.” This is hardcore buzz, the Shoreditch or Lower East Side of Tel Aviv. It’s to live in the midst of the action and to join it.
This is a part of the city that is just soaring in terms of development. As the centre of the city spills out, Florentin – once considered on the fringes of South Tel Aviv, is today, considered one of the most popular areas in the city to buy in. Apartments tend to be smaller and, therefore, good value for younger buyers. There are plenty of new buildings going up with underground parking, elevators and all the benefits of a modern building, situated in the shabby-chic hub of hipster cool .