NEVE TZEDEK, TEL AVIV
In 1887, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood was built.
In the early 1900s, many artists and writers lived happily in Neve Tzedek. When Tel Aviv began to develop into a metropolis, people wanted to move to the northern parts of the city. By the 1960s, with its abandoned buildings, and general neglect, the neighborhood became a slum.
It was not until the late 1980s that the Tel Aviv municipality began an extensive project of restoration and renovation of Neve Tzedek's ailing structures. The Nachum Gutman Museum was moved into Gutman’s former house, and the Suzanne Dallel Centre for Dance and Theatre found a new home.
Since the 1980s, Neve Tzedek has become one of Tel Aviv's most hip and expensive neighborhoods.
Today, Neve Tzedek remains a trendy area filled with boutique stores, single family homes, independent cafés and some of the best gelato in all of Israel.
A walk around this neighborhood will reveal interesting murals and graffiti, as well as some of the original homes which were heavily inspired by Art Nouveau and later Bauhaus style architecture.
Every Tuesday and Friday, The pedestrian street of Nahalat Benyamin is transformed into the country’s largest open air market. All crafts are handmade with profits going directly to the artists. All types of crafts are available. Examples include: homemade soaps, children’s toys, paintings of Jerusalem’s holy sites, women’s clothing, handbags, Judaica and fine jewelry.