Tel Aviv city of artists and musicians, as independent as youth itself, appeared on Earth a little over a century ago, just out of the sand. Today, for people of art, this city is a symbol of freedom and creative search. Tel Aviv artists and musicians dictate their manifesto to the secular crowd from all over the world.
The Eretz Israel Museum is a place that immediately speaks of Israel’s relentless, living art. The huge territory of the museum includes 16 buildings, hundreds of thousands of items, and many rare treasures. The experimental nature of the temporary exhibitions aims to complement the artifacts of the past to be sought in the halls of archeology and ethnography. The ancient world stuns with the facts of its existence in the hall of ceramics and pottery. The artisan’s fingerprints are still preserved inside a handmade vessel from the period of early Canaan (IV-III centuries BC – the country of the descendants of Abraham). The exposition also includes ceramics of Cypriots (III-II centuries BC), ancient Egyptians (XIX century BC), as well as rural settlements of modern Africa and Central America. In the center of the exhibition area stands, surrounded by gardens, Tell-Kasile – a mound of the 12th century. BC.
All or Nothing: For young Israeli musicians, the Barbie Nightclub is often the starting point of a career. If you are talented, of course. Local bands are drawn into a musical trip, trying different formats and sounds. In addition to the local stage, famous foreign artists come to “Barbie”, so do not be lazy to check the events on Facebook. But even if you come without planning anything, you will most likely find yourself dancing to funky Mediterranean music, thinking that Tel Aviv is now your new crush (this is how American schoolchildren call the object of their causeless, total love). The story of “Barbie” perfectly demonstrates Tel Aviv’s demand for a quality music scene. The bar, with a tiny performance area, opened in 1994 and soon changed the format to a concert space for 800 spectators. Close, noisy, shrouded in flirting and sounds – you will definitely like it. Opening hours: The doors to the concert usually open from 20:30, check the specific program on the website.
Not far from the city’s largest market, Shuk Ha’Carmel, on the border with Kerem HaTeimanim (Yemeni Quarter), hides a local favorite bar with a huge assortment of anise-based alcoholic beverages. Pimpinella is the Latin name for anise, a very healthy spice. Delicious Mediterranean snacks are served with drinks. Fish dishes are especially good, such as fresh fish carpaccio for 38 shekels. It is worth trying the vegan dishes made by Boaz Peled and Yogev Yegros’ signature recipes. Pimpinella’s anise obsession is overwhelming, but it’s kind of cute. For an additional fee, an experimental workshop will be held for you: together with the bartender, explore the evolution of spice through smells, tastes, and even sounds! And local patrons will mysteriously mutter something about the spirit of anise tasting. Average check: 50-90 shekels. By the way, on Sunday from 17:00 to 19:00 and on Thursday from 12:00 to 19:00 a 25% discount on all menus.
A green workshop, a botanical corner, a space for craft and idleness too, on closer inspection turns out to be a whole community center! The incinerating sun undoubtedly lives in Tel Aviv, but with it, there are such oases. Talk to plants, drink coffee, make something at workshops of various kinds (for example, a Japanese flower arrangement or even a tabletop), and listen to a concert in the evening. If you have not arrived for five days and have enough time, you will have time to feel the multicultural spirit of young Israel. Local tip: check the event schedule on the website – admission is free to some events (look for the free of charge tag).
Party to be! On the outskirts of the Florentin or Nevezedek districts, fall into the arms of the Rothschild: the boulevard in the center of Tel Aviv, as the locals say, broadcasts the same vibe when he returned to his apartment by chance, a day later. And music, music, music! Hiding on Rothschild Boulevard is a little-known Alphabet bar with a very high-quality list of guest DJs. Due to the location, the entrance is not obvious, so there is no casual public here. The bar has two open halls: we breathe out to the deep house and chill out in the small, we dance until dawn in the large. Menu with healthy cocktails and fresh juices (with and without alcohol). Surrealistic figures are moving around, but come closer – it turns out that these are smiling, happy people from all over the world. “A platform for creativity and liberation that protects those present from the social hierarchies of the outside world”, – this is how the creators describe the site. Average check: from 35 shekels.
Teder.FM parties have already become a cult in the narrow circles of the art scene. The project began as Internet radio, the guys wandered with broadcasts to different locations in Tel Aviv. Until they finally grew into a full-fledged bar and settled in the luxurious courtyard of the House of Romano (Beit Romano). The chamber party turns into a rave, everyone obeys broken rhythms. It also serves one of the most delicious pizzas in town! Local tip: When cruising from bar to dance floor through many spaces, don’t lose your friends (and your head) 🙂
The Zimmer is a raw underground. It’s rude, dirty, sincere here. At night, a bar tucked away in the parking lot, where experimental performances are held, mixing music, theater, and a little absurdity. And in order to completely destroy stereotypes, The Zimmer turns into a childcare center for refugees from Sudan and Eritrea, run by volunteers during the day. The creators of the space say they seek to combine the experience of art and hope for a new civil society based on kindness, acceptance, and generosity. As a non-profit organization, The Zimmer is completely dependent on a community of like-minded people.
Another must-see place is the recently reconstructed district complex of Sarona (Sharona). Historically, it is a former German colony, but now it is a modern public space. The landscaping project deserves special attention: the foundations were laid back in the 19th century, when for the first time seedlings of palms, poplars, cacti, cypresses, Mediterranean pines, and eucalyptus trees were planted on these lands to drain the swampy area. Plants from those times are marked with blue plaques, and the original old buildings, including the residences of the Templars (German settlers), are green. This is a suitable area for walking with children, interesting photographs, and just visual hedonism – any angle attracts with the organic composition and harmony of color.
From cultural bustle to the eternal horizon – this is also about Tel Aviv. Leave the bustling city behind for a few hours by the Mediterranean in Midron Jaffa Park. A piece of greenery between the ancient port of Jaffa and the Givat Aliya beach emerged not so long ago, in 2010, but has already become a favorite place for an afterparty in its natural habitat. Or a picnic with hummus – what do you think? Sounds like the perfect date and we deserve it! But on weekends (especially noon and night), as well as on Jewish and Muslim holidays, the park becomes too crowded. So it’s better to plan your visit in advance.
A gallery and a shop where you should buy postcards that are by no means trivial – the founder of this place, Rudi Weinstein, has photographed Israel since the early 1930s. When you want to bring some meaningful souvenirs, look for unique footage among photo chronicles of Jewish life. The film Life in Stills was shot about the difficult times of the store, which was on the verge of closing, but thanks to the efforts of Miriam, Weinstein’s 94-year-old wife, and Ben’s grandson, he was able to stay afloat.
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