A hipster’s guide to Florentin

While tourists flock to beaches, hipsters flock to Florentin. Here’s our guide to this southern Tel Aviv neighborhood

By Jennifer Greenberg
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Tel Aviv is the ultimate hipster destination. The hip secular city is at the center of Israeli art and culture, making it the perfect place for Urbanites to cultivate their creativity. Whether in the form of street art, vegan eating, or booming underground nightlife, Tel Aviv is rife with young hipsters looking to chill outside the mainstream. While Neve Tzedek has the vintage clothing and boutique stores part down, if you want in on the true “too-cool-for-school” experience, head to Florentin in south Tel Aviv. With our hipster’s guide to Florentin, you’ll be able to oggle at Israel’s first street art gallery, eat surprisingly authentic mexican food, check out Levinsky street and market, and stay at some funky hostels.

Florentin neighborhood guide

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Ink Donkey
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Shopping, Tattoos and piercings

Ink Donkey Tattoo

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Ink Donkey Tattoo is located in the Florentin hipster area of Tel Aviv. The shop is warm and inviting, with a friendly, knowledgeable staff committed to giving you the best tattooing experience possible. Working in many different styles, the creative artists at Ink Donkey will work to find you the design you’ve been looking for with the best possible placement. Never compromising on quality, your ink will be done with bold colors, sharp lines and a steady hand to create a beautiful piece of art.

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Shuk Levinsky
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Shuk Levinsky

Shuk Levinsky

Running the length of Levinsky Street in South Tel Aviv, Shuk Levinsky has a massive range of products, from dried fruit to soaps, spices and nuts. The Levinsky Market is filled with cuisine from cultures all around the world and has ingredients that provide the perfect addition to just about any meal. Among the stores to visit are bakeries, delicatessens and restaurants. Certain shops and restaurants are unique to the shuk, and cannot be found anywhere else in Tel Aviv. The magic Shuk Levinsky lies in the deep history of culinary growth and discovery, stories that continue to appeal to local residents and foreign visitors alike.  

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Florentin House Restaurant
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Restaurants, Thai

Florentin House Restaurant

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Located in the hip and cozy Florentin House Hotel, this fusion restaurant is an exciting new influence on the Israeli culinary scene. Set just beyond the lobby, this high class hipster spot is serving up some of Tel Aviv’s most unique and clever asian fusion dishes. With authentic pork dishes served in a dining room featuring beautiful and natural wood tones, the environment is naturally calming. Seats line the dining room as well as the bar, giving diners a chance to watch how the food is created step by step. While reservations may be hard to make at this constantly popular restaurant, the delayed gratification in waiting is indisputable.  

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Florentin 45
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Art, Galleries

Florentin45

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Florentin45 nurtures emerging talent and attracts leading Israeli artists from the national and international art scene. Its relocation to South Tel Aviv marked a paradigm shift in the artistic landscape. Florentin45 functions as a natural meeting place for artists and art lovers, and has become an integral extension of the vibrant Israeli art scene.

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Tony and Esther
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Restaurants, Cafés

Tony & Esther

Shuk Levinsky

Shopping in the Levinski Market and suddenly feel the need for the perfect Saturday brunch? Then look no further. Renowned for their mouth-watering egg breakfasts and lentils salads, Tony and Esther will help you instantly relax after the hustle and bustle of the market. Whether you’re drinking coffee, beer, or fancy a full meal, this cute cafe will soon become your favorite spot to chill out and take a break from the energetic Tel Aviv lifestyle. Arriving later in the day? Fear not. Tony and Esther’s devoted staff will ensure that your afternoon snack or dinner is prepared with as much passion as their brunches. So whether you’re sitting outside on a sunny day, or inside on a rainy one, Tony and Esther will make you wonder why you don’t spend brunch out more often.

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Florentin 10
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Restaurants, Cafés

Florentin 10

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From coffee in the morning to beers in the evening, Florentin 10 is great for laptop lounging. Bring your schoolwork and sip a coffee or bring a date and trade in that coffee for a glass of wine, however you choose to spend your time at Florentin 10, you cannot go wrong. Florentin 10’s kitchen are busy preparing a variety of dishes that can fit any mood, time of day or level of hunger. From breakfast shakshuka, to sandwiches, salads, tortillas and pasta, to hamburgers or a big, juicy steak entrecote, you’re destined to leave with your thirst quenched and your bellies full.  

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24 Rupies
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Restaurants, Vegan

24 Rupees

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Nestled away on the outskirts of Florence in South Tel Aviv, this little gem is a fan favorite among the locals. Make sure to take off your shoes when you enter and sit on a colorful cushion on the floor, just like in India. Eating here is a special experience you don’t want to miss out on, even if you aren't a vegan or vegetarian. They serve a variety of small dishes (thali) that change from day to day, that you can wash down with a warm cup of chai. You can even take home a pack of their special mix if you like!

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Hoodna
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Bars, Lounges

Hoodna

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Hoodna, meaning ‘truce’ in Arabic is workshop zone by day but transforms itself at night, when tables and sofas are dragged into the street to create a chilled-out drinking space. Inside, there are often live sets from afro-beat to funk to rock. 

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Cafe Kaimak
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Restaurants, Vegan

Café Kaymak

Shuk Levinsky

The word “kaymak” is Turkish slang for what the French call the ‘crème de la crème’—and at Café Kaymak, located in the bustling Levinksy Market, you will find only the best vegetarian and vegan cuisine of all varieties, from Mediterranean to Indian.  It’s a very popular place for young locals to hang out on Friday afternoons when the market is full of life, and on Saturday nights when the trendy café hosts live music.

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