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

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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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Arepa's
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Restaurants, Venezuelan

Arepa’s

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Deep in the heart of the Carmel Market, amongst the hustle and bustle of shoppers, tourists and exotic characters, you’ll find a little hub of Venezuelan cuisine, which stands out through its appetising smells and welcoming staff. From griddle breads stuffed with chicken and cheese to corn maize ‘pockets’ of shredded beef, black beans, avocado and cheese (which adds that melt-in-your-mouth crispy finish to keep you coming back time and again), the menu options are so diverse that anyone can combine the right flavors to suit their liking. But wait, there’s more! The dedication to producing the freshest-possible food can be witnessed with your very own eyes as it is cooked right in front of you. Grab a Savanna or soft drink and witness the magic in the capital of Tel Aviv street food.

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Buy Kilo
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Shopping, Discount

Buy Kilo

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Buy Kilo opened its doors in 2014, over the ruins of a pharmacy in the Montefiore neighborhood after a well known and loved pharmacist had passed away unexpectedly. Meytal Dror and Gali Lerner got their idea to sell vintage and secondhand clothing by weight from Europe, where the concept is very common. The price range is NIS 100-400 per kilo, according to the category the item belongs to. At the store, you will find a wide range of brands, including high street brands and never-been-worn-before items. Recently, the duo opened another branch in Florentin, and they make sure to match the merch to the crowd of the neighborhood, whose taste, they say, is much bolder.

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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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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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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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Jackson Bar
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Bars, Dive bars

Jackson Bar

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Jackson Bar is located right in the heart of the hipster-y Florentin neighborhood of Tel Aviv. This lively and energetic bar has cool vibes, most likely due to its graffiti themed decor. The walls are covered floor to ceiling with impressive displays of street art, so if your conversation is lacking, the artwork can also serve as a great conversation piece. Apart from the wall art, Jackson Bar prides itself on providing the best musical selection possible, with top-of-the-line DJs lined up. At Jackson Bar, all varieties of genres of music are covered, so everyone is sure to be pleased with the musical selection. If you're looking for a chill place to grab a drink, see some great art, and hear some stellar music, look no further than Florentin's Jackson Bar.

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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

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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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