Dubbed "The White City" for its UNESCO-recognized World Cultural Heritage Site of over 4,000 Bauhaus and International Style buildings from the 1930s, Tel Aviv's central hub for strolling, tech startups and coffee kiosks is an unassuming diamond in the rough.
The area's main rue, Rothschild Boulevard, is a landmark for protests, parades, and people-watching; a veritable petri dish of residents and tourists going to and from their day - including bronzed beefcakes, techie hipsters, dreaded festival folk, flip-flopped startup visionaries, suited up multi-hyphenate entrepreneurs, Filipino nannies, and their elderly companions, and gorgeous stroller-pushing moms on mat-leave. The manicured neighborhood's raging restaurant scene pays homage to cultivating the local lay of the land, and famous Israeli chefs are equally at home crafting innovative delicacies as they are helming street food joints with a twist.
The area's entirely walkable (and cyclable) grid makes for a seamless axis for transport across Tel Aviv and strolling with your neck craned to the endless blue above, you'll find an awe-inspiring smattering of not only the largest number of Bauhaus buildings in the world, but also a progressively shifting skyline; dilapidated facades from Tel Aviv's inception sidling stark white emblems of the city to come. Take a self-guided walking tour along Rothschild, Ahad Ha'am, Montefiore, Lilienblum, Bialik, and Tchernichovski streets for some of the most beautiful architecture in the city.
On Bialik Street, find the beloved Bauhaus Museum, a single-space gallery and museum on one of Tel Aviv's most picturesque streets. It occupies the bottom floor of an original and stunning Bauhaus building built in 1934. Loved by architecture buffs, the museum presents the history and development of Bauhaus design in the heart of Tel Aviv’s White City.
Also find Bialik's House, the home of Israel’s beloved Hebrew national poet, Haim Nachman Bialik. Even though the poetry is in Hebrew, the house is an architectural paradise highly influenced by Islamic style. Along with archives of Bialik’s original work, the house features ceramic art depicting biblical scenes.
Also, just nearby tucked behind Gan Meir, Beit Ha’ir is an open house for all residents, artists, writers, scholars, tourists, and any other guest imaginable who wish to take part in Tel Aviv’s story and spirit. The building (meaning “Town Hall” in Hebrew), is part of the Bialik Complex, a center of Israeli and Hebrew culture. As a part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the building was renovated to include a lively hub of art exhibits and information unraveling the White City’s deep cultural history. Beit Ha’ir also hosts public debates in an effort to advance urban processes.