Neve Tzedek is Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood, and its most beautiful. Up until the 80s its residents were mainly poor Yemenites, but it has still gone through gentrification twice: once by Israeli dancers and artists who discovered artists near the beach, drove them out and opened studios; secondly by French billionaires who discovered poor artists near the beach and drove them out and opened jewellery stores. Today the neighborhood’s residents include past models from the 90s who found rich husbands, French people who launder their money in Israel and foreign citizens who can afford living there. Roman Abramovich has a house here worth over 100 million shekels.
The neighborhood is certainly worth a visit. Go, observe the beauty, regret not purchasing a house here 20 years ago when it cost close to nothing, and do not buy anything, other than ice-cream perhaps. If you’re already here go see the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater (Batsheva Dance Company also performs here) and the renovated HaTachana Complex - another expensive shopping center made historic by the fact there’s an old locomotive at its center.
Tel Aviv-Yafo Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv District