Neve Tzedek is an interesting place with an even more interesting history behind it. Long thought of as the cultural center of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek began as a neighborhood built to handle the overflow of new immigrants through Jaffa, became nearly abandoned once the more modern Tel Aviv area was established, and has once again become a jewel in the crown, known as an area of luxury and culture, with a new influx of young and wealthy residents. It makes sense then that an area with such rich history would have plenty of rich, interesting and cultural attractions nearby.
There are plenty of attractions in Neve Tzedek for both tourists and local residents. With the large assortment of things to do, there is something for everyone, young and old, with varying interests. For those with a cultural bent, the Suzanne Dellal Center, home of the famous troupe of the Bat-Sheva Dance Company is a gem to visit, as are the Rokach House, the Chelouche House and the famous Nachum Gutman museums, all built in honor of the famous painters, artists and writers who first established the town of Neve Tzedek.
Anyone with an interest in the development of the State of Israel, either from a Zionistic standpoint, a cultural standpoint or a military standpoint, can find entertainment at the Israel Army Museum, which displays the complete history of the Israeli Army from it’s formation in 1948 all the way through until today, and contains a large variety of IDF related materials including displays of weapons caches, tanks, military uniforms, armored vehicles and more. The Independence Hall Museum is a fantastic place to learn all about how the history of the State of Israel came about.
With such a deep rooted history of art, it would make sense that Neve Tzedek would be home to the largest arts and crafts fair in Israel. Nachalat Binyamin is comprised of three streets the have been closed off to vehicle traffic and turned into a pedestrian mall. This area is dedicated to arts and crafts and every Tuesday and Friday is home to over 200 artists selling their wares and staging performances.
Old Jaffa is a must see for everyone, being the original immigration point for those moving to Israel from abroad. Within it’s walls lies the Abulafia Bakery, established in 1879, where Jews, Muslims and Christians work side-by-side. Visitors will also enjoy seeing the Libyan Synagogue as well as the famous Carmel Street Market. Old Jaffa Port is also a must, with its beauty and grandeur, where Jews from all over the world were welcomed into the Holy Land as new residents.
Lest we forget the fun factor, the beautiful waters of the Jerusalem Beach are clear and inviting, and offer a relaxing day for lazing around in the sun and playing in the water
Whatever type of activity you’re looking for, you can find it in and around Neve Tzedek, home to luxury apartments, beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and museums and a culture and history unlike any other.