Sixty miles of bicycle paths crisscross Tel Aviv. The best trail: a four-mile beachfront promenade that stretches from the Neve Tzedek neighborhood to the port. —Michele Chabin
This appeared in the November/December 2010 issue.
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Neve Tzedek, an Historical oasis in Tel Aviv
Neve Tzedek, the city oldest neighbourhood is a colorful oasis with an atmosphere that evokes an artists’ colony or a small village. Spotted with colored old houses next to remodeled ones. Lots of great restaurants, wine bars and the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance is there as well. Beautiful both day and night.
If you are looking for one of the hot spots in Tel Aviv, this is the place to be
In Tel Aviv, it is hard to find a place that will take you from the aggressiveness of the city to the quiet and peaceful, from the busy and bustling to the calm, from the unattractive aesthetic to the picturesque aesthetic.
The good news is that the city has created one place just for this type of escape: Neve Tzedek. From direct Hebrew to English translation: An oasis of justice.
It’s 3:00 in the afternoon on a Friday, just hours before sunset and the Sabbath (observed by most restaurants and shops in Israel). You are outside and the sun is still strong, lingering in an almost cloudless sky. There is a perfect late summer breeze, even though it is early November.
You walk down a small street, with cars parked bumper to bumper on the sidewalk, looking like a mouthful of crooked teeth.
The streets are lined with vibrant shops and restaurants that blend into cafes and antique stores as you stroll along. It seems as if the blue sky itself was there to flawlessly contrast these colorful buildings.
At first, it is easy to smell both the delicate ocean air and the harsh scent of the city. However, the scent of parfumes, coffee, and baked goods seep out of the shops almost instantly.
Tel Aviv is a mix between old world culture and new world culture, but in Neve Tzedek, you can feel that enchanting stillness that defies both old and new, and only comes with Friday’s late afternoon, moments before the city shuts down for the Sabbath.