16 May


When people want to see the world, they generally think of going to the same places from Italy to Paris, Milan to Greece, and New York City, and beyond. What do they have in common? They are all epicenters of culture that epitomize the idea of exotic destinations: traditional foods, local artwork, old architecture, and thriving nightlife.

What people may not realize is that there is a resurgence happening. Traditional (and often destitute) cities that were once centers of actions are once again coming to life. Gentrification, or the renewal and renovation of towns, is on the rise. One such city, or neighborhood really, is Florentin (also written as Florentine).

Florentin’s Past and Present

To better understand a city and its’ culture, it is important to learn the origin story. Florentin is a neighborhood located in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The growth of the neighborhood was originally due to being nearby to the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway. Eventually, due to a lack of money and jobs, the city deteriorated to the point of destitution.

30 years ago, the Israeli government ran a campaign to promote renovation of specific cities, Florentin, Tel-Aviv included. Over time, a younger and creative population began to take residence in the area. With disposable income and a penchant for artistic endeavors, Florentin quickly began to be known as a hipster neighborhood. In this case, young people who liked to go out and live life, while also creating artistic works. While for many this means visual arts like painting, for many more it means other creative projects, like music production for example.

The Hipster Lifestyle

Whether you like music or art, coffee or gourmet food, there is an infinite list of options for things to do. Coming in at #2, just behind Williamsburg, Florentine tops Thrillist’s list of the 10 most hipster neighborhoods on earth. Here is what they had to say: “In a city already known for its Bauhaus-style architecture, inspired street art, and 24-hour nightlife, Florentin’s the go-to spot for artists, musicians, and people who dress like artists and musicians.”

When it’s time to sleep, out with the old and in with the new. Although traditional hotel rooms are available, Florentin is even unique when it comes to sleep accommodations. For example, consider the Florentin House. You can take part in a dorm style hostel experience with a rooftop deck, including co-ed quarters. Not only is this a fun and economical way to lay your head at night, it also opens up the opportunity for more social interactions with your fellow bunkmates.

Weighing Your Options

It’s simple: if you are artistically inclined (or even if you aren’t!) and are looking for a unique travel experience, consider taking the road less traveled. Skip Paris and head to Tel-Aviv, Israel to visit Florentin. Experience the non-stop nightlife, variety of art shows, foods, and all else that Florentine has to offer. Take my word for it and know that you won’t regret the decision to do so.