Israel: Tel Aviv Mitcham HaTachana & Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek is one of Tel Aviv’s original settlements. Nowadays it is know for its cafés, art galleries and boutiques. Amongst others it houses the Suzanne Dellal Performing Arts Center and the Rokach House Museum. It is definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Tel Aviv! 

Bring your camera and look out for beautifully renovated old homes, and wall murals in this part of trendy Tel Aviv. It is the perfect addition to your Tel Aviv walking tour, and a fun area between downtown and Yaffo!

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Mitcham HaTachana

The Old Tel Aviv Train Station, in Hebrew Mitcham HaTachana, was recently re-done as a shopping and dining mini-district. The complex is oh-so-touristy complete with restored train cars, but it is very cute! 

A bit of historical background: From 1892 and 1948 this train station was full of people and goods taking the train from Jaffa to Jerusalem (and back). The train ran from the German Colony in Jerusalem to the southern end of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv, the “Jaffa” station.

After World War I part of the tracks were disassembled and repurposed as a rail line to Be’ersheva. In the 1920s the rail line passed from the French Railway Company to the British Comissioner’s “Palestine Railway”, which made some upgrades to the line. Ultimately its operation was terminated after attacks by Zionist underground organizations in 1948.

On one of our most memorable visits to Tel Aviv, we headed down to the southern part of town on the border with Jaffa to visit the newly re-done Mitcham HaTachana, completed in 2010.

The station area is adjacent to the picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, so following an excellent lunch we also strolled in the area.

Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek is arguably the most picturesque neighborhood in Tel Aviv. It is the first Jewish neighborhood build outside of old city of ancient Jaffa.

Things to do in Neve Tzedek

Nahum Gutman Museum– Nahim Gutman is a famous Israeli painter who is know for naif art. In this museum you can see his early illustrations in pen and ink, oil paintings, watercolors and sculptures. This museum is not too big but really unique- I recommend it!

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater– is THE place to see contemporary dance in Israel. It is home to the Batsheva Dance Company and Inbal Dance Theatre, and host various events and festivals throughout the year. Do check out their performance calendar for a fun night out in Tel Aviv. Even if you are not going to see a show, walk around the cute outdoor plaza outside the center.

Rokach House– For Tel Aviv history, this small museum is worth a glance. Built in 1887 by Shimon Rokach, the founder of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this house is fully restored. Note that it is only open for limited hours on the weekends, but they do offer guided tours of the neighborhood street art.

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