Every city has it’s own secrets, that only insiders can show and Tel Aviv is not an exception. Guidebooks barely could help you to explore the city’s atmosphere and true vibes, but we, Telavivians, surely can. And today I am taking you to a quiet walk to a very special place.
I’ve been living in Florentine neighborhood for more than a year and only few days ago have discovered an adorable spot between the Florentine and Yaffo, called American-German Colony. The colony was founded in 19th century by americans, then came german settlements and what we have now is a green spot in the city center with a unique historical print, some very well kept secrets and that “Jerusalem atmosphere” you can catch in the silence of the neighborhood. You can spot here beautiful Lutheran Immanuel Church with a temple that basically brought me here (it can be seen both from Florentine and beachside), Meine Freundship House with a little museum inside, Immanuel House that served as the main office of the Temple Society and other interesting buildings. Don’t need to be genius to realize that this mix of unique architecture and historical heritage that is sharing the space at the moment with car-repair garages and some ruins, will be renovated into luxury village sooner than you think. That is why the perfect time to visit the area is right now, since it keeps the original mood of American colony and not overcrowded with tourists and restaurants these days. Totally recommended to visit this area at sunset time when colors are smooth and soft so you can feel the calmest atmosphere there, as I luckily did.
Remember this address: 48 hakovshim, open 7days a week, it’s down the shouk opposite the parking lot… sitting at the corner of Nehemia St.
Talking about food is not really my thing to be honest. I love to eat,definitely… But I prefer to speak with photography. It comes out more naturally… I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did photographing this bistro… If you walk by, don’t think twice…
Tailor made is not just saying… Opened earlier this year across the big synagog on Allenby street, for an instant you have the feeling you’re no longer in town.
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2 bars – 1 for smokers – garden – Food for every apetites – vegans – Nice wine list – Excellent Cocktails –
A little bit of history: If you’re asking yourself why Tailor made is called so, it’s in honor of Stefan Brown. For many years (back in the 60’s-70’s), this man was a tailor making furs for politicians and the high society in Tel Aviv. When he came out of the closet, announcing he was gay, politicians turned their back on him, well not exactly… but stopped ordering from him and he later opened a restaurant, famous for its meat. Everybody knew about it. The restaurant is now sitting on the other side of the window visible from the garden of the Tailor Made… “Tailor Made” is kind of a wink to the man aswel as the level of expectation the owners look for… Enjoy!
Ashley Moser is a dear friend from London living in Tel Aviv. For the past 4 years, he has been interested in the street art scene here in Tel Aviv. He got me hooked. We went to “visit” a squat in the middle of the ‘Florentine’ district, “The ben atar squat” to see what was going on inside… This is our tribute.