Tel Aviv’s original neighborhood, Neve Tzedek (also written Neve Tsedek) was the first Jewish settlement outside the ancient port of Jaffa when it was created in 1887. After a period of decline, it’s now roared back to life as a bohemian district replete with boutiques, galleries, craft stores, and cafés, all focused around its epicenter, Shabazi Street.
There’s no charge to visit Neve Tzedek, and many travelers choose to explore independently, wandering the narrow lanes and alleys and popping into shops and eateries that take their fancy, or catching a show at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance. Time-pressed travelers looking for a faster immersion in the city will find that Neve Tzedek often features on Tel Aviv day tours. A guided Tel Aviv walking tour is a great way to soak up Neve Tzedek’s unique vibe as you discover its rich history.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Neve Tzedek is a must for shoppers, history buffs, and Instagrammers.
- The name Neve Tzedek means “Oasis of Justice.”
- Some streets have cobbles. Wear practical shoes.
- Neve Tzedek is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Neve Tzedek is located north of Jaffa and close to fashionable Florentin in southern Tel Aviv. Buses including the 18, 38, and 82 run from Rabin Square to Shabazi Street, while the 37 connects to Jaffa Port. If you’re looking to cover multiple Tel Aviv districts in a day, it’s generally easier to book a city tour that includes door-to-door round-trip transfers.
When to Get There
Neve Tzedek is at its busiest over the Israeli weekend (Friday and Saturday), although some shops close on Saturdays for the Sabbath. Afternoons are the best time for a wander, with the shops open and restaurants and cafés in full swing. The area’s high-end bars can rock on a Thursday or Friday night.
Neve Tzedek Shopping
Cool boutiques are part and parcel of the Neve Tzedek experience. Don’t miss Numero 13, the city’s first concept store, set in a house that’s over a century old. Created by homegrown talent, Fine Lab delivers monochrome chic for home and wardrobe alike, while Samy D. crafts opulent ceramics in his studio.