South Tel Aviv is in Tel Aviv.
When referring to "South" Tel Aviv, people commonly mean the part of Tel Aviv which is south to Yehuda Halevi and Harakevet streets - excluding Jaffa which is considered a separate part, although it is also "below" those streets. South Tel Aviv has been neglected for decades, rendering large parts of it an industrial urban wasteland. However, since the early 90s, and following a massive housing price increase in central Tel Aviv, an excelerated gentrification process has changed the face of many areas in south Tel Aviv - as many artists, students, and eventually middle-class (and in some cases upper-class) families moved in. Another factor greatly affecting South Tel Aviv's character is the influx of migrant workers from Africa, China and Southeast Asia, whose presence diversified the area significantly.
By Train - The "Haganah Train Station" serves Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods.
By Bus - Any bus from within or without Tel Aviv that heads towards the Central Bus Station is sure to drop you smack in the middle of south Tel Aviv.
South Tel Aviv is not the quintessential tourist spot, but it is a fascinating urban landscape with notable nightlife interests and a chance to encounter Tel Aviv's bustling migrant community.
- Levinsky Market, Levinski Street, between Hertzl St. and Ha'aliya Street. Levinsky Market is an extremely colorful outside market boasting a variety of spice shops and ethnic restaurants. edit
- Central Bus Station, Levinski Street. Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station - known as the "new" Central Bus Station, may serve as a case-study for city planners around the world. It is the world's biggest bus terminal, which was planned also to be a huge shopping mall. However, poor urban planning and location resulted in one of Israel's biggest urban disasters - its incomprehensible vastness, multiple levels and intertwining corridors make it a model for what an urban jungle would feel like. The planners' hope for an upscale shopping center resulted in hundreds of abandoned spaces. However, over the years, the Central Bus Station has emerged as a cultural center for Tel Aviv's migrant communities, changing the nature of the place to an ethnic indoors market with hundreds of stores offering everything from phone cards to the latest fake Versace sunglasses. edit
- Artist Workshops (Graffiti Haven), Florentin (South of Eilat Street, East of Elifelet. Roughly following HaMehoga). For those with a passion for street art or an alternative hippie or punky side, this small quarter of artist workshops is covered with unusual, colourful, surrealistic, and political high-quality graffiti. edit
- 24 Rupi, 14-16 Shocken St., . Exemplifying the south Tel Aviv notion of chic, this is an Indian guest house-type restaurant/lounge established by Israelis enchanted by the India vibe, serving Tali and other Indian dishes. edit
- Subkuch Milega, 22 Hamashbir St., ☎ 972-3-6813412, . 4 floor complex of Indian chill and authentic food, recreating India in the middle of industrial south Tel Aviv. edit
In the south of Tel Aviv the main place you'd like to go for drinking is Florentin neighborhood, especially around Vital and Florentin Streets. About 30 small places, mostly pubs, on area of only few hundreds meters.There are also few restaurants, great pizzerias and gelaterias. Everything is open almost till morning.
The place is less known to tourists and has a "local" touch of small neighborhood with young population(therefore the prices are lower than in the center and beach area).
It's not a sight-seing place so it's better not to go there during a day when it's quite boring and noisy. But it changes completely at night and then more than worthwhile a visit.
- Subkuch Milega, 22 Hamashbir st, +972-3-6813412, . A complex with guest house, restaurant and bar. you can sleep in an 8-bed-dorm for ₪70 per night or in a private double-bed-room for ₪160.
- David InterContinental Tel Aviv, 12 Kaufman Street, ☎ +972-3-7951111 (fax: +972-3-7951112), . Five-star hotel located near the beach-front promenade in the southern Tel Aviv and the historic neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. Often the choice for celebrities and successful businessmen. edit