Around the Carmel Market
The outdoor pedestrian mall, known as Nahalat Binyamin, first began in the 1980s as a local, impromptu street fair of 20 artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and paintings. Today, the fair has grown to welcome thousands of visitors each week to view and purchase the handcrafted work of hundreds of Israeli artisans and designers.
Neve Tzedek, founded in the 19th century, was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the ancient, walled-city of Jaffa. And after Jaffa felled its walls, to accommodate for the city’s growth into an intersection with Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek enjoyed a renaissance of trade, culture and urban development with many leading figures, like writer S.Y. Agnon, artist Nahum Gutman and Jewish thinker and Rabbi Abraham “Rav” Kook, living here.
In 2005, the municipality of Tel Aviv renovated the old Jaffa train station, recognizing the historical significance and potential for tourism. Just five years later, the Station was re-opened to great fanfare. Restored buildings are now home to trendy shops and restaurants, fashion boutiques and coffee shops. Visitors can also watch a multimedia presentation of the Station’s history and significance, screened in an replicated train car.