We started the day by enjoying the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet (similar to the Prima Kings, the Prima Tel Aviv’s buffet was outstanding).
After breakfast we walked to the Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff Street. I was a little disappointed because I thought it was going to be an educational center, but it was a cool store (they had lot of architecture books and Tel Aviv guides, as well as cute gifts). The center offers walking tours of Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv, but we decided to do on our own more informal version by just wandering around. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the Bauhaus architecture, but there is A LOT. I was also surprised by how many buildings in Tel Aviv appear to be in need of renovation, but I know there are more pressing issues in Israel.
We explored the small boutiques on Shenkin Street, which I read is a Bohemian neighborhood à la Greenwich Village in the 60’s. I could see a slight resemblance. We decided to go back to Neve Tzedek, since we liked it so much the day before and walked through Carmel Market (Shuk Ha’Carmel) again to get there. The food products at the Carmel Market were similar to the items sold at Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem, but the first half of the market was comprised of junk/touristy goods, which I found less interesting.
My favorite Tel Aviv neighborhood, Neve Tzedek, is known for low historic buildings and cool designer boutiques. It was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the walls of Jaffa and the architecture is charming. We stopped at a colorful home décor store called Ginger that reminded me of a mix of American Anthropologie and French Antoine et Lilli. I wish they had a shop in the U.S.!
In Neve Tzedek we also visited the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre, which is a pretty complex that houses the country’s most renown dance companies (random trivia factoid, Suzanne Dellal was the aunt of HBO Girls actress Jemima Kirke…aka the one with the English accent). We had coffee at the Israeli coffee chain Café Café, which has a location at the center.
We walked back to Dizengoff Street and had lunch at the fish restaurant Barbounia, which provides small salads upon seating and has a limited menu of fresh fish, served grilled or fried. It was essential to have fish in Tel Aviv and the restaurant met all expectations. We walked around Dizengoff Street some more and were amused by the many bridal store windows. When it got dark, we took the train back to Jerusalem.
After checking back into the Prima Kings Hotel, we headed to the King David Hotel for drinks. The King David is the most famous luxury hotel in Israel and is historically significant, since it was bombed in 1946 when it served as the British headquarters (this event is depicted in the book and movie version of Leon Uris’ Exodus). The hotel was established by an Egyptian Jewish banker and is decorated in faux-Egyptian style. It’s a lot of fun to see! I was also impressed with the cocktails and the complimentary bar snacks. I would definitely recommend a visit! Coming up…our last full day in Israel.