Florentine is a south Tel Aviv neighborhood with a history of poverty and social conflict similar to that of nearby Jaffa.
Tel Aviv Municipality has made efforts to clean up Forentine neighborhood, constructing newer buildings and making Florentine more exclusive. With Tel Aviv’s skyrocketed real estate and rental rates, the city’s young residents continue to look for affordable housing. As a result, Florentine has become a bohemian attraction with many students, young artists and writers taking up residence there.
During the day, Florentine is a bustling industrial area. Since its creation, Florentine has been Tel Aviv’s center for furniture construction, and continues to this day to house streets filled carpenters alongside small shops offering handmade light fixtures, closets, sofas and beds.
At night, Florentine is at its height of activity. Dozens of bars and restaurants opened up to serve and satisfy the neighborhood’s new, young residents. Night clubs and live music venues can be found just down the street, and those with an interest in late night fast food will find many options to fulfill their cravings. On the national holidays of Purim and Israeli Independence Day, the streets of Florentine are filled with music, dancing and party goers as the city of Tel Aviv descends on its southern neighborhood. Popular nightlife areas nearby Florentine are Lilienblum Street, Nahalat Binyamin Street and Rothschild Boulevard.