Tel Aviv street art scene is famous all over the world. It’s vibrant, colorful, creative, smart and – in most cases – illegal. It’s also one of the very solid reasons why you should visit Tel Aviv!
Even if you are not crazy about street art you will surely notice it all over the city and, most likely, will appreciate it.
As a big fan of street art, I try to find it everywhere I go. Fortunately, it wasn’t too difficult in Tel Aviv as the city is full of all sorts of creative expressions.
Tracking down graffiti and street art works was one of my favorite things to do in Tel Aviv!
I prepared this small guide to Tel Aviv street art for you so if you are wondering where to find the best works or if it’s worth to go for the Tel Aviv graffiti tour – read on!
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Tel Aviv street art scene
When searching for street art in Tel Aviv you will quickly realize that the city is full of diverse yet illegal works – tags, stencils, graffiti or even more creative forms like 3D prints or crotchets.
There are some big murals as well but they are in the minority. And that’s what makes Tel Aviv street art so special.
Young people took over the streets of Tel Aviv a while ago but the real boom of the street art scene happened some 10-15 years ago. Local artists, like everywhere else, wanted to make their world more colorful and cheerful but at the same time, they wanted to talk about more serious issues (and in the country like Israel there are many of them).
The local authorities are very much against the street art and each year they give over a pretty big sum of money to paint over the illegal works all over the city.
You will easily recognize which walls have been painted as only one shade of grey paint is used for it. But very quickly new works appear, it’s unstoppable.
There are of course nice commissioned works too, like the one on the synagogue in Florentine – the mural was ordered to prevent the wall from being constantly covered in the illegal works.
But those nice murals, no matter how pleasant they are, can’t really win over with the vibrant and ubiquitous presence of independent works.
During your researches, you will quickly start recognizing artists and works. Sometimes it’s a tiny detail, like the distinctive line, and sometimes it’s the pattern you will see on a few graffitis.
Local artists are proud of what they do and will give you hints to look for on the walls in Tel Aviv.
Where to find street art in Tel Aviv
The absolute must place to find the street art in Tel Aviv in the Florentine neighborhood.
This part of the city, now the hipster mecca, used to be a poor and neglected neighborhood, inhabited mostly be creative students who started to decorate the walls around them.
Today Florentine is buzzing with street art, you can find it on every corner and on every street. Some lanes are fully cowered in graffiti, it’s like stepping into the colorful madness.
But even if street art is present all over the area you will find most of the works at Florentine street, Cordovero street and backstreets near Abarbanel street.
Another center of street art in Tel Aviv is in Nahalat Binyamin, near Caramel Market. Here works seem to be prettier and very good.
Don’t be afraid to step into some yards and backstreets too as you will find even more graffiti and street art there.
The Caramel Market itself, and especially its backstreets, hide some nice street art gems as well.
I also found some nice works in Neve Tzedek, especially at Shabazi street. In the nearby park close to the see you can even see the famous grinning cat – Monsieur Chat. I’ve already seen him in Sarajevo, Lisbon or Pristina so finding him also in Tel Aviv was such a pleasant surprise.
Other hubs for street art in Tel Aviv include Jaffa port and the local beach, where even the lifeguards’ booth is turned into the work of art.
Apparently, the local bus station also serves as the place for local artists to showcase their works but I didn’t have time to check it – there are just too many things to do in Tel Aviv and never enough time!
And last but not least – if you are looking for accommodation in Tel Aviv, stay at Abraham Hostel.
Not only it’s one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed in, but the premises are also covered in some really nice street art works! That’s just one of the many advantages of the place.
Street art artists in Tel Aviv
There are so many talented local artists whose works you will see in Tel Aviv. Some of the names worth remembering are:
- Mas 972
- Michal Rubin
- Murielle street art
- Adida Fallen Angel
- Solomon Souza
- and many more!
Tel Aviv graffiti tour
I’ve been to a few similar tours all over the world and this was probably the best one. It didn’t focus on pointing you to nice big murals and telling you what you already see.
Instead, it explained all about the Tel Aviv street art scene, various genres of street art, the difference between graffiti and street art (it turned out I see it totally different) and forced me and other participants to look beyond what we saw, dig deeper.
The tour lasted around 2 hours but since it was all so interesting, the time flew by so quickly! I attended the tour in the Florentine but also the one covering Nahalat Binyamin is available.
On the next day, I returned to Florentine to see all the works again as I liked most of them so much, but also to look for other amazing examples of street art in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv street art in pictures
And here are even more pictures of the amazing Tel Aviv street art scene!
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