Tel Aviv street art is captivating and covers the city. Although you can see graffiti and other creative objects on wherever you roam in Tel Aviv, if you know where to look, there are many specific pieces of work which should not be missed. Follow this guide to Tel Aviv street art, and you’ll have a head start.
While you’re hanging out and exploring the hot neighborhood of Florentin in south Tel Aviv, take the time to wander around a lesser-developed section that is rich in street art. Walk all the way down Frenkel Street to the corner of Frenkel and Abrabanel where you will see an old synagogue standing alone on the border of an industrial area. Don’t be intimidated by the slightly dilapidated look, it simply looks this way because it’s filled with auto and carpentry workshops and some of the best graffiti in Tel Aviv. Walk down the right side of the synagogue and keep your eyes on the walls for some innovative and captivating art.
Take the gorgeous walk along the promenade next to Tel Aviv beach along Mediterranean Sea all the way south to the Jaffa Port. When you get to the official port area, just past the little guard house at the entrance, look up and to your right for some breathtaking murals on the side of the building. After you stroll a bit and maybe stop at a restaurant in the shopping complex, walk through to the other side where you can see another super-sized mural. You’ll see a set of stairs going up directly behind the shopping complex to the right of the Na Laga’at theater. There are a few more small pieces of street art lining the wall besides the stairs.
Rami Meiri Murals
You might mistake some of his artwork for a commercial but Rami Meiri’s street murals are nothing if not creative. Meiri’s larger-than-life murals dot the city and you can get a full list of locations on his website. Check out the corner of Ibn Gvirol and Arlozorov as well as his mural at 17 Nachalat Binyamin on the side of the building. You can also check out his very colorful house at 11 HaYarkon at the corner of Nechemiah.
On trendy Rothschild Boulevard, there is a community center that is bedecked with thought-provoking graffiti. Beit Ha’am is located at 69 Rothschild and is a center for activities ranging from yoga to planning the revolution. Outside you can see a few very interesting paintings. Their hours are unpredictable but if you are there when they are open, you should feel free to go inside and look at the artwork that covers the stairwells and rooms of this activist enclave.
Other Tel Aviv Street Art to keep your eyes open for
Pigeons, by the artist Dede, doing all kinds of tricks from rollerblading to juggling.
Distorted characters by Mr. DiMaggio
Black and white drawings of a man with a red heart on his sleeve by Know Hope
Paintings of all sorts of figures but many with fox-like eyes by Klone
Anything that makes you stop and pause! If you don’t want to miss the best street art in town, we recommend joining a guided street art tour to explore the area.
While you should remember that Tel Aviv is a big city and it’s important to use have some idea of where you are, don’t be afraid to peek around a sketchy looking corner. Abandoned buildings and workshop areas have the best graffiti. Graffiti is an impermanent art so if you see something that moves you, take a picture! Don’t count on it being there the next day. Lastly, keep an eye out for themes and signatures and you’ll be excited to see what you notice. A great thing about graffiti is that when you recognize an artist and their work, you begin to feel as though they are travelling the city with you. Whilst slightly off-beat, touring the Tel Aviv Street Art is one of the best things to do in Tel Aviv.
Mara Friedman is a born and raised New Yorker who took the leap and moved to Israel. She lives and writes in Tel Aviv.