Bauhaus: a Walk around the White City

Tel Aviv, Israel

6 places

Ira Rozina

Bauhaus as an architectural style can at first seem a bit dull in its nudity, but after you walk among entire blocks built by German architects in 1930-s, you will begin seeing its clear lines and soft shapes quite differently. Such architecture really suits a city bathing in sunlight and bursting with greenery and flowers.

Rothschild Boulevard

Rothschild Boulevard is one of the main and most expensive streets in Tel Aviv. At the beginning of the boulevard, there is a building called the Dizengoff House or the Independence Hall where Israeli PM David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of Israeli state. The boulevard is packed with trendy cafes, eclectic and bauhaus buildings. The citizens sip their ice coffee and move from one shady tree to another, men walk their children and dogs, others ride a bike or play petanque.

Bialik Cafe

Start your day with breakfast at the cozy Bialik Cafe very popular among the locals. In fact, it doesn't matter at all at what time your day starts as breakfasts are served all day long. Order Eggs Benedict or traditional scrambled eggs called shakshuka (each dish costs 48 NIS). Take a table on the terrace or next to the window so that can enjoy busy Alenby Street. We recommend you to drop in a little latter as well – almost every night Bialik hosts best indie concerts in town.

Bauhaus Museum

A tiny Bauhaus museum is a place that demonstrates that pure lines and basic geometric shapes, characteristic of Bauhaus architecture, are common for interiors as well, from lamps to furniture. You can even find a doorknob designed by Walter Gropius, the founder of the school. The museum is open only two days a week, so call them before planning your visit.

Cinema Hotel

The first cinema in Tel Aviv, it is now a boutique hotel that occupies one of the most exciting Bauhaus buildings of the city. Go inside and walk the elegant stairs, noticing black-and-white pictures and old movie posters on the walls. In addition to cinematographic atmosphere they offer their guests popcorn at the reception. If you are lucky, the hotel staff might let you enter the roof that gives a great view on Dizengoff square.

Bauhaus Center

The permanent exhibition of the centre has old photos, architectural drafts and blueprints for 25 Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv. But the 3-storey building is better known for its shop with a selection of books on Bauhaus, architecture and photography. It is also a good place to buy postcards, beautiful magnets and gifts, as well as jewellery by Israeli designers. Every Friday at 10 a.m. this is where a Bauhaus walking tour in English starts. Or you could just pay the same 60 shekels, get an audio guide and walk the White City at your own pace.

Sabich Frishman

This major competitor of Oved for the Best Sabich in Town title is located at the corner of Frishman & Dizengoff. Some say that Frishman Sabich is even better than the one in Givatayim – no tricky words or stunning shows from the chef but so much love and care to every single pita that you feel really touched. And they add potatoes to their sabich apart from staffing it with eggs and eggplants.


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