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Experience the Other Tel Aviv & it's Food, Culture & People

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Experience the Other Tel Aviv & it's Food, Culture & People

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Experience a multitude of delicious traditional cuisines and snacks from the residents of south Tel Aviv's unique neighborhood Neve-Sha'anan. Be amazed by the food, but perhaps even more so by the untold stories of this complex community.

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  • Be guided by a long-time resident and activist of South Tel Aviv
  • Meet local business owners and get a real glimpse of a day in their life
  • Visit places that have been significant to the complicated past and present of this neighborhood
  • Taste a variety of delicious traditional cuisines and snacks that originate in different parts of the world
  • Hear remarkable and unheard stories of those who fled their home countries through a long journey
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This tour begins when your guide comes to pick you up from Abraham Hostel. After a short introduction, take a few minutes to walk to Tel Aviv’s old central station. At the Old Central Station, be introduced to Neve Shaanan’s unique and complicated story: from its establishment by Jewish workers about a 100 years ago, up to the huge demographic changes in recent years. You will learn the significance of this particular bus station and begin to understand the complicated situation of the residents and their political labels, which include refugees, asylum seekers, migrant workers, and infiltrators, together with Israeli residents that have lived there for decades. Next, adventure deeper inside the neighborhood and there is no better way than through their incredible food culture. This neighborhood is unique not only because of what the residents offer through their remarkable stories but also through their culinary skills. Experience their incredible dishes and snacks that originate from different parts of the world. Journey through this flavorful tour visiting some of the oldest shops around, owned by an Israeli Jew who specializes in nuts. The adventure includes a somewhat hidden location, a drinks house, that is a social gathering place for the Eritrean community. During the tour, visit three mouthwatering restaurants from three different communities of people and try surprising snacks at an exotic supermarket. These places are something that even many local Israelis don’t know about, and this tour is your chance to get a real insiders experience. The tour concludes with a visit to the local Levinsky park. Your guide will bring some closure to the story about the complicated reality of the people who live here without guaranteed stability, while still building a community and home. Join the tour and get a taste of the very unique history and present life of this special neighborhood, with plenty of helpings from their delicious food culture.
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  • Dishes from 3 restaurants
  • Special snacks and drinks

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    • Please note this is an all walking tour although not much walking is involved
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    Timna was an outstanding, knowledgeable and super friendly guide, the food was delicious and we learned a ton about this very different Tel Avivian neighborhood. I highly recommend this tour to anyone! Especially those who love to try new food combined with learning about history and different cultures will have a wonderful time.

    February 11, 2020

    Ricky was a fab guide around ‚her‘ neighborhood. The food stops were pretty cool. We are sure we would have never explored that area if we had been by ourselves. Our group was pretty small (6pax) which was perfect. We highly recommend this tour if you wanna learn about the different cultural aspects of Tel Aviv through a foodie‘s perspective.

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    October 27, 2019

    A vibrant different Side of TLV

    Ricky is an amazing guide! She showed us a completely different side of Tel Aviv. We explored the South which is densely populated by migrants from Africa and Asia. We went to see stores and eateries beyond the Israeli kitchen, and sipped Eritrean coffee in the back of a little shop, ate savoury Sudanese bean and chicken dishes, sampled sweet moist dates and hand-roasted nuts from local vendors, garlicky morning glory at a Chinese place and the most delicious sourdough injera with beautifully cooked variations of vege at an Ethiopian restaurant. The entire tour's been unexpectedly fantastic and super tasty! We also learned a lot about the history of the neighbourhood and everyday's living in this quarter. Couldn't recommend this tour more! Absolutely loved it. Thank you!

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    July 19, 2019

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