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Hatachana Compound
Hatachana Compound
#About the Complex that was Once a Turkish Train Station and Today is a Lively and Vibrant Outing Complex

It was born as a train station that from here metal tracks left on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line. This station operated between 1892-1948 and is considered the first rail line in Israel. The station then included the station building and its facilities, the Templar Willand house, who the father built near the family's factory, which produced floor tiles, bricks, and cement for construction. The factory near the station enabled the Templar company to move products to Jerusalem and the Jaffa port, and ship easily to Europe.

The train from Jaffa to Jerusalem began in the late 19th century, after a process of almost 50 years of convincing the Sultan to approve this plan and to actualize it. This line is destined to become the first form of transportation in Israel, and in the region between Turkey and Egypt, that will replace camels as a form of transportation for heavy and long destinations.

At the end of the British mandate that station was being used mainly for military purposed, a military that built a camp, lead trainings, and transferred armor to Britain, during their evacuation of Israel. It was used until the eruption of the War of Independence.

After the establishment of Israel, the station was neglected for many years. Lately, the city of Tel Aviv has renovated the complex and expanded it, as entertainment and going out area. The restorations and renovations put an emphasis on preserving the original design and decorations on the historic buildings, and part of the railway line was restored. There are now 22 buildings from different time periods, all this on 20,000 square meters.

#The History of the Construction of the Jaffa-Jerusalem Train Line

Already by the mid-19th century Moshe Montefiore had spoken about wanting to build a metal train line in Israel. Montefiore, who wanted to establish in Israel modern manufacturing, understood that one of the difficulties was a crucial lack of transportation of machinery and raw materials for such an industry. After much convincing at the Turkish Sultan Abdul-Hamid II, the Sultan approved the concession for a railway line 30 years later. The person who was able to buy the concession was Yosef Navon, an eccentric businessman from Jerusalem. Together with his partner, Navon tried to find investors to fund the plan, but failed. The concession was sold to a French company, and this is who eventually built the railway line from Jaffa to Jerusalem, and built the stations alongside it.

It took the French company two years to build the railway line. With its completion, in 1892, the official age of trains began in Israel. In a grand ceremony that was held in the Jerusalem station, the new line was opened, and the symbol for the start of the ceremony was the train's arrival from Jaffa. This is the time when a name was found and declared to "all new transportations" arriving to Israel. It turns out that Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the revivalist of the Hebrew language, proposed the name "Rakevet" for the locomotive and the caravans that it pulls.

#About the Train Itself

Even though it was a technological advancement in Israel, the first train to arrive in Israel was anything but modern. It went slowly and took 4 hours to get from Jaffa to Jerusalem. This line also had its limitations, during its first years the train only went in each direction once a day.

The price of a trip to Jerusalem in those days was 50 Qirsh in the fancy first class, and 30 Qirsh in the economy. And who didn't ride it? From pilgrims and tourists, to merchants and residents who traveled to the holy places or visited relatives in Jerusalem and in cities like Lod and Ramle, along the road. The entourage of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II also found itself traveling in a car that was specially decorated for this purpose and of course - the most famous traveler - the Visionary of Israel, Theodor Herzl.

On the eve of the first World War, almost 200,000 travelers rode the train, along with 50,000 tons of goods.

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#About the Bar Where One Can Enjoy A Great Night

In the external area of Beit Romano, the Teder Bar is located. This is not exactly a normal bar, but is more of an outdoor space that returns as a bar each summer. This is a bar that is a part of an internet radio station. It was born in the summer of 2010 across from the Big Synagogue on Allenby Street, and since 2013 has moved into the large space in front of Beit Romano.

Many people crowd the area each evening. Young, trendy, and people who love music, come to listen to the broadcasting of the stations, that is blasts in the bar. Each night there are great hosts for the show, that record from a van that is parked nearby.

Dozens of tables host the people who come for the music, the good food, and the great atmosphere. The music and alcohol is also great and simple food. The pizzas served here was made in the pizza restaurant by Eyal Shani and the bar serves alcohol and specially made slushy drinks.

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Kuli Alma
Kuli Alma
#About the Excellent Musical Complex with Great Food

Kuli Alma is a musical and cultural complex, which used to be a small shop and store and today it is a bar and a popular club. DJ's are hosted from all over the world and there are quite a few Israeli and international performances. The musical line ranges from electronic, black, soul and punk music.

The complex has three seating areas on different levels, two well-equipped bars and a beautiful design. In fact, on the first floor there is a closed bar with a dance floor, a courtyard with a private bar, a kitchen and a projector. On the upper floor there is a large long balcony.


There will not be one corner in this place where you will not want to photograph selfies or interesting images for Instagram.

Order one of the excellent pizzas of the place and do not miss the vegan pizza with cashews. For those interested - there are also equally great salads.

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Voodoo bar
Voodoo Bar
#About the Local Bar that Reminds of the Caribbean

In a central location on King George Street, in the Ben Zion Boulevard in Tel Aviv, you will find here the Voodoo Bar, a bar with local food- and style. Lots of style. Covered in wood, voodoo masks, and a jungle themed wall, the overall design of the area collects its inspiration from the Caribbean beaches and from the local voodoo culture.

Voodoo Bar offeres two areas- the top is a restaurant with a chef kitchen, perfect for sitting under the starry sky, while the bottom section has a bar, with the best DJ's in town. Outside you will see tables turned towards the DJ stand.

With classical cocktails like margaritas and mojitos, there are also newer original cocktails, like ones that are based on Ouzo with touches of passionfruit. The chef's dishes include buffalo burata with tomato gazpacho, hand-sliced potato chips or croquet seafood, also good salads and hamburgers - you will not be remain hungry for long.


As a part of Happy hour, there is a 1+1 deal on cocktails- Sundays to Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Entertainment in Tel Aviv

Sabich Tchernichovsky
Sabich Tchernichovsky
#Great and Quality Sabich in Tel Aviv

If you are a vegetarian, you can start celebrating - Sabich Tchernichovsky is one of the best, most successful and beloved places in Tel Aviv. Many see it as the best place in Israel.

The Sabich is an Iraqi Jewish dish. In Israel it is sold in a full pita with eggplants and hard boiled eggs, along with a selection of salads and spices.

This place, Sabich Tchernichovsky, was known for years as the place of Effi, who was known as "the slowest Sabich in the Middle East." He used to fill the dish slowly and carefully, some would say with great love - what made Sabich Tchernichovsky the hottest place of its kind in town. Effi was also the person who founded Sabich Frishman, Tchernichovsky's Tel Aviv rival, and sold it long before.

But Effi left ... And Sabich Tchernichovsky remains one of the best houses in the country. Today, too, the custom is to pick up the pita slowly and add layer after layer the eggplants, eggs, salads and spices. There are not many such dishes in the universe!

The slogan here is: "No Sabich will be sold without eggplant." The question remains: Why would anyone want a Sabich without eggplant?

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Abu Hassan
Abu Hassan
#About the Hummus Place that Became an Empire

Hummus Abu Hassan in Jaffa is considered one of the most popular hummus spots in Israel. The place, whose real name is Ali Karavan, has for many years had a large and loyal clientele, Jews and Arabs, waiting patiently for their long awaited hummus.

The small, simple restaurant is a kind of workers' restaurant, specializes in hummus only. As is the case with many working restaurants, you may find yourself sitting together with foreign guests around the same table.

The service is fast and efficient and the noise of the waiters is part of the business here.

#What are We Eating?

Abu Hassan serves only 4 dishes: hummus, masabacha, full and white. There is also a dish called "triangle" that includes hummus, full and maschaba, side by side.

Our recommendation is the wonderful masabacha, which many consider Abu Hassan's flagship dish. Like the hummus, it is also eaten with fresh pita and onion. The masabacha is prepared by order, so it arrives hot and fresh to your table.

#History of the Place

Abu Hassan is an empire, with history and everything. It was established as a hummus full cart, that Ali Karaven carried it around Jaffa in the late 1950's. At one point the owner decided to settle in a permanent place and in 1971 he opened the restaurant on Dolphin Street in Jaffa.

Without effort or publicity and without a secret recipe other than fresh products, the rumor of his hummus was passed and he succeeded. Suceeded very well. The place was named Abu Hassan, after Ali's eldest son. Many see it as the best hummus in Israel, and over the years, additional branches have opened on Shivtei Yisrael Street in the area. They are run by Ali's other sons.

Ali Karavan passed away in 2007. To his sons he left a legacy of hummus at a cheap price and excellent quality, without nonsense and without branding. Just good food, healthy and fast.

Enjoy your meal!


Do not be alarmed by the long line lurking in the entrance, it moves quickly.

Open from 8:00 am until the hummus ends, usually around the early afternoon.

Here strangers sit with other strangers at the same table. Do not panic - it can be really fun!

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The Photo House
The Photo House
#The Photo Store that has Documented the History of Tel Aviv and the Young Country of Israel

The Photo House (The Tzalmania) is a nostalgic photo shop, opened in 1940 by the photographer Rudy Weinstein. This shop is a real institution. It is considered the largest and highest quality personal print collection in Israel. There are a few reasons for this, but it's important to mention the scope of Rudy's photos and the impeccable order it is maintained in.

Weinstein is known as a photographer who has documented the Israeli settlement and the advancement of the country and its beauty. His most famous photo is the from the Declaration of Independence, that is in a million books, movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more. Besides that, the collection in the Photo House contain endless historical photos, and has about a million negatives from Rudy's camera.

Weinstein passed away in 1992, and his widow, Miriam, continued in his important work. Translations, sorting, revitalizing, and up keeping the collection, above regular camera services that she continued to provide to customers. After Miriam's death in 2011, the family continued to keep the collection and the store, and the incredible collection that Rudy created.

Throughout the years, the Photo House has won international fame, and was talked about in many movies and interviews. Exhibitions on behalf of the archive were exhibited around the world. In 2011, the documentary "The Photographers" documented the joint journey of Miriam Weinstein and her grandson against the destruction of the photography shop, as part of the demolition of the building and the construction of a new building. The film was screened at many film festivals and won prizes.

Today the Photo House has indeed moved to a new place, but to this day it is an archive store open to the public. You can see and purchase Weinstein's original photographs, posters of the photographs, postcards and books.

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#Sarona Neighborhood

Sharona was born in the second half of the 19th century, as a colony established by the German Templars. In fact, this is their fourth colony in the Land of Israel. At the time, the settlement was located a few kilometers north of Jaffa, but today it is located in the center of Tel Aviv and is one of the most popular and important places of entertainment in the city.

At that time, the agricultural areas of the moshava spread eastwards, on the two banks of Wadi Musrara, where today the main axis of Tel Aviv, Ayalon Highway, is located. At that time they crossed the river on the Sarona Bridge, which was exactly where the Peace Bridge now stands, and the path of peace.

During World War II, the Templar residents of the moshava were expelled because of the identification of some of the inhabitants with Nazi Germany. After the residents hung swastika flags on their homes and some of them went to Germany to volunteer for the German army against the Allies. After the war, the British did not allow the Templars to return to their homes. The British Army itself settled in the areas of the colony and upon the establishment of the State, many of the institutions of the State of Israel settled there. The area was nicknamed the "Kirya" and until a few years ago many government and military installations were located there.

In recent years, the southern part of the moshava has become a restored recreation site crowded with people. This was followed by the completion of conservation and restoration work, which also included the moving of entire buildings to expand the nearby Kaplan Street. All these made the German Colony of the past a beautiful and fashionable place and a favorite entertainers. It was also surrounded by luxury towers, one of which opened the prestigious Sarona Market.

Today, in the northern part of the moshava, there are many military installations. The base of the Kirya that belongs to the IDF will be evacuated in the coming years.

Note that the central settlement streets, Kaplan Street and the contemporary David Elazar Street, stand together and form a cross. This is a form that characterized the planning of the Templar colonies, since the Templars were devout Christians.

#What did the German Templars do in Eretz Israel?

The Templars who were devout Christians came from Germany in the middle of the 19th century. Together with the Christian faith in their duty to settle the Holy Land, they brought with them the modern technology of Europe. In every field they dealt with, including agriculture, production and construction, they renewed and increased their productivity and success. The Templars built exemplary settlements in Israel and succeeded in bringing about momentum in all these areas between the Arabs of the country and the Jews in it. Many imitated them and thus the Israeli economy progressed and was greatly improved by their right.

The Templars left seven settlements, such as Sarona, the German Colony in Haifa and Jerusalem, and several settlements that became the moshavim of Bnei Atarot, Bethlehem of Galilee and Alonei Abba.

During World War II, the third generation of the Templars identified themselves in the colonies with the Nazis. Many of them hung the swastika flags on their houses. Some of the young Templars went to Germany to volunteer for the German army and fought against the Allies. The British responded by putting all the Templars into closed camps. During the War of Independence, the Palmach expelled the Templars from their homes and were not allowed to return.

#What is Sarona's Treasure?

For years the Templar deportees kept the secret of the gold hoard hidden in the wall of one of Sarona's houses. In 1941 the Templars were expelled from Palestine by the British. They were Germans and the great majority supported the Nazis and the British saw them as a threat to their rule here. Various espionage affairs in favor of the Germans, which were discovered at the time in Israel, also seemed dangerous.

One of the deportees from Sarona, the Templar settlement near Tel Aviv, Hugo Brengel, hid a treasure of gold coins in his wall before leaving. Some of these coins were a gift received by Brengel's father from Lawrence of Arabia, the mythical man. He planned to return in the future to pick it up but never did.

No less than 62 years later, several Israelis did an investigation and discovered the treasure. They returned it to the older owner, a 102-year-old man who, according to the value of those coins, must have made a good deal.

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Habima Square
Habima Square
#About the Cultural Square

The Cultural Square, or its nickname "Habima Square," is a center of many cultural centers in Tel Aviv. The square used to be a parking lot for visitors to the cultural centers. The parking lot was then moved to an underground facility and has since then, become one of the most popular centers in Tel Aviv.

Around the square you can find the National Theater Habima, the house of the Israeli Philharmonic Symphony, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion that displays modern art and is a part of the Tel Aviv Museum, and Jacob's Garden - a magical corner nestled between the museum and the square.

This square, whose story began in 1935, with the construction of the Habima theater. The IDF was sworn in as the official military of Israel in 1948. Since its establishment in the 1950's, the name of the square became the Orchestra Square.

Recently this square has been returned to life. Instead of a parking lot, the artist Dani Karavan designed a garden with statues and tables for games. This is how Menashe Kadishman's old statue received a nicer backgroung, "Elevation," which stands in the southern corner of the square, opposite Rothschild Boulevard.

In 2011 a public protest gathered here, and in many ways changed the Israeli community. From across the square young people built tents and makeshift homes to protest the rising prices of homes in Israel.

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