Florentin mornings

A few months back, I told you about some of the gems in the northern neighborhoods of Tel-Aviv. Since, new places have opened, and since this time I will only be focusing on Florentin, it seems like a good time for an update.

Florentin has changed quite a lot during the recent years. The once very poor area (it was initially a working class neighborhood, which later became a slum) has become a mixture of the old industrial area and the new young, artistic crowd. Although it is still quite rough looking, slightly dirty, and falling apart, it has an amazing urban decay chic to it. It is colorful, filled with graffiti and murals, and as it attracts, students, artists and a young hip crowd, it also offer some really cool (hipster/boho) cafes.

Here are two new hot locations you will want to visit:

Poc.cafe

Poc.cafe is nestled at the cutest of street corners, and as the indoor space and seating options are quite small, you will see people simply sitting on benches surrounding the coffee shop. This contributes to the vibrant, bustling vibe this place inherently has. Poc.Cafe is the perfect place for a cup of coffee and a pastry, either sweet or savory. It takes pride in its home baking, and their lineup is a true celebration for dough lovers. You will be able to find all sorts of pound cakes, amazing, super airy, blueberry muffins, and vegan yeast baked goods. They also offer sandwiches and other light snacks. Coffee is good and almond milk, as well soy milk are available. The inside space is mainly a large bar that has a bright modern look to it. In the entrance to the cafe you will find a cozy, vintage, camel colored couch, which gives you a taste of the place’s atmosphere. The baristas are friendly and helpful, and the people will probably feel at ease about starting a conversation with you. For a cool hangout with a treat to the palate, go visit Poc.cafe. They are open Monday to Thursday from 7am-7pm, Fridays from 7am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-7pm.  Closed on Sundays.

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Shizen

This lovely little space will seem like a chic flower shop from the outside. However, if you peek inside, you will realize that it is actually a 100% vegan café as well. The front of the place feels like you have just walked into someone’s very boho living room – with exposed walls, vintage furniture, ethnic patterns, macrame and hanging plants. If you walk a little further into the shop, you will be able to order your cup of coffee at the bar. You can even ask for oat milk, which is very rare in Israel. You can also choose a snack from the display window. Their carrot muffins are really good (topped with coconut cream), and they have a selection of creamy cakes that look yummy, though I have yet to try them. The place is very laptop friendly, though there aren’t a lot of seats. However, the atmosphere is calm and quite, which makes it a very suitable place for work. You should go there to soak in some zen, or if you are looking to buy someone a bouquet or a plant. Go there on Sunday to Thursday between 7:30am-7pm, or Fridays between 7:30am to 4 pm (closed on Saturdays).

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Till next time!

~ Lir


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