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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Out With the Old in Tel Aviv


3. What to Do

From left, the gallery space of the Bauhaus Foundation Museum; handbags for sale at Mishi.  

Tel Aviv’s White City has the highest concentration (2,000 plus) of Bauhaus masterpieces in the world—many of them pristinely restored since the city became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003. To see the best of the bunch, take a two-hour walking tour with Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv, whose expert guides explain the movement’s history in English, Hebrew, and German. Afterward, browse films and small furnishings for sale at the center.

Stop into the new Bauhaus Foundation Museum (21 Bialik St.; 011-972-3-620-4664), a small gallery space opened inside a 1934 gem that houses original furnishings and designs by Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Walk the rest of Bialik Street to see twenty other pristine Bauhaus buildings.

Peruse boutiques in the blooming indie fashion district, the revitalized twenties-era Gan Ha’Hashmal district. Find quality leather purses, clutches, and wallets at Kisim or Mishi, and sexy, well-priced womenswear and home accessories at Delicatessen (4 Barzilai St.; 011-972-3-560-2297) and Sharon Brunsher. Pick up a pair of handmade pumps or sandals at Shani Bar or chunky gold jewelry at Ungar.

Published on Aug 28, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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