The newly-restored Sarona neighborhood doesn’t just offer a look at the 140-year-old architecture of the Templer colony, it also offers a wide variety of culinary experiences.
From high-end French chef restaurants to traditional local cuisine, the Sarona Market has it all. A small piece of advice: come to Sarona with a healthy appetite. You won’t leave disappointed.
The Templers, a breakaway German Protestant sect, sent hundreds of families to settle in the Holy Land in the 19th century to prepare for the Messiah’s coming. They founded outposts in the Galilee, Jerusalem, Haifa and at Sarona, on the road between Jaffa and Nablus. Beyond an ethos of hard work and self-sustainability, they brought with them an architectural style then unknown in the region: sturdy homes built of stone, with red-shingled instead of flat or domed roofs.
Over the years, the original colony of Sarona came to be part of the growing city of Tel-Aviv. With the outbreak of World War II, the British declared the German Templers enemy nationals and its residents were exiled to Germany and Australia. With the establishment of the State of Israel, the buildings of Sarona served as Israel government offices for over 50 years. Now the area has been converted into a contemporary "lifestyle center".