Enjoying the High Life, Up on the Roof in Tel Aviv

Rooftops have been transformed into retreats with thriving outdoor gardens, restaurants, yoga, art and music studios, spaces for krav maga martial arts classes and even guest houses

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People participate in a yoga class on the rooftop of Tel Aviv municipality building, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 19, 2017.
People participate in a yoga class on the rooftop of Tel Aviv municipality building, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 19, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern

When it comes to the high life in Tel Aviv, residents of the Mediterranean metropolis need look no further than their own rooftops.

With space always tight in Israels fast-paced economic and entertainment capital, rooftops have been transformed into retreats with thriving outdoor gardens, restaurants, yoga, art and music studios, spaces for krav maga martial arts classes and even guest houses.

Hana Wimberly, 26, turned her barren, cement rooftop into her own outdoor haven with just a few mix matched chairs, a couch and a wooden table.

For more than anything its a place for me to feel very connected to the city, she said. Tel Aviv, as much as there is to do, going to a bar and spending 50 shekels ($15 USD) on a drink gets exhausting.

Her lifestyle also connects her and her family to their past: her grandmother had a similar rooftop salon in Tel Aviv.

Iyar Semel, a 38-year-old musician, planted an organic garden on his rooftop, with compost, vegetables, fruit trees and a shower. It all allows him to merge his ecological lifestyle with the restraints of urban space.

For Guy Elhadad, 26, his rooftop is his creative incubator, where we can do whatever we want because we dont need the approval of others.

He and two roommates host yoga, music and art sessions there and built a spare sleeping place for people passing through. Elhadad said he loves Tel Aviv and through his rooftop can help make it bloom.

Ana Ashury, a mixed-media artist, stores away her artwork on her rooftop in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, November 19, 2017.
Ana Ashury, a mixed-media artist, stores away her artwork on her rooftop in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, November 19, 2017.Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Arieh Ramot (L) and Orna Ramot sit on their rooftop and watch peacocks that often find their way to the roof after being fed by a neighbour, in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 20, 2017.
Arieh Ramot (L) and Orna Ramot sit on their rooftop and watch peacocks that often find their way to the roof after being fed by a neighbour, in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 20, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Ori Grossbard (R), 27, and Tomer Lulu, 27, spend their evening together on the rooftop adjacent to Ori's apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 26, 2017.
Ori Grossbard (R), 27, and Tomer Lulu, 27, spend their evening together on the rooftop adjacent to Ori's apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 26, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
A woman feeds birds in her daily sunset ritual on her rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 20, 2017.
A woman feeds birds in her daily sunset ritual on her rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 20, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Musician Iyar Semel, 38, plays an oud on his rooftop garden, where he and his two other flatmates grow herbs and vegetables, in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 13, 2017.
Musician Iyar Semel, 38, plays an oud on his rooftop garden, where he and his two other flatmates grow herbs and vegetables, in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 13, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Alexander Flaschenberg, 60, sits on a chair placed on top of a table, in order to enjoy view of the sea from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 28, 2017.
Alexander Flaschenberg, 60, sits on a chair placed on top of a table, in order to enjoy view of the sea from his rooftop in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 28, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Moni Chorev (L), 60 and Gilly Chorev (R), 59, sit on their rooftop terrace, which Gilly planned and set up with the help of a landscape designer in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 16, 2017.
Moni Chorev (L), 60 and Gilly Chorev (R), 59, sit on their rooftop terrace, which Gilly planned and set up with the help of a landscape designer in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 16, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Emanuel Cohen, 36, takes a shower on his rooftop, which he also uses as a small garden to grow herbs and vegetables in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 24, 2017.
Emanuel Cohen, 36, takes a shower on his rooftop, which he also uses as a small garden to grow herbs and vegetables in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 24, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Aviah Morag, 25, sunbathes on his rooftop which is equipped with a small pool, a shower and deck chairs in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 10, 2017.
Aviah Morag, 25, sunbathes on his rooftop which is equipped with a small pool, a shower and deck chairs in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 10, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
People bathe in the swimming pool of an entertainment park on the rooftop of the Azrieli mall in central Tel Aviv, Israel, October 11, 2017.
People bathe in the swimming pool of an entertainment park on the rooftop of the Azrieli mall in central Tel Aviv, Israel, October 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern
Israeli soldiers prepare for a parade in front of the master-sergeant who is checking their appearance, on the rooftop of the Israeli Defence Forces Galgalatz radio station, Tel Aviv, January 7, 2018.
Israeli soldiers prepare for a parade in front of the master-sergeant who is checking their appearance, on the rooftop of the Israeli Defence Forces Galgalatz radio station, Tel Aviv, January 7, 2018.Credit: REUTERS/Corinna Kern

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