Tel Aviv is a city where vibrant energy and a relaxed attitude converge. The cultural capital of a young country, it is just opening up to the idea of lifestyle, and the interiors market is flourishing. The younger generation travels and is increasingly inspired to set up businesses to import styles they think are missing. A variety of aesthetics are represented, from light Scandinavian looks to vintage.

Jaffa, down south, has seen more openings in the last couple of years than any other neighbourhood. Design-forward concept stores or small home decor boutiques give the renowned Jaffa Flea Market a new face. Its alleyways have become home to exciting nightlife, with an array of new cocktail bars and restaurants. Further north, Florentin is to Tel Aviv what Williamsburg and Bushwick are to New York – an artistic, bohemian hub – while Neve Tzedek and its neatly lined colourful houses gives out a more curated creative vibe. In the centre, Kerem HaTeimanim has the Carmel market, a busy, typical souk and its tiny cafes. Lev HaIr’s pride is the Rothschild boulevard and its tree-lined promenade, with small outdoor cafes, bike lanes and sun chairs. Bordered by original Bauhaus buildings, it buzzes with diners and partygoers come nightfall. For the more international high-street brands, head to Merkaz HaIr, around the Dizengoff and King George streets.

Bear in mind that typical closing times are from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, when public transport is also shut. But bars and restaurants set their own pace, so dive into Israeli cuisine. From street food to fine contemporary cuisine, it always feels healthy, made with fresh local ingredients. Read on for our edit of hotspots.

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Edition by Sagit Goldin

Edition by Sagit

27 Aharon Chelouche St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-670-0207

Neighbourhood: Neve Tzedek

Opened in April 2016 by interior designer Sagit Goldin, Edition is a large concept store that stocks products from all over the world, from watches to teaware and furniture. With a modern minimalist aesthetic, it is the only place in town with such a strong Scandinavian influence. Its small cafe is the perfect place to take a break from a warm shopping day.

Home Workshop

26 Alfasi St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-7266118

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

Founder Nava Shamay is well-known among local architects and interior designers, who come to her showroom to order from the brand’s catalogue of custom-made pieces. Working with local artisans to create industrial-style collections from stone, glass or metal, she promotes the idea that the “home is one’s own private workshop”.

Saga

saga tel aviv

4 Rabi Pinkhas St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-670-6062

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

Only Israeli designers are stocked at Saga, another 2015 opening. More than 50 brands are exhibited in a contemporary space with interesting displays. We’ve been watching some of these brands progress for some time.

Asufa

8 Yehuda Margoza St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-604-1405

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

All of the products that can be found at four-year-old Asufa are drawn, designed or conceived by Israeli designers. Internationally acclaimed names include Tweak and Monkey Business. A new show of fun items with a twist occurs every month to promote different artists.

Gloria Mundi

1 Ahuzat Bayit St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 77-460-5065

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

The three floors of this inspiring store each have a different theme: small accessories in the basement, furniture on the first floor, and bed and bath on the top floor. The colours are neutral and calming. An unmissable stop for a retail trip.

Elemento

Elemento Tel Aviv

15 HaTsorfim St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-620-9848

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

Elemento was probably the first store of its kind to open in Tel Aviv, back in 1998. The space itself is stunning, with tall arches and painted brickwork. All fabrics and wallpapers are designed by the founders, whose intention is to marry fashion with design. The result is a collection of vibrant prints and patterns in all styles and colours.

Seti

25 Shabazi St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-549-1396

Neighbourhood: Neve Tzedek

Tom Dixon, Jonathan Adler and Cire Trudon are some of the brands stocked by this small but well-curated store. The style is sleek and contemporary, with metallic accents warming up modern black and white decor.

Eat & Drink

Abu Hassan

abu hasan tel aviv

1 Ha-Dolfin St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

Abu Hassan is considered to offer the best hummus in town. Nothing fancy about this place, but it’s an institution. Grab a seat where you can, perching on the corner of a table, and tuck into the warm dip, served with a topping of whole chickpeas.

Botanika

78 Ha-Yarkon St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-933-0339

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

Botanika is a new, elegant cocktail bar and bistro in the heart of the hotel district. Established by four friends with extensive experience in the hospitality industry in Sweden, it boasts a strong Scandinavian influence and skillfully crafted cocktails.

Garrigue

15 Ahad Ha’Am St, Tel Aviv-Yafo/ +972 3-903-0677

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

A chef and a wine importer joined forces to open this restaurant. Its comfortable and relaxed approach to fine dining and fair prices ensure Garrigue is a new addition to be reckoned with on the city’s food scene.

OCD

05 eat tel aviv ocd

17 Tirtsa St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-556-6774

Neighbourhood: Florentin

Established in February 2016, OCD is an internationally acclaimed spot. With only 19 seats and two rotations each evening, at 7pm and 9.30pm, communal dining is its speciality. Guests arrive and eat at the same time, from the same menu of nine fine dishes by chef Raz Rahav.

Onza

3 Rabbi Hannina St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-648-6060

Neighbourhood: Jaffa

Jaffa Flea Market turns into a vibrant scene at night, with the terraces of cocktail bars and restaurants besieged by keen epicureans. With its “food and vibes” motto and its meticulous menu blending Ottoman and Turkish cuisine with a contemporary twist, Onza is proud to be a part of it. Beyond the bar, the tables extend out into the street for casual alfresco dining.

Taizu

23 Menachem Begin St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-522-5005

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

Under the culinary direction of chef Yuval Ben Neriah, Taizu is an “Asian-terranean kitchen”, combining the flavours of Asian street food with the elegant cuisine of the Mediterranean. The interior design takes inspiration from the five elements of Chinese philosophy.

Mashya

mashya tel aviv
5 Mendeli St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-750-0999

Neighbourhood: Merkaz HaIr

Headed by chef Yossi Shitrit and housed in the stylish Mendeli Street Hotel, Mashya’s contemporary and innovative cuisine is just minutes from the beach for a post-sunbathing dinner. It’s also good value for a weekend brunch.

 

See

Holon Design Museum

holon museum tel aviv

8 Pinkhas Eilon St, Holon / +972 73-215-1525

Neighbourhood: Holon

The first museum in Israel solely dedicated to design, the Holon Design Museum was imagined by Israeli architect and industrial designer Ron Arad. Situated in the south of Tel Aviv, it is open between 10am and 6pm most days, but closed on Friday afternoons as well as Sundays.

Florentin Street Art

Florentin St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Neighbourhood: Florentin

The up-and-coming Florentin area has been compared to London’s East End, New York’s Bushwick, or even Berlin’s Kreuzberg. It is a place where co-working cafes and late night bars act as the background to the city’s creative scene. Admire the graffiti-sprayed walls and colourful street art, or follow one of the free art tours on a sunny day.

Hatachana Compound

Kaufmann St and HaMered St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Neighbourhood: Neve Tzedek

The old HaTachana railway station was recently transformed into a smart public space with restaurants, boutiques with curated curios, and one-off events. Every Thursday night, Israeli designers and artists come together for an open-air trade show with live music and DJs. The Orbanic (urban organic) market takes place every Friday morning.

White City Tour

white city tel aviv

Meeting point: 46 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv-Yafo / white-city.co.il

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

This free guided walking tour starts every Saturday at 11am, exploring the White City, the urban and historical part of town proclaimed a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 2003. It explains the white houses built by Bauhaus architects in the 1930s. It’s in English and there is no need to book in advance.

 Tel Aviv Museum of Art

27 Sha’ul HaMelech Av, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-607-7020

Neighbourhood: Merkaz HaIr

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is home to large permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions. Late nights are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but it is closed on Sundays (as well as Saturdays in July and August).

 

Stay

65 Hotel

65 hotel Tel aviv

65 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-767-7677

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

65 Hotel has just opened, right on the lively Rothschild boulevard. With 74 rooms in a soothing colour palette of white, brown and blue, it is within walking distance of many museums, restaurants and cafes, as well as the renowned Habima Theatre. Expect stunning views over the city.

Hotel Montefiore

36 Montefiore St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-564-6100

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

The Montefiore’s 1920s building has been restored to house 12 rooms in the image of classic Bauhaus style. Lavish breakfasts and exclusive cocktails are some of the highlights, as are private guided walks through the city and daily excursions to the Dead Sea.

The Norman

The Norman Tel Aviv

23-25 Nahmani St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-543-5555

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

This sophisticated boutique hotel boasts inlaid parquet floors and padded leather armchairs, fusing 1920s grandeur with a neat Scandinavian elegance. Whether in the quintessentially English Library Bar, in the sunlit brasserie restaurant or on the large outdoor patio, there is a casual, balanced sense of luxury.

White Villa

25 Ben Tsiyon Blvd, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-602-8868

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

The White Villa is the perfect spot for architecture lovers. Opened this summer in a renovated 1948 house by architect Shmuel Barkai, it also pays tribute to Le Corbusier. A mere five minutes from the Rothschild boulevard and its Bauhaus buildings, its 18 rooms ooze elegance. Free bicycles are even available for a tour of the White City.

Poli House

The Poli Hotel Tel Aviv

1 Nahalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv-Yafo / +972 3-710-5000

Neighbourhood: Lev HaIr

Designed by Karim Rashid, The Poli House is the latest addition to the city’s contemporary hotel landscape. Set in a 1930s Bauhaus edifice, its clean white interiors are enlivened by shots of graphic yellow, blue or pink, with the designer’s signature curved, retro silhouettes.

Text and Images Courtesy: WGSN; Cover Image and Additional Images Courtesy: JekLi / Shutterstock.com, ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com, meunierd / Shutterstock.com

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