Edition by Sagit Goldin
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 Workshop26 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".
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.
Asufa8 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 Mundi1 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.
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.
Seti25 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
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.
Botanika78 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.
Garrigue15 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.
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.
Onza3 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.
Taizu23 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.
Mashya5 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.
Holon Design Museum
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 ArtFlorentin 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 CompoundKaufmann 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
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 Art27 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).
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 Montefiore36 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.
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 Villa25 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.
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.
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