You might think Israeli streetfood is limited to falafel and shawarma, but I think sabich is even better, and the stand on Tchernichovsky is by far the best in Tel Aviv! You get a pita filled with homemade salads, delicious in themselves, then a mixture of fried eggplant, chopped-up hardboiled egg,...more
The Cinematheque is a rare source for art-house and independent films in Tel Aviv (there's also a branch in Jerusalem). They pick an excellent program of both local and foreign films, and the memberships are good value for locals. A few times I've come in and been given free wine and hors...more
Sharon Brunsher is one of a few Israeli fashion designers who are exploring the black, drapey, and moody end of the style spectrum. Unlike her European counterparts, she still maintains a focus on clothing that is comfortable, and she offers a wide range of price-points, from the line of affordable...more
Mashausha has the best hummus of a particular type: mashausha/masabacha, a version of the dish where the beans are cooked whole, slowly and gently, until they form a warm stew with distinct beans rather than the pureed consistency of normal hummus. Top-quality ingredients and not too hectic here....more
Everyone knows about Abulafya bakery, the best place to buy any delicious baked good at five in the morning after a serious night of revelry...the sachlab is also a great tonic to the drinks you might have consumed before coming to pastry heaven.
Puah is a great restaurant in the flea market, a good example of respectful regeneration. The attitude is totally south Tel Aviv - families with children, young people lolling in groups on the outdoor couches, and loads of foot traffic between tables. The prices, however, reflect the amazing...more
Mersand is a throwback to the era of old-school konditorei attended by elderly Jewish ladies. It's really nice to sit on the sidewalk terrace and people/dogwatch while treating yourself to traditional cakes and coffee.
I love sabich, the eggplant-tehina-hardboiled egg rival to the more well-known falafel. The stand on Frishman is really good, although it still takes second place to Tchernichovsky. However, it does have tables and chairs, so it's not without its charms......more
A very important staple on the coffeeshop/laptop circuit, Bacho is a corner café with a great panoramic view onto King George and Shlomo Hamelech, for when you need some inspiration. The bars along the walls have convenient outlets and single seating, since it gets busy inside. You have to try the...more