Deemed Tel Aviv’s “Soho” by New Yorkers and “Abbot Kinney” by Los Angelenos, Neve Tzedek is definitely the trendiest place to be. A short walk away from both Jaffa Port and Center City, this neighborhood is one that you definitely don't want to miss. Though most shops and restaurants are concentrated on one narrow stretch (Shabazi Street), you can easily spend an entire day exploring all that these cobble stone blocks have to offer. Here is a list of what you must do if you only have the afternoon to check out Neve Zedek…
Where to eat:
Dallal – A favorite French brunch spot located at the end of Shabazi Street, Dallal has both a beautiful enclosed patio and a great indoor AC (necessary during the summer). With great vibes and even better food, Dallal has it all. What to order? By far the best burger in Tel Aviv! It is served on a brioche bun with caramelized onions, fried egg and cappuccino truffle (add some cheese because YOLO calories don’t count when you’re abroad). For a more traditional Israeli dish, the Eggplant Shakshouka here is one for the books. Shakshouka is an egg dish, prepared in a hot skillet with both grilled tomatoes and tomato sauce. Thank God for the perfectly toasted challah that comes with it. Don't be afraid to use it as a spoon for the extra sauce so you don't have to resort to licking the plate.
Anita- La Mamma del Gelato—For gelato with almost too much hype, Anita still manages to exceed all expectations. Not only do you have to decide which of the 3 locations on this one tiny street you want to visit, but your next battle is to pick from their HUGE selection of absurdly perfect and unique flavors. Some options include Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, Cookieman (our favorite), Halva (Dairy Free) and Pears & Wine …just to name a few. Don’t forget to add toppings from their crazy assortment of exotic fruits and exceptional Israeli Chocolates (only offered at some of their locations). If you’re boring and gelato isn’t for you, make sure to try both of their natural and frozen yogurts (which, in their defense, are equally as delicious).
Shabazi Street collectively has the best array of stores out of any neighborhood you will venture to in Israel. However, it is definitely on the expensive side, so plan to go with your parents so that you can do some real damage. Some stores that stand out include MAYU for the perfect simple and sleek basics, Numéro 13 Concept Store for some “out there” pieces and Boutique 77 for a more Intermix feel. Last but not least, be sure to stop into any of the quaint jewelry stores for some fun and memorable accessories.
To end the day?
Take the less than 5-minute walk to Alma beach—the chill and not as crowded alternative to the famous Gordon (only a 15 minute walk if you’re in the mood for that)—for the bluest water and local vibes.