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All the trendy & tasty places in Tel Aviv's Levinsky Market

The word 'market' (shuk) is a bit of an inadequate way to describe what is currently happening in south Tel Aviv, near HaAliya Street. There are dozens of quality food and drink spots hiding in the corners of this lesser-known, burgeoning neighborhood

By Shiri Katz
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Few are the areas in Tel Aviv that can produce such a concentration of fine spots for entertainment and restaurants that provide excellent culinary delights with equally great vibes. The Levinsky Market is the perfect place to refuel your pantry, body, and soul. The style of entertainment is alternative and easy going, and the prices are always easy on wallet. A glass of arak and a sniff of all the spices that abound, and you are in the Levinsky State of Mind.

The best spots in Tel Aviv's Levinsky Market

Shuk Levinsky
Shuk Levinsky
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Levinsky Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Shuk Levinsky

Running the length of Levinsky Street in South Tel Aviv, Shuk Levinsky has a massive range of products, from dried fruit to soaps, spices and nuts. The Levinsky Market is filled with cuisine from cultures all around the world and has ingredients that provide the perfect addition to just about any meal. 

Dalida
Dalida
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Dalida

Restaurants Shuk Levinsky

Hip and happening in the funky Florentin neighborhood, Dalida is a trendy place to see—and be seen. It offers a creative take on local fare with an eclectic menu that features an abundance of salads, colorful mezze and fresh seafood.

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Saluf & Sons
Saluf & Sons
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Saluf & Sons

Restaurants Mediterranean Shuk Levinsky

The authentic, richly flavorful Yemenite breads and stews at Saluf & Sons are served in a hip, casual atmosphere, bolstering the Levinsky Market reputation for spices and yuppies. Yemenite cuisine is famous for taking water and flour and miraculously shapeshifting them into a thing of beauty: heavenly breads with incredible tastes and textures.

Cafelix
Cafelix
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Cafelix

Restaurants Coffee shops Shuk Levinsky

Cafelix is a beautifully designed cafe with expertly created coffees. From frothy cappuccinos to the steamy double-shot espresso, this spot is a hipster sipster’s favorite spot from morning to afternoon. Though the place is swarming with cuddly dogs, there’s still space to enjoy the superfast wifi and quality beans. The leader in the ever changing and evolving Tel Aviv coffee scene, Cafelix will fulfill your dire need for that first morning cup and cure your post-work sleepiness with an evening pick-me-up.  

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Ouzeria
Ouzeria
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Ouzeria

Restaurants Mediterranean Shuk Levinsky

Chef Avivit Priel Avichai (formerly of Tapeo) and her partner Limor Lami opened Ouzeria less than ten years ago to much critical acclaim. Known as a modern "hamara", a meeting place to drink, play and discuss life, Ouzeria is the classic Florentin neighborhood joint. At Ouzeria Avivit and Limor serve original, Mediterranean-style cuisine accompanied by a simple decor and an appealing long bar offering a selection of anis beverages. 

 Golden Grain (Garger Hazahav)
 Golden Grain (Garger Hazahav)
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Golden Grain (Garger Hazahav)

Restaurants Hummus Shuk Levinsky

Located in Levinsky Market is Garger Hazahav Hummus. The line of hipsters outside tells you that even to Israelis’ high standards, they make a good bowl of hummus. Their menu also includes a tasty fried cauliflower, fresh tabouli and eggplant salads, chips and homemade falafel, all of which can be complemented with a cold beer. For dessert, there's a heavenly malabi and a complimentary coffee or tea to help perk you out of the food coma you’re sure to have.

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Beer Bazaar

Bars Breweries Shuk Levinsky

Take a break from your shopping or go for an evening hangout with friends to sip on some of the best local brews in a hip and trendy atmosphere. Let bartenders guide you through their impressive selection of 100 Israeli beers, including 10 on tap, 24 different ales, 10 IPAS, five stouts, six gluten-free options, and much, much more.

Pimpinella
Pimpinella
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Pimpinella

Bars Gastropubs Shuk Levinsky

Pimpinella, other than being a really fun word to say, is the plant that anise comes from. Anise is the herb in several Mediterranean spirits, including arak and ouzo. So it’s no wonder that a bar named Pimpinella has some of the best arak/ouzo cocktails in Tel Aviv. Located in Shuk Levinsky, don’t let this bar’s small size fool you—they have a huge selection of alcohol and scrumptious small plates to snack on, mainly consisting of fresh seafood.

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Melehet HaTohen

An artisanal workshop for the manufacture of Tahini in a millstones that is more than 100 years old, and by an ancient recipe used by the village of Ghajar. Full Ethiopian sesame on the brink of sprouting becomes in a prolonged process to this mud colored perfection.  

Melehet HaTohen

HaTahinia
HaTahinia
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HaTahinia

Restaurants Mediterranean Shuk Levinsky

After returning from culinary school in Paris and interning with three Michelin star restaurant owner Alain Ducasse, Chef Yehonatan Barbi came back to Israel to open his own restaurant with a tahini theme. The dishes are mostly tapas style, the atmosphere is colorful and joyful, the Ouzo and wine selection is plentiful, and the tahini comes in a diverse variety of mixtures, textures, and flavors.

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