Shabazi Street, the main axis of Tel Aviv’s breezy Neve Tzedek neighbourhood, is brimming with covetable local and international fashion brands, designer accessories, restaurants and a touch of je ne sais quoi. From its humble beginnings as Tel Aviv’s very first neighbourhood, its ever-charming real estate has soared in recent years, making it one of the White City’s most eclectic and indulgent shopping destinations, and a hub for French expats.
Your guide to Neve Tzedek: Tel Aviv's first neighborhood
The Suzanne Dellal Center, located at the heart of the picturesque Neve Tzedek neighborhood, has been the spot for Israeli and international dance performances (as well as the home of one of Israel’s most famous troupes, the Batsheva Dance Company) since 1989. A performance at the center and dinner in the restaurants nearby make a great night out.
The gorgeous building housing Numéro 13 is more than 100 years old, housed in two apartments connected by a shared patio, showering the space with light. Elise, the shop’s owner and a respected figure in the local retail world, also owns Boutique Elise, located just down the street. The huge space gives way to a curated mix (there’s even a hairdresser in one of the open spaces).The wares are dripping with European chic and artful taste, but expect to spend a pretty shekel.
Dallal is a classic spot that never goes out of style. Find this beautiful hideaway in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, next to the Suzanne Dallal cultural center. The menu reflects the area around it: Tel Aviv, right in the point where it connects with Jaffa. Enjoy the season’s best vegetables, top quality fish and meats, fresh pastas and risottos and a romantic atmosphere unique to the area. For to-go treats, stop at the Dallal Bakery.
Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.
For the uninitiated, Fine Lab is the local label from neighbors, friends, and partners-in-crime and design Rinat Gabi Abromovich and Li-Mor Moraver. You won’t find any color here that’s outside the holy trinity of black-white-gray, but you’ll get fun graphics and decorative accents. The shop is situated in an enchanting private house far from the street and the brand has recently added a clothing line made from 100% organic cotton, including blouses, dresses and knitted hooded scarves, plus furniture – sofas, easy chairs, and dining chairs with removable and washable covers. The bed linens are especially covetable.
Bellini is a charming restaurant that’s been a part of the breathtaking Suzanne Dellal courtyard for over two decades. At this strictly Tel Avivian take on rustic Italian cuisine, you’ll find red-and-white checkered tablecloths and a massive stone fireplace wafting the fragrance of toasted focaccia. Bellini’s menu combines classic cuisine with exciting culinary updates. Discover luscious handmade pastas, fresh seafood and pizza made with seasonal ingredient combinations that sing together in perfect harmony.
Located in the middle of the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this organic vegetarian and vegan bistro feels like a secret vegan hideaway. The bright, welcoming restaurant overflows with garden-fresh ingredients which celebrate Israel’s bounty: overflowing salads, homemade cashew cheeses, impressive breakfasts, and a diverse, cultured menu.
The Shani family opened as a fabric store nearly a decade ago. As its name indicates (badim is cloth in Hebrew), the shop now. There’s an abundance of pillows for the home in general and the kids’ room in particular; scarves of viscose, wool, cotton, silk and chiffon; handmade bedspreads; bags; clothing and jewelry. One of the fun things in the store is that there are always discounts. On the pillow front, for example, there’s a wall that permanently offers 1+1. When we visited, lamb’s wool blankets and pillowcases were also going for attractive prices.
Epicerie means grocery in French, and it’s true that the main section of this magical place is a deli offering cheeses, small pastries and fresh breads, pastas, spreads, wines, preserves, olive oil, and even flowers. Some of the products are imports from France, Spain, Italy and other European countries; others are blue-and-white boutique items. For owner Sigal Taitou, the shop is a direct continuation of her private home. “I bring into this place only what I would bring into my own home, in the fields of food or design,” she says. After purchasing a fresh baguette with fine French cheese, climb the stairs to the airy patio to sit, eat and breathe in the moment. Next to the patio, there’s another space vending beautiful table and bed linens, a mélange of antiques from Europe (think wooden cupboards from France and England), and newer accoutrements from Israeli designers and brands.