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
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.
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.
The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art showcases the versatile Israeli artist’s vast oeuvre of paintings, illustrations, and writings. The enchanting little museum, housed in the historical Writers House, also has an arts and crafts section for children.
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.
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.
Designers Einat and Tamar are the magic behind this charming Neve Tzedek boutique. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and goes through a painstaking process to insure its perfection. Their collection includes pieces which blend precious stones with coins, antique gems with ancient Hebrew engravings. Einat and Tamar have put so much love and attention into the work, and it is clear when taking an up-close look at the finished products. Take a stroll through beautiful Neve Tzedek and pop into this dazzling store.
Anita’s world-famous boutique serves up 100% hand-made ice cream, made from natural ingredients. With over 150 flavours of frozen yogurts, sorbets and organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real-cream options, Anita has something for everyone. With mouth-watering toppings, such as fresh fruit, syrups, premium chocolates and homemade jams, Anita’s is a treat that can’t be beat! Anita’s locally sourced ingredients ensure the freshest, highest quality desserts. Flavours include brownie, chocolate almonds with caramel, mascarpone ricotta strawberries and tiramisu hazelnut mousse, along with more classic tastes. Try it in a cone or on top of a waffle!
The Neve Tzedek area is well known for its small boutiques that attract European tourists and locals to them like a magnet. Once there, why not duck into Roy Daniel for the full European experience. Nestled inside the ever-fashionable Numero 13, Roy Daniels is a homey salon with a lot of personality. On their website (one of the few English hairdresser websites in town), you can scan their variety of services, which also include hair styling for brides. Prices are not cheap but hey, whoever gets a cut in Neve Tzedek shouldn't complain.
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.
Founded 14 years ago as a family business for authentic Moroccan furniture and decorative items, Art Morocco’s open space is packed with colorful items. Most of the merchandise comes from Morocco, where it’s made by hand. If you’re seeking caftans for a henna ceremony you can find them here, just call in advance, and the manager will take them out of the storeroom.
Fittingly located in Neve Tzedek, the most romantic and quaint neighborhood in Tel Aviv, lies a lovely little authentic Italian restaurant named Beccafico. The menu here changes often, as they serve only the freshest produce that’s in season. It can be a challenge to find a truly well-made pizza in Israel, but take solace in the fact that Beccafico lovingly creates other-worldly homemade pies with thin and crispy crust. And don’t forget to put on some decadent toppings such as goat cheese, sweet potato, and smoked goose. They also offer other authentic Italian dishes such as melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi, a variety of seasonal pasta dishes, and creamy burrata cheese and tomato salad. For dessert? Try the heavenly tiramisu.
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.
Fabulously renovated, the Hatachana Compound was originally built in the 1890s as Tel Aviv and Jaffa’s central train station. Now a beachside shopping mall, the Hatachana Compound is a great place to wander and enjoy the many unique shops and restaurants that occupy the architecturally beautiful buildings. The compound not only features some fabulous shops, it is a great place to experience the historical side of Tel Aviv, while also picking up a new pair of shoes.
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.
One of the principal labels is Cire Trudon, a French company that has specialized in perfuming homes and candle making since 1643. The candles are made of natural materials in traditional shapes, each with a story and illustration by a famous French illustrator and a signed certificate attesting to when and by whom it was made. You won’t find vanilla scented versions here, but rather unexpected options like leather, tobacco, and rain. Also in the shop: Spectacular furniture from designer Jonathan Adler and two especially impressive Tom Dixon collections – one for the office and the other for the bar.
Located in the sunny Neve Tzedek neighborhood is Babette - one of the most beautifully outfitted baby stores in Tel Aviv, and the only one to carry Petit Bateau's full collection. Find a host of options - all in tasteful, classic styles - from both local and international designers, like mini overalls, puffy winter coats, beach-worthy sundresses and tiny swimsuits. Babette has everything you need to get your little one through the varied Israeli seasons, including accessories like sunglasses, shoes, hats, scarves, diaper bags and more. In addition to clothing, this boutique store has home goods to spruce up any nursery, or children’s room from decorative pillows, blankets to stuffed animals.
Located in the beautiful Neve Tzedek is Lorentz and Mintz. This Kosher cafe serves up mouthwatering fresh baked goods, including lemon meringue cheesecake, tartlets filled with pastry cream and homemade strawberry jam, among other delicacies. The menu has unique dishes such as the Fisherman’s Croissant, a fresh, handmade croissant filled with smoked tuna fish, picked lemons, sour cream, fried potatoes, kalamata olives and a soft boiled egg. Of course, no visit would be complete without an aromatic cup of coffee. A must try for anyone who finds themselves in Tel Aviv, this place is not your typical Kosher dairy restaurant.
Orit Ivshin and her partner Giora Ivshin are blending the old with the new in their stunning jewelry pieces. It is only fitting then, that they have chosen Tel Aviv’s very first neighborhood as their home base. Nestled in the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, on the main Shabazi shopping street, the Studio specializes in fine contemporary jewelry, setting colorful precious stones and diamonds inside 18k gold earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. If you’re searching for one of a kind piece to pass down from generation to generation, this family run studio has just the heirloom you’re looking for.