Four insiders share their go-to places.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
I drink roughly 10 cups of coffee a day and usually order my first café hafuch—Israel’s version of a cappuccino—at Café Tachtit (9 Lincoln St.; 972-3/561-8759), where creative types hang out. The city has nearly 10 miles of Mediterranean-front beaches, and we recently completed a new boardwalk from the northern to southern end, great for long strolls. My favorite stretch of sand is Frishman Beach, in the city center. For late-night cocktails, go to the Block (157 Salame St.). It’s a trek to get there, but the visiting European DJ’s are fantastic.
Chef-owner of Oasis Restaurant
Amrani Brothers (15 HaCarmel St.; 972-3/516-1358) is one of Tel Aviv’s best spice shops. It’s been selling herbs and condiments for almost 70 years, including Ras al Hanout—ginger, pepper, cardamom, and Turkish rose petals. In the Levinsky Market, brothers Yomi and Eitan Levy come from a long line of Turkish-Jewish delicatessen owners. Their shop, Yom Tov (43 Levinksy; 972-3/681-3730), specializes in cured fish and meats and extra-virgin olive oil from northern Israel. Another great place in Levinsky is Ouzeria (44 Matalon St.; 972-3/533-0899; $), which serves tasty tapas like burrata with Negev desert tomatoes.
Sahar Shalev & Eyal de Leeuw
Founders of fashion blog The Garçonnière
Sophisticated fashion is still in its infancy here, but a handful of newcomers are gaining attention. We love L’Etranger, a concept store in Neve Tzedek that stocks designers such as Rick Owens and Damir Doma along with its own goth-inspired men’s label. Nearby is Not For Sale (3 Merkaz Ba’alei Melaha; 972-3/600-6565), which sells unisex European denim and up-and-coming designer Adam Gefen’s line of floral- and polka-dot–patterned shirts and trousers. For dinner, head to Port Said (5 Har Sinai; 972-3/620-7436; $$), behind the Great Synagogue. We’re big fans of the steak with tahini and tomato tartare.