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Tel Aviv Vintage digger’s guide – Part 1.

We’re excited to announce a brand new posts line – specially for you, fashion lovers. We all know mainstream is not a trendy thing, that is why we are ready to provide you with some fashionable (and budget-friendly!) places to shop for unique pieces for your wardrobes and keep it telavivian way. First stop – Vintage and Second hand market on Dizengof square, that opens it’s doors for gold vintage diggers every Tuesday from 12:00 till 23:00 and Friday from 7:00 till 17:00.

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   If you’re searching for retro styled dresses, vintage accessories, Adidas sweatshirts or Levi’s denim  – I mean all those things that only get better with years – that’s the right place to find them for some really affordable prices. Take a look at stands/suitcases full with reduced to 10-50 shekels pieces – you can find adorable treasures there too. If you get lucky and your flea market digging skills are high, you can even find some designer’s shoes for ridiculous price among the stands.

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   From the other side of the square you’re invited to a wonderful world of flea market treasures – israeli old stamps, postcards, old coins, home decorations, retro street signs, to sum up – everything that your traveller’s soul could consider as keeping a local secret inside great souvenir. The prices on some pieces can reach sky high, so don’t hesitate to bargain – it’s a flea market fun time!:)

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The best Humos in Tel Aviv is in Jaffa – Abu-Hassan

Every country or city take’s pride in its unique cullinaric attractions. They can appear in the form of a fancy restaurant, a folksy eatery or even a small stand on the street.

Today I would like to introduce to you Tel-Aviv’s most mouthwatering shrine (which is located in Jaffa, funnily enough)  – “Abu-Hassan”. Founded in 1959, “Abu-Hassan” (also known as “Ali-Caravan”) is the place which savvy Tel Avivians consider to be the pinnacle of their Humus experience.

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Despite the relatively small room, constant crowdedness and shabby interior – this one should not be missed!
The oral menu is fairly concise – 4 basic dishes (Humus, Masabacha, Beans and Labane) and combinations comprised from them. “Abu-Hassan’s” signature dish is “Hameshulash” (the triangle, “Mathalath” in Arabic) which is made from Humus, Beans and Masabacha. The integral side items are Pita and fresh Onions alongside spicy sauce and citric salt.

Like the majority of Blue-collar restaurants, it is customary for the visitors to share tables with their unknown fellow eaters and hence shorten the queues. The service is speedy and the waiters often impel the visitors to finish their meals quickly for the sake of the next ones in line.

The place opens Sun-Fri from 08:00am until the pots are empty and that always happens too soon.
One last tip: sit outside and you will be able to enjoy the striking scenery of Jaffa and the Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy.

 

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The Bistro 1887

I must be honest I am rather biased when it comes to Bistro 1887. I sit there several time a week (sometimes more), its right by my house, and I know the owner. This is one of spots where i express my Tel Avivianism (that’s not a word right?)

Corner of Liliblum (לילינבלום) and Pines (פינס) streets, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Anyway…located on a sunny corner of Pines and Lilinblum st, Bistro 1887 is a cafe / restaurant hybrid on one of the edges of Neve Tzedek

Its charm lies in its picturesque corner location which is consistently sun facing, great coffee, and the international clientele. Its a great spot to watch the passer byes, read a book, and spend a lazy morning with a friend.

The menu features an Italian theme but accommodates all types of pallet’s. The food is consistently good but definitely not cheap. Do not miss the croissants, the anti pasti, and the great schnitzel.

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Teder Bar & Radio – Season 4

Summer’s here, and you know what that means. Time to chill at the beach and eat sweet watermelons? Yep. But to Tel Aviv’s bar connoisseurs and music fanatics summer means one more thing – Teder’s back!

The fourth season of this popular popup bar & online radio takes it to a new level at a unique location –  an urban courtyard in the south of town. It’s situated right in the middle of Romano House, a crumbling building of several floors with old school clothing shops lining the ground level.

This year’s Teder leaves an impression on everyone. A friend who walked in at peak hours described it as getting a massive slap on the face. He must have been talking about the packed young crowd and the groovy music blasted from the radio van. Myself, I looked around as a big smile came over my face, muttering ‘cool’ uncontrollably.

Catch a seat if you can on a second hand chair and enjoy a refreshing pint of Maccabi lager. Look up and see a piece of the night sky and video art loops projected on windows. If you have the munchies the food cart may satisfy your cravings with an all natural popsicle, hummus, or some toast.

Look for Teder’s entrance on Jaffa Road, right across from HaKishon Street. It’s only open at night since the surrounding businesses operate by day. Come early if you want to guarantee a seat, and checkout their online radio even if you can’t make it. The bar will close at the end of September 2013, so get a drink while it’s there.

Teder smartphone photo by Daniel Paikov