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Street Life

Tel Aviv wouldn’t be a city that never sleeps without coffee, a lot of coffee. It’s dotted with cafes to chill and recharge your (mobile) battery. You actually have to choose where to get your fix. Life in Tel Aviv is hard.

Try The Streets on the corner of King George & HaNevim. It’s one of the city’s buzziest cafes where lovely waitresses serve a mix of locals from high schoolers to moms with trolleys. Outside smokers puff away their troubles while upstairs students are Facebooking on their laptops.

What makes The Streets different than the rest of them is a paradoxical combination between high quality & keeping it real. Set in a busy corner in the heart of Tel Aviv, its feng shui is energetic and a-happening. You know they take their coffee seriously though since espressos arrive with a shot of sparkling water on the side.

Food is a little pricier than your average neighborhood cafe, but also tastier. Even the fries are excellent and you can get a beer when you’ve had enough of the black liquid. There’s a vegan menu plus lunch and nighttime specials.

The Streets is open 24/7, a great place to relax with WIFI before a late hour flight. There are 2 other branches at 20 Ashtori Hafarhi near Bazel street and 114 Ibn Gvirol Street.

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GREEK NIGHT FOR ALL – HaMezeg bar Tel Aviv

   HaMezeg (Ha-me-zeg), noun

Translation – temperament [tem·per·a·ment]

1. The combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.

2. Unusual personal attitude or nature as manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, action, etc.

3. The act of pouring beverages.

4. An awesome bar in Tel Aviv.

 

Established in early 2012, HaMezeg, located in Ibn Gabirol St. at the corner of Ha-Bashan St., is a popular northern Mediterranean tavern which revolutionized TLV’s drinking culture, as the first bar to introduce the now popular unlimited quality drinking model. The bar offers 5 very lucrative drinking plans from 60NIS to 129NIS (and all shots are only 8 shekels!) so you’re bound to get wasted.

Choose your plan, we’re going in.

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Greek Night

On Monday nights the bar transforms into a Greek Taverna. Well not really transforms, more like decorated with Greek flags.

He: Greek night! Takes me back to my college days where I would spend many Sunday mornings wondering why I’m on my friend’s porch and where did my shoes go.

She: Yassou! <breaks a plate>

He: Naturally I chose the “Awesome Mezeg” plan and started pounding Weihenstephan with tequila shots. You can’t really go wrong with any Mezeg plan. The beer, wine, liquor selection is great and Tomer the bartender, who became my bff after 2 beers and 3 shots, was more than accommodating.

She: we ordered 3 dishes: Mazetim- 3 small plates of your choice served with bread, an Eggplant in the oven-comes with tahini on top and a Saganaki- a Greek dish of feta cheese grilled in lemon on top of tomatoes and olives. I just like saying it… saganaki! Sounds like a ninja.

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He: The food went well with the drink and music. If you’re not familiar with Greek music, you’re missing out. It elevates the energy levels with joyous authentic Mediterranean sounds. Oh and they had a belly-dancer! A cute one too! No sure if it’s Greek or relates to anything at all but a belly-dancer is a win regardless.

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The Vibe

She: No smoking inside! Win! It’s nice to finally sit at the bar, being able to do the basic act of breathing…

He: People are chill and friendly. Even when the place is packed you don’t feel overwhelmed by the combination of locals, small groups of friends, girls who came to relax and guys who are trying to get in their pants.

She: At 10pm the place was packed with a beautiful crowd ages 23+. The variety of sitting arrangements made it easy for anyone to find their spot. You can sit on the deck outside (smoking area), with a group of friends inside or at the bar.

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Final Score

She: We are sooooo becoming regular clients of HaMezeg. This place is at a great location and has yummy food and cool atmosphere. Even a non-drinker high on life girl like me had tons of fun on Monday Greek night and my BF finally found a place to take me out to.

He: I honestly didn’t know what to expect before this night, I had my doubts about any place this north on Ibn Gabirol, let alone a popular bar that puts in work from 7pm until late. But I must admit, with a bit of help from Jose Cuervo, the Mezeg won me over.

A place to pregame early or spend a whole night at the bar, the Mezeg is flexible enough to provide a fun night for the “no-I-am-not-drinking-tonight” person as well as the “where-did-the-last-two-hours-go-and-why-is-this-guy-telling-me-about-his-pet-frog” type such as myself.

Either way, chances are you’ll end up drunk and happy by the end of the night.

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*All images were taken from HaMezeg’s fb page.

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Tel Aviv Vintage Digger’s Guide – Part 2.

Next vintage lover’s must visit spot is nothing else but Jaffa Flea Market, or how we kindly call it Pishpeshuk. We’ve already gave you advice where to shop for treasures in the city center in our Part 1 of Tel Aviv Vintage Digger’s Guide, so this time we are going down to Old Jaffa. To catch some through-time inspiration and endless fun, save the whole day for this la-la-land adventure, and I’d advice you to visit shuk-ha-pishpeshim during the week, if only you are not a fan of crowded places.  Call me budget fashion adept, sales hunter, dusty retro-chic stuff digger. I adore flea markets and totally recommend this entertainment as a must when you travel, the local atmosphere is amazing, besides it’s never boring, and don’t forget – deeper you look – greater pieces you can find!

Generally, you can find here anything starting from cheap old books, someone’s old family photos, old fashioned furniture your grandparents might still have, some unique stuff like old street name signboards, stunning retro jewelry pieces and so. Besides cheap trash and some really weird items on the shelves of open market, this Pishpeshuk area is fully stuffed with trendy lil cafes and designer jewelry studios. Anyway, it’s impossible to keep your head concentrated in that mad old junk jumble without big green salad and cold limonana. Go to Puah (Rabi Yohanan str.3) to have your lunch – second hand furniture, retro dishes and beautiful atmosphere provided. Italkiya on the corner of Oley Zion is also pretty good, handmade pasta and red checkered table clothes can’t be bad:) Have fun and let us know about your findings!:)

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Effi Sabich – Tel Aviv’s finest Sabich

“Effi Sabich” – Tel Aviv’s finest “Sabich”- is located at 2 Tshernichovsky st. (on the intersection of Tshernichovsky and Alenbi, opposite “The Carmel Market”).

Effi doesn’t simply make his famous “Sabich”. His work involves engineering and constructing the dish while using the “Tehina” in the same way a painter uses his palette. Standing bent, quiet and focused, Effi handles every order as if it was his first, planning how to reach the perfect balance between its ingredients.

After admiring Effi’s never-ending devotion, comes the tasting and the inevitable addiction.

“Effi’s Sabich” – start memorising.

Ingredients: Pita, fried eggplants, an egg (usually a brown one), Humus, Tehina, vegetables, purple cabbage, “Amba” (mango sauce), “Schuge” (hot sauce), pickles, cooked potato, fresh chopped parsley, fresh chopped onion, “Sumak” (Rhus coriaria sauce) and lemon sauce.

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Tips to the newcomer’s:

A. If you are into spicy foods then treat yourself to extra “Schuge” (no extra charge).
B. The Humus and Tehina can be replaced with cheese.
C. Whole-Wheat Pita is also available.
D. Good old times’ “Gazoz” is highly recommended.

Enjoy!