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.
Every city has it’s own secrets, that only insiders can show and Tel Aviv is not an exception. Guidebooks barely could help you to explore the city’s atmosphere and true vibes, but we, Telavivians, surely can. And today I am taking you to a quiet walk to a very special place.
I’ve been living in Florentine neighborhood for more than a year and only few days ago have discovered an adorable spot between the Florentine and Yaffo, called American-German Colony. The colony was founded in 19th century by americans, then came german settlements and what we have now is a green spot in the city center with a unique historical print, some very well kept secrets and that “Jerusalem atmosphere” you can catch in the silence of the neighborhood. You can spot here beautiful Lutheran Immanuel Church with a temple that basically brought me here (it can be seen both from Florentine and beachside), Meine Freundship House with a little museum inside, Immanuel House that served as the main office of the Temple Society and other interesting buildings. Don’t need to be genius to realize that this mix of unique architecture and historical heritage that is sharing the space at the moment with car-repair garages and some ruins, will be renovated into luxury village sooner than you think. That is why the perfect time to visit the area is right now, since it keeps the original mood of American colony and not overcrowded with tourists and restaurants these days. Totally recommended to visit this area at sunset time when colors are smooth and soft so you can feel the calmest atmosphere there, as I luckily did.
Ashley Moser is a dear friend from London living in Tel Aviv. For the past 4 years, he has been interested in the street art scene here in Tel Aviv. He got me hooked. We went to “visit” a squat in the middle of the ‘Florentine’ district, “The ben atar squat” to see what was going on inside… This is our tribute.
Neve Tzedek (Oasis of Justice) is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. Located on the southern side of the city, this beautiful neighborhood has become one of the trendiest spots in town and yet somehow has retained its old school charm.
Its main road, Shabazi street, is lined with cafes, wine bars, clothing and jewelry boutiques, art galleries, and at its edge lies one of Tel Aviv cultural icons – The Susan Dallal Center for performing arts.
Over the past decade, Neve Tzedek has undergone a renaissance. Once a poor neighborhood, it is now one of the most expensive places to live in the city. The proximity to the beach and Rothschild Blvd, the picturesque low rise architecture, and its overall chic, have driven Neve Tzedek to become The place everyone wants to live in and visit.
The best time to visit the neighborhood is during the week (IE not Saturday when everything is closed). Come in the mood for a slow stroll and make sure to venture between the streets not just on Shabazi.
The neighborhood is also full of history and many guides offer walking tours of the area. Definitely worth a try.
If its in your budget there are a few boutique hotels in Neve Tzedek. The Varsano, Neve Zedek Hotel, and Nina. You can also check out some short term rentals in the area on Airbnb.com
As this blog progresses, I will write some posts about specific spots in the area but for now here are some of my favorites.
Jajo wine bar
Jajo: great spot for a date
Okinawa: Great Sushi
Tazza De Oro: Brunch spot
Susana: Great lunch spot
Bistro 1887: Breakfast and Lunch
Susan Dallal Center of Performing Arts