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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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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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American-German Colony – well hidden spot in Tel Aviv.

   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.

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Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv – A Street for Everyone!

You can’t be in Tel-Aviv without visiting a few times to Dizengoff, Theres just too much to do on the street. Dizengoff is a “mix” street, it has many kinds of people, areas and things to do…

Dizengoff Street is divided into 3 zones:

Dizingoff Center area to Kikar Dizengoff:

A very noisy area all around Tel-Aviv’s old shopping mall – Dizengoff center.
In this area, many of the people, you’ll meet are not from Tel Aviv, its where out of the city people come and do their shopping.
This area starts in The Shopping mall and ends around Kikar Dizengoff.

Frishman Street to Arlozerov Street Area:

Between these 2 streets most of Dizingoff shopping takes place, there are tons of shops, it’s a mix of very stylish shops along together with really cheep bargain shops. This area has also tons of fast food places and coffee shops.

Arlozerov Street to Yimiyaho Street:

As soon as get to Arlozerov, you’ll notice the change in the street’s atmosphere. The shops are now more boutique style, and the sidewalk is full of different people, even the coffee shops are now with a different kind of people.
This area has many designer shops and the shops get more expensive as you walk more north..

What do i recommend for Dizengoff Street?

  • Eat Sabich Frishman on frishman street – Great Israeli Fast food (worth the line!)
  • Buy a Tee at Torso T-shirts (close to Frishman street corner) – Great T-shirt concept shop.
  • Dress up at Block 190 (close to Gordon street corner) – A very stylish clothing shop.
  • Drink coffee at the Espresso bar on the corner of Ben-Gurion Avenue – Great view on Dizengoff.
  • Drink a shake in the juice stand on the corner of Ben-Gurion Avenue!
  • Go drink a beer in the Mate bar – close to Jabotinsky Street
  • Go drink a beer in the Servesa bar (Armadillo icon on the door) – close to Ben-Gurion Avenue.

Remember, Dizengoff is for everyone, if you didn’t have fun on it, it’s probably because you’ve spent your time in the wrong area of it that doesn’t fit you 🙂

Dizengoff has it all!