The Ultimate Tel Aviv Traveler's Guide

Home to more outdoor cafes, pristine beaches, and fresh juice stands than you can ever hope to hit—not to mention round-the-clock nightlife that puts New York to shame—Tel Aviv is a far cry from border battles and timeless tensions. The Mediterranean metropolis, known to be the world’s only “Bauhaus city,” also boasts a bustling street art scene and crop of young design talent, making it one thrilling place to shop—be it for artisan-crafted jewelry, leather lace-ups, or a beach-to-bar frock that your friends back home are sure to lust after.
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Liat Dahan: Chock full of rainbow brights designed by FIT alum Liat Dahan—who doubles as the shop’s manager—expect tailored party frocks, show-stealing bikinis from Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, and bubbly costume jewelry and accessories from the local Israeli and Argentinian couple behind Punchaos.

Liat Dahan, 55 Sheinkin Street (between Feierberg and Ahad Ha’Am streets); 972-50-456-9159.
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Radio EPGB: Known as the “home of underground music,” this subterranean club—named “Radio” in honor of its belief in broadcasting quality beats—spares no warmth or welcome in order to attain its decidedly edgy flavor. Glowingly lit, with an intimate, U-shaped bar, this taste-making fixture keeps world renowned DJs on deck every night to craft the signature mix of indie-rock, updated “indietronica,” and classic punk rock for which the venue has come to be known.

Radio EPGB, 7 Shadal Street (between Sderot Rothschild and Yehuda Halevi); 03-560-3636.
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Elise: One of four trend-smart outposts, including a shoes-only branch across the street, this bright shop boasts a fresh curation for both work and weekend. From graphic-print blouses and dainty skirts by Paris-based Gat Rimon to perforated candy-colored brogues from Koah, a range of retro-inspired earrings, and expertly crafted beachwear in fine fabrics and flattering cuts, consider this your one-stop-shop for sun-drenched style.

Elise, 30 Shabazy Street (between Ahva and Neve Tsedek streets); 03-517-2835.
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Anita Café “La Mamma del Gelato: Thought Pinkberry was addictive? Delight in daily churned yogurt (made by owner Anita’s son, an ice-cream maker since age 9), and be sure to pile on guilt-free toppings like fresh figs, cherries, and watermelon. And if you’re feeling like really entering vacation mode, opt for the gelato, in flavors from halva and napoleon to kinder bueno, Campari grapefruit, pistachio, and baclava.

Anita Café “La Mamma del Gelato,” 25 Shabazy Street (between between Ahva and Neve Tsedek streets); 03-517-0505.
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MIZO: Nestled in the quaint neighborhood of Neveh Tzedek (“Dwellings of Justice”), this sleek boutique offers up clothes from dancer-come-designer Inbal Benzaken, whose travels through Japan inspired a neutral palette of body-conscious, unrestrictive separates—and a new career. Punctuating the sartorial draping is architectural jewelry from a spattering of local designers like Hagar Satat, lush leather clutches from Okapi, and drool-inducing downtowner mid-heels from Lucca.

Mizo, 51 Shabazy Street (between Kinneret and Rishonim streets); 03-516-4105.
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Café Noah: If you want more than a stop-and-go salad—say, stellar people watching, free wi-fi, and the scene for your next novel—you’ll want to grab a bite at this off-the-beaten-path eatery. A favorite of “writers, poets, pundits, and other folk desperately attempting to avoid a nine to five job” (description c/o Lonely Planet), this indoor/outdoor space houses a small library, live jazz every Sunday, killer quinoa, and a wall full of the staff’s childhood photos.

Café Noah, 93 Ahad Ha’Am Street (between Borochov and HaHashmona’im streets); 03-629-3799.
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