This is Kristof’s Tel-Aviv
He came from Eastern Europe to this scorching hot Middle Eastern city and fell in love, bought a small sails boat, rented out a room on a roof in the Yemenite Quarter and made Tel Aviv his home. Kristof, a writer, vegan cook, sailor and owner of a furless dog is no ordinary Tel Aviv cousin and he can map out the best vegan spots in town, Jaffa variety, gay bars with a twist, open air markets and unique shopping areas where you can enjoy local design and ancient history.
Tola'at Sfarim - Maze
Coffee Shop & Book Store
Tolar Sfarim café is a cozy spot in Central Tel Aviv, where you can have coffee, breakfast - great vegan omelet -, or just something sweet, as their vegan brownie won the city’s “best vegan brownie” price. But the best part is: they also have a bookstore, offering art, fashion, and architecture albums, poetry books and novels, both in English and Hebrew.
Garden / Architecture
Fun and chilled spot for those who just want to relax laying on the grass, listening to classical music, playing from the speakers around. The national theater is a beautiful example of Bauhaus architecture, and the square by it is one of the city’s typical meeting point for friends, families, tourists, and actors, musicians playing in the shows in the nearby venues.
Coffee / Tea / Matcha
In Cafe Xoho you always feel at home - fun and lovable paintings on the wall, food which feels like your mom made it, and mouthwatering, fresh juices await for those who visit. They also host special events, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for those who miss the holidays from back home.
A great restaurant offering Middle Eatern and Mediterranean fusion dishes, and really good wines. “Shuk” means “market” in Hebrew - and it does feel like you’re sitting at a marketplace, yet it’s one of the most urban spots of Tel Aviv: right by Dizengoff Square.
Bar / Rooftop
This incredible bar has a beautiful view overlooking the textile district and the artist market on Nachalat Binyamin street. Happy hours are between 6 and 8 when you get a dish and a drink for 39 NIS. Try the vegan “Jerusalem mix”, and the “Eggplant chips” - both are to die for. From time to time they have live performances and parties.
Gay Bar / Cafe
Imri Kalman’s bat started off as a gay hub, but soon it became more of a social gathering spot for everyone and anyone. Awesome design, refreshing drinks, tasty bites, and and fun crowd - that says it all. Don’t forget to visit the Mini Clüb right next to Shpagat - a tiny little, ever crowded dancefloor.
Farmer's Market / Market
The buzzing organic market of North Tel Aviv right at the Tel Aviv Port, open every Friday until Shabbat starts. Everything sold here is produced by small family farms. It worth it to go without having breakfast before, because the foodtands are quite irrestistible.