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Tel Aviv Shopping

Tel aviv Shopping
Any visitor to a different city or country will attest to the fact that shopping is a real cultural eye-opener; there is no better way to get a feel and taste of the foreign culture than by perusing the streets, window-shopping and purchasing fashion items, culinary specialties and souvenirs. Shopping in Tel Aviv is simply fascinating due to the wide variety of shopping venues that the city boasts, ranging from international designer shops, outdoor flea markets, huge malls and markets.
There are numerous main streets renowned for their shops in Tel Aviv such as the bustling Allenby Street, which is lined with lower-priced fashion stores, eateries and bookstores and the Bohemian Shenkin Street with it's unique clothing stores. Malls such as the Dizengoff Center Shopping Mall and the Azrieli Shopping Mall offer the air-conditioned, chic, fashion, souvenir, boutique and houseware shopping experience. For the genuine Middle Eastern experience, check out the Carmel Market with exotic foods and bargains galore or the Jaffa Flea Market for antiques and second-hand treasures.

 


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HaTachana, Hebrew for "the station" refers to the old Tel aviv railway station, located between Jaffa and the renovated neighborhood of Neve tzedek. HaTachana complex is a magical place where history, modernity and commercialism seamlessly fuse, creating a lovely day out complete with excellent cafés, unique boutiques and two weekly markets.
From the end of the nineteenth century until the establishment of the State, the railway station served as the final stop on the Jaffa-Jerusalem line. The site decayed after the railway closed until 2005, when the Tel Aviv municipality took it over and began to renovate. The shops and cafés that grace the complex's sixteen different buildings today were created so as to fund the project. In 2010, HaTachana was officially re-opened as a stylish pedestrian-only area that successfully pays tribute to the rich history of the place while simultaneously embracing the always-changing character of the city.
Cafés currently open in HaTachana include Café Tachana, located in the original station building, offering a variety of light breakfast foods, Café Greg, a well-known coffee-shop chain that offers drinks and snacks, Vaniglia for delicious, freshly-made ice-cream, Shushka Shvili, famous for their 100+ beers from around the world and tapas plates, with a magnificent rooftop-view of Jaffa and Italika B'Tachana that specializes in southern Italian food.
Speciality stores worth popping in to include the one-of-a-kind souvenir store Made in TLV that offers the best of Tel Aviv creativity in souvenirs that are simply fantastically atypical, Ahava, where you can purchase some of the world-famous natural Dead Sea Products, that have powerful effects on the skin and Gaya, a store that offers intriguing puzzles and games, many invented and hand-crafted on Moshav Hagor.
Thursday nights at HaTachana see the "Unique" trades fair being hosted with the best of Israeli talent in art, design and concepts displaying their goods against a background of live music. The "Unique" market is on from 7:00 PM 'til 12:00 AM and a number of hours later makes way for the "Orbanic" (urban organic) organic fruit and vegetable market that takes place on Fridays between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The "Orbanic" market displays eco-friendly produces for the house and personal care.
 




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In 1987 the city made Nachalat Binyamin into a pedestrian mall by closing off the three streets that make up the neighborhood to vehicles and the largest arts-and-crafts fair in Israel was born.
The neighborhood was created by an association of tradesmen, clerks and shopkeepers who wanted to create a neighborhood similar to the city's first district, Ahuzat Bayit. In those days, Nachalat Binyamin Street, the central street of the neighborhood, was the longest road in the city. The first dwellers were craftsmen who were looking for affordable housing.  In the early twentieth century a small number of houses were built and the neighborhood joined up with the city of Tel aviv so that the neighborhood could fully develop.
Every Tuesday and Friday the street comes to life with a festival of arts, crafts and performances. Over two-hundred artists set up their stalls on a regular basis and offer unique, handmade wares to pedestrians who wander the three-pronged streets of the neighborhood. The merchandise ranges from jewelry to glass ornaments, from Judaica items to purses, from stuffed animals to ceramic pots, and much, much more. All products are sold by the artists themselves which makes for an interesting experience, allowing the potential buyers to hear first-hand about the product and to find the most suitable one for them.
For the less shopping-inclined, the open-air bazaar that is Nachalat Binyamin makes for a pleasant stroll, with fine restaurants, quaint cafes, breath-taking street performances and beautiful live music. Nachalat Binyamin is simply a must for those visiting Tel Aviv who are looking to buy one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends or just looking for an entertaining day out.
Hours: The pedestrian mall at Nachalat Binyamin is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in June until 6:00 PM and in the months of July and August until 7:00 PM. In the case of heavy rain or winds the pedestrian mall isn't open.
 




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The Jaffa Flea Market ("Shuk HaPishPishim" in Hebrew) is one of the main attractions in the Old jaffa city. Any visitor looking for antiques, second-hand treasures, bargains or simply a fantastic experience must make sure to visit the Flea Market. It is situated not far from the Clock Tower and provides the full market experience- the sounds of the haggling, the smells of the produce, the interaction with the merchants and the exciting atmosphere of the give-and-take between buyer and seller.
The Jaffa Flea Market is made up of three areas- on the main street are the antique furniture, carpets and oriental ornaments shops, on the two, covered alleys one can find clothing, jewelry and souvenirs and the open market is where the second-hand goods are.
The Jaffa Flea Market has come a long way from it's beginnings- the name "Flea Market" is due to the fact that the second-hand clothes that used to be sold there would literally be crawling with fleas. Thankfully, today one can get the authentic yet cleaner "Flea Market Experience" alongside the hippy restaurants, cafés and art galleries that have sprung up in the wake of the area's development and successful attraction of a younger crowd. In the summer, the Flea Market is open on Thursday nights, with live music creating a great atmosphere.
You  can buy almost anything at the Flea Market; toys, clothing, jewelry, Judaica, Persian tiles, shoes, old records, and the list goes on. The prices depend on your haggling abilities but one thing is for sure- the Jaffa Flea Market makes for a fantastically entertaining day out, allowing the visitor to enjoy the feel of an old Middle Eastern market and possibly walking away with some smashing bargains.
 




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Shenkin Street is famed for being the street that epitomized the spirit of the Tel aviv streets in the eighties. Shenkin was the birthplace of some of the most exciting and original music, theater and dance groups that formed at that time. Despite the more conservative direction that the street has taken in recent years, it remains a hot attraction and offers some of the best stores and coffee shops.
For the shopaholics among us, welcome to the garden of Eden! Leading Israeli designers- Ronen Chen (49 Shenkin), Naama Bezalel and Banot-Lulu Liam (40 Shenkin), to name just a few chose to set up stores on the mythical street. Jewelry and accessory shops are also plentiful with world-famous Michal Negrin (37 Shenkin) setting up stall here, alongside Daniella Lehavi (35 Shenkin), famous for her bags and shoes. Speaking of shoes, for those looking for global brands, Aldo, Camper and Adidas can also be found on Shenkin. The Far East style is very popular in Israel and if that interests you, be sure to pay a visit to The Third Eye (7 Shenkin).
If you've worked up an appetite with all that retail therapy, there are plenty of eateries to choose from, including  Café Tamar (57 Shenkin), famous for serving coffee to well-recognized Israeli figures, Orna and Ella, unarguably the best restaurant on the street and the well-loved Aroma coffee shop (30 Shenkin).
Visitors can easily spend an enjoyable day perusing Shenkin Street, shopping, eating and soaking up the unique atmosphere of one of the most popular streets in Tel Aviv.
 




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If you're looking to purchase a beautiful, hand-crafted gift for a special one back home, or simply want to treat yourself while on holiday, be sure to drop in to Shlush Shloshim Ceramics Co-op when passing through Tel aviv. Shlush Shloshim is located in the picturesque Neve tzedek neighborhood since 1992 and displays the works of eleven women who are all local artists who in addition to exhibiting their pieces, jointly own, control and run the gallery.
The distinguishing factor in Shlush Shloshim in comparison to other galleries, is the fact that the artists are involved in every aspect of the gallery, from outstanding customer service, fair prices and willingness to advise the customer. The special cooperative spirit that guides the place is tangible and it is clear that each and every one of the eleven partners has the chance to flourish professionally and individually, whilst adding their special touch to the success of the cooperation.
Indeed, a look around Shlush Shloshim is all that is needed to understand that every  single artist has their own distinctive style- works range from the attractive and functional to the purely aesthetically pleasing. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind and others can be made to order.
 




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Kikar HaMedina ( translates to mean "The State's Square") is located in northern Tel aviv and is the place to go if you get the urge for some high-end shopping whilst visiting Tel Aviv. Extravagant designer shops, luxurious boutiques and top-end jewelry stores line the streets. This is the place to find international name brands such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Gucci- this shopping area is considered the most exclusive, stylish and pricey that there is in Tel Aviv.
The shops in Kikar HaMedina sit around a circular, non-descript plaza which doesn't reflect the high-class shopping experience that surrounds it yet provides somewhere pleasant to rest those weary feet after exploring the shops. In addition, there are a number of cafés and bakeries in the area to help you re-fuel before continuing on your retail therapy.
For those with the means and the love of fashion, Kikar HaMedina is unarguably the place to pick up items that simply scream "chic".
If you still have energy left after your shopping spree, or are with companions who are less-shopping inclined, be sure to pay a visit to the nearby Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which is located on the nearby 27 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Israel's main art museum and a cultural hub. Additionally, the Wine Press Garden, a Hellenistic archaeological site is also close to Kikar Hamedina- ideal for all those history fanatics.
 




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Dizengoff Street is the only street in Israel that coined a new word, based solely on the iconic status of the street. That's right, did you just "hizdangeff " or Dizengoff yourself? This amusing slang word pays tribute to Dizengoff Street's peak days after it was named after the first mayor of Tel aviv, Meir Dizengoff. Dizengoff Street represented the vibrant cultural life that rocked Tel Aviv at that time. In the seventies and eighties, it fell out of favor due, in part, to the Dizengoff Center mall that made its mark on the neighborhood. In recent years, Dizengoff has begun to enjoy a revival with new restaurants, shops and cafés popping up frequently, creating a lively, exciting location.
Dizengoff Street is located at the corner of Ibn Gabirol Street, runs past the Dizengoff Center and Dizengoff Square and ends by the Tel Aviv boardwalk. Eateries run along the entire street and bars and boutiques are more concentrated at the northern end. Some of the best Israeli designers sell their creations on Dizengoff and the variety of clothing is extensive- on this one street one can pick up wedding dresses, handmade shoes, fifties-style clothing, original children's clothing and vintage clothing.
Dizengoff Square is found in the center of the street and is a fountain with a moving display of fire and water, created by Yakov Agam. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the Creative Artists Fair is held at the Square and local artists display their glass, ceramic, metal works, jewelry, paintings and sculptures.
The Dizengoff Center mall is also located on Dizengoff Street and houses designer shops, global chains, fast food, entertainment in the form of two cinemas and health centers that include two gyms and a swimming pool.
There are some lovely hotels on Dizengoff Street for those looking for accommodation in the area, such as the Hotel Cinema, located at 1 Zamenhoff Street which is built in the Bauhaus style that Tel Aviv is famous for.
Be sure to pay a visit to this shopper's heaven and to report home on how it is to l'hizdangeff down the legendary Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv.
 




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The Azrieli Center is a skyscraper complex in Tel aviv with the largest shopping mall in Tel Aviv in the center. The three skyscrapers that make up the Azrieli Center are all shaped differently, one circular-shaped, one square-shaped and one triangular-shaped. The Azrieli Center has become a symbol of the renewal of Tel Aviv and Israel.
The Azrieli Center Mall is one of the largest malls in Israel. In addition to a dizzying number of clothes stores, there are about thirty eateries in the mall- ranging from restaurants and cafés to fast-food joints. Although the Azrieli Center serves primarily as a business centre; in fact, the largest one in the Middle East, the shopping mall and Observatory (located on the forty-ninth floor of the circular building) make a visit to the Azrieli well worth it!
The stores in the Azrieli Center Mall contain a fantastic selection of reasonably-priced clothes and is truly a one-stop kind of place- with the variety available, there's no need to stop in another mall on your visit! In addition, there is a play area for children so you can always leave your offspring with your partner to allow you to shop in peace.
 




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Adjacent to Rabin Square and just off Ibn Gvirol Street, is a lovely half-open shopping centre that goes by the name of Gan Ha'ir (The City Garden in English). The shopping centre is known for having shops and restaurants that are on international standards, with chain stores sharing the space with exclusive brand stores.
Gan Ha'ir opened in the late eighties and was considered the most elite shopping centre in Tel aviv. Today, the compact, well-kept shopping centre still has some very elegant and expensive shops, and one can find almost everything here, ranging from clothing to carpets, jewelry to house-ware, from restaurants to night-clubs. The greenery is lush, the fountains sparkling and the City Garden Shopping Centre is just waiting to be explored…
 




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Dizengoff Center was Israel's first mall, built over a period of five years between 1972 and 1977. The Center is located at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street in central Tel aviv and was named after Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv. The mall has an astonishing 420 stores, as well as two cinemas and restaurants, and even hosts art exhibitions and other events.
Don't miss:
• The Lev Cinema that offers top-quality films from all over the world
• Soho- located on the top floor. A design center that displays exhibits from around the world and contains the largest shop in Israel for designed products.
• The roof-top swimming pool and gym that is open twenty-four hours a day- when the relentless humidity of Tel Aviv starts to get to you, pop in to the pool for a refreshing dip on the roof of the mall.
• The food market that is set up on Thursdays and Fridays and offers delicious, homemade cooking that is perfect for taking home for Shabbat. On Thursdays it's open between 16:00 and 22:00 and on Fridays between 10:30 and 16:00.
• The fashion designers bazaar is present on Fridays between the hours of 10:30 and 16:00 and displays the latest offerings from Israel's top fashion designers. Prices are slightly reduced and it provides a great opportunity to see what's hot in the local styles.
 




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One of the city's famous buildings, the Opera Tower is situated at the corner of Allenby, Herbert Samuel and HaYarkon Streets. The Opera Tower is home to residential apartments, a shopping mall, a cinema, a fitness centre, restaurant and a private swimming pool for the tower's residents at the base of the building.
The Opera Tower is built on the same place that the old Opera House stood on and the exterior shape of the base building is identical to the one of the old Opera House. Three floors of the Opera Tower are used commercially, including Israeli designers, jewelry, ceramics, Judaica, fashion, furniture, six eateries and five cinema halls. There is full air-conditioning in the Opera Tower, making for a pleasant shopping experience. In addition, the Opera Tower hosts exhibitions and artistic activities.
 




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Close to the newly renovated HaTachana is Tel aviv's largest marketplace, "Carmel Market", a kaleidoscope of colors, noises and smells. Every Middle Eastern city has it's own marketplace that offers the freshest produce- bread, cheese, fruits and vegetables and Tel Aviv is no exception.
The Carmel Market is a long alleyway that is lined with colorful stalls that are manned by storekeepers who loudly present their goods. There is a section of the market, the Allenby Street side, that has mostly clothing and footwear stalls. Apart from that one can find bread, pastries, spices, fruits, vegetables, meat and basically anything that is food-related at very reasonable prices. Be sure to never accept the first price offered to you here- haggling is the name of the game!
There are several lovely Yemenite restaurants in the area that are worth a visit after passing through the Carmel Market.
 




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The Levinski Market was founded by Jews who immigrated from Thessalonica, Greece over eighty years ago. The Greek Jews were followed by Iranian and other Jews from countries where spicy foods and herbal remedies are common. Thus, the Levinsky Market, located under and between decaying three-storey buildings, is famous for it's colorful, fragrant spices, herbs and teas.
The Levinski Market holds mainly spices and delicatessen products such as pickles, herring and regional delights from varying locations such as Turkey, Greece and Romania. This is the ideal place for the person searching for a specific spice, as well as quality cheeses, fish and wines. Visit the Levinski Market and revel in it's lively, often hectic atmosphere.
 




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The Ha'Ari Kabbalah Jewelry Company designs and sells jewelry that is not only incredibly beautiful, it also has a rich history and is rooted in Jewish mystical tradition. Every creation has a story, meaning and a wealth of information behind it. Every piece is a world unto itself and when one purchases one the meaning and story becomes a part of you.
The Ha'Ari Kabbalah Jewelry Company take pride in the precision with which they work, select the materials from which they create their pieces and finish them. Every piece of jewelry is stamped with an original stamp bearing the company name and an indication of the number of karats contained in the piece.
Those looking for a unique gift for relatives back home or even for oneself as a reminder of one's trip, a piece of Ha'Ari Kabbalah Jewelry is a wonderful idea- attractive, deeply meaningful and rooted in tradition, it is sure to accompany the wearer for many years to come.
 




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Hidden in the ancient Old jaffa of stone walls and winding alleyways is a magical world of color, shapes and textures- the Adina Plastelina Studio that is the personification of the symbiosis of old and new in the use of old techniques with new materials that result in a stunning collection of jewelry and gifts.
The old technique used by Adina Plastelina is the Millefiori technique that was used in the fourteenth century BC for fashioning glass jewelry- colorful glass rods were fused together to make one rod, reheated and pulled to form a thin cane which is then cooled and cut into slices. Each resulting piece looks like a flower- hence the name "Millefiori" which means "a thousand flowers". The slices are then set in molds and reheated in order to fuse them together and create a finished product.
The new material used by Adina Plastelina is polymer clay which came about in the second half of the twentieth century.
Adi Prahia and Sami Leder adopted the Millefiori technique in creating polymer clay pieces of art and Adi, with her background in arts and crafts and Sami, with his background in sculpting, joined forces in 2004 and opened the Adina Plastelina Studio near to the Old Jaffa port.
Adina Plastelina produce countless radiant pieces that depict birds, butterflies, flowers, leaves, trees, Stars of David, crosses and countless other shapes as well as a vast variety of jewelry and gift items. The pieces are fitted on rhodium-plated silver, gold-plated silver and 18K gold.
Be sure to pop in to the Adina Plastelina Studio when you’re in Old Jaffa and be prepared to be blown away by their vibrant, daring and fun-loving world.
 

Welcome to the Mysterious Room of Adina Plastelina

In 2006, while renovating the gallery, we made the fantastic discovery of the ruins of an ancient limestone structure.

With the help of an elaborate engineering operation that was headed by Mr. Hassan El-Obidi, a round hollow, of diameter 280 centimeters was discovered. A plethora of exciting questions arose as a result; what was the building used for? Did the building serve a religion or cult? Was the building a part of someone's home? Was it used for water storage? When was the building built?

The artifacts found under the floor of the gallery as well as within the remnants of the building itself, attest to the lives and activities of the residents who lived here in times gone by. The artifacts point at a presence in Jaffa that stretches back 3,500 years, as far back as the Bronze Age.


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