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How to Save and Splurge in Jaffa, Tel Aviv

From creamy hummus to handmade shoes, here's how to balance your budget in the south Tel Aviv neighbourhood.


Tash & Tasha

Tash & Tasha

Tash & Tasha ($$$)
Carved out of an old Ottoman building, complete with a domed stone ceiling, this modern Georgian restaurant serves up classics, like salty khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and smoky eggplant stuffed with tahini. Dinner is accompanied by live music and dancing, as cheering patrons raise their glasses of Old Tbilisi wine.

Beit Eshel 31, 972-3-677-1373


Hummus Abu Hassan ($)
Don’t let the long (but fast-moving) lineups prevent you from trying some of the best cheap eats in Tel Aviv. Bowls of warm, creamy hummus, served with slices of sweet white onions and fluffy pita for scooping, are delivered by endearingly gruff waiters.

Ha-Dolfin 1, 972-3-682-0387


Norman & Bella

Norman & Bella (Photo: Aniv Sisso)

Norman & Bella ($$$)
Designer Tal Arbel works at a big wooden table in her sunlit studio/shop, creating shoes and bags from fine Italian leathers. She takes inspiration from frequent visits to Italy, but has a flair for abstract design as well: She 3-D-printed a geometric pair of stilettos – made of resin and leather – for an art exhibit.

Yehuda Margoza 30, 972-77-562-5231


Gelada Studio ($)

This hip design studio models itself on an old-school souvenir shop, selling screenprinted T-shirts, bags, enamel pins and postcards made by a collective of local artists inspired by destinations around the globe. The little warren is covered in colourful posters, shelves full of old issues of National Geographic and tiny animal figurines (not for sale). Pick up a playful monkey-print backpack or a laser-cut hanging airplane mobile.

Sgula 8, 972-54-807-7118


Stellar Fine Antiques

Stellar Fine Antiques

Stellar Fine Antiques ($$$)
Top-notch charcuterie platters, pickled herring, fresh oysters and Israeli wines are served in a dark and narrow bar, which feels a little like a secret library hidden in the middle of an eclectic antiques market. The stalls open at dusk, so show up early to hunt for treasures before snagging a table.

Olei Zion 7, 972-52-993-6808


Anna Loulou Bar ($)
This beloved, cavelike club is a popular watering hole with both Jewish and Arab locals. It opens late and stays hopping well past midnight, with sweaty millennials dancing to a live DJ – who spins everything from reggae to classic rock – and spilling out onto the sidewalk, mojitos in hand.

Hapninim 2, 972-3-774-1226



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