No vacation would be complete without some retail therapy and once you have explored, eaten and lounged your way around the streets, restaurants and beaches of the city why not head inlands for a sartorial splurge? Everywhere you look, cute boutiques and fun shops are ready and waiting to be browsed.
- Disengoff Center is favored among Telavivans due to its convenient wide variety of well-known stores. For those that step out of the mall and explore a little further, Disengoff the street, a lively thoroughfare running across central Tel Aviv may have more to offer than the ever so popular shopping mall. Find the perfect stylish souvenirs to bring back home at the Bauhaus Center (99 Disengoff St.) or pick up some local design from the well-curated collection at Umbrella, the first collective designer shop that opened in Israel with handpicked items from ten selected Israeli designers. (252 Disengoff St)
- Azraeli Mall (132 Menachem Begin Street), nifty situated in Israel’s tallest high riser offers a wide variety of international and local stores. With a huge Forever21 and H&M, your wardrobe will not be lacking even if you choose not to venture into the sphere of Israeli design. Natives love the Carolina Lemke sunglasses that can be picked up from the kiosks spread out across the shopping center and why not head to the observatory on the 49th floor for breathtaking views of Tel Aviv and its surroundings. For the extra curious there are audio guides and a 3D film presentation describing what you see.
- Popular for its beautiful cobblestone streets and interesting architecture the artisan and picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek is a must–see for any visitor and hosts some interesting shops and boutiques. Shabazi Street, the main street that runs all through this charming village like neighborhood is dotted with exclusive design stores, cafes and wine bars. Stop by Numero 13, Tel Aviv’s first concept store for 350 sq. ft. of design, books, home accessories and their own in-house hair stylist. Well worth the visit simply to check out the ancient building with columns, high ceilings and a gorgeous patio. (13 Shabazi Street)
- If you’re looking for a more high end shopping experience and a place to escape the daytime heat, head over to the Ramat Aviv Mall, literally a one stop shop. (40 Einstein Street, Ramat Aviv) Factory 54 is the best for everything designer from handbags to day dresses and trendy Razili with their alluring window display of jewelry and edgy Israeli design wear is a favorite among the local fashonistas. Kikar Hamedina (Weizmann Street, Tel Aviv), located in a posh residential are in the north of Tel Aviv, is the largest square in the city. This circular plaza is also the place to go for all things luxury. If you have your heart set on a Louis Vuitton purse, a Burberry trench coat or a fabulous pair of Gucci heels you can be sure to find the right fit browsing any of the luxurious stores lining the shaded pavement that runs all round the plaza.
- For the thrifty bargain hunter Shuk HaCarmel is a favorite and not only when it comes to food shopping. Stalls closer to Allenby Street have great basic clothing and beautiful Israeli jewelry. Polish those bargaining skills and head home from the market with sunglasses, beachwear and the mandatory Dead Sea beauty spa products.
Cover photo: Dana Friedlander, Israeli Minisrty of Tourism