Nahat Cafe: Energizing Vibes in TLV

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a review, and a bit longer since I felt this inspired. But today, I sit in Nahat coffee shop in Tel Aviv and I feel extremely strongly to write and share this beautiful place with the city.

Nahat Cafe is a brand new coffee shop located extremely close, if not next to, Dizengoff Square. It’s so new, that they are still completing some tasks inside and hanging things up. Trust me, this place is worthy of a visit now, because soon, I predict there won’t be seats inside…

At Nahat, the windows are huge and let abundant light inside, where patrons can sit at a beautiful wooden bar with black and cedar-colored chairs. The bar is decked with welcoming green plants. As you sit, it’s easy to look outside at the pretty patio with more patrons relaxing, sipping coffee, and smoking cigarettes in the sunshine. It’s very European, or shall I say, Mediterranean — it’s Israeli at it’s best moments. Something out of a movie.

The design inside is eclectic but clean. It’s like art in itself: geometric shapes and colorful paint, with very crisp details that makes the space feel fresh and airy. It has an upbeat vibe, complimented by the great lounge music that is more “summer rooftop” than “smoky-winter.” Small bags of coffee for sale adorn the walls, and a very cool lamp hangs from the ceiling over the coffee bar. It’s just a positive, artsy, place. A coffee shop that could easily be translated to many world capitals: DC, Paris, Milan, New York.

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Nelly Kitchen: Organic, Relaxing Haven

 

Today, I was in Old Jaffa, Israel after stopping at the amazing Shoplifters: Aesthetic Chaos fashion & design shopping space, and passed by a little garden patio with tables and chairs, framed by vines and greenery.  I said, “look how cute!” as I looked in on the people sipping coffee and talking. My boyfriend immediately put the car in reverse and we parked behind what we later discovered is Nelly Kitchen.

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Ode to Cafe Noah: Once a Writer’s Secret Garden in Tel Aviv

Not far from the Habima in Tel Aviv, a little cafe called Cafe Noah used to sit, and it was just perfect. Tucked away on a little back street in a fairly quiet neighborhood, Cafe Noah calmly invited patrons inside. Even if it is no longer open, its vibe requires sharing with the world. It was one of my favorite coffee shops in TLV.

There was an indoor and outdoor seating area in the cafe, both equally special. The inside was dimly-lit with natural light that warmed bookshelf-lined walls. As you sat at a tiny table, books and trinkets surrounded and inspired you. It’s rumored that this cafe was the prime spot for Israel’s budding writers and artists. I can see why: the energy was very open and creative.

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