IKA Chocolate//איקה שוקולד: Best Chocolate in Israel

Please introduce yourself to the best chocolate in Israel: Ika Chocolate.

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Time Cupsoul had ample occasion to sample Israeli chocolate brands during her beloved travels: the famous Israeli Krembo (delicious), Strauss Group’s Elite chocolate bars (delicious), Max Brenner chocolate fondue desserts (delicious) and even the creations of many smaller Israeli chocolatiers at the Chocolate Festival in Tel Aviv (here, here). Israeli chocolate is unique and delightful and perhaps it will surprise you to learn: Israel is a great country to buy chocolate from. With all this said, Ika Chocolate proved itself as the best chocolate in all of Israel.

 

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Gerald, Tel Aviv’s Most Decadent Pastisserie

The Swiss patisserie, Gerald, arrived in Tel Aviv in August and immediately set the standard for impeccable service, quality, flavor and decadence. Visible from Ibn Gabriol, a major street in the metropolis, Gerald’s large glass windows allow a preview inside of the shop.

Clean, exact, methodically placed pastries line up gently in a crystal clear display bar flanked by wooden shelves filled with coffee beans, white mugs and saucers, and, of course, a shiny silver espresso machine. The attention to detail at Gerald is geometric heaven. Placement and cleanliness reign supreme in a locale where sugar and chocolate could certainly escape and decorate the counters. Yet everything about Gerald remains pristine and correct. The display case begs to be photographed and admired.

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Da Da & Da//דא דא ודא: French Lover’s Heaven in Tel Aviv

 

There is a deep attachment and love in my family for French culture — for not only the language but the country, fashion and the food. If there was a way that this post could be hidden from just my mom, who I want to surprise with this cafe, it would be done. Given that she may find it in her travel books regardless, it’s time to share an absolutely excellent example of French food in Tel Aviv: Da Da & Da Cafe on Rothschild Boulevard.

Da Da & Da is part of the Institute Français here in TLV, and its location is impeccable. Not a far walk from Independence Hall and main attractions on Rothschild, this is an essential cafe to stop by when in the city.

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Café Noir//קפה נואר: Coffee For Your Classy, Romantic Side

 

If the term “film noir” conjures old Hollywood black and white crime flicks, with a certain je ne sais quoi of mystery and sexiness that pulls you in for more, the European bistro Café Noir in Tel Aviv, has been justly named.

It was early morning that I sat down in the indoor porch area of Café Noir, alone and by a window, sightseeing over the cross streets. The seating area and bar weren’t yet busy; it was right before the brunch and lunch rush and I wanted to get a prime spot at this Tel Aviv establishment. Early morning light seeped through the windows, illuminating sliding glass doors into the main dining room’s wooden tables.

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Nahat Cafe//נחת קפה: 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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