One of the smartest decisions taken during that wintertime was to go for a month and a half to my beloved Tel Aviv (read, the best city on Earth). And even though I arrived in the city during the season of weak grainy rains, nobody canceled the miles of walking with methodical bar and café hopping. For that reason, a large report awaits you, which I’ll start with the new place – Cafeteria.tlv – that has ‘cluttered’ all local bloggers’ Instagram accounts.
The surprising part is not even why a particular site suddenly becomes a must-visit, although in Tel Aviv there are hundreds places of this kind per square foot, but the fact that Cafeteria.tlv opened in a shopping center. A fancy one, but still a shopping center.
The image and the abundance of pink color gives a nod in the direction of her twin-bar Salute! in Saint Petersburg. Both bars are glowing with aesthetics and powdery art deco luxury, but still in this regard Cafeteria is rather footloose, it’s no coincidence that all the orders are served by a slightly shaggy-haired girl in a bomber jacket, who has a glass of red wine at the ready.
And of course, everyone comes here to eat and meet friends, still being a non-obligatory cocktail spot on the city map. Drinks are simple, but pleasant and playful: for instance, Cuba non-Libre with chocolate bitter and cola syrup instead of cola. Here the food is delicious and is gravitating towards European cuisine, but it’s as hard to imagine a Tel Aviv cafe without a burger as well as without extremely slow waiters. After all, everything here tells you that you need to relax, enjoy and take your time.
Their Instagram account is downright plushy, maybe they indulge you with playing inside this small pink house. I still got a little bit annoyed with the walk-through, they have two entrances: one from the street and one from inside the shopping center, and the hum was of such intensity that I had to repeat the order twice. But there is also a positive side: besides the fact that you will be full and happy, you can still listen to parrots and other birds, when you’ll have a private moment in the restroom.
HaHashmonaim 96, Tel Aviv
Sun-Thu 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri 09:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sat 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.