Shopping Streets & Malls
Allenby Street is a typical bustling shopping street, filled with lower-price clothing, bakeries, bookstores, and kiosks. The Opera Tower is located right where Allenby Street meets the sea. It contains a small upscale mall of shops and eateries (but there is no longer an opera house nearby). It’s open standard business hours, with some cafes remaining open later in the evening.
The Dizenfoff Center Shopping Mall, 2 blocks south of Dizengoff Square, toward King George Street, is a vast, multi-story mall located inside the high rise Dizengoff Tower. It contains tons of boutiques, Israeli and International chain stores, as well as a branch of the Hamashbir Department store. It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 9:30am to 9pm and Friday from 9:30am to 2pm. The Dizengoff Center Shopping Mall hosts a great Thursday and Friday Morning Fashion Fair, filled with interesting, young local designers. Inside the Dizengoff Center, there’s also a popular Friday Morning Food Fair, where all kinds of cakes and special dishes are offered to take home, both by professionals and by local cooks.
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Tel Aviv’s Gordon Street district is the center of serious art in Israel. Gordon Street and the cross streets, from Ha-Yarkon to Dizengoff streets, are almost wall-to-wall galleries and distinctive shops. The trendy Neve Tzedek neighborhood, in south Tel Aviv, and the nearby, shady, Rothschild Boulevard, with its superb restaurants, are also becoming art districts. Most galleries open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 1pm and 5 to 8pm.
Heading the list of places to check out is the new Sotheby’s Auction Gallery, 11 Yehuda HaLevi St. (tel. 03/560-1666; fax 03/560-8111), with exhibitions of important Israeli and international art, as well as Judaica. “Time Out” magazine, distributed free in most major hotels, will contain ads for current shows at dozens of galleries throughout the city.
If you’re looking for English reading material, especially fiction, Halper’s Quality Used Books, 87 Allenby St. (tel. 03/629-9710), is the mother lode, with at least a quarter of a mile of used, reasonably priced books on its packed shelves!
Almaz Ethiopian Crafts-On sale here are embroidered cloth amulets and hangings, clothing touched with traditional Ethiopian designs, kipot (yarmulkes), colorful mezuzahs, and other Judaica items, and traditional ceramics, all made by recent Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia. This store is the main outlet for a project that preserves the craft traditions of Ethiopian women and helps build self-confidence and incomes of new immigrant families. The staff can advise on other places where you can find special Ethiopian crafts. The store is open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 7pm. 71 Ibn Givrol St. Tel. 03/539-0353.