Since Tel Aviv’s government pedestrianized parts of Nahalat Binyamin Street in 2020 to allow alfresco dining and drinking, the neighborhood of the same name has become the epicenter of the city’s nonstop nightlife. Daytime visitors come for the twice-weekly art fairs and graffiti-focused tours, while nighthawks flit among the traffic-free zone’s many restaurants and bars. Here, five places to visit on Nahalat Binyamin Street.
Radler Brasserie & Bar
The oysters are cold and the service is warm at this restaurant, which specializes in modern Israeli cuisine. (Think local fish crudo and charred broccoli.) “A combination of easy and posh is how I describe food in Israel now,” says chef and cofounder Moshiko Gamlieli. “This is how I think about Nahalat Binyamin: You can go to cool places in flip-flops.”
2 Alberto Hotel Part of the Isrotel Design Collection, this boutique hotel combines elements of the original 1913 facade with a modern two-story addition. The Alberto is one of many historic buildings in the neighborhood, which general manager Ofra Kadosh says was a Bauhaus hub. “The Germans who came to live here wanted the buildings to resemble the ones they left back home,” she observes.
One of a half-dozen vintage clothing stores in Nahalat Binyamin, Venta also stocks the designs of owner Nir Mizrahi, who sources material from fabric shops in the neighborhood for his eponymous label’s shirts. “I put the very first shirt I designed in the window, unfinished,” Mizrahi recalls. “It was soon discovered, and I was asked to show it at Tel Aviv Fashion Week two weeks later.”
Wine Bakerem Israel’s wine industry has grown to include more than 300 wineries, and around one-third of the 600 producers Wine Bakerem owner Ilan Amir works with are Israeli. Amir opened his wine bar in 2021 and has since expanded to keep up with the neighborhood’s burgeoning nightlife. “This area, two years ago, was nothing,” he says. “Now, it’s one of the best streets in Tel Aviv.”
This tiny bakery will test any sweet tooth’s self control with its drool-worthy creations, such as Basque cheesecake, French cannelés, and whipped brioche maritozzi, which you can enjoy at outdoor tables. The idea, according to co-owner Sivan Harari, is to serve contemporary yet nostalgic treats. “Everyone who comes says something reminds them of something from home,” she says.
Pop Art Focus Gallery
Featuring the work of Israeli pop artist Yuvi (Yuval Gold), this gallery pays homage to Nahalat Binyamin’s reputation for street art and graffiti. According to general manager Nimrod Meiri, art is in the neighborhood’s DNA. “For years, this has been the garment [district], attracting creatives, artists, and buyers from all over the world,” he says, “so it makes sense it’s becoming trendy.”