Neve Tzedek may be Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhood, but it has a fully contemporary life and atmosphere. Shabazi Street is a hive of shops—from the asymmetrical cuts and cunning miniboots offered at Mizo to the hand-embroidered shawls at Badim TLV to Maya Zukerman’s lightweight cotton goods at Mayu, in hues made for layering. (And to ensure that there will be a full range of body shapes to clothe, one must stop at the Anita gelato parlor while shopping.)
For slightly fancier selections, there are the boutiques at nearby HaTachana: the recently restored old terminus of the Jaffa-Jerusalem railway. This beautiful complex was originally built in 1892, and its vintage stone buildings now house clothing shops, cafés, and design stores. Walk west to the water and you’ll run into Tel Aviv–Yafo’s smart portside shopping centers, with big-name brands from around the world, as well as small boutiques featuring local designs. For occasions that require absolute grandeur, you might try the upscale stores, such as Alon Livné or Yosef Peretz on the north end of Dizengoff Street—often termed the Champs-Élysées of Tel Aviv. For the fashion conscious, Tel Aviv offers the full gamut of options: from freaky chic to the most refined elegance.