Cafe Alkalay is a hidden gem nested in Basel Square in the Old North neighborhood, considered to be one of the best places to live in Tel Aviv.
Alkalay has a very high reputation in the area for its friendly local vibe, great fresh tapas food to share, together with a wonderful selection of Israeli, French and Spanish wines.
In the summertime I find myself sitting at the Cafe at least twice a week, whether it’s with my laptop or with some friends during the warm evenings. The exact same crowd sits there every time I come and all the waiters and the owner greet me warmly and ask me if I want my regular glass of wine and favorite bruschette.
Alkalay has a very European vibe to it, and although located in front of an ambulance station, the ambiance is relaxed.
I enjoy a glass of Chablis or a local sauvignon blanc by Shvo winery (generally you must try Shvo Vinyard wines when in Israel). I regularly eat their tomato, caprese, roast beef and Salmon Bruschettes (I know it’s a lot but it’s so delicious!)
The crowed is usually only neighborhood residents. Age differs. The owners are there nearly everyday and will love to chat and help you select the best wine to accompany their lovely tapas style food.
You can also buy wines and beautiful glasses. If you are in Tel Aviv you MUST come to Alkalay. Most likely you will see me there – it’s definitely my favorite!