Shapira neighborhood is not featured among any travel suggestions for TLV visitors. It surrounds the Central Bus Station, which makes for a perfect reason to avoid the area. Even the majority of Telavivians do not fancy visiting or running errands here. I wrote a bit about it in my article about street art in the bus terminal. During the last year something got me hooked on this area and I began to explore it. That’s how I found out about Cafe Shapira, proudly called the first neighborhood café in Shapira. Every single word in its title is genuinely true.
You can find delicious sandwiches made with the famous Bukharian bread, baked in the hood. Bread filled with the best of Florentine’s deli products. But with all due respect to sandwiches, I love Shapira’s vegan “Kol Tuv” plate. “Kol Tuv” literally stands for “all the best” in Hebrew and it pretty much sums up the dish – baked sweet potatoes, fresh veggies, tahini, pickles and so on. Yummy!
Every day you can enjoy different benefits of the hood at the cafe – like getting a haircut, practicing yoga, reggae sessions, and guest chef nights. Get updates on Shapira’s official FB page.
My favorite time to come here is on Friday afternoon for fresh hummus and a cold pint of beer, when everybody is super relaxed and enjoying the weekend. Or in other words – as a serenity check in the crazy TLV routine!