Discover Dizengoff Center: Tel Aviv’s Top Shopping Mall and Cultural Hub on Dizengoff StreetTel Aviv travel guide
Dizengoff St. is one of the longest and busiest Tel Aviv streets, and is one of its main culture, entertainment and shopping centers. Located just few blocks to the east from the Tel Aviv beach, it hosts a wide variety of fashion designers stores, coffee shops, the Beit Lessin Theater (101 Dizengoff St.) and the local attractions Kikar Dizengoff (Dizengoff Square) and the Dizengoff Center shopping mall.
Dizengoff Center, a.k.a “The Center”, located on the corner of Dizengoff St. and King George St., is a large shopping mall (with over 300 stores) offering almost everything – from designer shops to global chains (Zara, Pull & Bear, Aldo and many others), from fast food to consumer electronics, from entertainment (two multi-screen cinemas are located inside the Dizengoff Center complex: Lev cinemas & Dizengoff.) to health centers (2 gyms, one with a rooftop swimming pool!), the new official home of Lego worldwide and the perfect place to enjoy a Lego experience like no other in Israel. Thousands of sets and unique models of: Ninjago, Super Mario, Duplo, Minions, Minecraft and more. A Lego experience like no other in Israel.
Dizengoff Square is located in the middle of this long street and proudly displays its most famous artifact – a huge sculpture created by Yakov Agam which is actually a fountain with a moving display of fire and water and sometimes even music. Dizengoff Square is a meeting place for young (sometimes punk) crowd, and twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, it hosts the Creative Artists Fair which features local artists’ works in wood, glass, ceramics, metal, as well as jewelry, painting, sculpture, New Age items and crafts of all kinds.
As for shopping, Dizengoff St. has the best designer shops in Tel-Aviv. These shops are located steps from each other along the street, and offer wedding dresses, suites, shoes and more in a variety of styles and prices. To get the taste of it check out: Tovalé (220 Dizengoff St.), Gertrude (225 Dizengoff St.), Couple Of (203 Dizengoff St.), Catomenta (173 Dizengoff St.), Dorin Frankfurt (164 Dizengoff St), Ronen Chen (155 Dizengoff St.), Naama Bezalel (212 Dizengoff St.), Yosef (213 Dizengoff) and many others. All these shops offer very unique and creative articles, influenced largely by NY and London styles, yet with an Israeli touch. The prices are rather high, but when you’re converting to dollars or Euros it sounds significantly less.
Dizengoff naturally offers some nice lodging options: Hotel Cinema, at 1 Zamenhoff Street (on the corner of Kikar Dizengoff / Dizengoff Square), part of the Atlas hotel chain, is a stylish, non-pretentious conversion of one of the first Tel Aviv Cinemas, built in classic Bauhaus style in 1930. Hotel Cinema’s décor includes touches of cinema nostalgia and well-appointed rooms. The rates start at $150 for double room per night, breakfast included.
Center Hotel at 1 Zamenhoff Street (right across the Dizengoff Square from Hotel Cinema) is a new boutique hotel on Dizengoff Square. Also a part of Atlas Hotels, it is located in a historic Bauhaus building that was renovated in 2006 to preserve the special characteristics of “The White City” architectural style.