Sheinkin Street

By | Published on 1/1/0001

Plan Your Visit

Location: Sheinkin Street, Tel Aviv

Open Times: 24/7

Prices: Free

Average Visit Duration: 1-2 hours.

Popular Times: Sheinkin Street is at its liveliest on Fridays but you might prefer to visit on a Thursday when there will be vacant tables at the cafes and fewer crowds on the street.

Notes for Visitors: During Pride Week, Sheinkin hosts street partings, live entertainment, and accommodation for visitors. Pro Tip: Sheinkin is home to some of the most popular gay bars in Tel Aviv.

Tours: Combine a walking tour of Tel Aviv with a visit to Sheinkin, or opt for a graffiti tour of the city to see some of Sheinkin’s hidden gems.

If you ask anyone in Tel Aviv what’s the trendiest, most bohemian street in the city, they’ll tell you Sheinkin. Sheinkin has been the go-to hipster hangout, and street for alternative urban culture, cool cafes, galleries, and unique one-off specialty stores for years. Sheinkin Street is conveniently located in the heart of Tel Aviv, starting at Magen David Square where it meets Allenby Street, Nahalat Binyamin Street, and the colorful Carmel Market. The street crosses iconic Rothschild Blvd. and extends to Yehuda HaLevy Street, where it becomes Lincoln Street.

Pro Tip: Use this handy guide to shopping in Tel Aviv to find the best places to shop on Sheinkin, and maybe take a food tour in nearby Carmel Market.

What Can You See and Do on Sheinkin Street?

The main attraction of Sheinkin is simply wandering along the street and exploring the concept stores, boutiques, street art, and cafes. Take your time looking at the trendy clothing and accessory stores like Heavens, or the secondhand stores. Some of the clothing stores in Sheinkin are boutique designer stores. You can find the unique designer jewelry store of Michal Negrin on Sheinkin as well as jewelry by Maya Geller. 

Take a walk on the wild side at Miss Sunshine TLV, an alternative clothing store, or get a tattoo at TLV Ink. Stop at the bookstore, or pick up some vintage clothing. Find the perfect handbag at Starjelly, or get a unique outfit for your child at Taflaya. One of the longest-running boutique stores on Sheinkin is Belle &Sue, selling high-end casual wear. Halfway down the street is a small park with a pleasant cafe, and playground.

Pro Tip: At the northern end of Sheinkin, near Magen David Square there are a lot of interesting shoe stores. 

After exploring the stores along Sheinkin you’ll need to sit down for a cup of coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes. Try the Coffee Club for an all-day breakfast, Frenchy for a healthy sandwich, or Salene Freitag bagel shop. Indulge yourself at Alon Shabo pastries and wash down those delicious sweet treats with freshly squeezed juice from Beautiful and Juices. The stores and restaurants on Sheinkin come and go so some of those listed here may have been replaced by the time you visit.

Pro Tip: The best way to explore Sheinkin is to start at Magen David Square and walk along the street to Rothschild Boulevard.

History of Sheinkin Street

In the early days of Tel Aviv in 1913, the area around present-day Sheinkin was buzzing with small industries, craftsmen’s workshops, and artisans' studios. That original free-spirited artsy ambiance persisted even after the workshops and industries had gone.

In the 1980s Sheinkin was the place to see and be seen by the who's-who of Tel Aviv’s celebrity scene. It gained a reputation for its liberal character and live-and-let-live vibe. The street was even immortalized in a Hebrew pop song, Living in Sheinkin, and was the setting for the TV series Florentin, and the film The Bubble. It has remained a bohemian hangout although it has calmed down considerably and is more conservative since the 80s. Today Sheinkin is synonymous with anything artsy, funky, or flamboyant.

Who Was Sheinkin?

Menahem Sheinkin (or Shenkin) was one of the original Zionist leaders who helped establish Tel Aviv. He was responsible for setting up the Sheinkin neighborhood in 1913 to provide workshops and studios for tradesmen and cottage industries. 

Pro Tip: Did you know it was Menahem Sheinkin who suggested the city be called Tel Aviv?