Whenever I'm walking around downtown Boston I can always tell who is a tourist because instead of looking straight ahead, they're looking up, trying to take it all in. I was one such tourist walking around Tel Aviv. I'm sure all the locals could notice me strolling along, wide eyed.
On my day of fun in Tel Aviv with my cousin, I was so glad I looked up because I saw this:
How beautiful is this art installation of kites flying above the pedestrian-only street?
My cousin had created a custom Google Map of all the stores and boutiques she wanted to take me to. My favorite was a stationary store called Yooletta.
After bopping in and out of several shops she walked us to a new ice cream place called Creme.
Creme is on Dizengoff Street, one of the busiest streets in Tel Aviv. It's lined with shops and restaurants and is just a few blocks from the beach. When I visited in July 2015, our rental apartment was on this street and we became obsessed with the location.
Creme is right next door to a patisserie called Bakery, they share the same owner. In an article by Time Out Tel Aviv, the writer describes, "Creme, situated next to the Bakery branch on Dizengoff, serves up Tinder-perfect matches of cake and ice cream, all decked out with a confetti of toppings."
As that review suggests, Creme not only scoops ice cream, but pairs those decadent flavors with Bakery's signature sweets. Basically, ice cream sundaes on steroids.
I was magnetized towards the jars of macarons and tea cookies.
The woman working when we arrived allowed us to taste all four ice cream flavors they were offering that day - mango, pistachio, chocolate and vanilla. I didn't think I liked pistachio ice cream, but after tasting Creme's version, I think I'm a convert!
We were quite undecided about which flavors to have, so asked her to whip up something special for us. Like a magician on a mission, she began scooping and sprinkling with purpose! A minute or so later she placed this tower on the counter:
This is pistachio ice cream, chocolate ice cream, candied pistachios and a mini lemon tart.
Look at the meringue perfection topping that tart!
We took our confection outside to enjoy it on the little patio out front. As we dug into our mega dessert, we were shocked (and thrilled) to discover our server had placed a poppy seed cookie on the very bottom of the dish, which was now soaked with ice cream. Bonus!
While outside on the patio I noticed the water bowl Creme puts out for pups. So sweet! Tel Aviv is the most dog-friendly city and I missed Scout the entire time I was there.
If you're wandering around Tel Aviv and need a pick-me-up, Creme is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. The shop is charming and whimsical, the patio offers excellent people watching and the ice cream and baked goods combo can't be beat.