I will boldly go where many have gone before and many will after me, to perhaps the quintessential coffee scene in Israel, Tel Aviv. Being kosher sometimes as its down points, and in Tel Aviv it means a lot of the coffee shops are off limits. Thank G-d for Alternative. Its one of my favorite places to get a bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Located right next to Kikar Ha medina, with indoor and outdoor seating, Alternative is a stylish and warm places with ample space and always the right amount of staff. In a previous incarnation the restaurant was know as croissant, and still makes probably the best croissant I have ever tasted outside of france, so I always make sure to have one when I’m there.
The coffee is good but the food is great. Unfortunately the chef has trouble deciding what he wants to make, so their menu is miles long, which is never good. But I have never been disappointed by anything I have ordered. The Franchesca Salad is divine with brie cheese, nuts, fruit and baby greens. The sandwiches are big but not grotesque, and the leek soup I had was creamy and not too heavy. It has a great lunch menu where you can have a soup and salad with drink for a more than reasonable price, and their desserts are out of this world. It is definitly worth making a trip to Tel Aviv just to go there.
All in all a great restaurant, just needs a little menu editing