When Cava, the sparkling wine of Spanish origins, became the summer’s drink of choice a few years ago, it was quickly written off as a seasonal trend. As La Champa, the city’s first Cava bar, opened its doors in 2007 to immediate popularity, critics predicted the demise of the concept venue within the year. Cava has since remained on the menu of almost every bar and restaurant, while La Champa surged in popularity and birthed a small empire, with two sister venues operating in the White City. Catalonia is alive and well in La Champa, and it has plenty of fans in Tel Aviv.
Featuring a revolving roster of Cava selections, mainly from the Vallformosa house of Cavas, the bar couples the effervescent beverage with authentic Catalonian tapas, such as croquetas and various styles of Jamon. The space is quite small and without any seating areas, and so it is quite common to see patrons overflowing to the streets and even sharing bottles of Cava while sitting under the trees of nearby Rothschild Boulevard. The festive atmosphere, matched by a fun, ethnically diverse soundtrack emanating from the bar’s sound system, evokes the atmosphere of a house party, made better by the fact that you won’t have to clean up after.