Walking the hallways and open workspace at Mindspace, I could not help but think I was somewhere in SOHO or in a typical startup workspace in the U.S.

But no.

I was smack-dab-in-the-middle of Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, right next to Max Brenner, the famed chocolate bar and restaurant.

Mindspace’s Community and Marketing Manager, Dari Schechter, gave me an awesome tour!

What’s striking about Mindspace is both the attention to detail and some elements of quirkiness which are reflected in the more than 1,000 books that line shelves, the way cool phone booths, a well appointed kitchen, and nooks and crannies for random meetings of this very cool place that startups, creative types and service providers are calling home.

Need a break and some fresh air?

Grab a MindBike and take a stroll up and down Rothchild on one of the community bicycles.

I had a chance to meet with several of the startups, was generously offered all kinds of goodies to eat as it was right before the start of Rosh Hashanah, and felt welcomed and loved by everyone.

In addition to startups and service providers, Mindspace has also attracted several VCs, as well as Coke’s new The Bridge program – see related story here in The Times of Israel.

After being open for five months, the first phase on the 2nd floor of the building is already filled to capacity. Another floor is currently under construction, which will bring Mindspace’s total space to 20,000 square feet.

You can join as a community member to be in the open workspace, or space allowing, you can apply to have an office for your team.

It’s nice to see cool places like Mindspace being added to the ecosystem of Israel’s startup scene.

Mindspace is also a reflection of the maturity of the ecosystem and the demand for high quality facilities and a great location.

Special thanks to my friend, Adva Ben-Dov, who’s an extraordinary UI-UX designer, part of the team at Mapped In Israel, who calls Mindspace home, and made the introduction for me.