With warm weather year-round, it can be easy to just sit back at the beach and get tan under the palm trees of Tel Aviv. However, the ‘White City’ is booming, so pack adventure in your suitcase and get ready to explore the bubble of the Middle East.
The reigning motto of “good vibes only,” is one that you’ll soak in with the sun while wandering the streets of Tel Aviv. From its shoreline, to the art-scene, busy boulevards, incredible food and architectural gems, Tel Aviv has much to offer its visitors. It is a city where different cultures and ideas collide to create a place of dynamic and particular lifestyle.
Simple pleasures are found while strolling in the streets, discovering the great Bauhaus and Eclectic buildings, riding a bicycle by the beachfront, finding treasures at the flea market in Jaffa and eating hummus at any time of the day. The café culture is also strong in Tel Aviv, no matter where you go, you’ll find locals sitting at cafés working, having meetings or enjoying specialties such as limonana (lemonade with freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves).
For a visitor who wants to experience life as a local, cafés are the ideal spots to sneak a taste of the Israeli lifestyle. Wherever you are in the city you can feel the energy and the creativity that exists as an inherent drive in Tel Aviv culture; a young city filled with opportunities and surprises.
Tel Aviv’s beaches and promenade are the perfect playground all year long for surfers, joggers & strollers. The ultimate Mediterranean experience is during those hours between late afternoon and sunset where the golden light and the sea breeze make everything worth visiting Tel Aviv.
Where To Stay
The Norman Tel Aviv
Where: Nahmani St 23-25, Tel Aviv
Why: The Norman is a fusion of 1920s elegance and sophistication. Housed in two historic buildings, the hotel offers unique outdoor spaces, a rooftop pool overlooking the city and world-class fine dining restaurants.
Where: Montefiore St 36, Tel Aviv
Why: Set in a 1920s White City building, the Hotel Montefiore has 12 well decorated rooms. Hotel Montefiore is a unique and quiet place just a few steps away from Rothschild Boulevard, with an excellent restaurant.
White Villa Tel Aviv
Where: 25 Ben Zion Blvd, Tel Aviv
Why: A private, restored white villa located in the heart of Tel Aviv transformed into a boutique hotel inspired by Le Corbusier.
Where: Nahalat Binyamin St 27, Tel Aviv
Why: Recently renovated, the Nordoy is one of the oldest hotels in town, set in a charming building, beautifully decorated with a rooftop overlooking the artisan street of Nahalat Binyamin.
The Poli House
Where: Nahalat Binyamin St 1, Tel Aviv
Why: The Poli House is a contemporary hotel near the Carmel Market. Housed in a Bauhaus-style building, the Poli House is a mix of futuristic and clean interior design styled by the world- renowned architect Karim Rashid. The Poli House Design Boutique Hotel has a panoramic rooftop and pool.
Where To Eat:
Where: 40 Lilienblum, Tel Aviv
Why: Abraxas represents Tel Aviv in a nutshell; vibrant atmosphere and delicious food. The menu changes daily with the freshest local products, but if you have the chance, order the cauliflower, sweet potatoes, hamburger and minute steak.
Where: Yigal Alon Street 96, Tel Aviv
Why: If you’re craving for Asian food, Zepra is an elegant fusion restaurant. Chef Avi Conforti offers a unique experience with unbelievable flavors. A cuisine full of spice and sensation. What to order: The Big Eye Tuna Pizza, the Cha Zu Re roll and the Cantonese Bar.
Where: Montefiore St 17, Tel Aviv
Why: The charismatic and charming Chef Rima Olvera changes the menu according to the season. With a symphony of unique flavors from her fish tacos to truffle zucchini, you won’t want to miss her restaurant while visiting Tel Aviv.
Makom Shel Basar
Where: Shabazi St 64, Tel Aviv
Why: The filet with its pepper sauce and the gratin dauphinois perfectly combine to create (arguably) your best meat experience in Tel Aviv.
Where: Mendeli St 5, Tel Aviv (Mendeli St. Hotel)
Why: Mashya restaurant is all about minerals, metal, earth, sand and stone. Located in the contemporary boutique hotel Mendeli, the Chef Yossi Shitrit displays a modern cuisine with oriental touches.
Where: Nahmani St 26, Tel Aviv
Why: Japanese street food served in small plates in a well-designed interior. A mix and match of traditional cuisine and modern dishes such as the Japanese schnitzel.
Where: Hangar 12, Tel Aviv Port, Farmers Market 2nd floor
Why: Located above the farmers market in the port of Tel Aviv, Kitchen Market uses the freshest local ingredients. From the market to your plate, you can enjoy this gourmet cuisine whilst overlooking an amazing sea view.
Where: Sarona, Tel Aviv, Ha’arbaa St 23, Tel Aviv
Why: Located in the neighborhood of Sarona, Claro is one of the best spots to get a typical Israeli brunch. Set in an industrial atmosphere and open kitchen, we recommend to order the breakfast tray for two.
Where: Matalon St 44, Tel Aviv
Why: A mix between Greek and Mediterranean cuisine; tapas and mezze. Great atmosphere to spend an evening with friends.
Where: Gordon St 17, Tel Aviv
Why: Healthy and vegetarian homemade food. Try out the ‘breakfast smoothie’ and their banana bread.
Where To Drink & Party:
Where: Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv
Why: If you want to mix party and food go to Port Sa’id–a typical, Israeli laid back atmosphere with a vintage vibe.
Where: Se’adya Ga’on St 24, Tel Aviv
Why: Located on a rooftop, at Suramare you can dance while looking out at the Tel Aviv skyline.
Where: Rothschild Blvd 12, Tel Aviv
Why: If you love people watching, Rothschild 12 will not disappoint. A melting pot of different people and style.
Where: Mikve Israel St 10, Tel Aviv
Why: One of the trendiest underground bars in Tel Aviv with good vibes, great DJs and artistic exhibitions.
Where: Derech Jaffa 9, Tel Aviv
Why: Teder is the ideal hangout for hipsters. It used to be an old radio station and is now an open-air bar inside an old building courtyard. If you are looking for unique alternative vibes, Teder is the place to party.