Tel Aviv is only a 4,5 hours’ flight from Scandinavia. The temperature in 27°C in October. The mile- long beaches, chic hotels and legendary nightlife makes us ask ourselves why we are here in Scandiland?!
Tel Aviv is at a glance confusingly similar to Barcelona or other European cities by the Mediterranean. The humid warmth, beautiful Bauhaus architecture, mile long beaches, sky scrapers, palms and the open and liberal mindset in everyone we meet, immediately brings out the better version of yourself. It is not for nothing it has been dubbed Miami of the Middle east or Mediterranean’s capital of cool. The citizens’ playfulness and mindfulness almost seems to be the result of living in a political high strung conflict area and the most human way to deal with it.
MUST GO AREAS
Neve Tzedek means Oasis of Justice, and is quite literally a hip oasis in the city between Jaffa and Rotschild Boulevard. The small, narrow streets are home to small boutiques, vintage fashion & design. Stop for a green meal at Bana, Nahmani Street 36. A jewel for the vegan crowd.
This ancient Mediterranean port has today regenerated to a another highly desirable part of Tel Aviv. The old narrow streets and courtyards hold a great mix of Christians, Arabs and Jews.
While here you cannot miss Jaffa’s big flea market. Make sure to visit Zielinski & Rozen’s for lovely handmade soaps and perfumes. Round it up with seafood at retaurant Kalamata, possibly with Jaffa’s best sea view.
Another port worth visiting is newly renovated Namal Tel Aviv, which hosts trendy food market Huk Hanamal, a lot of tasty restaurants and is easy to access by bike. Bike is probably also the best way of exploring Tel Aviv. Rent by the hour all over town and with pedestrian and bike pathways in a relatively flat city, it makes the best ways to see this dynamic city.
South of Tel Aviv
If Tel Aviv is the ultimate hipster destination this would be the epi-center. Here is the go-to spot for artists, musicians – or people who dress like artists and musicians. Check out art gallery Florentine45 – attracting emerging talent as well as leading Israeli artists from the national and international art scene. Have a meal at funky Dalida. Hip and happening, a trendy place to see—and be seen.
WHERE TO EAT
Chef Eyal Shani is a serial restaurant entrepreneur, spread all around Israel and newly opened in the States. Of course already rewarded as best new-comer. His take on food is simple but serious. Fresh raw material. Brown paper cloth. Sometimes a plate, but ALWAYS insanely fresh raw material. Get seated in the bar facing the open kitchen or book a table.
The whole grilled cauliflower is fantastic! For dessert go with his Desert Spanked Tomatoes.
Nahalat Binyamin St 66, Tel Aviv-Yafo
In Aria upstairs restaurant, promising chef Guy Gamzu is head of the game. This minimal, almost Scandinavian, french bistro and wine bar serves great fusion dishes were Israel meets the international kitchen. Fabulous raw food and a dishy crowd!
3 Ahad Ha’am St. Tel Aviv-Jaffa
In new hip Neve Tzedek Popina serves food arrangements extraordinaire.
The menu is divided by cooking method: grilled, steamed etc. with a lot of small dishes for you to design your own sample menu. A fine mix of Italian, Israeli & international.
Kaufmann St 703, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The beach restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. As excellent as it is simple!
Manta Rays’s Parmesan & Endive Salad
Kidron St 44, Tel Aviv-Yafo
And another great restaurant along the beach stroll south of Jaffa!
Lentils, prepared with sun & love!
WHERE TO LIVE
This boutique hotel is built on the archaeological ruins of a byzantine chapel, which you will note as you enter the hotels glass floor lobby. Nicely priced, neat and perfectly situated in the middle of Jaffa, close to the beach and flea market!
Montefiore St 36, Tel Aviv, 66883
In the heart of Tel Aviv, in a beautiful Eclectic Style villa (the precursor of Bauhaus architecture) behind Rotschild Boulevard, you will find this boutique hotel that will keep you pampered through the weekend. Extra plus for their great restaurant that makes sure you do not really need anything else during your stay 🙂
Nahmani St 23-25, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6579441
This boutique super luxury hotel and restaurant must be the ultimate stay.
Enjoy the roof top swimming pool, yoga & pilates sessions or a soothing massage before a refreshing drink in The Library Bar. Mediterranean marries European flavors in Norman’s high-end restaurant Alena or chose a blend of traditional Izakaya-style Japanese Tapas and modern European cuisine on the 3rd floor open terrace.
Old Jaffa Hostel
A more spartan choice would be this very charming hostel located just steps away from anything you want in Tel Aviv with a 300 sq. meters of rooftop garden space.
Cheap, clean and charming 🙂
DO NOT MISS!
Batsheva Dance Company
Ohad Naharin is the house choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company and creator of the Gaga movement language. The company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world.
Together with Batsheva – The Young Ensemble, the company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel’s biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and circa 100 000 spectators every year.
Book your tickets here!
Dance barefoot with Batsheva – for both dancers and non-dancers!
For one hour you will be guided by dancers from the company through a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Truely worth the effort!
African Refugee Women’s Collective
We were taken by the story, energy and project meeting sister Aziza, originally from Eritrea, now a British citizen and member of the Combine Missionary Sisters, devoted advocate, counselor, nurse and spiritual leader for the African refugee community in Israel.
All her awake time she focuses on the combat against human trafficking – enslavement & sexual exploitation in the Sinai and the torture of asylum seekers, especially.
Kuchinate (crochet in Tigrinya), is a collective for African asylum seeking women living in Tel Aviv. The women design and create crochet products for the home, such as baskets, poufs, and rugs. They also host crochet lessons, meals, and traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee ceremonies.
The project is part of the umbrella organization A.R.T.S. (African Refugee Therapeutic Services), a registered non-profit that undertakes projects aimed at the rehabilitation of asylum-seeking women through a range of activities.
Support the organization and get one of those beautiful crochet baskets for your home!
Magasin III Jaffa
Magasin III Jaffa, 34 Olei Zion, 6813131 Tel Aviv-Yafo
In January 2018 the Stockholm based gallery, Magasin 3, opened a permanent satellite gallery in Jaffa. Contemporary international art.
Raw Art Gallery
Shvil Ha’Meretz St 3, Building 8. 4th floor, 66535 Tel Aviv
Cool gallery with a social patos representing young, emerging artists who work in diverse media, and promotes cutting-edge local and international art. The gallery is committed to providing a solid platform for the artists and to exposing their work to a global audience.
Entry to Raw Art Gallery
Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art
6 Tarsat Blvd, 64283 Tel Aviv
One of Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s three main buildings, hosting temporary exhibitions, reflecting diverse fields and practices in contemporary Israeli and International art.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Shaul Hamelech Blvd 27
One of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions with traditional art as Gustav Klimt, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and Picasso is for your display here.
The museeum contains departments of:
Israeli Art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Modern and Contemporary – international works from the mid-19th century to the present. Prints and Drawings, Photography, Architecture & Design and Old Masters Department – with art from the 16th to the 19th century.