Where else in the world can you stroll past Bauhaus architecture, devour Middle Eastern delicacies and take a sunset dip in the Mediterranean Sea all in the same day? In recent years, Tel Aviv-Jaffa has emerged as one of the world’s most dynamic travel destinations, lauded by international travel publications such as Travel + Leisure, Saveur and Lonely Planet for its unprecedented culinary scenes, nightlife spots and east-meets-west culture unlike any other city in the world. With a constantly revolving array of new attractions, sites and cultural hotspots, travelers wanted to know what’s both new and noteworthy in Tel Aviv most often check with friends, both old and new, to get a true taste of the city different from the information posted online. Scouring through our hyper-local rolodex, we’ve compiled a fantastic list of must-see, must-taste, must-experience hotspots in Tel Aviv that will surprise and delight even the most discerning savvy traveler.
EAT IN TEL AVIV Hahalutizym 3: Buzzed-about gourmet restaurant located within the Levinsky Market cooking up eclectic dishes including Honey Pork-stuffed Challah; Polenta with Veal and Red Wine Reduction; and quite possibly the best Corned beef sandwich in Tel Aviv. 3 Hahalutziym Street. Mizlala: Ever-popular restaurant where you are likely to see Bar Refaeli-types and the like by famed Israeli Chef Meir Adoni. Mizlala’s Palestinian tartar, Chopped rump steak, Tehini, Pine nuts, Yogurt & Cumin goes well with just about any cocktail on the menu.
57 Nachalat Binyamin Street http://mizlala.co.il/ Dallal: Beautifuly-designed restaurant offering a and French-inspired menu and an adjacent patisserie and garden atrium frequented by Tel Aviv’s fashionable crowd.
10 Shabazi Street Shlomo v’ Doron: An unassuming street side hummus joint founded in 1937 with a die-hard following for its plates of savory hummus with hot fava beans that won’t break the bank.
2 Har Sinai Street SHOPPING IN TEL AVIV Bloomfield Design: A boutique, handmade furniture and industrial design shop located in a combined 2,500-square-foot gallery/work space and offering high-quality, custom-made furniture made of fine wood, vintage doors and windows and steel produced and sold onsite.
3 Nahum Goldman Street,Gelada: Unique conceptual graphics and tee shirt founded by local designer Yaron Mendelovici, including playful images of country emblems, from Iran and England to Cuba. 8 Sgula Street www.facebook.com/geladastudio
Hibino: Japanese fashion and home décor has finally arrived in Tel Aviv via Hibino, a highly curated womenswear/art supply/design product shop with high-quality products, including the “Lucky Charm Mini Plate” by Kihara and linen fans by Yamani, perfect for the hot Tel Avivian summer. 30 Yavne Street www.hibino.co.il Gan HaHashmal: A gritty, yet charming neighborhood on the cusp of south Tel Aviv, ‘Gan HaHashmal’ is one Tel Aviv’s most fashionable districts and boasts boutique shops by emerging Israeli designers, including Kisim (8 Hashmal Street) and Shani Bar (6 Mikve Yisrael Street) in. Levontin Street, HaHashmal Street and Mikve Yisrael Street Naomi Maaravi: One of Tel Aviv’s most unique fashion designers, Naomi Maaravi blends eco-design and ‘upcycled’ materials from old menswear to create chic, custom-fit dresses, blouses, sweaters and shoes.
9 Ruhama Street Asufa: New art & design store housing a unique collection of items crafted by local Israeli artists and offering insight into each designer and their creative inspirations, including the “Mona - Table Lamp” by Kenzo, and jewelry designs by Studio Kitchen.
7 Hapninim Street, http://www.annalouloubar.com/ Pasaz: One of Tel Aviv’s hottest spots for local DJs and bands with a new artist performing each night. 94 Allenby Street Imperial Cocktail Bar: Newly opened speakeasy bar in an unassuming hotel on Hayarkon Street, Imperial Cocktail Bar serves a selection of innovative cocktails amongst a dimly lit, 1920's-style interior with the wait staff also dressing the part. 66 Hayarkon Street Little Prince: Saunter down Tel Aviv’s pedestrian-friendly Nachalat Binyamin Street, peer into a seemingly uninhabited apartment building, and walk up two stories for find Little Prince, a newly revamped indoor-outdoor nightlife spot perfect for drinking warm sangria with close friends in the open-air rooftop or reading your favorite novel in the dimly lit, library-esque space.
18 Nachalat Binyamin Street Beer Bazar: Childhood friends Lior and Yuval opened Beer Bazar amidst the open-air fruit, vegetable and just-about-everything-else stalls in the Carmel Market. The bright green, 8-seat outdoor bar serves specializes in Israeli microbrew beers, with more than 80 selections of beer embodying obscure ingredients, including chili peppers, pomegranate and date honey.
1 Rambam Street www.facebook.com/BeerBazaarIL Kuli Alma: Buzzing past the riff-raff filled streets of southern Tel Aviv lies the recently opened Kuli Alma, a vibing, indoor/outdoor nightclub and self-proclaimed ‘music institution,’ where night owls and music buffs alike spend the evening dancing to hip-hop, house and world-music tunes spun by top local DJs and perfectly positioned sound system. 10 Mikve Yisrael St. www.kulialma.com