Tel Aviv is constantly changing and adding new attractions for visitors. If you only have 1 day in this micro-metropolis of culture, art, food and nightlife let us present you with our suggestions for how to explore this city from north to south in just 24 hours.
Start your day with Sea Executive Suites house Chef’s famous breakfast feast. Everything is prepared fresh and from scratch right here at the hotel. Mini pans of shakshuka; homemade pita bread and sesame cookies; a widespread of cheeses, freshly salted and smoked fish and beyond. Get a cup of coffee and a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice with your meal and you’ll be set for the day.
Once you’re culinary senses are satiated head out the door for a stroll along the beach and lay out by the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean. Beach time is an important part of experiencing Tel Aviv and is an activity that cannot be missed. If you’re not one for sitting around, pick up a game of Israeli “matkot,” otherwise known as beach tennis, and enjoying your time soaking up the sun.
The boardwalk let’s you walk along the water all the way down to Jaffa so arm yourself with your best poker face and go bargain hunting in the winding alleyways that is the home of the colorful and ever popular Flea Market. Handmade jewelry, colorful vintage pieces for your house and all kinds of bits and pieces are awaiting your arrival. The Flea Market also happens to be one of the most popular spots for the locals to have lunch in the sun and see and be seen at the same time. Sweet and eclectic Pua Café (8, Rabbi Yochanan Street) or fashionable Onza (3 Rabbi Hanina), a chef restaurant hiding behind a simple façade are popular spots.
Spend your afternoon exploring the vibrant art scene in south Tel Aviv. Similar to SoHo in New York, South Florentine is filled to the brim with studios and galleries. Head to Contemporary by Golconda, located in an 80-year-old building that was formerly a tehina factory, (117 Herzl Street) to check out their latest exhibition. Contemporary by Golconda is the leading voice on the local art scene and showcases promising contemporary artists from Israel in its multi-level space with high ceiling and industrial decor.
Discover a true hidden gem and head to HaHalutzim 3 for dinner. Located on HaHalutzim Street in Florentine, not far from Levinsky Market, Chef Eitan Vanunu serves up simple, delicious dishes prepared with excellent raw ingredients. The vibe is unpretentious, the methods of preparation simple and straightforward and the food is delicious. Don’t miss the pork-stuffed Challah!
Head back to the heart of the city and grab your after-dinner drinks at the buzzing Port Said resto-bar at the corner of Allenby and Ahad Ha’am. This buzzing spot is the creation of star Chef Eyal Shani, and boasts unbeatable Middle Eastern fare served informally, as well as great cocktails and even better music. A DJ spins vinyl records on each and every night Port Sa’id is open.
End your 24 hours in Tel Aviv at Kuli Alma (Aramaic for “The Whole World”) a music and art-focused nightlife institution nestled into the creative crux of south Tel Aviv (10, Mikve Israel Street). Having opened in March 2014, Kuli Alma focuses on bringing out-of-the-box content to a far-reaching audience of insatiable night owls, music lovers and culture enthusiasts, whether embedded within the local creative community or first-time visitors to Tel Aviv’s thriving nightlife landscape.
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