Culinary Experiences / Restaurants
Ask anyone the most attractive aspect of Tel Aviv’s creative culture, and you may receive the same response time and time again. Tel Aviv is inarguably home to one of the world’s most diverse, eclectic and enjoyable food scenes. On Shabbat, a local favorite lies in a simple visit to one of the city’s top restaurants, or even a pleasant café or ethnic foodie spot, for a long, relaxed dinner of innovative Northern African, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern-influenced cuisines. For a list of new and exciting restaurant options, turn to the newly launched Tel Aviv Foodie Guide by Matkonation: https://foodieguide.co.il/
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The stunning Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a must for any traveler to Tel Aviv, and Shabbat is a particularly good time to visit and explore Israel’s largest collection of contemporary international artworks. Explore the world-renowned Herta and Paul Amir Wing, and its architecture, photography, visual art and classical art exhibitions, and into the museum’s original wing boasting a wide range of exhibitions and a massive mural by Roy Lichtenstein. Afterwards, sit for a delicious lunch at the museum’s in-house restaurant, Pastel. Sarona: In north Tel Aviv, the newly opened Sarona Complex stands as the city’s newest entertainment hotspot, boasting meticulously restored 19th century German Templar buildings transformed into art galleries, shopping boutiques and high-end restaurants, including Claro and Tasting Room, as well as the forthcoming Museum Opticana, a visual art space journeying visitors through the history of optical fashion and design.
South Tel Aviv Art Galleries
Formerly a nondescript section of the city, south Tel has developed into an ever-expanding creative scene has emerged as one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city, boasting contemporary galleries, including Dvir Gallery, Feinberg Gallery and Mashuna street art gallery, as well as bespoke resto-bars and creative concepts geared towards travelers who are privy to artful exploration.
Jaffa flea market
Tel Aviv’s sister city of Jaffa is one of the oldest port cities in the world, believed to be location of the biblical story of Johah and the Whale, and home to Byzantine, Ottoman ruins which adorn the city. Today, Jaffa is a bustling, multi-cultural and fascinating destination that offers a myriad of high-end restaurants, local food stalls, unique hospitality options, museums and boutique stores in the city’s flea market, a vibrant local hotspot thriving on Shabbat. Stop into Puaa or Shafa Bar for lunch before browsing assortments of design and fashion items in boutique shops.