Delicatessen Coffee Bar, Deli and restaurant is located in a two story building in the center of Tel Aviv, few blocks away from Rotschild Blvd.
Delicatessen has a cheese collection from all over the world, wine, great bakery, fresh fruits and vegetables and on the second level, there is the restaurant with a diverse menu every day.
This place is one of the newest and trendiest one in Tel Aviv these days. Highly recommended to make reservations for dinner and on weekends
Kiss and Tel Aviv
When people who have never been to Israel realize that I'm originally from Tel Aviv, they naturally tend to think I'm from a provincial Middle Eastern city with slow-motion camels, armed soldiers everywhere and some ancient bible-time monuments around. But Tel Aviv is a stylish, completely contemporary Mediterranean metropolis filled with chic and bustling cafes, an exciting culture scene, fashionable trendy boutiques, beautiful lively people and a roaring nightlife. Images www.sivanaskayo.com
If you are interested in having a fast access to Tel Aviv's beaches, I highly recommend staying in one of the chain hotels along the sea shore. Sheraton, Hilton, the Dan's, David Intercontinental are just few of the hotels.
However, Hayarkon street is filled with other hotels, (less than 4 stars) such as Gordon Hotel (recently renovated) Melody, Leonardo Basel and more (see the link)
Named after the Belgian monarch who was a personal friend of Mayor Dizengoff, this prominent square is surrounded by some interesting monuments. The Bauhaus-style Pagoda House, now made over as a luxury apartment building, was built in 1924 as a private home. The rooftop ornament gives the building its name.
The house attracts a lot of curious people who try to catch a glimpse of its residents.
The Pagoda is located off Rotschild Blvd and just across the street of Montifiore Hotel.
Stroll the area to discover some great architecture and one of the most high end real estate buildings in Tel Aviv
Built in the 1910's, the Big Synagogue in Allenby street is one of the known monuments in Tel Aviv which serves as a cultural and religious center for the many residents in the area.
When it was constructed,it’s beautiful dome stood in stark contrast to Judaism’s usually bleak houses of prayer, but the dome is barely visible now thanks to the columns around it.
The synagogue is still active and opened to the public and actually getting very popular for weddings and Bar Mitzva's ceremonies
Tel Aviv has three beautiful ports. The Jaffa port scenery includes fishermen and their boats, hidden coffee shops and few stores.
A line of warehouses turned into seafood restaurants, art galleries and a huge space that hosts music, Art and cultural activities.
Night and Day scenes are both hectic and enjoyable
The flea market in Jaffa is one of the most trendiest and hype locations in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. Filled with various antique stores, the market is a buzzing place especially during the weekdays (closed on Saturday) and crowded with some interesting characters, deals and steals. In recent years, new restaurants, cafes and some stylish boutiques were opened, which draw more attention and traffic to this area.
Highly recommended day (for shopping) and night (for a great night life scene)
If you happen to be in Tel Aviv and looking for a unique experience and a great hotel in a premium location, I highly recommend to check out and check in to Hotel Montifiore.
The Hotel, which has only 12 rooms, was originally a residential house (1929) that combined the Bauhaus style and elements of the 19th century European buildings.
The Hotel is well located. Just a step away from Rotschild Blvd, Habima Theater and a walking distance to Neve Tzedek.
The Carmel Market is the largest outdoors market in Tel Aviv and sells everything from toiletries, clothes, meat, fruit and vegetables and some delicatessen cheese. Like in a lot of outdoors markets, the fruit and vegetables are displayed in such a way you can touch, smell and sometimes even taste it before you buy. The outdoors markets (shuk) are busy, noisy and crowded but they are also a micro-cosmos sometimes of the country's nation.
Markets in Israel are opened quite early in the morning and close around 7 or 8. Friday before the Shabat, is mostly the most busiest days as people in a hurry to get food for the weekend. Saturday Shabat the markets are closed.
Almsot every city in Israel has an outdoor market (shuk).
Some of the well known ones are: Kerem Hateymanim, a a small neighborhood named after the immigrants from Yamen.
The most famous shuk in Jerusalem is Machne Yehuda,...
Neve Tzedek, the city oldest neighbourhood is a colorful oasis with an atmosphere that evokes an artists’ colony or a small village. Spotted with colored old houses next to remodeled ones. Lots of great restaurants, wine bars and the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance is there as well. Beautiful both day and night.
If you are looking for one of the hot spots in Tel Aviv, this is the place to be
Habima Theater is the National Theater of Israel. The building, originally from 1946 was in the Bauhaus style and was going through some renovations that lasted for few years. The new building, which contains various halls was opened to the public on 2011.
The building contains 4 big halls and a renovated sound system for a better quality of concerts, Shows and dance.
The complex by itself is a great central one, worth visiting, even with kids, as they might enjoy the squared gardens in the square.
Rothschild Blvd is a real gem of Bauhaus architecture. A tree-lined boulevard with old trees, lined with benches and dotted with outdoor coffee kiosks and some chess tables. This is one of the most charming places to stroll, bicycle and hang out. Along the boulevard, there are numerous historical buildings, which has been renovated lately but still maintain the look and the feel of colonial buildings.
The Blvd starts at the outskirts of Neve Tzedek and ends at Habima Theater, the national theater of Israel.
Tel Aviv's shore is 14 km long. A new boardwalk runs along the beach from Bat Yam in the south up to Herzliya in the north.
If you want to escape the craziness of the city and unwind for a bit or breath some fresh salty air, head West toward the Mediterranean Sea. There is no better way to clear your thought than staring at the ocean. Tel Aviv beaches are well equipped with plastic beach chairs, wide beach umbrellas, restaurants and of course lifeguards stations.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has doubled its exhibition space only recently with the compilation of the new building, designed by the American architect Preston Scott Cohen. The innovative building became an International landmark and attracts a lot of visitors.
Among the highlights of the museum you can find Art by Van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Jason Pollock, Kandinsky, and Israeli artists such as Nahum Gutman, Reuven Rubin and Rafi Lavie.
In the new building there is also a great library for research, a Music Hall for performances and a Cinema.
Make it as a must stop when you visit Tel Aviv
I am always enchanted by the beautiful building of Suzanne Delllal Dance and Theater Center, located in the historic neighborhood Neve Tsedek, in the south of Tel Aviv.
The Center is home for dance and the premier presenter of Israeli and international contemporary dance companies.
There are 4 performance halls, few rehearsal studios and a nice cafe outdoors.
I highly recommend to walk around the building and discover some small nice oasis around.
Every time I visit the flea market in Jaffa, I must stop for a cup of coffee or a bite at Pua restaurant. The space looks like a retro apartment my grandparents used to have, filled with furnitures and decorations well collected from the vintage stores next door. Beside the eclectic atmosphere and design, Pua serves a great, earthy and tasty food. Israeli breakfast is served all day (a great plus for those who love a good well-balanced mediterranean breakfast) and the menu changes according to the owner’s desire. Rest asure that every day will be a good one. I highly recommend to make reservations (if possible) or be patient as this place is very busy.
At the heart of Tel Aviv UNESCO White City, the new Alma Hotel & Lounge (recently opened, four months ago) sets a new standard in luxury boutique hospitality in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The building's history goes back to 1925, as the first private residence designed for families to live side by side in the heart of Tel Aviv.
* The Designers: The restored identity of the hotel is a collaboration between the leading architecture and interior design studio Shaltiel Kastiel and the mosaic and glass artist Lauri Recanati. The hotel has 8 spacious deluxe rooms and 7 studio suites, each uniquely designed, telling a different story of the building's bohemian past.
* The Furniture: A mix of vintage and heavily embellished unique furniture, (hand picked for each room) with contemporary furniture and Art
It is a good way for visitors to meet the trend setters in Israel; restauranteurs, bankers, public...
Located in Alma Boutique Hotel, Alma Lounge is a bohemian chic space with a mix of Georgian inspired furniture blended with local contemporary Art.
The chef, Yonatan Roshfeld, is a well known figure in Israel and the restaurant is one of the most expensive these days in Tel Aviv ($300 dinner for 2)
Next time you travel to Israel and interested in an exceptional and different dining experience, I highly recommend to check the new website of EatWith, to book a dinner with locals.
EatWith is a global community (started in Israel) that invites you to dine in homes around the world. Connect with amazing hosts, share stories and unforgettable experiences, and enjoy delicious homemade cuisine.
In Israel, you can choose between having a local dinner in the Galilee and enjoy the local home made fresh cheese, lunch in an ecological farm, or dinner in an amazing loft in Tel Aviv.
The options are wide, the locations are all across the country and the food options vary. This is a great opportunity to try Israeli food, see how the Israeli are hosting their guests, mingle with locals, and meet other people who want to have a different meal experience.
The flea market in Jaffa Tel Aviv is a great area to find some great antiques, steals and deals, but also to enjoy great restaurants and cafes which 'adopt' the Vintage Retro chic to their interior design, menus and atmosphere.
One of the places I like to hang out when I'm visiting Tel Aviv is cafe Puaa'. (8 Rabbi Yohanan Street; Jaffa)
If you are visiting Israel, I highly recommend munching on the delicious local food but also boost your meal with a glass of Ouzo (despite its Greek origin).
Ouzo imported from Greek is available to purchase in Delicatessen delis and goes well with eggplants, artichokes, grilled tomatoes and sardines
One of the best ways to experience a country is through its food. There are quite a lot of open markets in Israel (shuk) and recently, due to some touristic demand, a local company called Mekomy, started running some culinary tours in Tel Aviv. For tourists who don't know where to go and which markets to visit, these tours are a good way to understand and experience the true meaning of the 'melting pot' of culinary in Israel. Some of the tours are in English as well by educated and experiences local guides. There are various tours options;
One of the tours is in Levinskyi market in the south of Tel Aviv. It's a small market, yet full of different people from different backgrounds: turkish, persian, moroccan, bulgarian and more. The tour guide will take you to some of the highlights locations in this market, such as where to buy the best cured fish or pickles. Another tour is a walking...
The urban boutique hotel Brown TLV is housed in a restored bank building from the 70ies.
The highlights of the hotel are the cozy lobby with a clubby leather sofa and a geometric book library and the vintage Playboy cover on the wall. The rooms are compact and well designed and the rooftop lounge has a fun Jacuzzi bathtub and a great overview of Tel Aviv.
If you are up for a romantic adventure, have a dip in the tub, while sipping on the wine and overlooking Tel Aviv's rooftops.
More romantic rooftops and overlooking spots in Tel Aviv can be found Hotel Shalom, with its marvelous rooftop and the spa treatment that can be booked while watching the sunset, and even in Yitzhak Rabin Center, (in memory of the late Prime minister) which is located next to the Tel Aviv university and overlooking Tel Aviv.
There is no better way to end the day and decompress than watching the sun goes down from the beach. Even better when you watch the sunset with your love ones.
The good thing in Israel is that it has 125 miles of golden sun soaked beaches, which vary from one another, giving a different sun set experience;
From the ancient ports of Acre and Jaffa, to the jazzy, busy and crowded beaches of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv beaches are dotted with outdoors restaurants and cafes. During evening time, the restaurants keep some lights on the beach to create romantic atmosphere for the people who dine.
Or have a romantic sun set in one of Caesarea beaches while walking through some of the Roman and Crusader ruins.
Try the Northern beach in Israel, in Rosh Hanikra and visit the archeological caves, also during the evening time, or head all the way south to Eilat and the Red Sea and watch the sun goes down...
Jaffa is an old city port adjoins to Tel Aviv and it is a mixed city of Arabs and Jews. The legend says that Japheth, the son of Noah, found a pleasant hill overlooking a bay and settled down, naming the place 'Yafo'. This is one of the oldest cities in the world which retained its biblical flavor and myths.
Old Jaffa is built on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It has brick old houses with cobble paths and winding alleys. Imagine walking hand in hand with your partner through these alleys, discovering new corners, courtyards or just life your head up and see the moon shining in the sky.
Dine in one of many restaurants in this area; whether you want to climb up the stairs and have your dinner in a tiny restaurant with 3 tables only watching the sea, or dine alongside the marina in the renewed Jaffa Port.
Israel is located along the Mediterranean Sea and have few ports and fishing areas; Haifa, Acre, Ashdod, Tiberias, Eilat and Jaffa. Therefore, there are a lot of great fish and seafood restaurants especially in these cities but also across the country.
Ouzeria restaurant is a new venue in Levinsky market, which serves various kinds of seafood tapas; sardines, shrimp, cured fish and serves it like you were in a Greek Tavern, lots of ouzo, olive oil, etc.
The common and popular fish are Trout, gray and red mullet, sea bass and tilapia. They are usually served grilled or seasoned in olive oil, lemon and herbs.
One of the well known restaurant, thanks to its characteristic owner, is Uri Buri in Acre. Uri, is considered a legend in Israel for his special techniques in preparing fish and seafood.Throughout the years, he came up with lots of recipes and he tries them in his restaurant. Don't...