Your ultimate guide to Israel

Discover the best events, things to do, restaurants, music and nightlife in Israel

The Israeli films that have made it to the Oscars
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The Israeli films that have made it to the Oscars

It’s that time again for Hollywood’s film industry to shine their brightest spotlights on the previous year's most thought-provoking and enlightening films. While the red carpet is glittering and dresses are dashing, how does Israel tie into the Academy? Well, for a whopping 50 years, this teensy country has submitted films and, even with its small-scale industry, has successfully been nominated 14 times (placing it in the top 10 most nominated countries of all time). So here’s a rundown of Israel’s nominations since 1964. And while getting an Oscar nimintion is truly wonderful, some Israeli films are worth a ticket even without it. Get a glimpse at more must-see Israeli films. 

The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for boozy brunch
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The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for boozy brunch

Tel Aviv knows how to party...hard. And we all know that the harder the party, the harder the hangover. While shakshuka is a delicious Israeli breakfast staple, it can be a touch acidic when trying to cure that morning-after mix of arak and falafel heartburn. Why not cure that hangover headache with a wholesome breakfast and some good old fashioned hair of the dog. Whether you choose to class things up with an elegant mimosa brunch at one of the restaurants at the top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv or pound back bottomless mimosas and cocktail pitchers at more local dives, Time Out Israel’s recommendations for the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for boozy brunch won’t let you down.

Now is your chance to stay at the 1st lifeguard tower hotel on Earth!
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Now is your chance to stay at the 1st lifeguard tower hotel on Earth!

The Tel Aviv beaches are so beautiful – with their sparkling Mediterranean waters, endless sand strips that trail on for miles and sweaty men playing volleyball – that every post-sunset night is a struggle to leave. Well now, thanks to the Brown TLV hotel, you don't have to. The Brown is transforming one of Tel Aviv's lifeguard towers into a luxury hotel for two, equipped with a personal butler, breakfast, pampering shower, unbeatable front row sunset view and room service. Yes you heard us right, room service.         A luxury resort and a personal butler? You're probably shaking your head in disbelief right about now, wondering, "how much does this whole scheme cost?"         Guess what? Zero, zilch, nada, שום דבר. All you have to do to win this 4 day/3 night vacation of a lifetime (round trip flight included) is post a photo of yourself in a European city sporting your finest swim suit attire and holding a sign with the hashtag #TAKEME2TELAVIV. Then, sign up HERE, upload your photo to Facebook or Instagram and tag #takeme2telaviv. Share it each day for more chances to WIN! You could be one of the 7 lucky winners. So, break out those bikinis, whip out those one-pieces, throw on those floaties, heck, even fashion some flippers and swim caps for creative merit. It'll be worth it...because we all deserve the royal treatment at some point in our lives.          

The 10 best Haifa nightlife spots
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The 10 best Haifa nightlife spots

Stuck somewhere between European ideals, Middle Eastern warmth and character and its undying fascination of American culture, Israel is one of the best places in the world for going out and having a good time. The wild Tel Aviv nightlife scene has earned itself the reputation of city that never sleeps, running 24 hours a day, but Haifa has a surprisingly diverse and rich nightlife scene of its own that continues on into the late night hours in the busy city centers.  Here is our pick for this Mediterranean port city’s most sought after bars, pubs, and live music joints – from the trendy to the classy to the purely classic “Haifa”.

Not your typical Israeli market
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Not your typical Israeli market

Ever bought handcrafted calendars from a seasonal pop-up Israeli market inside a Florentine club? Ever stocked up on warm weekend stews during those chilly winter months in the basement of a mall in Tel Aviv? Ever witnessed someone shape an intricate sterling silver wire bracelet in seconds in the middle of the street? If not, than these unique markets should be at the top of your shopping list. Take a break from Carmel Market's screaming vendors and cheesy gifts to experience the true Israel at these A-typical markets. From art up north to homemade food to items that cannot be boxed into a category, here’s our list of the most unique Israeli markets.

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Banksy does Bourgeoisie? The shocking truth behind the street artist's supposed exhibition in Herzliya
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Banksy does Bourgeoisie? The shocking truth behind the street artist's supposed exhibition in Herzliya

When the news leaked that anti-corporate, anti-commercialist, anti-identity  street artist, Banksy, was coming to Herzliya's Arena Mall, the media went wild. "Banksy is coming to Herzliya!" they wrote, each word steeped in disbelief. For years, Banksy secretly hung his artistic political criticisms in museums around the world – from Melbourne to Amsterdam and everything in between – revolutionizing the public's notion of graffiti with his stenciling technique. His pop-up nightmarish amusement park, Dismaland, drew the media to him, or more so the idea of him as Banksy preserved anonymity, shying away from the spotlight.   © Banksy       While he favors covertness, there are two things we do know about the street artist: 1) He is British, most likely Bristol and 2) "The Art of Banksy", his supposed upcoming exhibit in Herzliya has been curated against his will.   Yes, that's right. As the exhibition suggests in its title, Israel may be gaining the physical art of Banksy from April 4th to 18th (including famous pieces like "The Girl With The Balloon" and "Laugh Now"); however, what they will not see is any Banksy spirit or intention behind the exhibition.   © Banksy The first red flag came with the press release, boasting, "This exhibition is unique...you will never again see such an impressive amount of his work all concentrated in one place". On the contrary, each of Banksy's works are unique, and deserve their own attention, not a mass showing. The s

Extraordinary Fashion  -  CO.CO & Shenkar College pair up for a fab collab
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Extraordinary Fashion - CO.CO & Shenkar College pair up for a fab collab

Fashion enthusiasts listen up: February 22nd will be the official launch date of the joint design venture by the CO.CO fashion brand and students of the Fashion Design Department at Shenkar College. For some time now, students in their third year at Shenkar have been participating in a special course titled "Extraordinary" under the guidance of Idit Barak and Anna Solo. The course examines the gap between conceptual design that is part of the academic world and the 'real world', where the designer must have a dialogue with the clients about ideas, wishes and dreams.                 During the course, 16 students created two designs. One that is ‘Extraordinary’ – free of any external considerations, whereby the design is true only to the student’s creative mind. And another that is more down to earth, which is created while taking into consideration the needs of the client, but still keeping the designer's basic character. The first stage of the project presented the painted sketches of the students on CO.CO.’s website - Http://collectivecollection.com/voting. Now, from February 19th to March 2nd, the audience will be able to see the actual designs photographed on models on the website. The designs will be available for pre-order and only the amount of pre-orders of a specific design will determine if the garment will go into production or not.                 See anything you like? Now's your chance to pre-order HERE and give the student who made it a

Fly Beyond Tel Aviv with musician Tamir Muskat

Fly Beyond Tel Aviv with musician Tamir Muskat

There are many talented creators in this world, but finding the ones who continue to challenge themselves every morning is rare. The Fly Beyond project by French prestigious vodka Grey Goose spots the greats. Meet Tamir Muskat, Music producer Age: 42, Status: married with two children     Tamir Muskat is the man behind Balkan Beat Box and one of the busiest music producers in Israel. Lately, he founded an independent label called Ape Records, with a revolutionary working model in which only singles are produced (no albums). The singles are written while Tamir is working with the artist in the studio.       What inspired you to pursue your dream and turn it into a reality? I didn’t have any other choice. I have sacrificed so much for my art from such a young age that it was a done deal. What is your biggest failure? Since I came from the bottom, I built my world slowly, by searching and wondering. I don’t see anything as a failure, just another brick to add to the unknown structure that lies ahead of me.   What’s your next artistic goal? To make better music than I did yesterday. I don’t have any goals beyond that. I’m just like Spongebob. How does Tel Aviv affect your creation? In every sense! I feel that I’m living in one of the most interesting, complex and layered cities in the world. I carry it with me when I’m riding my bicycle on my way to the studio and it funnels into the music big time. - - - - - - - - - - - - Grey Goose is celebrating the in

Have a knack for Cognac? XOXO, Israel’s first cognac conference, takes place this March
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Have a knack for Cognac? XOXO, Israel’s first cognac conference, takes place this March

Seasoned imbibers take note: Israel’s first cognac conference is around the corner, and it’s going to be a tasting party of all sorts. On March 1st and 2nd, XOXO will feature cognac producers from around the world with special guests coming in to share their love of this drink which has gained fans all around the world. Cognac, a variety of brandy, is produced in the wine-growing Frenchdepartments of Charente and Charente-Maritime, around the town of Cognac. The name cannot be used lightly, and Cognac has to adhere to high standards, including being made from certain grapes,distillation in copper pot stills (twice) and then aging for at least two years in French oak barrels from the forests of Limousin or Tronçais. © Anatoly Michaelo   The event, produced by Ish HaAnavim (the Grape Man) and Zman Amiti (Israel’s chief bartending school), promises to be a memorable tasting event.  The selection is off the wall, featuring world-renowned brands such as Rémy Martin, Hennessy, Hine, Martell, Château de Montifaud, Jacques Denis, Francois Voyer and Dudognon.  Taking place at Jaffa’s The Lawrence, a stylish ottoman-inspired gallery and event space  with an authentic yet modern vibe, this event is already creating a stir in the cognac-curious community; the price is NIS 135 (NIS 110 in advance and NIS 90 for members of Zman Amiti and Ish HaAnavim clubs), and each ticket will get you 3 tasting coupons.  Additional tastings will be priced by the glass. Happy drinking! For mor

Big Brother's watching: a new cluster of Haifa exhibitions exploring privacy
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Big Brother's watching: a new cluster of Haifa exhibitions exploring privacy

In 1949, when George Orwell first published his classic dystopian novel 1984, the extreme invasion of privacy as "Big Brother watch[ed] you" was no more than a futuristic fantasy. We're now thirty-three years past this crafted 'future' narrative and the sad truth comes out: Orwell's predictions weren't so far off. This fantasized society where the boundaries between the public and private spheres have been blurred – or erased entirely – has become a grave reality, much due to the rampant social media controlling our 21st century lives.       Hello Selfie 2© Kate Durbin         While many shy away from the harsh post 9/11 reality, curator Svetlana Reingold and a group of artists have chosen to address the complicated nature of privacy in the best way they know how: through a group of eleven new exhibitions – five solo and six group. Through a variety of artistic endeavors, Anonym-X: the End of the Privacy Era at the Haifa Museum of Art will deal with exhibitionism, narcissism, voyeurism, the gaze and surveillance to raise challenging questions about "the source of the artwork, power and control".     Eucalyptus© Itamar Freed         To try and get at the value of art within social media's shared cultural sphere, the exhibition cluster is broken into three chapters. The first focuses on voyeurism as a tool of social regulation; the second approaches those whose privacy is most violated on a daily basis - celebrities; and the third dives into the

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Fashion meets tech with Tamara Anna Efrat
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Fashion meets tech with Tamara Anna Efrat

Israel is at the forefront of technology and that trickles into every field – even fashion. Case and point, textile designer Tamara Anna Efrat. With a background that includes working as a stylist, a set and costume designer and behind the scenes for major brands like Yigal Azrouel and Victor & Rolf, Efrat has also presented at Tel Aviv Fashion Week - all of which has helped hone her cutting, sewing, knitting and embroidery skills, as well as her computer software and technical skills. Today, she works in several mediums to produce her housewares, fashion designs and accessories. We spoke with the designer to find out more about what’s on the docket to come.    © PR       How did you get into textile design? I have been fascinated by craft since early childhood, but my passion for fabrics came from my grandma. She was born in Poland in a small town of tailors and she taught me all about cutting, sewing and embroidery. She survived the Holocaust thanks to her sewing skills.     How would you describe your aesthetic? I am strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and craftsmanship. I just came back from a month-long visit there, updating myself with recent Japanese work. I hope that my own work reflects the precision, gentleness and thoughtful detailing characteristic of Japanese craft and art.   What kind of products do  you make? I see myself as an interdisciplinary designer. I make products and objects that refer to traditional crafts and introduce contemporary techno

If the Shoe Fits…VAS
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If the Shoe Fits…VAS

VAS proves that when it comes to kicks - it’s all in the details   In this age of mass production and drones, it’s rare to find a designer laser focused on the dying art of the handmade, but that’s just what VAS founder Rotem Gur is doing with her entirely handcrafted couture range of shoes. Aesthetically, VAS shoes are unique in that they combine edgy designs with traditional craftsmanship. Block heels are a design signature and tie into Gur’s love for cubist style. Gur herself overseas everything from leather selection to production, from soles to boxing and wrapping, and from the inner lining to the Italian-made buckles. Fittingly, her shoes are growing in popularity in countries that have a reputation for having an eye for detail – aside from Israel, VAS is sold in Japan and Germany.   We spoke with Gur, who launched the label in 2012 and has since shown her creations at Tel Aviv Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, to find out more about this uniquely old school-inspired modern label.   © PR       Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how your passion for handcrafted shoes developed?   I studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and specialized in Jewelry & Fashion. I also studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decortaive in Paris where I trained in Textile Design. After school, I spent a few years working in shoe design in Israel and learned the secrets of shoe craftsmanship, not only transferring sketches to design, but also

Wait, is that Israel? Spoiler alert: no.
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Wait, is that Israel? Spoiler alert: no.

Set in Israel, shot abroad.    These three films may appear to have been filmed in Israel, but theperception is far from the reality. From Tunisian landscapes to Maltese fortresses, we've got the truth on where these Holy Land films were actually shot.   World War Z (2013)         The most recent film to take place in Israel is World War Z, starring Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt as a former UN investigator traveling the world to prevent the inevitable zombie pandemic. Although the film’s climatic scenes take place in Jerusalem, it was not actually filmed there. It does, however, show hundreds of thousands of zombies wreaking havoc through the seemingly-realistic streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, which, in reality, were actually shot on Fort St. Elmo in Valletta, Malta.   The Passion of the Christ (2004) Although the actual story of The Passion of the Christ took place in Israel, the well-known film was not shot in the motherland, but instead, in Italy. The 2004 hit, starring Mel Gibson, depicts the final twelve hours of Jesus’ life, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. However, it was not even shown in theaters in Israel - because of its controversy, Israeli distributers did not put in any requests to screen it.   Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)   This cult classic tells the story of a young Jewish boy named Brian who is born on the same day as his neighbor, Jesus Christ. Consequently, he is always mistaken for the Messiah. The satire bec

Get in character with Sigal Avin
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Get in character with Sigal Avin

Sigal Avin, screenwriter & director Featured on Variety’s list of ‘10 TV Scribes to Watch’, Avin is best known for the comedy  show “Irreversible” (Bilti-Hafich), the web series “It’s Harrasment” (Ze-Matrid) and the theater show “Freaks”.   How is working in Israel vs. Hollywood? The main difference is money. And when too much money is involved there are too many voices, and then it’s more of a struggle staying true to yourself. The money for one American pilot is usually enough for about 2 or 3 seasons of an Israeli TV series!   What are important issues you think should be discussed in film and TV?  The occupation as well as masturbation. If you have something honest to say and it’s brought from a different  angle than what we’ve seen before, it should be discussed.    What are you working on now?  I’m developing a TV show with Pretty Matches Productions in NY and working on a new TV show in Israel as well.  And I am also working on a feature film.  If you weren’t a writer and a director, you would be... A dancer.   © Gabriel Baharlia         The best film you’ve seen lately?  In between (Lo Po, Lo Sham) - A very strong, important film by Maslyn Hamud.   The best TV show you saw lately? I’ve just completed season 5 and 6 of “Game of Thrones”. They were remarkable and I’m ready for season 7.   The best album you’ve listened to lately? I’ve been listening to the “La La Land” soundtrack on repeat. My girls love it as well. With a croissant and co

Twotone, onesize
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Twotone, onesize

TwoTone’s team of two, Zohar, a fashion designer, and Shimon, an industrial designer, come together to produce a unique, and forward-thinking brand.   In a nutshell? It’s one size fits all - with style. The seriously cool clothes transform seamlessly from daytime street-style, worn with a beanie and an attitude, to more formal evening wear.  Their speciality is infinite plays on the shirt-dress — sheer and sexy, denim, classic crisp white — layered under fancy coats and the brand works only with the highest quality cotton, imported from Japan, in a muted color palette. What really sets Twotone apart is their progressive approach to fashion. “We believe that everybody can look their best, regardless of size, color or shape of body. We want our clothes to be accessible for every body. So we decided not to categorize anyone by their measurements, and to completely ignore the idea of size,” says Zohar.    © PR       Clothes at Twotone are sold as “oneitem,” with only one size available, catering to most women (the brand has tested their items on women of various sizes between 36-48). So there you have it - your next go-to brand - found.   TwoTone Studio, 24 Y. L. Peretz St, Tel Aviv (twotone.today, Facebook: @twotoneis)   Shop at 6 Levontine St, Tel Aviv   © PR  

Eating and drinking in Israel

The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants
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The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants

While 'being vegan' has become a trendy identifier in the last few years, the local Tel Aviv vegan restaurant scene actually has the chops to back up the goods. Thanks to Israel's climate and varying landscapes, harvesting tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables are a slam dunk (as proven by the colourful arrays at the markets) and diners get to reap the benefits. These vegan and vegetarian hotspots are here to help make our Israel a vegan-friendly Israel. Looking to cook up a storm in your own digs? Take advantage of the local offering and head to one of Israel's markets for a vegan foodie shopping adventure. Whether out and about or cooking from home, don't forget to wash down that tofu with a nice glass of Israeli wine.

A late-night guide to the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for drunk munch
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A late-night guide to the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for drunk munch

The tests are complete, the results have returned and unfortunately, your condition is quite serious. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news – especially after such an exhausting night of drinking down Dizengoff, barhopping along Allenby, and getting thrown out of that club on Rothschild – but, it seems you are suffering from a bad case of the ‘drunchies’. Yes, we know, it’s dreadful. You’re tired, you say? Don’t sleep now. That hangover that creeps up before a boozy morning of Israeli breakfast at one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv will only be worse if you don’t eat something now. It’s four a.m. and you’re hangry. Our prescription: a heavy dose of greasy pizza, hot hamburgers and anything you can fit in a pita pocket before crashing in bed or on a bench outside Rothschild Allenby Market…depending how far you can make it (we won’t judge). These ‘drunk munch’ Tel Aviv restaurants have been taste-tested by your very own Time Out team who guarantee that they’re foolproof. Enjoy!

The top five Jerusalem cafés
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The top five Jerusalem cafés

Italy has the best espresso you say? You think France has a monarchy over the café au lait? Clearly, you haven’t discovered the right Israeli bakeries and cafés yet...and not just Israel. Jerusalem cafés, in particular, have been steaming up the best cappuccinos (‘café hafuch’ in Hebrew), the richest seasonal sachlab and the most thirst-quenching iced coffees for ages. Whether you’re a Jerusalem native coffee novice, or you’ve come from a long week of sightseeing in the Galilee or the Negev, these cozy cafés will hit the spot, warm the soul and feed your coffee addiction like never before. Forget the coffee chains, check out our list of the best Jerusalem cafés for the real deal. And you know what? These spots will satify not only your thirst. In these cafés you will find top of line comfort food for every hour of the day. Still hungry? Checkout the most authentic Jerusalem restaurants for more food options.   

10 history-rich Haifa street food establishments
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10 history-rich Haifa street food establishments

While the Tel Aviv street food and Jaffa street food scenes are on the steep rise, Haifa street food carries a particularly rich history, with classic establishments that have been holding their own for decades. Now, with an influx of trendy eateries that have popped up in recent years and even months, the definition of good street food is broadening, which leaves Haifa swimming in an abundance of possibilities for a delicious and cheap quick bite out. Here are just ten Haifa restaurant selections, four of which represent the city’s old school charm, while the other six tap into the new Haifa food scene – continuing to grow and evolve with each passing day. Any of these options are perfect for a delightful meal in the city, and are sure to make your day on your next visit.

‘Food for your current mood’: cozy
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‘Food for your current mood’: cozy

It’s a not-so-white-winter in the White City. On a good day, that means crisp air, sunshine and a light scarf for comfort. On a bad day, it means gloomy skies, dreary rain and wild winds that make you want to bundle up in blankets and never leave bed. But sometimes, this grim weather calls for a pick-me-up: a cozy night out with friends at a restaurant with comfy vibes and heartwarming food. Here’s our guide to eating out in Tel Aviv on a cozy, rainy night.

The best of Israel

The best museums in Israel
Museums

The best museums in Israel

While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accept the task. Ranging from reigning establishments like the Israel museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to more experimental museums like the Design Museum Holon and the Herzliya museum for contemporary art, these institutions are among the top Israel attractions, offering inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture. Feeling artsy? Let us also point you to some of the best Israeli art galleries for some additional inspiration.

The best Israeli markets
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The best Israeli markets

One advantage of Israel's sunny skies nine months of the year is the plethora of outdoor shopping and specialty markets vending everything from local souvenirs to Middle Eastern antiques, foodie delicacies, and handmade goods by local craftsmen. The Israeli market (or 'shuk') is a fabulous way to spend your day, among other top attractions you’d be mad to miss. From the Carmel market to Mahane Yehuda, we've mapped out a host of places to shop 'till you drop…with the sun on your back. If you find yourself with a post-haggling adrenaline rush, release that energy at one of Israel's many festivals happening nearby.

The best beaches in Israel
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The best beaches in Israel

Israel's beaches are more than just a place to lay out and tan. Hitting the sand is a lifestyle - where friends meet, families frolic and gym rats get fit. It’s a nexus of Israeli life, buzzing every day of the week. With access to four seas: the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, each of the beaches in Israel offers a distinct experience. Here's your guide to the country's coastline, including the legendary beaches in Tel Aviv.

The top 19 restaurants in Israel
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The top 19 restaurants in Israel

Any sabra worth his salt will argue that one of the top things to do in Israel is eat. And when it comes to celebrated chefs, innovative takes on Mediterranean cuisine, harvesting local raw materials and creating a joyous, fun-loving (and sharing) atmosphere, we've got all the goods. While Tel Aviv restaurants are teeming with an array of hands-down delicious options, the rest of the country also has a lot to show for when it comes to highly recommended places to eat. Here are the nineteen restaurants from A to Z, from the Galilee to the Negev to book now.

Israel by area

The Dead Sea’s top attractions
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The Dead Sea’s top attractions

Many foreigners know this world attraction by its luxury 'Dead Sea' beauty products and salt scrubs. Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, the Dead Sea is famous for its incredibly high salt content, allowing visitors to literally float in–or rather on–its waters. Cake yourself in mud, and wade into the lowest point on Earth for a bizarre experience like no other. After a salty selfie, wash off because the Dead Sea isn’t the only top attraction in Israel. With Ein Gedi’s popular oasis and nature reserve to its west, and Masada and the Qumran caves just a short trip away, the surrounding desert offers many historical sites to rival Jerusalem’s history heavy attractions. We’ve compiled the best attractions to visit while at the Dead Sea.

The Galilee - top attractions
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The Galilee - top attractions

Located in the North of Israel, the Galilee is as popular with tourists as it is with locals who flock to the area to enjoy sea, sand and sun (well, technically, the sea of the Galilee is a lake…). In between working on your tan, there’s a seemingly never-ending treasure chest of historical and archeological wonders to ogle – no Instagram filter needed. Plus, the Galilee boasts a handful of family-fun recreational activities like rafting down the Jordan River. We’ve rounded up the absolute best sites in the Galilee that you won't want to miss.

The best things to do in the Negev
Things to do

The best things to do in the Negev

Easily one of the most overlooked treasures in Israel, the Negev desert is home to some truly jaw-dropping geological wonders. Vineyards, hiking trails, nature reserves and even camel rides make it as appealing for families as it is for couples or those traveling on a budget. The Negev is also the area to which Israelis regularly flock for festivals, yoga retreats and other special events. Here’s to getting lost in the desert as you check out our curated list of the best things to do in the Negev.

The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards
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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards

In recent years, Israel has become known for its thriving wine economy, which is most evident in the Golan Heights and Galilee regions where farms and both large scale and boutique vineyards have set up shop. Wine, of course, is nothing without accompanying nibbles, so it's only fitting to find culinary treasures in the area as well – all of which make use of locally grown farm fresh produce. The gems can be difficult to pinpoint as an outsider, however, so we’ve prepared a list of not-to-be-missed restaurants and vineyards in the area.

Sights and attractions in Israel

Rabin Square
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Rabin Square

Rabin square is more than just a large public city space in the heart of Tel Aviv. Renamed in 1995 to honor Yitzhak Rabin following his tragic assassination, the iconic space houses numerous political rallies, parades, and holiday events (like the all-night dance-a-thon that is Simchat Torah). Every year, on the weekend of Nov 4th (Rabin’s assassination), thousands of people assemble in the square for a huge commemoration. When not occupied by an event, the open space with its peaceful fountain and unique sculpture is a perfect place to sit down and read a book in front of the Tel Aviv municipality building.

Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
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Ein Gedi Botanical Garden

Kibbutz Ein Gedi is the only botanical garden in the world that people live in. Over 1,000 varieties of flora from around the world grow wild here, in addition to 1,000 types of cacti. Take a walk on one of the gentle hiking trails, admire the wildlife, or enjoy the waterfall. For those looking for a weekend getaway, there is a hostel on-site. A nursery sells seedlings for those looking to build their own gardens, while a petting zoo makes Ein Gedi the perfect destination for families.

Rakevel (Cable Car)
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Rakevel (Cable Car)

Haifa’s cable cars are fun for the whole family. The line runs from the Bat Galim Promenade to the Stella Maris lookout point on top of Mount Carmel, and hosts a view for the ages. The ride is five minutes in a glass car that allows you to enjoy the scenery from every angle. For those who enjoy a walk, one way tickets can be purchased, allowing visitors to take a twenty minute journey back. The lower terminal features Yotvata Restaurant, famous for its salads and ice cream, as well as an art exhibit. The upper terminal has a refreshment kiosk. Free for children under 2.

The Shrine of the Book
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The Shrine of the Book

One of greatest archaeological finds of the last century was accidently discovered in the remote caves overlooking Qumran by a passing Bedouin shepherd. The Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book offers a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the oldest Bible manuscripts in existence, also known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Stella Maris
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Stella Maris

Nineteenth-century Stella Maris monetary is situated at the western edge of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean. The name, “star of the sea,” comes from an ancient epithet for Jesus’s mother, Mary. Stella Maris Church contains a beautiful painted dome and alter over a cave, which Elijah is said to have inhabited. Take a walk through the garden to see a monument to Napoleon’s soldiers. A small museum on the site displays interesting antiques, and located across the street is a cable-car that takes visitors up the mountain for a panoramic view you don’t want to miss. The church is open to people of all faiths, at no cost to guests.

Gilgal Refaim
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Gilgal Refaim

Dated to be between 5,000 and 6,000 years old, Gilgal Refaim is reminiscent of England's famous ancient megalithic structure, Stonehenge. The site consists of around 42,000 tons of basalt rocks forming four circles, and archaeologists believe the walls of the structure once towered nine meters high, making it an especially impressive site when viewed from the air.