A guide to alternative Tel Aviv nightlife
Whether you’re looking for a less rowdy night out or you’re just not feeling the Thursday night bracelet bar / Friday morning hangover combination, there are plenty of things to do in Tel Aviv once that Mediterranean sun sets. From less costly late night activities like a picnic in HaYarkon Park or sharing a bottle of cheap wine and a box of pizza with friends at the beach, to fun adventures like conquering our list of must-try Israeli escape rooms, the White City has got an alternative activity for all types. Don’t feel ashamed for passing up free club entry on Rothschild Boulevard…embrace the other side of the nonstop city for once. It may just surprise you in the most pleasant of ways.
The top five dog-friendly places in Tel Aviv
It’s no secret that Tel Aviv is one of (it not the) dog-friendliest place on Earth. While you might be caught off-guard at first, you soon get used to finding fido hiding beneath the table next to you at Miznon on King George Street or HaMinzar behind the Carmel Market. Heck, there are even dog-friendly bars where the number of dogs inside almost rivals the number of humans. You don’t have to own man’s best friends to enjoy their company either; there are a huge selection of outdoor parks–from Gan Meir to Park HaYarkon–that invite dog enthusiasts to marvel, play, and aspire to own one of their own all at the same time (and you even can on Gan Meir’s doggy adoption days). And so, while the list may be endless, we've highlighted five of the dog-friendliest places in Tel Aviv.
Fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers
Though internationally known for its wedding dress designers, Israel’s fashion scene stretches far beyond chiffon and tulle. From Maya Negri to project runway winner Alon Livne, Israeli fashion designers are making their mark in the industry as they dream up new collections and seasonal styles that don’t require a reservation. With elegant evening wear, casual flare and accessories to match, step outside the malls and into the boutiques of these top Israeli fashion designers to get a taste of their artistic genius.
8 new & promising Tel Aviv restaurant openings
Industry veterans and newcomers alike are bringing new flavors, concepts, and dining experiences to the White City - filling Tel Aviv with even more color and excitement. Imagine endless possibilities, from a vegan's dream dining experience to a Japanese Eden. Now turn those dreams into realities with these latest eateries to open up shop.
13 otherwise odd things that are totally ordinary in the Israeli workplace
1. Shorts – they’re basically business casual. 2. Jeans – a year-round phenomenon, not just a casual Friday occasion. 3. Succinct correspondence – starting a formal e-mail with “hi” and signing off with your initial (sometimes two if you’re really fancy). 4. /in·side voices/ : yelling mild requests across the office at a pitch only audible to dogs and select pigeons. 5. Air conditioners – that always seem to be broken in June, but perfectly functioning in January. 6. Informality – don’t be surprised if your boss asks you about your date last night or knows every detail of your coworker’s complicated family dynamic. 7. Babies – there always seem to be at least two babies being passed around the room like a slow motion rugby replay, also… 8. Stray children – I’m starting to wonder if they actually belong to anyone? 9. Lateness – an empty office at 9 a.m. is commonplace.The Israeli workplace applauds teenage behavior and encourages sleeping in as socially acceptable, even borderline cool. 10. Holidays – lots and lots of holidays, days off, and half days. By some act of God, no Jewish holiday tends to fall on the weekend anymore, score! 11. Gossip – did you hear what happened to Tal’s sister’s cousin’s brother’s aunt last n
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Time Out answers the ever-pertinent question: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?
From spirited disagreements between buyers and sellers at the shuk, to endless summer disputes about air conditioning, it can sometimes seem like the Holy Land is a mecca of conflict. However, even if you settle on the best deal for apricots, or find the perfect AC setting for you, your colleagues, and your significant other, it is likely that one argument will still ring true: Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? The two vastly different cultural capitals of Israel hold special places in the minds–and hearts–of ardent Tel Avivians and Jerusalemites across the country, and world. Having lived in both cities, I won’t suggest that either is clearly superior, but there are some distinct differences… Shabbat Jerusalem: Rest, relaxation, and a home cooked meal (or two, or three). Tel Aviv: The one time a week you can spend all day–guilt free–at the beach. You bring the Goldstar, I’ll grab a watermelon? Outdoors Jerusalem: Which park should we go to? Tel Aviv: Which beach should we go to? Light rail Jerusalem: Sleek! Smooth! Efficient! Transportation so good some might call it a light (rail) unto the nations. Tel Aviv: The biggest joke since the New Central Bus Station. Herzl might be on the advertisements, but no matter how much we will it, this still seems like a dream. Walking distance Jerusalem: 10 minutes or less. Why would you walk uphill, and possibly slip on the Jerusalem-stone sidewalk, when the light rail is nearby? Tel Aviv: 30 minutes or less. Anythi
Levi's adds Tel Aviv to their 'Destination Tee' collection
Levi’s put Israel on the proverbial map – rather, shirt – with the recent addition of Tel Aviv to their Destination Tee collection. The collection features cities around the world that are celebrated for their role as a fashion capital, and worth a visit, including London, Berlin, New York, and now Tel Aviv. The black and white shirts feature the words “Tel Aviv” emblazoned in all caps above the Levi’s logo. Within days, Israeli fashion bloggers, writers, and athletes shared posts in their shirts with the hashtag #levistelaviv, garnering international attention on social media. Take a hint from one of the most iconic US denim brands and get your Tel Aviv Destination Tee today – or if you’re in Tel Aviv, check out all the fashion and culture that the White City promises.
Israel gives the Soho House concept a spin with Beit Hanna
Beit Hanna opens its doors in Tel Aviv! The newly opened Beit Hanna is being billed as a members-only community center, open to all. Meaning unlike other members-only clubs there is no screening process or referrals. Instead, the focus is on community, networking, eating (of course!), fitness, and overall healthy living. Aside from a gym, there’s a full schedule of classes offered (think Pilates, yoga, TRX…) starting as early as 7 a.m. and running till about 8:30 p.m. all days except for Saturday (Friday, in observance of Shabbat, the last class starts at 11:30 a.m.). As for instructors, you might recognize some faces given that the fitness portion of Bait Hanna was spearheaded by one of the owners of hotspot gym Kolnoapeer. While the gym and the classes are only open to members, there’s also a community center and expansive outdoor patio space where lectures, film screenings, mediation, various programs (think post-natal workshops) will be held. These events, free for members, will be open to the neighborhood in an effort to turn Beit Hanna into a community hub (prices will vary by event). © Doron Sery Food is another central element to the vibrant space. Their cafeteria-style eatery, EATS, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Weekend brunch will begin next month. The focus is on clean, fresh foods and snacks. While not everything is totally in-step with keeping your calorie count low – they have a long list of sweets including cakes, pastries, banana bread, brow
Free for all - the top things to do in Israel without spending a shekel
There is no denying the scorching humid heat that comes to Israel each summer, but staying cool doesn’t have to cost a thing. Some of the best activities and events to take part in are free. Whether you want to splash in Israel’s cool northern streams, bask in a cold air-conditioned museum or just enjoy the Mediterranean sun, we’ve got all the details for you here. Folk dancing It might be hot out, but that shouldn’t stop you from dancing the night away at Jerusalem’s first station. The weekly event invites anyone with a passion for folk dancing, no matter your age or experience level. Be prepared to learn from some of the best instructors in Jerusalem. First Station, 4 David Remez St, Jerusalem. Every Sunday 20:00- 23:00 Nachalat Binyamin arts and crafts fair Just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of the Carmel Market, a different sort of market opens every Tuesday and Friday afternoon on Nachalat Binyamin. With a cold drink in hand, head down the quiet, sunlit street past dozens of stands selling handmade, artisanal jewelry, crafts, and domestic goods. The products themselves tend to be a bit expensive, but a carefree afternoon of strolling through the wide array of beautiful items—from decorative cactuses to high-end Judaica and even miniature ceramic food—is a priceless experience. Nachalat Binyamin. Every Tuesday and Friday until dusk Opera in the park Music aficionados don’t have to spend a shekel to witness some of the most lauded opera
7 Israeli struggles that are actually blessings in disguise
The Holy Land can be a tough place to live, especially if you did not grow up here. While Israelis love to complain, sometimes, the everyday struggles turn out to actually be blessings in disguise. The overcrowded buses encourage you to meet new people. Don't let the lack of CO2 cramp your style. Take the opportunity to start a conversation with the cute Florentin boy whose face is literally centimeters from yours, heck, you can even go in for the kiss if you're feeling confident. Chaos becomes the norm. No matter how organized you claim to be, the 'balagan' of Israeli society is inescapable. At first, the lack of lines at coffee shops and hoards of screaming mothers at the Shuk on Fridays will drive you crazy. However, it is only a matter of time before you learn the most valuable lesson to surviving Israeli clusterf***s: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Your obnoxiously successful friends are actually inspirational. They don't call it the Start-Up Nation for nothing. With an endless amount of career opportunities and a constant stream of new ones surfacing every day, don't hate on those overachieving go-getter friends...they are the ones doing it right. Follow suit. If it doesn't exist, create it. If it does, advocate for yourself until you get it. The limited public transportation, closed stores, and decreased wifi on Shabbat forces you to spend time with yourself. Even if you don't shut your phone off completely for Shabbat, there is a decreased need to
Once again, the Israeli Opera has taken to the operatic messiah. Puccini's poignant tale of love and honor tells the story of a young butterfly forced to face the pain and loss of her honor when the man she loves impregnates her then disappears. Based on the short story by John Luther Long entitled 'Madame Butterfly,' this relatively simple plot comes to operatic life in the hands of the conductor, director, designers, and performers.
The Chainsmokers, an EDM-pop duo comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, are bringing their high energy music and performance style to Israel this August. Following the release of their debut album Memories…Do Not Open in April, the DJs have been traveling around all summer long as they perform their newest single "The One" and classic hits such as "Roses." Featured at several international music festivals, The Chainsmokers have made a name for themselves with dynamic stage shows, so on August 3rd, come prepared to dance – and of course, don't forget to take a selfie (or two!)
This Does Not Die
This third and final chapter in the "Compositions for TimeSpace" series presents a cinematographic work by famed musician Avishai Cohen and artist Roiy Nitzan as they examine American poet Susan Scutti's "Intent." From a nonlinear moment shared between father and son to a stretching of musical limits, sounds, and colors, This Does Not Die creates a seamless play between the "seen" and the "heard." "Nitzan's [interpretation] is cinematic, contemplating inter-generational relationships, while Cohen's is a lyrical and melodical exploration of the poem."
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Haifa’s best boutique Israeli breakfasts
Israeli breakfast is Israel’s answer to the relaxing weekend brunch. It is a time to sit in your favorite spot – whether it be a Jerusalem café, a bustling Tel Aviv bakery or a Haifa restaurant – and enjoy the simpler pleasures in life. At the heart of every Israeli breakfast is: eggs cooked to your liking, a basket of fresh bread, a variety of spreads, dips, fresh salads and cheeses. And at the heart of Haifa are five of the best boutique Israeli breakfasts in the city. These are the local neighborhood cafés that are handcrafting their breakfasts with care from only the freshest ingredients - a delicious and inspirational change from the ordinary, and a must try any day of the week on your next trip to Israel’s North.
Blissful bakeries in Tel Aviv
In a city best known for hummus and falafel, you might be surprised to learn that Tel Avivians have access to some seriously great baked goods. Although you won’t find the insane levels of sugar and fat that you’ll find in the bakeries in American cities like New York, Israeli dessert is still indulgent, meaning you should plan your calorie expenditure wisely. Let us make it easy for you. While bargaining for baklava and halava in Shuk HaCarmel is one tasty option, here are the best bakeries in Tel Aviv, all of which are overflowing with worth-every-calorie bites. You can burn them off later with a run along the beach, a bike ride in Park HaYarkon or while exploring Florentine or Tel Aviv's first neighborhood.
The finest fish and seafood restaurants in Israel
When it comes to food, Israel is best known for three things: breakfast (hello shakshuka), street food (sabich and hummus haven) and bakeries (babka and rugelach galore). But things are rapidly changing. These days, you can find anything and everything on the Israeli foodie scene, and that includes copious amounts of top-of-the-line Mediterranean cuisine, including fish and seafood. Whether you’re kosher or ready to dive head first into a pile of lobster, we’ve got the end-all be-all list of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Israel.
The best Jaffa restaurants
Tel Aviv’s humble little sister is growing up to be something special. Jaffa (known locally as 'Yafo') is chock-full of authentic, delicious restaurants, local designer boutiques and a burgeoning nightlife scene – but, we are here to talk about the food. Although Tel Aviv restaurants are all the rage right now with the blossoming vegan scene and new chef restaurants, Jaffa restaurants are growing quicker than their oranges. Here’s the lowdown on the best places to dine in Jaffa, including where to eat the tastiest specialities, butteriest baked goods, and even where to score the best spices. If you're on a budget or eating on the go, be sure to pick up some of Jaffa's best authentic street food instead.
A sneak peek at Tel Aviv's sensational summer cocktails
It's summertime, which means many things in Tel Aviv: bustling beaches, longer days, ice cream galore...but summertime only means one thing for the White City bar scene: new cocktails! We've summoned Tel Aviv's cocktail Gods to grace us with their newest, wildest, wackiest summer creations. From fabulously fruity gardens of Eden to IV "blood baths" filled with the tomato-inspired classic Bloody Mary, these mixologists are leaving nothing behind. Here's a sneak peek at the sensational summer concoctions to imbibe from June to July and even August.
The best Jerusalem restaurants
Whether or not you’re looking for kosher restaurants, Jerusalem offers a wide range of options that are both mouthwateringly delicious and suitable for a plethora of palates. Unlike many of the world’s other top destinations, in the Holy Land, you’ll find fantastic culinary experiences that aren’t solely expensive (thanks in large part to the city’s unparalleled Israeli markets). Here’s a look at the best restaurants in Jerusalem and what the thriving restaurant scene has to offer. Believe us, after a day of shopping at Mamilla Mall for Israeli jewelry and designer clothing, you'll be grateful for a reason to wear your newest purchases. And for those of you that are still up and pumping, try out the Jerusalem nightlife scene, it will surprise you.
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The best malls in Israel
If you’ve come to Israel to shop, there are some essential stops – and they’re not only in the markets, nor only in Tel Aviv. In fact, you’ll find that some of the best and most luxurious shopping in Israel is outside of the country’s best-known urban landscape. Whether your taste is more Forever 21 or you consider yourself a Louis Vuitton kind of gal, here’s a look at our Israel mall list to help you understand what makes shopping such a popular pastime here.
The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv
Israeli breakfast is a rite of passage for those visiting Tel Aviv and whether you head to a place that sticks to the classics (eggs, chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a range of house-made spreads) or veers away from the norm with options like shakshuka, bourekas or jachnun, we guarantee you'll be tied over for the rest of the day. So, If you’re looking for some serious a.m. fuel to charge up before a day of activities and shopping in the White City, turn to these Tel Aviv restaurants and you will not be disappointed.
The best of Jerusalem
While tourists come to Jerusalem with a blind list of ancient historical sites and holy landmarks to check off, the capital of Israel is so much more than a big wall and a Jaffa gate. Jerusalem is quickly catching up to Tel Aviv in terms of Israeli culture & nightlife, while its hotel game and authentic cuisine are as on point as ever. Add some venues and activities from our extensive list of “the bests of Jerusalem” to your itinerary for a culturally and personally diverse experience.
The top 51 things to do in Israel
Israel may be a tiny country, but the amount of sites it offers can make planning a trip an overwhelming endeavor. Don’t fret! We’ve combed through the country from east to west and north to south to bring you the definitive guide of not-to-be-missed attractions. From sandy beaches and archaeological sites, to bridal boutiques and food markets, you'll never run out of things to do in Israel.
21 things that only make sense to Israelis
Israelis: we're an interesting bunch. From redefining the work week to an absurd number of cats and everything in between, we like to play by our own rules here. However, when you reside in a pita-loving, fitness-obsessed country that's on the verge of melting about 10 months of the year, it's only natural to develop some universal quirks, habits, lingo & fashion statements that only make sense in Israel. For better or for worse, here are 21 things that only make sense to Israelis. 1. Calling a lake a 'sea.' Yes, there’s sand on the lakefront, yes we call it the "Dead Sea," yes it's super salty, but no, it is not a sea. 2. Bargaining in shopping malls. Nothing in Israeli life is fixed, especially prices. Bargaining takes places everywhere, even in your local Castro. 3. Sunday-Thursday work weeks. That's right! Throwback Thursdays now give you a reason to sport those bell bottom jeans to work. 4. 1+1. A mathematical equation that always = Happy Hour. 5. Crack Toast. a) it doesn't contain crack, b) "toast" means grilled cheese in Israel, and c) it's delicious, just eat it. 6. Walking on Jabotinsky/Dizengoff/Rothschild/King George. Streets are people, too. 7. Whatsapp voice messages. Why text when you can share your latest date fail with the entire bus? 8. Chasers. While
17 signs you're a true Tel Avivian
1. You own at least one bicycle. 2. You know at least one barista, bartender, and kiosk cashier on a first name basis. 3. You're automatically suspicious of anyone who can afford an apartment in Neve Tzedek. 4. Your reaction to a cockroach infestation is "Wow, is it summer already?" 5. You tip 10% - no more, no less. 6. The idea of walking through the Shuk on a Friday is slightly less preferable than walking through an episode of GOT. 7. Your feet have become immune to the sand – a trip to the beach no longer feels like you are walking on burning hot coals. 8. You end up showing your Gett driver the directions. 9. Being charged 30 shekels for a beer does not strike you as borderline criminal. 10. You always know where the nearest AM:PM is. 11. You feel comfortable leaving loud Whatsapp voice messages in quiet waiting rooms rather than texting. 12. You talk about leaving the city every Thursday evening, but never do. 13. You have no shame in cutting the line (that is, if there is a line). 14. You are unfazed by the sound of car horns. 15. Your shesh besh board doubles as a portable lap desk. 16. You've worn jean
The 16 unwritten rules of biking in Tel Aviv...
...well, technically there are no rules. BUT, rather than being a cycling cynic, as both an optimist and an avid Tel Aviv biker, I would like to share my two(-wheel) cents with those squeaky clean new bike-owners ready to hit the road (and possibly a pedestrian or two). 1. Bike lanes are a suggestion more than anything. © Shutterstock 2. Streets and sidewalks are fair game - the trick is to alternate between the two as you see fit. 3. Invest in a kryptonite lock, you won't regret it. 4. If you're still nervous, lock it in front of the nearest 24/7 AM:PM - people are afraid to steal bikes in broad daylight, even if it's emulated by the bright grocery store lights. 5. Helmets? What are those? 6. Pay no heed to road signs. 7. Don't play chicken with the pigeons...they'll win. 8. If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball. via GIPHY 9. Riding head first into ongoing one-way traffic is permitted. 10. Ignore the 5-10 average honks you'll receive on any given day. 11. If you're a Florentin-dwelling hipster, it's the unofficial law to own a bike - for form over function. 12. Learn to outrun the bus. 13. Treat every traffic light like a stop sign, if anything. 14. There's a reason Tel-O-Funs have a 30-minute cap - DON'T attempt to take one on a 30 km off-road ride. © Shutterstock 15. If you live on the fifth floor of a walk-up, it's better to haul it up those stair
Top five Tel Aviv neuroses
1. You're more hungover than the rest of the office You're hungover...for the third time this week (and you've only had three work days so far). Despite the caffeine-inspired boost that helped you achieve the impossible and physically get to the office, the short-lasting effects of your first cup-o-Joe have worn off. Death, meet Jenny. Everyone stares at you as you struggle with the office entry code. You keep your sunglasses on to hide your bloodshot eyes, make a mad dash for the espresso machine, and hope to God your boss is in a morning meeting. © Alena Ploski 2. Everyone is more Tel Avivian than you You've got the style, the studio apartment, and the cold shoulder when American frat bros try to hit on you at the bar down pat. But does that make you Tel Avivian enough? Never. That's why you buy a bike (even though you've never ridden one before), grow unnecessary facial hair, and go out of your way to spend the night at Rokoko, hopeful that the residual cigarette smell will linger on your clothes and skin for at least a day or two. © Alena Ploski 3. Your friends makes more money than you Most Israelis are bold and their first questions are often monetary. Something along the lines of "How much do you make?" or "How much is your rent?" are considered appropriate first date material. You're too gosh darn polite to ask your friends though, even if they constantly nudge you to tell them your salary, expenses, and net worth. One day you crack, a
Time Out guides
Sex & Dating in the Holy Land
Tel Aviv has got it all: sex, drugs, and rock n roll...but most importantly, sex. While there are plenty of fish in the sea, it can be tough to reel in the perfect catch worthy of spending your entire Shabbat with. Nonetheless, it's important to put yourself out there, whether that be at one of Tel Aviv's top pickup bars or at an awkward speed dating night laced in romance and regrets. That's why we've rounded up everything Time Out has on dating, relationships, and being single–from the scandalous to the dark & twisty–to guide you on your ventures. Et voilà: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths of sex & dating in Israel.
It's not that Israel's best museums and major attractions aren't well worth the visit, but sometimes the "been there, done that" mentality kicks in, welcoming some discouragement. Time Out's goal is to keep our readers enthralled at all times by the unique Holy Land offerings. That's why we've compiled the ultimate guide to secret Israel – to remind visitors and tourists alike how fun, fresh, and exciting every inch of this country can be, whether in a brilliant bathroom inside a Tel Aviv bar or a secret cave up north. Just don't spill the beans, eh?
Time Out LOLs
What are the tell-tale signs you're in the hipster Holy Land? What relationship spats will you have this summer in Tel Aviv? And what are the five most common Israel neuroses? Check out these knee slapping, laughing-attack inducing, gut busting listicles to get the answers to these questions and more.
Time Out Israel outdoors
While Israel's air-conditioned shopping malls, restaurants, concert venues, and Israeli art galleries can be a blessing in disguise (during summer heat and winter rain), there is something magical about the great Israeli outdoors. Perhaps it's the bluer than blue Mediterranean sea or Park HaYarkon's freshly cut grass or maybe it's finding Orion's Belt under a canopy of Negev stars. Whatever it is that draws you out of the house, we've got something for you to enjoy with our ultimate Time Out Israel outdoors guide.