Eurovision 2019

With the highly-anticpated Eurovison 2019 contest happening in Tel Aviv this May, we are compiling a serious to do list for what to see, eat, do, and drink in Israel while you are here. this is your porthole for all things Eurovision 2019

Everything To Know About the 2019 Eurovision Village & EAT Festival
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Everything To Know About the 2019 Eurovision Village & EAT Festival

The highlight of the Eurovision events in Tel Aviv will be the largest Eurovision Village in the world, overlooking the Mediterranean coastline at Charles Clore Park. 

Navigating Eurovision
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Navigating Eurovision

It's Happening! The 64th Eurovision Song Contest is Here  The second most watched live TV program in the world and the cultural event with the highest ratings and largest international coverage to ever take place is on NOW. Here's the proper breakdown of what to do, what to see, where to go (and how to get there) and, most importantly, where the party's at. Tel Aviv’s major events: The EuroVillage, Euro Café, Tel Aviv Expo and the Eurovision live shows. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held for the 64th time and for the first time in Tel Aviv with the participation of 42 countries under the slogan 'Dare To Dream'. The EuroVillage will open on Sunday, May 12, and will be open to the general public until the end of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, May 18. The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will provide free transportation on Shabbat during Eurovision. For those who are unfamiliar with Shabbat, the Jewish day of Sabbath, it starts the afternoon of every Friday and ends in the evening the following Saturday as a full day of observance and rest day. Fifty free shuttle busses will operate on Friday and Saturday May 17 -18 along two main routes in the city. The two shuttle lines will start at the Carmelit Terminal near the EuroVillage and end at the Tel Aviv Expo; the blue line will ride along the coast and the green line will ride through the city center. Municipal staff and volunteers will be stationed at each of the designated shuttle stops along the route to assist tou

The Israeli Way: Dining & Wine(ing)
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The Israeli Way: Dining & Wine(ing)

With the Eurovision upon us and summer blossoming in Israel, it is a vibrant and inspiring time to indulge in all the fruits that Israel has to offer. Perfectly pair all the cultural happenings on hand with some local wining and dining The year 2019 marks a high point for Israeli cuisine. The French Foreign Ministry’s list of the world’s 1,000 finest restaurants includes no less than 11 from Israel, while Israeli chefs deliver the message about their country’s fine food to the world’s culinary capitals. Fresh agricultural produce, balanced and healthy nutrition, and the influence of cultures from the East and West come together on the plate making a gastronomic experience that’s joyful, colorful, and surprising – and it is sweeping the world.  The roots of Israeli cuisine precede the founding of the modern state in 1948. With the birth of the country, immigrants from all over the world – especially from post WWII Eastern Europe after World War II, from Yemen, Iraq, Persia (Iran), and North Africa – each brought their culinary heritage stretching back generations to this tiny strip of Middle Eastern land. The local population added to the mix, with food from Arab-Galilean kitchens, and from Jerusalem.    The early years of the state were characterized by war, the shadow of war, and a constant struggle for economic survival. There was little time, much less energy or resources, for any heed towards creative food. It’s not surprising, therefore, that during the first decades

Picnic your way through Tel Aviv 24/7
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Picnic your way through Tel Aviv 24/7

We’ve laid out all the locals’ favorite picnic spots with a little help from the city’s #1 supermarket, Tiv Ta’am.

Eurovision Happenings
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Eurovision Happenings

This things called the Eurovision contest is gonna be taking over Tel Aviv for the better part of May. Here are all the special events planned from north to south.

Where to stay

The hottest urban Tel Aviv hotels
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The hottest urban Tel Aviv hotels

No one can deny that the beaches in Tel Aviv are spectacular. While having a front row seat to the sandstrip by staying in one of the grand Tel Aviv hotel chains on the beach is one way to go, others prefer staying closer to the urban action.

A budgeter’s guide to Tel Aviv hostels
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A budgeter’s guide to Tel Aviv hostels

Traveling in Israel can be expensive, especially in the non-stop city that calls for non-stop spending at the best markets and malls in Tel Aviv.

The top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv
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The top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv

From a two minute jaunt over to the happening Rothschild Boulevard to breathing in the aromatic chaos of Jaffa's Flea Market, our handpicked boutique hotels are set in the heart of Tel Aviv and Jaffa's major hubs.

The best Tel Aviv hotels
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The best Tel Aviv hotels

Take your plush pick of seaside views or Bauhaus cityscapes from the top Tel Aviv hotels.

What to eat

The best Tel Aviv restaurants
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The best Tel Aviv restaurants

There are so many cool things to do in Israel and things to do in Tel Aviv. There are the beautiful sunny Tel Aviv beaches, and the non-stop crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene, but the true secret of the city lies in its thriving culinary scene.

The most authentic hummus restaurants in Tel Aviv
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The most authentic hummus restaurants in Tel Aviv

While you can wander down just about any Jaffa or central Tel Aviv street and find at least one – if not more – falafel stands and hummus shops, we’re all about quality over quantity. 

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. 

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.

The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv
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The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv

Israel has some of the finest tomatoes in the world, so it’s no wonder they are a daily dietary staple.

What to do

21 Tel Aviv attractions for tourists and natives alike
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21 Tel Aviv attractions for tourists and natives alike

The gorgeous Tel Aviv beaches, the incredible Tel Aviv restaurants, the energetic Tel Aviv nightlife, the mesmerizing museums, great shopping, breathtaking landscapes and so much more - all of these make Tel Aviv so great.

The best beaches in Tel Aviv
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The best beaches in Tel Aviv

With a welcoming coastline, considered a top destination to visit and a selection of some of the best beaches in Israel, we’ve highlighted the most happening Tel Aviv beaches spanning from Jaffa in the south to Tel Aviv Port in the north. For your sand-filled pleasure, spend the day like a local sweating through an intense matkot session, play some volleyball on the Gordon Beach strip, or just lay down and soak up the sun. You don't have to spend a shekel at these beaches; they offer some fun in the sun things to do in Tel Aviv at zero cost. After dark, head for a quick shower at your Tel Aviv boutique hotel or hostel and hit the town for a post-beach bite at some of the best Tel Aviv restaurants serving everything from seafood to Italian. 

Ten free things to do in Tel Aviv
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Ten free things to do in Tel Aviv

​In today’s capitalist world, we've become accustomed to the notion that nothing is really free. Well, we are here to challenge this concept. Here are our top things to do in Tel Aviv that are completely and utterly free of charge. 

The best museums in Israel
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The best museums in Israel

While it's a challenge to round up the top museums in Israel, we accepted the task.

The best things to do in Tel Aviv with out-of-towners
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The best things to do in Tel Aviv with out-of-towners

Your brother, parents or ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend are coming to town, and the pressure is on to show them a great time.

The ultimate Jaffa area guide
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The ultimate Jaffa area guide

With so much hustle and bustle going on in its White City neighbor, sometimes people forget the beautiful gem of Israeli culture that exists on the southern port.

Eurovision 2018

An interview with Eurovision’s Israeli songstress, Netta Barzilai

An interview with Eurovision’s Israeli songstress, Netta Barzilai

From winning season 5 of “Ha Kochav HaBa” (Israel's answer to American Idol) to releasing Israel’s Eurovision song “Toy”, Netta Barzilai is on a roll. 

Israel for the win: Netta Barzilai takes the 2018 Eurovision title
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Israel for the win: Netta Barzilai takes the 2018 Eurovision title

Sure we all had our hopes up for "Golden Boy," while "I Feel Alive" came too close for comfort, but this year's Israeli participant in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was a force to be reckoned with. 

Tel Aviv will host the 2019 Eurovision!
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Tel Aviv will host the 2019 Eurovision!

“And before I leave, let me show you Tel Aviv.” 

Get amped for Israel’s Eurovision song contest at Israel Calling 2018

Get amped for Israel’s Eurovision song contest at Israel Calling 2018

Inviting fans from across Israel and all around the globe, Tel Aviv is hosting a promo event for the greatest Eurovision event Israel has ever seen.