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)
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
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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.
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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.