Don't let your nine-to-six job take over your life. At the end of the day, after caring for your kids, your friends, or your staff, it's important to remember to care for yourself too. That's why we've rounded up the best people, places, and things to do in Israel to keep you moving & grooving, fit & beautiful, and most of all happy. Whether it's a new kind of yoga you're after or an extreme sports adrenaline rush, it's all right here, right now. Enjoy!
Wellness hot spots take over Tel Aviv
Eating clean has never been easier with the onslaught of superfood-filled foodie options that are currently taking over Tel Aviv. From detoxing juice cleanses, healing plant-based meals, herbal tonics and ready-made wellness boosts, the White City has truly gone green. Jump on the wellness wagon with these superfood hot spots taking over Tel Aviv.
Juice heads: six of Tel Aviv's need-to-know juice spots
Fresh juices and smoothies have long been a staple in Israel, but they’re now getting a glamorous makeover. In fact, the juice stands you find on so many corners are increasingly being sidelined as the Nike and yoga pants wearing crowd clamor over this new status symbol for healthy living. Here’s a look at where to indulge your taste buds with this growing wellness trend. Deli Fresh Kitchen Wash your healthy meal -- think bulgur, lentil or quinoa salad and stuffed peppers – with one of Deli Fresh Kitchen’s squeezed on-site juices (orange, apple, carrot, beet or a combination) or one of their handful of fruit shakes. Standouts include their Energy (banana, dates, fresh orange juice, date honey), Anti-Aging (red apple, sweet cranberries, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice) and Super Shake (acai berries, dates, banana, chia seeds, flax seeds, goji berries and cranberry juice). 37 Basel St, Tel Aviv (03-5445050) Mitzi Juice Stand © PR Everyone can use extra fuel when they’re shopping at a bustling food market, which is why Mitzi conveniently has two locations – one at the market in the Tel Aviv Port and the other at Sarona Market. Given their locations it should come as no surprise that their juices and blends are as fresh as can be (brownie points for the Instagram-able bright colors). Their menus reflect what’s available at the market and therefore change with the seasons. Current favorites include pineapple, mango, apple and banana blends and coconut-b
From A(drenaline) to Z(en)
6 Tel Aviv boutique fitness studios you need to know
If there’s one thing that’s becoming increasingly clear it’s that boutique fitness studios are in and traditional gyms are on their way out. In this era where wellness is king, the demand for personalization, higher intensity workouts, and cleaner more amenity-driven spaces has never been more acute. Here’s a look at the six studios changing the fitness landscape in Tel Aviv. Prep to break a sweat in style with our round up of niche activewear brands in Israel. And if working out inside is really not your jam, there are an unlimited range of options in the great Israeli outdoors - including a host of summer sports and refreshing hikes.
6 niche activewear brands in Israel to "sport the look"
For a fitness obsessed city, Tel Aviv still has relatively few activewear options, but that’s quickly changing. While there may not yet be a Lululemon or a Sweaty Betty store, staple brands like Nike, Reebok, and Adidas are seeing a sharp increase in competition, thanks both to Israeli fitness wear designers and Israeli shop/e-shop owners who now stock local brands alongside well-known international ones.
Israeli trainers you should follow on instagram
Everyone wants a flat stomach and a perky behind, but as you’ll see in the feeds below those don’t come easy (as they say, the dream is free but the hustle is sold separately). Here’s to having that elusive summer body year-round…and with these Israeli trainers to get behind, you might just get there. Inna Waissenberg @fitoclock Inna leads personal and group fitness classes outdoors as well as in her personal at-home gym. She’s a treasure trove for wellness information and also leads group nutrition sessions. Inna Waissenberg @fitoclock Tomer Tenzer @tomertenzer_studio If there’s one thing all the women who grace personal trainer Tomer Tenzer’s Instagram have in common it’s that they all look like supermodels (or in the case of Bar Refaeli, actually are). Tomer Tenzer@tomertenzer_studio Liky Rozenberg @likys_port If you don’t think working out can be fun, checkout personal trainer, group fitness instructor (and Bar Refaeli’s other go-to trainer) Liky Rozenberg’s social media page. Scroll and scroll and all you’ll see is inspiring smiles (and bodies). Liky Rozenberg@likys_port Ira Dolfin @iradolfin Personal trainer, group fitness instructor, model and the owner of Pink Room, Ira Dolfin has her hands full. Did we mention she’s also the mother of two? See inspiring client before and after snaps, workout demos and a look into her boutique fitness studio’s two locations. Ira Dolphin@iradolphin
The most exciting summer sports in Israel
There’s nothing like (scuba) diving head first into Eilat’s Red Sea when it’s 40 degrees celsius on a cold day down south; or catching the perfect wave at one of the best surf beaches in Tel Aviv; or even embracing the land and going for a water hike in the Golan Heights or a rock climb at Park HaYarkon’s outdoor wall. The Holy Land is more than tourist attractions, it’s rife with exhilarating summer sports to get your blood pumping. Stretch those hamstrings and hit up Time Out's most exciting summer sports.
The top five beaches in Israel for surfing
Surfing is more than just a pastime, it is a lifestyle, and we understand just how important location is when trying to catch those waves. That’s why we’ve combed the beaches in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and farther, in search of the absolute top five surfer’s oases. And guess what? We found them. So grab those surf boards, slip on those wetsuits and get ready for an amazingly active day at these beaches in Israel.
Sup TLV? Stand up for your rights [to surf] with this water sport du jour
How many times have you stared enviously at the effortlessly sporty chic surfers emerging from the sea while you lay on the sand schvitzing? For the uncoordinated amongst us, joining the ranks of these sleek surfers was but a dream, until now. Enter SUP - the latest sport to be embraced by Tel Avivians, suitable for all ages, sea conditions and sporting abilities. Unlike traditional surfing, where riders only stand up on their boards to ride a wave, SUP - Stand Up Paddle - riders stay standing the entire time, using a paddle to move through the water. Essentially, SUP is the easiest, fastest, most enjoyable way to enter the world of surfing. © PR The Israel Surf Club invite you to do something for yourself, “To enter a world where all is good”. Located on the Dolphinarium Beach in Tel Aviv, expert instructors will guide you into the world of surfing slowly and confidently. Private, hour-long lessons are available — recommended for first timers, and more seasoned surfers can opt to join SUP groups that paddle out each morning, or simply rent all the equipment needed. The club offers lockers, bathrooms and hot showers and coffee on your return. So shimmy (or awkwardly wriggle) into your wetsuit, and get fit while keeping cool, letting the chilled vibes roll over you like waves. Israel Surf Club, Dolphinarium Beach, Tel Aviv (03-5103439/israelsurfclub.co.il)
Your ultimate Tel Aviv yoga guide
Israel’s yoga scene is constantly evolving with new styles every day. Ranging from Vinyasa Yoga, with the Tel Aviv beach strip as your backdrop, to yoga on paddleboards, as well as intimate yoga studios and places to meet bendy friends, grab your gear and get stretching - here is your local guide to yoga based on style and personality.
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
The best beauty venues in Tel Aviv
The most stylish hair salons in Tel Aviv
Leaving your hair in the hands of a complete stranger is a terrifying thought. But guess what? It doesn't have to be. These eight hair salons in Tel Aviv are here to show you that getting your hair cut, dyed, or blow dried is a treat not a trauma. From a cup of tea at Jaffa's most therapeutic salon to Neve Tzedek's European escape to even a bridal 'do,' let yourself be pampered...you deserve it.
Barbershop quintet: the 5 best barbers in Tel Aviv
Whether you're just looking for a simple trim or a full-on shave - these throwback barber shops offer a range of amenities, from a good ol' whiskey in the chair to design-savvy details. And while you're at it, go show off your clean up at any of these local hipster cafes or get ready to mingle with your kind at these hipster bars - where a barb is basically a prereq.
The coolest tattoo parlors in Israel
Cast those myths aside. The belief that Jews with tattoos cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery is entirely myth. A tattoo doesn’t prohibit you from being buried with your families or from participating in all synagogue rituals. On that note, think ink! Whether you’re looking for symbolism or meaningless geometric shapes, black line shading or a full-on watercolor, or even a cheesy hebrew phrase (we won't judge, though your Israeli friends will make fun of you indefinitely), these tattoo parlors have got the best Israeli artists in town.
The top Hotel & Spas in Israel to relax and rejuvenate
Whether your feet are sore from touring landmarks in Jewish history, Israeli markets and museums in Israel, or the hustle and bustle of the Tel Aviv streets has worn you down, there’s nothing like spoiling yourself with some well-deserved pampering. From the Golan Heights to the Dead Sea and even a few staycation options, these resorts and spas in Israel are the most relaxing places to rejuvenate. Time Out has rounded up the top spa hotels in Israel. All you have to do is book online and get there. Then it’s up to someone else to help you recharge for once with massages, mud baths, and all the spa fixings.
Nature = nurture
Refreshing hikes: Israel’s five wettest water hikes
Cascading waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and gurgling brooks – these water hikes fly in the face of Israel’s depiction as a drought-ridden desert. Nahal Jilabun At over 40 meters, Jilabun Falls are the second highest in the Golan Heights after the Gamla waterfall. Follow the red markings down to the stream until you reach the canyon that takes you through to the Devora waterfall. If you walk along the stream you’ll hit the Jilabun Falls after 1.5 kilometers. If you’re feeling up to it, divert from the red trail at Hurbat Devora and join the more challenging blue trail. For some history, make a short pit stop at the ancient synagogue in Kfar Devora. Level: Moderate How to get there: From Highway 90 (Tiberius – Kiryat Shmona) turn east at the Machanayim Junction and follow the signs to Nahal Jilabun Ein Gedi Nature Reserve A list of water hikes in Israel wouldn’t be complete without mention of the spectacular Ein Gedi nature reserve. There are a total of nine different trails which vary in levels of difficulty. Wadi David is the most popular, providing relatively easy access to David’s Waterfall after about an hour’s hike. For a challenge, continue to Ein Gedi Spring. Be prepared for a bit of climbing, but nothing too serious. Don’t forget to stop for a dip in the pools along the way, or to take in dramatic views of the Dead Sea below you. Level: Easy – Moderate How to get there: Head on Rte 1 from Jerusalem towards the Dead Sea. Turn onto Rte 90 at
The most stunning national parks in Israel
If birthright taught you anything, it’s that Israel has its fair share of unbelievable views. The amount of scenic hikes, panoramic lookouts, and brilliantly green national parks visited in just ten days is is impressive. You’ve scaled the country from the Golan Heights to the Dead Sea and while you probably got a taste of the top gardens and national parks in Israel (and of Tel Aviv nightlife, but you struck that from your memory), you definitely didn’t have time to savor every bit of nature. Whether you’re a first time enthusiast or a grass-loving hippie (as in the kind that grows in parks, but no judgment), it’s time to embrace all that is green with our guide to the most stunning national parks in Israel.
The best spots to recharge in Israel
Nap time: the best spots around Tel Aviv to take a nap
There's nothing better than some quick shut eye to get through an active day in the nonstop city. Since field studies are the most reliable forms of research, I studied the fields of Tel Aviv (both figuratively and the grassy kind), letting its most enticing nap spots call out to me. After much deliberation and some surprising scientific discoveries, which both supported and rejected my hypotheses, the results are in. Behold! The best places in Tel Aviv to take a nap – from the best parks in town to hotel rooftops, beachside parks, and a very suggestive slide inside Dizengoff mall.
"Unplugged": 9 places in Israel to get away from the wifi
It’s time to rescue yourself from the constant stream of Whatsapp notifications and properly escape from technology. From a popular Tel Aviv club with a strict no-phone policy to a small ecological village in the Western Galilee off the national electricity grid, return to a simpler time and find some freedom of self beyond the constant search for free wifi.
Explore Israel: 5 destinations to escape to when you need a break from Tel Aviv
We know, Tel Aviv is great - hipster hangouts, all-night party scene, the best street eats in the country; but as they say, the key to Holy Land success is to "live in Tel Aviv, yet spend as much time as possible exploring outside of it." It's time to leave the White City behind and explore all that Israel has to offer. After all, you have no excuse since everything is so close. From a relaxing float in the Dead Sea to a food fest in Jerusalem's top Israeli market to unbeatable sites in the Galilee and unbeatable reefs in Eilat, these five Israeli hotspots are worth traveling to.
A roundup of gay-friendly chill spots across Israel to decompress
We all love TLV Pride Week – but once the wild parties are over, the body, soul and mind all need a bit of rejuvenation. Check out these gay-friendly chill spots across Israel to decompress Be transported to Arabian nights - Ghattas Turkish Bath in Akko Whoever’s seen Italian-Turkish director, Ferzan Özpetek’s movie, Steam – The Turkish Bath knows the hammam well: an ancient bath house that combines a heady mix of humidity and heat - waking up all your senses. Not many of them have survived throughout the centuries, especially not in Israel, but the censored chapters of the Arabian Nights are still not completely gone. This traditional hammam in Acre offers an ultimate experience of relaxation and sensuality, without being tacky. Note: this is not a gay sauna, and you won’t find anyone to hook up with – but you can book a soap foam massage treatment and get spanked by hot water (yup, that’s a thing in hammams), and even rent out the whole place for your own party for two, or more.ghattasbath.com © Erik Sahlin Get deep in the woods - Carmel Forest Spa in Haifa and Eilat Don’t decide if you are going north or south - just decide you’ll go all exclusive. Before the spa-la-la culture became a thing in Israel, this wellness center surrounded by the green forests of the Carmel hills was already accepting guests from all over the world. This island of chill is one of the very first spas of the Middle East, and now they operate several luxurious facilities across Isr