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Rise n’ shine: the quintessential Israeli breakfast guide

Oh, what a beautiful morning!

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Wakey, wakey, eggs n’ bakey! Tel Avivians believe in the importance of balance and there’s no better way to start the day than with a nutritious, delicious breakfast. That might translate to the full Israeli breakfast spread complete with eggs, salad, and all the fixin’s, or a hafuch on the fly at the kiosk on Dizengoff or Rothschild Boulevard. It’s up to the early bird, which is why we’ve rounded up the best of Tel Aviv’s coffee, pastry, eggs, and bacon scene (DISCLAIMER: the bacon is probably not Kosher...just a hunch) for enjoyable eats whether you're a morning person or not. Oh, what a beautiful morning indeed.

Middle Eastern and Israeli breakfast

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. From raw to slow cooked, Israelis have mastered making the most of their abundance of this fresh produce, which explains the ease with which they've accepted the vegan trends. Enjoy the art of the tomato in its full glory as it is put on display like an exhibition, while also getting your fill of protein and energy revving spices by treating your taste buds to a warm pan of shakshuka. This dish promises a true traditional Israeli breakfast experience. If it’s your first time, be ready to come back - no one eats shakshuka just once. If you want to try it at home, head up to the closest market, or for different budget meals, take a look at our list of best street food in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Bet you can't eat just one.

The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv
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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.

Blissful bakeries in Tel Aviv
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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.

Jachnun at noon: the dos and don'ts of the flaky Shabbat breakfast staple
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Jachnun at noon: the dos and don'ts of the flaky Shabbat breakfast staple

There's no better way to start Shabbat morning than with a plate of jachnun, the decadent and filling Yemenite pastry that takes ten hours to prepare and ten seconds to devour. While those outside the loop have no idea what they're missing, those in the know scoff at their bloodshot eyed friends guzzling back futile energy drink-espresso-Tylenol cocktails the morning after a wild Friday night. One bite of flaky, caramelized goodness topped with the perfect Bloody Mary alternative (a spicy tomato and cilantro-based hot sauce called skhug) and you'll be kissing that hangover goodbye...and kissing that hard-boiled egg hello.   While more grueling to make than challah, finding the perfect place to acquire jachnun can be a lifelong endeavor. After much soul searching, I have found the place I can call home (for an hour at least until I'm kicked out for the next customer). And so, to help you on this difficult journey, I've assembled my infinite wisdom to give you a guide to the dos and don'ts of 'jachnnuning' in the Holy Land:         DO: go to the source. Wander through the enchanting narrow backstreets of the Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTeimanim). Tucked behind Shuk HaCarmel is Jachnun Buba. This tiny hole-in-the-wall is most distinguishable by the crowds of jachnun-lovers in on the secret. Grab a seat, order fast while supplies last and smile at your small accomplishment. (23 Beit Yosef St)   DON'T: pay attention to the stray cats enjoying the leftovers of the naive

Let's talk coffee

The 5 most buzzing coffee kiosks in Tel Aviv
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The 5 most buzzing coffee kiosks in Tel Aviv

There are two things Tel Avivians know well: coffee and sunshine. While the White City’s café scene is as happening as ever, there’s something truly local about sipping an espresso smack dab in the middle of the outdoor action. Whether you choose to take your caffeine fix on Dizengoff Street, Israel’s legendary national performing arts theater, or the iconic Rothschild Boulevard, these coffee kiosks on the most popular Tel Aviv streets are as addictive as coffee itself.

Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés
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Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés

Tel Avivians take their coffee very seriously. While everyone thinks the French make the best latté and the Italians, the best espresso, we know better. Israel is the only country where Starbucks shied away because it simply didn’t compare. From coffee kiosks on Rothschild Boulevard, to cute cafés tucked behind the Carmel Market, to filtered coffee at the most hipster Florentin hole-in-the-walls, these Tel Aviv cafés are roasting up the best beans in town.

The best Tel Aviv cafés for freelance writers
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The best Tel Aviv cafés for freelance writers

Naturally, when every Tel Aviv street–from King George to Shenkin, Rothschild, and everything in between–is rife with more coffee shops than apartments, it’s not hard to find a place to sit down and write. However, not all Tel Aviv cafés are as freelance-friendly as the next. So how do you choose? Easy, just adhere to our list of the best cafés in town to crack out the laptop and let your fingers do the caffeine-inspired typing. Don’t procrastinate! Precrastinate at these writing havens, some of which are even open 24/7 to make those last-minute deadlines.

The best “early bird” Tel Aviv cafés to start your day
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The best “early bird” Tel Aviv cafés to start your day

If there’s one thing Tel Avivians do well, it’s coffee. If there’s one thing Tel Avivians don’t do well, it’s being on time. We’ve finally cracked the code and solved the equation to counter Israeli lateness: Early morning cafés + insane caffeine highs = prompt locals. And so, based on our foolproof mathematical equations, if you frequent these “early bird” Tel Aviv cafés (most of which are open by 7:00 am), you’re guaranteed a powerhouse day at the office. After all, as the minority of timely employees say, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is just plain unacceptable.”  

A caffeine addict’s guide to Tel Aviv City Center cafés
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A caffeine addict’s guide to Tel Aviv City Center cafés

In Tel Aviv, coffee is more than just a drink, it is an important part of Israeli culture. A poorly prepared ‘café hafuch’ can ruin an entire day, which is why we’ve sipped espressos from north to south in search of the best Tel Aviv cafés. After much caffeine-charged research, we found a shockingly strong caffeine concentration radiating from the City Center. So, we’ve rounded up the most noteworthy central spots to pair the best cup o’ joe with equally delicious food and baked goods. Behold! A caffeine addict's guide to Central Tel Aviv cafés.

Literary libations: the best Tel Aviv cafés that double as bookstores
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Literary libations: the best Tel Aviv cafés that double as bookstores

The upbeat urban pace of Tel Aviv’s most bustling areas - from Dizengoff Street to Rothschild Boulevard - is undeniable. Sometimes, it’s nice to slip away from the noisy Tel Aviv streets like Shenkin and King George Street and into a quiet café or maybe a bookstore for some solace. Can’t decide which? You don’t have to with these bookstores that double as cafés scattered around the Israeli culture capital.

Tel Aviv’s most hipster cafés
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Tel Aviv’s most hipster cafés

We’ve already hooked you up with the most hipster bars in Tel Aviv, but those are night time ventures. What’s a hipster to do when they need caffeine to fuel their artistic minds? From quaint bookstores on King George that offer tea and a place to seek poetry inspiration to Florentin hangouts and centertown establishments with mismatched mugs (to keep up their hipster appearance), these 11 cafés welcome the beardiest of beard-sporters.

10 Tel Aviv cafés & bars that offer books, records, games & more
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10 Tel Aviv cafés & bars that offer books, records, games & more

In the non-stop, ever-alternative city of Tel Aviv, it’s too mainstream to simply grab a cup o’ joe or shlish of beer when you could match that drink with an activity. Sure there are a bevy of trendy coffee shops around the corner, but what about sipping your cup of tea with a good book? And why just settle for a beer, when you could also get a tasty Middle Eastern dessert and play shesh besh? If you’re looking to upgrade your pre-work coffee or post-work happy hour, try one of these multipurpose spots serving up books, records, and games alongside your drink of choice.

The All-American special

The best Tel Aviv restaurants to order Eggs Benedict
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The best Tel Aviv restaurants to order Eggs Benedict

When it comes to dishes like Eggs Benedict, one should really take the time to consider where to eat them. While the classic Israeli breakfast is a solid go-to, “Eggs Benny” is in a league of its own when it comes to morning meals and should be treated accordingly. Really, it's like a relationship – it celebrates the marriage of two separate species, both sides are equally important to the conversation, all ingredients must be taken into consideration when indulging and, well, it’s complicated. Having said that, there are a few bold restaurants in Tel Aviv that have decided to take on the challenge, and pamper the Tel Avivians and tourists who seek a taste of home with some pretty good versions of the delicacy. After much devouring and deliberation, we’ve decided it's safe to recommend these seven places as the best to have the all-American delight, even if some of them are missing the English muffin.

The best bagels in Tel Aviv: a not-so-Israeli breakfast staple
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The best bagels in Tel Aviv: a not-so-Israeli breakfast staple

For many North American Jews, nothing says family brunch quite like bagels and lox. However, in the Jewish State, classic Jewish food means a little more hummus and a little less schmear. Don't let the Shuk vendors chanting "Bageleh! Bageleh!" disappoint you with their stale hoops of dough closer to pretzel-consistency than anything. If you're no longer finding the pita a pocket full of sunshine, and you’re looking for a perfectly fluffy and chewy pick-me-up, sink your teeth into one (or more) of these Tel Aviv bagels.

Drink up, Johnny!

Juice heads: six of Tel Aviv's need-to-know juice spots
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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

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 time to get to work...

Top five people you'll meet on the bus
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Top five people you'll meet on the bus

1. The bus driver Well known in the commuter community by every passenger screaming their name, “nahag” is not merely a job description as much as it is a lifestyle. Whether 30 or 80, your driver is determined to finish first in whatever make-pretend action racing game they are playing. They also know the city streets like the back of their hand – which is probably why they deviate from the prescribed route on Moovit. As you blow through three red lights in a row and nearly hit a pedestrian, take solace in knowing that your nahag probably operated a tank in the IDF and – despite what it seems – you are (mostly) safe.   2. The crazy cart lady Just when it doesn’t seem possible to cram more people onto the bus, this passenger arrives. She gets on with an overflowing shuk cart, at least two plastic bags of food, and won’t be stopped until she finds a seat – don’t doubt the power of a crazy cart lady on a mission. Once settled in, it’s clear that she actually knows half the people on the bus and you begin to question what other secrets lie within her kilos of fresh produce.   3. The bewildered tourist From the minute they step on the bus and try to pay with a 200 shekel bill, you know this person is not a local. Armed with a predictable slew of questions (which is the stop for the Carmel Market?) and a knack for running into people (I’m sorry, the bus stopped so suddenly!), this tourist is more of a hazard than your driver’s need-for-speed mentality. Little do they know, t

13 otherwise odd things that are totally ordinary in the Israeli workplace
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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

Or the beach...

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

With a welcoming coastline 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. 

The top five beaches in Israel for surfing
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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.

Top five people who ruin the beach
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Top five people who ruin the beach

1. The Speedo Sporter   There's always that one banana hammock enthusiast who feels the need to let it al(most) hang loose at the beach. If he was the perfectly sculpted Israeli army brat type, that would be one thing, but there are parameters to the "beach balls" cult: older, hairy, white male, over the age of 50, not afraid to be loud and proud in an effort to attract other speedo sporters – aka the ideal Tinder profile.   2. The Day Drinker   Sure, Happy Hour is great in Tel Aviv. "But who decided we could only be happy for an hour? It's the weekend, the sun is shining, and the day is young, why not crack some beers on the beach, right now?" These are the thoughts that run through the Day Drinker's (at-the-time) sober mind, until those first two 10% Slowbrews kick in and the gloves (or in this case flip-flops) come off. As they drunkenly curse the sand, the tourists, and the disappearing garbage bin they swear someone removed as a practical joke just as they felt the vomit coming up, their friends head for sunset patio drinks. Not such a happy hour after all, huh?   3. The Perspirer   Everyone has a "perspiry date": that carefully calculated window of opportunity between the time of peak sweatiness and deodorant expiration. There's always that one extra sweaty, extra stanky friend who missed the memo, or maybe they just have a permanently blocked nose. Come on guy, reapply! Sometimes, settling for that nauseating AXE body spray cloud that encapsulates every teena

15 tragic truths nobody tells you about being unemployed in Tel Aviv
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15 tragic truths nobody tells you about being unemployed in Tel Aviv

Taking on the Start-Up Nation title comes with its baggage–while some thrive, most nosedive. We've all been unemployed at one point or another in Tel Aviv, and let us tell you, the "at least I can go to the beach all day everyday at no cost" rationalization only lasts so long before fading into the traumatic reality that a) you're broke, b) you only own one bathing suit, and c) you still have to pay rent. As recovering unemployees, we've created a list of sad truths when you're fresh outta job and fresh outta luck in the White City.   1. Suddenly, that 10 shekel malabi doesn't seem like such a steal anymore. At least Malabia's shesh besh is still free.    2. Fun fact: the water you wash your feet with at the beach is potable.     3. We've all heard of air drying, but you'll soon discover that air washing is a thing too.   4. You don't have to be inside a café to use their wifi.   5. You'll convince yourself that everything is walkable in Tel Aviv because you can't afford a bus pass. "You're having a party in the North? No problem, I'll be there in 40...50 if I stop for malabi."   6. 'Monit Sherut' (aka shared taxis at a higher 

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