Ok, so it might not be -40 degrees Celsius, and our cars might not be piled over with snow, but when the cold weather hits, Israelis panic. Never fear! Time Out Israel is here to save the rainy day with a complete guide to surviving the short – but existent – winter.
What to do
The best things to do in Haifa this holiday season
Haifa's image as a sleepy, aging city couldn't be farther from the truth. The city has a burgeoning youthful community including students, entrepreneurs, and artists who've transformed Haifa into a fascinating city, one with a distinct international flair.
Cup O' Cozy
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.
A temple dedicated to sex & chocolate is about to open in Tel Aviv
Sex and chocolate are two of the most beautiful creations the world has known since the dawn of mankind, but can they be combined? A new hotspot dedicated to chocolate and sex workshops is set to open in Florentin Chocolate mogul, Adiel Mor, roams excitedly among the sacks of high-quality chocolate he bought from the best European brands to produce the foundation stones or the taste of lust at the temple he is currently building in south Tel Aviv's Florentin neighborhood. The cocoa butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar - used on regular days as raw material for pastries - are covered in sacks, and their contents are available in varying levels of cocoa solids, from 50% and above. Mor adds maca powder, shredded cocoa beans, roasted coconut, coconut cream, hazelnuts or Atlantic sea salt flowers to the chocolate, creating vegan truffles (6 NIS per unit) and unique chocolate drinks. © Anatoly Michaello Mor is also a henna tattoo artist and a facilitator of workshops on human sexuality. (On Sukkot he gave a workshop on sexuality in the Desert Ashram at the celebrated annual festival). During his years of living in Thailand and Goa, Mor studied with an expert vegan food chef on how to roll the perfect truffle, which he sold at a stall in a street food market in Thailand while acquiring knowledge of Indian sexuality. Adiel Mor © Anatoly Michaello Mor pours these two worlds into chocolate potions, which he offers here in two formats: one hot chocolate drink, thick with
The best Israeli food gifts for die-hard foodies abroad
We might not have Amazon, Caviar or Foody Direct to bring us an endless assortment of nosh-able options, but Israel has some of the best packaged and fresh food on the planet. Plus, they’re extra special – most of them aren’t available internationally! There’s no babka like an Israeli babka and that goes double for challah, and crispy packaged snacks. Here’s a look at a highly curated list (because anyone who has ever been to Israel knows the list is endless) of totally delicious food items to bring home to your friends and family when traveling abroad. Babka from Bakery There are many babka purveyors, but Bakery’s reigns supreme. Their standard offering includes halva, chocolate, and cheese, along with seasonal options. Counter-intuitively, not even the cheese one needs to be refrigerated and usually all varieties last about five days before going stale. © Idit Ben Uliel Challah from Lehamim You’ll want to save this option for same day arrival trips because unlike babka, challah does not taste as good the day after. Particularly for Shabbat arrivals, however, there’s no beating Lehamim’s Festive Challah, aesthetically or taste-wise, a round weave with a half dozen kinds of multicolored seeds. © Daniel Layla Elite Milk Chocolate with Popping Candies When Gal Gadot stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon around Halloween last year, she brought this bar of chocolate with her, declaring it one of her favorites. The truth is, Elite has nothing on other cho
Music & Nightlife
Tel Aviv’s Winter Festival breathes fresh air into the lungs of the Charles Bronfman Auditorium
While the rest of the world cowers beneath fleece blankets, struggling to escape the warm embrace of their heated homes, Israelis have more than just-bearable weather to nudge them out of the house this winter.
The top nightlife spots in hotels around Israel
While Tel Aviv has long enjoyed a slew of the country’s best selection of hotel bars, the high standard continues to top itself – rising even higher lately – with a host of new openings in the last year. Here are the latest nightlife suggestions from all over Israel – so you can drink, sleep & repeat