Undiscovered Israel

Stunning beaches. World-class parties. Unexpected street art. Boutique brewers. Israel is ready for its close-up.

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New Yorkers may know that Israel has the Western Wall, the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee. But what about the Israel you’ve never seen? The country's nonstop nightlife, booming restaurant scene inspired by a diversity of cultures, top wineries and underground art scene are just a sampling of Israel's progressive, no-holds-barred offering. Known as the Start-up Nation, where ideas run wild, this place is alive with entrepreneurs, balancing a lifestyle of partying and achievement. Go to Tel Aviv’s Gordon Street for gallery hopping, or head to the hidden charms of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Street—home of the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design—to experience how local artists hone their crafts. Or maybe jumping straight into one of the massive outdoor festivals is more your speed. Here we take the road less traveled through the dynamic side of Israel you didn’t even know existed.

Discover the Israel you didn't know

Beaches

Beaches

With three bodies of water to play in, Israel is a beach-lover's dream

Eat like a local

Eat like a local

Five fantastic—and authentic—eating experiences you have to try

Beer and wine

Beer and wine

From ancient drops to brand-new urban breweries, Israel is a new force in booze

Coffee culture

Coffee culture

Israel's major cities lay claim to some of the most inviting cafés and talented baristas on Earth

Festivals

Festivals

With some of the world's biggest festivals calling Israel home, there's always a reason to visit

Art

Art

See the best Israel's artists have to offer—on gallery walls and urban streets