Killin’ it on King George: where to hang out along Tel Aviv’s bohemian street
Running from the Carmel Market on Allenby all the way towards Kikar Rabin, King George Street is packed with local gems, each with its own unique bohemian flare. From the most raved about Tel Aviv street food establishment, Miznon, to the hipsterest of hipster bars this side of Florentin, to vegan cafés and even an awesome park, it’s impossible to get bored when wandering down King George. When in Tel Aviv, eat, drink, play, pay like the locals do. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, you might even think about getting a tattoo at Kipod, one of Tel Aviv’s top tattoo parlors.
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.
A tourist’s guide to Akko: where to eat, explore and sleep
Nestled on Israel's northern coast, Akko is an up-and-coming port city rich with Jewish history, sights and fantastic food. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Israeli treasure is a unique cross between east and west, modern and ancient Israel, beauty and ruins. Its rich history is palpable in its alleyways, underground passages and picturesque architecture, whose character reflects the legacy left behind by the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders and Arabs. But what has transformed this hidden gem from a pit stop to a destination is its recent emergence as a culinary force in the north, with some of the best hummus on the eastern Mediterranean (some say it’s better than the Jaffa street food offerings) and some of the best seafood restaurants in Israel.
Breathtaking photos of Mitzpe Ramon under the stars
With the bright lights in Israel’s major cities, it can be hard to see the stars at night–but not in Mitzpe Ramon. Every weekend, Mitzpe Ramon offers different activities for the whole family. The astronomy complex is set up to enable a perfect viewing experience complete with various telescopes, ambient music, and plenty of room to spread out a mat or wrap yourself in a blanket and look up at the clear desert sky illuminated by stars. Don’t let the alluring city lights dissuade you from leaving home for a weekend of natural radiance and wonder in Mitzpe Ramon. Let these stunning nighttime photos draw you in...
The magic of Mitzpe Ramon: a complete guide to the desert town
While the White City has its own charm, there’s something magical about slipping away from the hustle and bustle to a quieter, more peaceful environment that Israel has to offer. With its gargantuan erosion crater offering kilometer upon kilometer of arid land just waiting to be explored at the wake of dawn, to the crystal clear night skies free from urban pollution at dusk, Mitzpe Ramon offers just the nature-infused cure to relax, reflect, and recharge before returning to the nonstop city.
The ultimate guide to the Jaffa Flea Market
Set just a bit off of Tel Aviv's grid to the south, lies the antique area of Jaffa - a gem in all its historic and contemporary forms that harkens way, way back to the Second Temple Period of 530 BCE-70 CE. The ancient port city has been on the come up for years, and lately, with its vibrant flea market area (Shuk HaPishpeshim in Hebrew), art and design studios open by day and its rowdy bars, alleyways and top-quality restaurants filled to capacity by night, attracting a young and decorative crowd- Jaffa has found its rhythm in its own right. A stone's throw away from a quiet and pristine coastline, and a 5-minute walk to the American Colony, an up-and-coming residential area that holds true to its historic architecture, Jaffa is well-positioned for pleasure-seekers, history buffs, and art lovers. It's a gobsmacking juxtaposition of old school and new school; its timeworn foundation of Jerusalem cobblestone, its commanding clock tower - one of seven built during the Ottoman period, the cacophony of the muezzin's call to prayer, and the immersive aroma of Abulafia's freshly-baked Arabic pastries all mingle with the neighborhood's constant daily hustle.
The 10 best bistro restaurants in Tel Aviv
While Tel Aviv has its fair share of fine dining establishments, sometimes, you still want the meticulous food, impeccable service, and local Israeli wines, sans the massive price tag to enjoy it all. So, we’ve assembled the top 10 bistros in Tel Aviv so that both you and your wallet can enjoy the perks of fine dining in a more casual and comfortable setting. From Eyal Shani’s North Abraxas to the ever-popular Dallal in Neve Tzedek, all of these bistros are so delicious, you’ll have trouble deciding where to start.
Dynamic Denim: the top shopping in Tel Aviv for your next pair of jeans
Now that the dog days of the Israeli summer are over and Tel Aviv evenings are pretty chilly, denim is making its annual comeback after a solid five-month hiatus. So where to spend your hard-earned shekels? These local Israeli fashion boutiques vend everything from cult brands like Nudies and Acne Studio to Israeli labels like hot-off-the shelves Tres Denim. And if you love that worn-in look, there are plenty of vintage options to be had as well.
Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Israel
The votes are conclusive: Israelis love Asian food. According to the annual Israeli Food Awards, four out of the top 10 restaurants in Israel have their roots in Asian cuisine, two of which have made it into the ranks of the top five. With no surprise to anyone, the other six restaurants are all conceptually Mediterranean, built upon local ingredients and fresh fish, which leaves us wondering... what happened to the hummus?
10 Tel Aviv bars you absolutely need to go to for a chill night out
Despite what the Tel Aviv nightlife Gods (or club promoters) tell you, not every night in the White City calls for heavy pregames, dancing on the tables until the sun comes up, and sunrise tylenol chasers to wash it all down. While a crazy all-nighter is necessary once in a while, sometimes you just want a no stress, chill evening with friends–one that involves some casual beers or mixed drinks, a comfortable setting, and overall great company. So if a chill AF evening is what you’re after, bring your friends to one of these ten spots. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
11 Tel Aviv cafés that offer books, records, games, art & 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 is 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 (backgammon)? 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, art and games alongside your drink of choice.
The 9 Chicest Hotel Bars in Israel
With bars popping up left, right, and center, it's easy to lose focus in the shimmer of the Tel Aviv nightlife scene. Sometimes, however, what you're yearning for is right in front of your nose, or hotel lobby. From arguably the best cocktail bar in the Middle East's little sister to a classy Jerusalem hotel bar offering fine regional Israeli wines and an Akko gem with a view to match, you'll never want to leave the vicinity. And yes, to answer your question, all nine of these bars are hotel robe optional.
Meshek Barzilay's Election Day African Festival
Next week on Monday, March 2, Israel is having yet another election - its third in a year if you haven't been paying attention. The best way to distract yourself from the chaos? The Tel Avivian way; with a party, of course. Popular vegan outpost, Meshek Barzilay, will be hosting its first annual African Festival, celebrating the African people's beautiful influence on Israel's community and culture with an offering of delicious injera platters, African music, and handmade products from the asylum-seeking female artisans at Kuchinate Collective. March 2, from 11:00-18:00 8 Ahad Ha'Am St, Tel Aviv
A Sweet Tooth & Shoe Fetish?
Tal Spiegel of the super-popular Instagram @desserted_in_paris brings his culinary art to Hotel Montefiore Just in time to truly celebrate Valentine's Day, Israeli pastry chef and graphic designer Tal Spiegel will be hosting a three-day pop up of specialty desserts at Hotel Montefiore. His colorful concoctions paired with an enviable onslaught of coordinating shoes have boosted his status to an enviable influencer on Instagram and Hotel Montefiore will celebrate his Patisseries of Paris in Tel Aviv in an exclusive collaboration to celebrate Dessert Week. The fixed dessert menu includes three desserts by Tal, along with scones, coffee & cocktails. View this post on Instagram A post shared by @desserted_in_paris on Dec 16, 2019 at 3:56am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by @desserted_in_paris on Jan 30, 2020 at 4:07am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by @desserted_in_paris on Oct 16, 2019 at 2:51am PDT Tuesday, February 11 - Thursday, February 13 between 15:00-19:00. NIS 250 per couple.
The Red Sea Jazz Festival - Winter Edition
Eilat's Red Sea Jazz Festival, the winter edition, returns this year with the intoxicating jazz sounds and gives music lovers a particularly warm jazz event The Red Sea Jazz Festival takes place at the foot of the breathtaking views of the Eilat Mountains and the Red Sea, while celebrating a decade of jazz festivities, and features a special weekend of music with Israeli and international artists, special productions, master classes and a Jam-session stage that plays into the wee hours of the night. Shlomi Shaban © Orit Pnini This year, musicians will come to Israel al the way from Cuba, Barcelona, Switzerland, the US, Brazil, the UK and Israel, each bringing their own voice and rhythm. The audience will be able to enjoy the international sounds coming from the trombone, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, klezmer and more. Participants include: Shlomi Shaban, Jah Wobble, Neta Elkayam, Ravid Kahalani, Assaf Amdursky, Oded Tzur Quartet, and more. Jah Wobble © John Hollingsworth Red Sea Jazz Festival, February 20-22, Eilat. redseajazz.co.il
Valentine's Day Plans? We've Got You Covered
There are a dozen or so places in Israel that really provide the whole package when it comes to design, amenities, customer service, gourmet food and spa services. A new complex, helmed by 'Shevet Achim' (a set of five actual brothers who are well known in the hospitality industry in Israel) have hit the bull's eye with the recently opened Dream Island resort. The 1,500sq meters featuring elegant suites, sports facilities, concept restaurants, food trucks and even an amphitheater for concerts makes it a place to stay a while. Dream Island suite The resort and spa experience has swiftly become a sought-after vacation destination for Israelis, tourists, wedding and event planning and more. Whether you choose a one-day reprieve or to stay the night or weekend, the spacious resort combines a host of wellness facilities and activities that can keep you as engaged as your mood and wishes desire. Israeli architect Itzik Levy planned and designed the complex, taking care to incorporate the aesthetic language of the area's natural landscape, honing in on the feeling of a lush oasis. The team at Dream Island has taken the progressively growing leisure culture in Israel and focused on generating a new demand for hospitality and tourism after thoroughly studying the lifestyle, vacation, and consumption habits of the 21st century. Dream Island successfully curates the dynamic curiosities and contemporary living of today's day and age, combined with the sought-after pillars of well-bei
Veggies, Frugal Foodies & Tel Avivians Rejoice
Tel Avivians love a good celebration and Meshek Barzilay, Neve Tzedek's beautiful vegan delicatessen is celebrating the fruits of the forthcoming season with a specialty Tu Bishvat party. The holiday is actually Sunday and Monday, February 9 & 10, but the restaurant is ringin' it in early to kick off the weekend right on the Friday prior. Courtesy of Meshek Barzilay Join in on a festive indoor-outdoor shindig - complete with a live DJ and a menu full of holiday favorites including hot fruit punch, spicy mulled wines, and hot alcoholic cider, muffins, sweet pastries and mountains of dry fruit, Meshek's signature vegan pizzas and chubeza patties and a Tu Bishvat platter of nuts and noshes. The best part? Everything is NIS 10. Celebrate the turn of the seasons and Israel's natural bounty at one of Tel Aviv's most beloved restaurants.
Celebrate Bob Marley's 75th Birthday at Reading 3
The annual party kicks off with local and international tributes to the Reggae Legend It is truly hard to believe that Reggae master Bob Marley would be 75-years-old this year. His music has united the world over with his signature messages of peace, love, and harmony. The power and longevity of his lyrics and truth have been a source of inspiration for decades after his death and they continue to live on in musicians across all genres today. Gadi Altman © Guy Sidi, courtesy of PR Every year, the One Love musical event celebrates Marley's life and legacy through young and old talents in Israel and this is the event's 15th year running. Look forward to renditions of the rasta man's classics like "No Woman No Cry", "Easy Skanking", "Exodus" and "Buffalo Soldier" sung by a host of Israeli musicians and guests from abroad like Jamaican Reggae icon Anthony B and the Afroroots star and Grammy-nominee Rocky Dawuni. Join in on the fun with clips from previous One Love shows that have gone viral with over 28 million views on Youtube. Rocky Dawuni, courtesy of PR February 7-8, Reading 3, doors open at 20:30, eventer.co.il/event
Get your Heat ON at Shuk HaZtafon's Hamim Festival
The Hamim Festival is Thursdays and Fridays in Shuk HaZtafon throughout January Just in time to truly mark the winter weather in Israel, Shuk HaZtafon ('Northern Market') is launching the first Hamim (Cholent) Festival, scheduled through three consecutive weekends in January. Thursdays between noon to 7 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm, food stalls will be simmering with authentic hamim recipes from across the country. Taste the Haredi Cholent from Beit Shemesh, Hungarian Hamin from Nahariya, Khala Bibi Hamin from Ramat Hasharon and Tabby Iraqi from Petah Tikva - all these and many more will gather together under one roof and bring this comforting Jewish food staple to the public, at the peak of the rainy season. Hamim Festival © Shani Brill Hamin, also known as cholent, is one of the oldest Jewish stews in the world, found across borders and continents. While its varying components are evidence of a multitude of versions, one thing remains uniform - the slow-brewing stew nourishes and warms families come Saturday. Many hamim recipes have been passed through Poland, Persia, Iraq, and Morocco and are cooked with a variety of legumes, meats, fish, vegetables and spice mixes. Hamim Festival © Shani Brill Head to this unique Hamim Festival to savor the mix of options - from Viennese and Italian traditions to a Mexican-inspired mutton stew and even a hot-tempered Indian version. Hamim Festival © Shani Brill Hamim Festival January 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24 Thursday from 12:00-1
The Spectacular Unicorn Fair
Next week, Dizengoff Center will hold one of its most magical events - the Unicorn Fair - following the success of last year's event The annual Unicorn Fair, which celebrates everything that is unique, special and magical, will return to Dizengoff Center for the second time, and offer a plethora of colorful stands offering unique unicorn-centric products, such as bags, jewelry, accessories, play slime, and clothes you will certainly not find anyone else wearing. Unicorn Fair © Itay Selikter The foodies among us can indulge in a specialty desserts stand by pastry chef Danit Hellen Yakobi, with candy, surprise cupcakes, meringue boxes, deliciously-personalized cakes in all colors of the rainbow, and special toppings like macarons and cookies with otherworldly designs crafted perfectly for your Instagram feed. There will also be a free photo booth inspired by the happy world of unicorns. Unicorn Fair © Itay Selikter The Unicorn Fair, Thursday, September 12, 11am - 8pm and Friday, September 13, 11am - 3pm. Dizengoff Center, 50 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv Unicorn Fair © Itay Selikter
Lionel Richie in Israel
Legendary musician Lionel Richie will perform in Tel Aviv on March 2 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena Musical icon Lionel Richie will make his debut performance in Israel this March. All tickets purchased for a show in Live Park in Rishon Lezion are valid for the show in Menorah Mivtachim, according to the seating arrangement. He is set to perform his favorite hits of his entire career including 'Lady', 'Truly,'Say You Say Me', 'Hello' and 'All Night Long', as well as hits from his legendary time with the Commodores, in the funk/soul band where he started his prolific career. Lionel Richie © Steve Jennings/Getty Images Tickets: www.leaan.co.il price starting at NIS 390
Have you ever tried color-changing ice cream?
In honor of International Ice Cream Day, Golda's ice cream chain brings Israel the latest trend: a color-changing ice cream At the height of the summer, the "Golda" ice cream chain has launched a unique and unusual ice cream that changes colors while you're eating it. The special ice cream will be available at Golda branches throughout the country and can be served in a cup or a cone. The ice cream color is originally blue with a delicate, fruity vanilla flavor combined with rich cream. It changes to three different colors, from blue to purple to pink, when meeting with the changing temperatures. Golda Ice Cream © Afik Gabay The hot trend of color-changing ice cream started in Spain and from there, it spread to many countries around the world, including Colombia, Japan, the USA and others, becoming a huge success among ice cream enthusiasts. The ice cream is made from black carrot extract and cream, which is used as the base for the changing color, along with the "magic spray" that is combined with fresh lemon juice to create the special effect of the changing colors. The ice cream is made entirely from natural ingredients and does not contain any preservatives or industrial ingredients. Golda Ice Cream © Afik Gabay The color-changing ice cream will be served as a dish at NIS 17 at all branches of the chain. Golda Ice Cream Network. For the list of branches: goldaglida.co.il
OVERALL Festival: a platform for designers, artists, musicians
Get excited about the debut OVERALL festival, a platform for designers, artists, musicians and scholars to share and explore new concepts, narrative and frontiers in fashion, provoking fresh insight regarding the many ways today’s global fashion ecosystem operates, both in theory and in practice During the course of the OVERALL festival evenings at the Tower of David Museum, dozens of designers and artists will be participating in “Wanderings” - an interactive conversation that surrounds fashion, with live demonstrations of craft making in every enclave of the Tower of David Museum – from traditional crafts to the use of modern technology including machine knitting, shoe making, jewelry making, fashion sketching, t-shirt designing, masterclasses with 3D doodle pen, workshops with Palestinian embroidery experts, weaving, 3D printing. Aharon Genish & Shlomit Amar © RickyRachman Additionally, there will be live photoshoots and interactive engagement for the public and a designer market of “Made in Israel” clothes, accessories and shoes. There will also be a lecture discussing what our closets will look like in 2030; A panel of religious Jewish bloggers discussing what they won’t cross when it comes to social media and fashion in their community. Unique tours are being held throughout the festival weaving together threads of discovery throughout the city allowing visitors to engage in different and diverse subjects connected to fashion. TheCollective14 © Ricky Rachman July 16
Food & Tech? The L28 Culinary Platform Marries Two of Israel's Favorite Things
In its prime position at the intersection of Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, Lillienblum Street is one of the oldest streets in Tel Aviv, pre-dating the state of Israel, and was home to the first banks; these days, it’s “slap-bang in the middle of the startup engine,” says Amir Mizroch, Director of Communications at Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). This specific building, given a sleek renovation in 2018 by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects, has serious startup pedigree: its previous occupant was the app monetization unicorn (aka a startup valued at over $1 billion), ironSource. An apt location, then, for SNC to carry out its mission matchmaking Israeli startups with global companies. This philanthropist-funded NGO keeps its upper level reserved for business meetings, lectures and hackathons, but on the first story it has a public-facing accelerator dedicated to the most accessible and enticing of subjects: food. Dining destination L28 was conceived as an incubator for emerging Israeli culinary talent. Every six months a new chef comes in and creates a new menu. They receive mentorship and a top-class crew. In return, they work on their interpretation of Israeli cuisine. Each chef is supported with all the operational elements necessary, in a similar manner to that of a start-up accelerator. L28 Most recently, Israeli chef Nir Mesika, known for creating waves with his award-winning New York restaurant Timna, helmed the crew at L28. Now burgeoning chef Gabriel Israel has been