From partying in Tel Aviv to exploring Old Jerusalem.
However, you would be wrong to think that’s all there is. In contrast to the unparalleled landmarks, Israel is flourishing with innovation in tech, contemporary design, cuisine, wine, world-class bars, and hotels. I would be remiss not to acknowledge that traveling to this destination requires a certain degree of sensitivity and mindfulness. But safety should not be of concern. Whether you intend to visit for a few days or more, this guide will ensure you get a taste of where this country came from and where it’s about to go.
Where to Stay
In Tel Aviv, there is perhaps no greater location than one overlooking the Promenade of the Mediterranean seashore, minutes away from Carmel Market. Despite being a global chain property, InterContinental David Tel Aviv gives you access to all of the above. Head to the top floor for a panoramic view of the city, and when you are finished, make a right out the front door to the Shuk for fresh fruits, tasty falafel, and humus. Note: Tel Aviv is roughly an hour and fifteen minutes away from Jerusalem by car.
What to Wear
What to See
While in Tel Aviv, a food tour through Carmel Market with Delicious Israel is a perfect way to begin your journey. It is wise to hold off on breakfast before you go so you can taste the plethora of culinary delights as you weave through the stalls of the Shuk. From Carmel Market, you can walk to the quaint and trendy Neve Tzedek neighborhood to explore boutiques selling local jewelry and clothes. This area is steeped in history, yet filled with contemporary concepts and designers.
Where to Eat
When the sun is glistening over the Tel Aviv shore, grab a seaside table at Manta Ray for a few glasses of wine and a smorgasbord of Israeli tapas-style dishes. The seafood ceviche is not to be missed. For a communal dining experience that will take you from simmering saucepans of traditional Mediterranean dishes to a bubbling neighboring bar, make sure to reserve a spot at North Abraxas.
Where to Play
For a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the cascading white limestone buildings of Jerusalem and glistening gold Dome of the Rock, head to the rooftop of the Austrian Hospice. Once finished, saunter downstairs for an Israeli beer at the Viennese Cafe. For a nighttime experience you won’t soon forget, be sure to check out the hidden speakeasy Gatsby Cocktail Room. Tucked behind a discreet bookcase facade in the heart of Jerusalem, you’ll find yourself in a world-class Art Deco-era bar of the roaring 1920s.
In Tel Aviv, expect to fall in love with the glamour of Hotel Montefiore. Book a table outside on the front patio for drinks and light fare that combines French food with a Vietnamese twist. To get a real feel for the vibrancy and youthful culture of Tel Aviv, grab a coffee or cocktail at Rothschild 12, where the beverages and tables pour out onto the streets. Weekends are Friday and Saturday, so anticipate a packed house towards the end of the week.