FOOD & DRINKS
Israeli cuisine itself is a pure treat: Hummus, Falafel, Pita, Eggplant, Veggies – my personal Mekka. But Hummus isn’t the only thing you get to enjoy here and the vegan scene especially is flourishing.
A one hundred percent Vegan cafe offering breakfast, brunch, and lunch. No sugar, no wheat, no animal products and fresh produce. My personal recommendations are the chickpea-omelet-sandwich and their acai-bowl. Oh, and you really shouldn’t miss out on the shakes!
54 Frishman Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo | facebook
Another fave. Not completely vegan, Xoho offers healthy food that still invites you too indulge. Creative creations are to be awed at especially regarding pancakes (vegan options for these, too!). My former non-vegan me would have recommended their eggs with the delicious gluten-free bread. And Vegan-Tori won’t stop dreaming of their matcha smoothie topped with crumbles of the local specialty Halva.
17 J. L. Gordon Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo
This vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free Indian restaurant makes you wonder why you’d ever want to not be vegan! Crepes made of fermented rice filled with different curries and mouthwatering desserts.
Ben Yehuda St 188, Tel Aviv-Yafo
You want a drink with that? You better! The community garden of Alphabet – Phi – offers the best cocktails for any healthy foodie: when chosen the type alcohol you get to decide between fresh-pressed juices and tea to mix with it.
Ahad Ha'Am St 54, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Feel like doing Happy Hour and grabbing some dinner with it? Cafe Dizengoff has you covered! The cocktail card is short but creative as it is delicious. My absolute fave is the Eggplant Sabich (another local specialty consisting of eggplant on a bed of tahini, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and an optional egg.
Dizengoff St 190, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Artsy rooftop garden-vibes right around the corner of Shuk Ha’Carmel. This bar draws in a crowd of cool kids, mixing delicious cocktails and offering good food. The portions aren’t too big – which is good considering that my favorite ice cream shop is right around the corner.
Nahalat Binyamin St 18, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Another vegan Mecca, Bana lures you with creative and beautiful dishes, a lovely atmosphere and 1+1 on all cocktails on Sundays and Mondays.
Nahmani St 36, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Prepare for the best falafel in town! Don't believe me? Luckily enough you get to try a piece of its gorgeousness while waiting in line. Another extra: you're free to take as much as you like from their salad and salsa. My personal fave is the classic falafel in a gluten-free pita.
Shlomo ha-Melekh St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo
This fancy location is booked out constantly for a reason. Make sure to get your table with famous cook Sharon Cohen in time!
Ben Yehuda St 182, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Prepare for delicious creations and – a rare sight – lovely staff. My recommendation: share the starters and roll with the seafood!
HaYarkon St 88, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Arte Artesian Ice Cream
A hidden gem on Nahaliyat Binjamin, Arte offers not only a wide variety of vegan flavors (think three different types of chocolate), but also forgoes the extra sugar in the delicious fruit flavors. My favorite combination (so far): passionfruit and peach-lavender
Nahalat Binyamin St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tel Aviv’s streets lure you in with many boutiques featuring handpicked pieces local and international designers in every price range. Tel Aviv artists give their jewelry a creative spin that is definitely influenced by the local and their personal culture alike. Next to the many jewelry stands at Shuk Ha’Carmel and on Jaffa’s Fleamarket here are some of my favorite shops to browse and treat myself with a little extra.
This was the first Jewish neighborhood outside the ancient port of Jaffa. Since the early 1980s, Neve Tzedek has become one of Tel Aviv's latest fashionable and expensive districts, with a village-like atmosphere.
Take your time to wander down Dizengoff street, checking out the fun boutiques featuring many local brands. And if you’re craving one or the other international brand, it will lead you right to the Dizengoff Center Mall.
Nahalat Binjamin and Matalon Street are a paradise to get inspired: stores filled with beads and chains, feathers and flowers, tulle and fabrics. So no matter if you prepare for one of Israel’s fabulous holidays such as Purim, for an insane week at Midburn or you just like to add some extra glitter to your life – be sure to bring a friend, time and bargaining skills.
My absolute favorite. The two locations of this artesian shop give you the amazing opportunity to customize everything. Love the idea, the colors not so much? Change the beads? Their designs give a hippie-vibe while staying on the elegant and fragile side, using delicate chains and beautiful pearls.
This local artist engraves prayers, mantras, and wishes onto small pendants so they can only be read with a magnifying glass. The pendants are gems, carved to perfection into hearts, rounds or hamsa, the delicate carvings are gold.
Daniela Dor (Jaffa) is a local jewelry designer with an elegant hippie vibe and unique pieces.
Stone Age is paradise for all you magical crystal lovers out there. A store filled with gorgeous gems and love. The owners and staff authentically keep the spirits high, gladly sharing their knowledge and stories.
Tel Aviv’s nightlife is often compared to the raving weekends of Berlin. Take it from a Berlin-lover: Tel Aviv is way less pretentious and you won’t spend hours in lines. That said, there are definitely similarities in the music scene. It’s mostly Techno, followed by HipHop or, as the trend globally seems to be going there: Reggaeton. As for the Locations…
Supposedly inspired by Berlin’s infamous Berghain, The Block is the kind of techno club asking you not to use your phone, giving one the freedom to live the moment and let go.
One of my fave locations, a fusion of bar and club, giving you the chance to dance the night away or enjoy the bar – indoors or outdoors.
The collective involving my beloved bar Phi gives space for techno parties under the names of Alpha and Gamma. The community garden – Phi – offers the best cocktails for any healthy foodie: when chosen the type alcohol you get to decide between fresh-pressed juices and tea to mix with it.
One of the more renown clubs, Bootleg throws many parties that are great for those not too keen about the techno scene. The colorful underground club invites you with a wide variety of sets that bounce from deep house to disco, creating a modest yet vibrant atmosphere.
Voted the best bar in Tel Aviv by locals, the first thing I heard about it was from my roommate: „They have Vodka Slushies!“ So no matter if you go for the hype, the drinks or the dance floors – one for DJs, one for live music – Kuli Alma is worth a visit.
Despite being a city that literally never sleeps (except for maybe all Saturday on the beach, as the city more or less shuts down – including public transport – for Shabbat), you need to get your well-earned beauty-rest.
In for a super fancy treat? Setai has you covered from head to toe luxury.
22 David Raziel, Tel Aviv
The contemporary boutique Hotel is your spot if you want to find a stylish yet cozy home on the beach – a soulful tribute to the iconic 1950-60’s Miami beach scene.
64 Ha'Yarkon street, Tel Aviv 6343220
Poli House Hotel
This distinctive modern design boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is the embodiment of the urban eccentricities, diversity and personalities that shape the city. The stylish gem is located right on Shuk Ha’Carmel, giving you the opportunity to feel the pumping heart of the city.
Nahalat Binyamin st. corner of 62 Allenby, Tel Aviv 6343220
In case you’re traveling on a budget or just up for some adventures, Abraham Hostel is the place to be. The coolest hostel by far lures locals and tourists alike with its hospitality, offering everything from in-house yoga classes to tours and events all over the country.
21 Levontin Street, Tel Aviv, 6511604