I am still thinking about my trip to Tel Aviv earlier this year and already dreaming about going back! So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things to do in my favorite city to inspire you on your next trip… and also to allow me to live vicariously through you. Plus, since I don’t live there full-time, I also rounded up recommendations from my favorite Israeli influencers! Be sure to check out their blogs/Instagram pages for lots more style and the best of Tel Aviv!
Of course, my very favorite thing to do in Tel Aviv is spending time with friends and family. But after that? It’s all about SHOPPING. Dizingoff St area is a must for Israeli designers such as Barak Lahav, Lilah Elgrabli, and close by you’ll also find Collecte bags new boutique one of my favorite restaurants there, Shila. Shenkin St. has tons of chic boutiques, including Maya Geler jewelry. Jaffa has the best flea market and I love to score unique gifts and vintage finds there—and don’t be shy about bargaining, it’s part of the experience! Brides-to-be must make a stop at Vivi Bellaish (also in Jaffa) for a one-of-a-kind gorgeous gown (pic below)
The Alexander Hotel is my preferred place to crash—I love the location by the port. And finally, I have to go to Herzliya Beach at least once to grab a seat at a restaurant on the beach, order some watermelon and a cocktail, and take in the stunning view.
Hotel Montfleury is my absolute favorite place to have breakfast, or any meal, really. I love the food and the vibe there. I also eat at Turkiz at least once a month—it’s so good! The flea market at Jaffa is the best place to take visitors, and I always recommend staying at The Jaffa Hotel as well.
I always have to grab a coffee at Puaa; it’s very authentic. Ali Baba and 40 Shodedim reminds me of Soho, with lots of shops and fun finds. I love to visit Shuk Lavinsky with friends from out of town. There are lots of spices and teas and it really captures the feeling of Tel Aviv.
My favorite breakfast is a green smoothie from Tamara, a spot in the middle of Dizingoff St. I could spend hours in Neve Tzedek: great shopping, amazing restaurants, and it’s close to the beach! I always recommend it to out-of-town visitors. I’m crazy about Asian food so you can find me at Toplompompo and Tyo quite a lot!
I love having breakfast at The Norman. When friends visit Tel Aviv, I’ll point them to the new Fantastic Bar and of course, the beaches! My top restaurants are Miznon, North Abraxax, and Port Said. For a staycation, I’d choose The Norman, The Jaffa, or Brown Beach House. Shopping is so amazing in Tel Aviv: Check out Kikar Ha Median, the Ramat Aviv Mall, Clarity Boutique, Verner, Moi Collection, Tres, Toledano Studio, Mews by Gal Shenfeld, and Sample in Shuster Center.
Dallal is really good for breakfast and it’s just a 5-minute walk from the beach. I love to dance all night at The Block and Under52. Cicchetti has the best Italian tapas in town. I always take visitors to the bar at The Norman for a drink. My favorite hotel is The Lighthouse.
For a trip to Tel Aviv, I would visit the Carmel market and have breakfast at the Yom Tov café. The flea market in Jaffa and the beach are both a must, then dinner at Thai House and dancing at Radio bar.
Want even more? Read all about my trip to Tel Aviv Fashion Week here and my post on the best wineries to tour in Israel. Plus, subscribe to my newsletter for my upcoming post on the best of Tel Aviv by neighborhood!