Complete Guide to Tel Aviv, Israel
Where to Stay:
Dan Tel Aviv hotel- We stayed at the Dan Tel Aviv hotel, which is this gorgeous very colorful hotel located right on the beach. The entire hotel faces the Mediterranean so the views are beautiful from the back of the hotel. The place itself is pretty big and has some great amenities- the dinning room and outdoor pool are amazing. It is within walking distance from cute bars and shopping and a nice 30-40 min walk along the beach to Jaffa (the old town). Not only does the hotel have prime location but the amenities and staff are so lovely. Highly recommend staying here!
The suite with a sea view terrace was massive with a separate living room and bathroom and nice robes/ tub (always a plus!). The concierge here, Jeremy, was so unbelievable and made all the reservations at restaurants for us (they are hard to get otherwise because no restaurants have websites) and had a very sweet welcome from him and the staff.
Lunch: Old man and the sea. This pace is incredible they literally bring out 20 dips with pita bread before you have even ordered your food! We got the chicken kebab and fresh fish which was incredible. It’s located on the sea port below Jaffa, highly recommend coming here for lunch and walking towards Jaffa for sunset.
Jaffa’s Flea Market- You must walk through the Jaffa flea market before sunset. It’s a beautiful outdoor market with really fun bars/ restaurants all around. We stopped into Ramesses for a drink which had amazing cocktails/ atmosphere. Make sure to catch the incredible sunset along the beach outside Jaffa. One of the best I have ever seen.
Dinner: North Abraxass. This place is by the famous Israeli chef Eyal Shani. I loved the laid back atmosphere, felt very hipster-serving food on pieces of cardboard/paper.
While our friends highly recommended this as the best restaurant, I don’t necessarily agree. It was good, but not the MOST amazing place I have ever been. Get the avocado on bread, cauliflower and white fish. The wine was also one of the best bottles I have ever had. The Judean Hills wine is unreal.
Day 2: Saturday
Breakfast: Cafe Xoho. This is a really cute spot located near the beach, it’s American food though so if you came for authentic Israeli food I would steer clear of this place.The lines are also incredibly long- we waited almost an hour. However, not a lot of things are open on Saturday because of Shabbat so this was a great option. I got the summer salad and quesadillas. The cappuccinos here are amazing!
Gordon Beach- Take a towel and go relax on the beach. I don’t know what I was expecting but the beaches here blew my mind. They were stunning with soft sand and crystal clear water. You can walk so far out before the water even hitting your waist. Highly recommend spending a day on the beach while you are here!
Lunch: Miznon- Miznon is a very famous restaurant with locations in Paris, and NYC and is also by Chef Eyal Shani. I am obsessed with the one from Paris, so naturally had to try the Tel Aviv one to compare. It was just as phenomenal. Street food to a T with amazing falafel, pita and hummus.
Dinner: Shila. This was one of the best restaurants i have EVER been too. Not only was every single dish incredible but the atmosphere was also amazing.
Serving Israeli food with a twist- the space itself was very modern and they played great music. I highly recommend sitting at the bar- it’s Israeli tradition to take shots with your server and they are happy to do plenty more with you! We got the sea fish tar tar wrapped on avocado, the red fish carpaccio, and the fish fillet with lobster ravioli. For dessert, you have to get the chocolate bar- one of the best things I have ever had.
Drinks: Imperial cocktail bar- really cute intimate bar with fun cocktails.
Day 3: Sunday
Breakfast: Abu Hassan. This is one of the most famous hummus spots in Tel Aviv. It is the definition of a whole in the wall- with bare bones in there but you don’t need much besides a great meal right?? You literally get a bowl of hummus for breakfast and they give you pita and onion to eat with it. Highly recommend getting the spicy and original.
After lunch we headed to Herzliya, which is about a 30 minute up the coast. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, Herzlyia. It was absolutely incredible, more about my stay there here.