Travel Guide: Tel Aviv
What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to and why? Israel. I lived there from 2011-2012, and recently returned from a one-month sojourn where I rented an apartment on the beach in Tel Aviv. The Miami of the Middle East, this tiny country has skiing in the north, and snorkeling in the Red Sea in the south, with camels and metropolitan cities in between. Just go. – Samantha Prince
When Americans hear about a vacation to the “City That Never Sleeps,” they instinctively think of New York City. Israel has its own municipality, though, that shares this nickname: Tel Aviv. With its history, exciting nightlife, beautiful beaches and always-open attractions, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s greatest travel destinations.
While flying to Tel Aviv may be the quickest way to get there, it’s by far not the most scenic. Instead of flying directly into the city, many visitors travel to Italy, Greece or Turkey and hop on a cruise. May is a great time to visit Tel Aviv due to the gorgeous weather and lack of crowds.
STAY: THE NORMAN
For the discerning traveler, The Norman is the only place to stay and it’s a mere 15-mile drive from Ben Gurion Airport. The hotel is the definition of luxury, and its 1920s architecture and décor keep it feeling uncluttered and airy.
When staying here, travelers dine on the finest French Mediterranean dishes at The Norman Restaurant. For those just looking to enjoy a drink, the Library Bar offers a colonial feel combined live entertainment at night. Guests at The Norman also have access to a pool, spa treatments and yoga classes, with the Mediterranean Sea a short walk away. Travelers can book a room for as low as $450 or opt for a corner suite for $1,300. Visitors can also stay in the Penthouse Duplex, but they’ll have to discuss pricing over the phone. Follow the hotel on Instagram.
EAT: VICKY CRISTINA
Vicky Cristina is a trendy tapas and wine bar—Vicky is the tapas restaurant and Cristina is the wine bar! Visitors can sample dishes with their friends such as queso manchego, borito fritas and butcher slice, while experiencing a distinctly Spanish ambiance. Make your reservation online and grab a table under the oldest rubber tree in the city.
For breakfast and brunch, there’s only one place to go: Benedict’s. There are two locations in Tel Aviv, one at Rothschild Blvd 29 and another at Ben Yehuda 171, offering breakfast from around the world. Choose from classic Israeli breakfast, something off the grill with eggs, shakshuka, or even pancakes. Make your reservation over the phone and come hungry.
Those looking to enjoy a drink before ending the night should check out Suramare at 24 Sa’adia Gaon. Tel Aviv’s hippest and most in the know come to enjoy the rooftop area and entertainment from well-known performers like DJ Eyal Goldman. Visitors can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and creative drinks, like the Charlie Chaplin.
Address: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Clara Beach Bar, located at 1 Koifman, offers a great club atmosphere near the Jaffa Port with a great view of—you guessed it—the beach. Everyone from Guy Gerber to DJ Sub Zero has graced its stage, and travelers can relax in hammocks or hit the dance floor in the summer. Keep an eye on the club’s upcoming events page to see who is DJing next.