Tel Aviv a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan city by the Mediterranean Sea

Mini guide Tel Aviv eat, drink & sleep

This post has nothing to do with Barcelona, except that we flew out from Barcelona airport to Tel Aviv, Israel.

This year I heard so much about the dynamic city Tel Aviv in the Middle East. Of the people, the culinary offer, the new designers, architecture heritage and it´s history. So when the birthday of my other half came closer I decided to gift him a trip to Tel Aviv, which I knew he would love!

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv a pearl by the Mediterranean Sea

Mini guide Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is located by the Mediterranean Sea, with a sun-bronzed strip of coastline where the locales enjoys their life’s to the fullest outdoors. The mix of people and languages spoken in this vibrant and energetic city is awesome.

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Street café

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Street art

We stayed at the Lily & Bloom hotel (48 Lilienblum Street), which was so spot on. A charming vintage designer hotel close to Boulevard Rothschild Street in the heart of Tel Aviv, with walking distance to everything we needed.

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

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Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

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Another coulpe of places that can be interesting to stay at:
In the super cosy neighbourhood Neve Tzedek, that you cannot miss for cute shops, restaurants and cafés, you can stay at Casa Vacanza luxury suites, Levy or budget Kosher dormitory & room Neve Tzedek.

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Coffee break at Nina café in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv

If you are more of a beach person, next to the Mediterranean Sea you can find the big hotel like Park Plaza, Hilton, Dan Panorama Tel Aviv

In Jaffa – Market House or Jaffa old city boutique apartments

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

1930´s Bauhaus architecture, The White City, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Boulevard Rothschild, Tel Aviv

The offer of cafés, bars and restaurants is fantastic. The ambiance is trendy and modern, Tel Aviv is filled with young people creating interesting projects, new places pops up like mushrooms. As we strolled the streets of Tel Aviv we got the feeling that the country is investing a lot of money to modernise the city, there was building sights everywhere mixed up with old and new buildings.

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

As food lovers we did some research to find some good restaurants and cafés around Tel Aviv, and we did not leave disappointed!

If you are planning a trip to Israel anytime soon you should check out these restaurants, cafés and bars that I list underneath, hopefully you will enjoy them as much as we did!

They are in alphabetic order.

All the places that we visited had exceptional staff, so very service minded, something we are not spoiled with in Barcelona (sad but true).

Benedict – 29 Boulevard Rothschild, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Shakshunka at Benadict

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

That´ what I call breakfast! Benedict

Benedict is the place for the breakfast lovers, the restaurant is inspired by the locales in Soho New York, with a European touch. Here you can find the trendy breakfast dishes like eggs Benedict, Shakshunka, pancakes, and anything in between.

The portions are big, after my Shakshunka with extras I rolled my way out of there.

Bread Story – 88 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Bread Story

A perfect place for breakfast or a coffee and get your people watching on!

Bunny Chow – The Carmel Market

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Bunny chow at Bunny Chow in the Carmel Market

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Indian and Sudafrican street food at Bunny Chow

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Bunny Chow, Tel Aviv

The first South African street food restaurant in Israel is located in the Carmel market of Tel Aviv. They do a mix of Indian and South African curry served up in either a pit bread or in a bowl with rice as the base. You can choose from chicken, beef or vegan. The place is small, maybe better to say a whole in the wall. Delicious and cheap and the guys running it are super friendly!

Carmel Market / Shuk Hacarmel market, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Carmel Market

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Carmel Market

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Carmel Market

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

If you like me love people watching, smelling and tasting different and exotic spices and food, this is a must stop on your holiday in Tel Aviv.

DA DA & DA –7 Boulevard Rothschild street, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Breakfast at DA DA & DA

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

DA DA & DA

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Israeli porridge DA DA & DA who can resist?

At the beginning of Boulevard Rothschild in a classic Bauhaus corner the brasserie DA DA & DA, it´s interior design is beautiful, the service is great and the breakfast that we had was top! It´s open all day long with a great terrace to sip on a glass of wine and look at the crowds around you.

Milgo & Milbar – 142 Boulevard Rothschild, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Cured Sardines at Milgo & Milbar

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Tuna tartar at Milgo & Milbar

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Milgo & Milbar

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Fish soup at Milgo & MIlbar

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Octopus

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Dessert

Milgo & Milbar is a seafood restaurant in Tel Aviv where the two chefs Moti Titman and Or Michaeli work together to create the modern Israeli cuisine. All the dishes we tried were full of flavours with an international touch.
The restaurant is located a former upscale residential house in the Bauhaus design from the 1930´s, across the street from the Charles Bronfman Auditorium of Tel Aviv.

North Abraxas -40 Lilienblum Street, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Spicy platter at North Abraxas

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Aubergine lines at North Abraxas

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Intimate stew of cow and root vegetables, resting on focaccia at North Abraxas

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Slices of cow shoulder, wildly smoked, resting on focaccia and yogurt at North Abraxas, Tel Aviv

Eyal Shani´s restaurant North Abraxas is more then a restaurant, it´s an experience to have dinner here. No plates as far as the eye can see, supposedly Shani doesn´t believe in plates. All the guests eat from cardboard or in paper bags on the paper tablecloth. The place is small and cosy with dim lights. The food is fresh, with a mix of veggie, fish and meat dishes. For dessert make sure you order the chocolate mousse, it comes in a fun way, that all I have to sayJ

Salon Romano – 9 Derech Jaffa, Tel Aviv –Yafo

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Salon Romano, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The best cauliflower I ever had, full stop. Salon Romano, Tel Aviv

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Rosé at Salon Romano

Cheers to a fab trip to Tel Aviv!

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Grilled aubergine at Salon Romano, Tel Aviv

Salon Romano was such a happy surprise for us, the restaurant is hidden on the first floor in what looks like an abandoned apartment block with an inviting raw and eclectic design.

The chef and owner Eyal Shani (also the owner of Miznon, Port Said, Saloon and North Abraxas) brings out the trendy and modern people to try his famous cuisine.

The food is brought out on pieces of cardboard or in paper bags and the costumers eat of the paper cloth, a fun way to present the dishes. Everything was exceptionally tasty, but the cauliflower took the prize! Crisp on the outside and on the inside melting like butter.

The Container – Old port Jaffa warehouse 2

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The Container – Old port Jaffa

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The Container

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The Container

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The Container

The Container in the old port of Jaffa is an industrial warehouse converted in to a restaurant and bar, also with art expo´s and live music. We sat down after walking for hours just at sundown, the terrace is fantastic with the view of the harbour so perfect for people watching. I can imagine that at night it´s pretty full on.

The flea market/ Shuk Hapishpeshim- Jaffa Tel Aviv
Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Photo credit Marilyn & Josephine

Mini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

Jaffa, IsraelMini guide Tel Aviv, Israel

The guys from Bunny Chow asked if we visited the fleamarket/ Shuk Hapishpeshim, we had but just during the day. They really recommended us to visit at night, which we didn’t´t have time to do. But it´s on our bucket list for our next trip to Tel Aviv.

 

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