My Guide To Exploring: ISRAEL

israel travel tips
israel travel tips

I had soo been there and done that with Israel in that past-- doing all the given things one does when they go to Israel from camel rides, to nights in the bedouin tents, chilling in the Dead Sea, and hikes to Masada. So on my most recent trip to Israel I wanted to do everything and anything that was what a typical Israeli would go to and do while living in Israel! I had stayed in Jerusalem in the past on some organized trips, really getting the feel for all that was Israel. So this time I decided to stay in the city of Tel Aviv where all the things from the IT restaurants to hit nightclubs were going down.

While my trip to Israel was a quick and short-lived one (being there in total for four days), I was able to get a good rundown of some of the amazing things to do there and THUS, I am bestowing upon you the best of the best of what I loved while I was there so you too can enjoy on your next trip to Israel!

LIVING

AirBNB

airbnb
airbnb

As I'm a girl of the AirBNB route through and through these days, I decided to continue this trend on my stop in Tel Aviv finding the cutest, most colorful, and airy little apartment right by the beach. I had asked my Israel expert friends on where the best area would be to be by while there and they all had recommended close to Frishman, so that's the route I went with and it did NOT disappoint! Our place was literally walking distance to the beach and all of the fun restaurants, that we were able to pretty much walk everywhere we wanted to go. This place is highly recommended!

TRANSPORTATION

Gett Taxi App

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GetTaxi_Logo

I was asking around to find out what the best way to travel within Israel would be. And while buses were an option, many people had pointed me in the direction of the Gett Taxi App which is like the Uber of Israel. This was so convenient, super fast, and you were able to schedule taxis ahead of time if you needed for things like when I wanted to coordinate for heading to the airport. It was so great!

EATING & DRINKING

When anyone and everyone that I knew that had been to Israel before found out that I was going, they  all immediately wanted to send me all of their favorite restaurant recommendations because it seems like Israel has an endless rundown of amazing restaurants to choose from! So while my list below is definitely anything but an extensive one of all the deliciousness Israel has to offer, these are definitely some of the best of the best and are highly recommended if you're look for the super unique, trendy, and top of the line places to dine while in Israel.

MIZLALA

mizlala
mizlala

One of the most famous chefs in all of Israel, Meir Adoni's new restaurant had me wanting more. If you're looking for a fun experience at the restaurant, I would say sitting at the bar is recommended because that's where you get to see all the action in person.

Nahalat Binyamin 57, Tel Aviv

CAFE XOHO

cafe xoho
cafe xoho

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The first restaurant in Tel Aviv I found that had coffee that finally lived up to my American coffee standard dreams--- a latte of love shall I say! This was the cutest and most happening brunch spot that we went to and where are the locals were. The walls and decor inside were quirky and fun and the food was so good. Their Beer Bread and cookies are what they're known for so definitely give those a try if you stop by!

Gordon 17, Tel Aviv

VITRINA SAUSAGE GRILL

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vitrina
vitrina
vitrina

Omg, I'm still to this day thinking about this amazing meal! Noted as the BEST burger in ALLL of Tel Aviv, this is a MUST! And their sweet potato fries with a side of lemonade makes this combo made in burger heaven.

Even Gvirol 54, Tel Aviv

BELLBOY

Bellboy
Bellboy

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bellboy
bellboy

Bellboy was hands down one of the coolest restaurants that I went to while in Israel that I still think about it! If there was one place I'd definitely recommend going it would be here because the vibe, ambiance, and menu were just so different! Located inside of Hotel B, it was one of those speakeasy type bars that was filled with the coolest concoctions from drinks to food. Everything was presented in a fun and quirky way from drinks brought to you in mini bathtubs with rubber duckies to sea-shell shots brought to you in baby strollers. On top of that, the food was on point and the waiters made this place so fun that you never wanted to leave!

Berdichevsky 14, Tel Aviv

IMPERIAL

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imperial

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Imperial was another cute little speakeasy bar that I went do that had fun and delicious drinks. It's really tiny so you definitely have to make a reservation ahead of time but it's definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a fun little place to grab a drink before going out.

Hayarkon Street 66, Tel Aviv

THAI HOUSE

thai house
thai house

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Oh my gosh, this place was totally not originally on the itinerary for places that I was going to eat at while in Tel Aviv but it was located right around the corner from our apartment where all the popular restaurants were. And so as I was strolling by it one night, I got a peak at the food that was being served and I instantly never wanted Thai food more in my life! Then making a spur of the moment decision to go here for dinner, it was hands down one of the best idea I had ever had! The owner of this restaurant married a Thai woman and went to Thailand to study all that was Thai food so this restaurant is the most legit Thai food you could probably get there in Israel (and probably life)! I'd highly recommend it, especially for all my spicy lovers out there.

8 Bograshov, Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv 

THE PRINCE

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prince

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If you're looking for a pretty rooftop bar that's busy on a weeknight, The Prince is definitely where it's at. Designed with twinkly lights that's always a given winning factor, this place was popping late at night-- on a Monday! when I went. And if you're looking for a delicious desserts while you're there, definitely give the Pistachio Brulee a try-- it was to die for!

Nahalat Binyamin St 18, Tel Aviv

CONCIERGE

concierge
concierge

If you're looking for a good place to go out at night packed with popping bars and restaurants in Tel Aviv-- Dizengoff street is where it's at! I went to Concierge which is known for their fun drinks and great food and they did not disappoint. The wait to get a table was at least 20 minutes and there was a DJ spinning all night, so you know this is definitely the place to be at. I got the "Jungle Boogie" as a drink and "Parfait Brûlée" for dessert which are two of the most popular things on the menu and I now know why!

Dizengoff 95, Tel Aviv

MACHNEYUDA

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machneyuda

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machenyuda
machenyuda

While I spent my time in Israel mostly staying in Tel Aviv, I ventured to the Old City of Jerusalem during one of my days there to visit the Western Wall. Once I told anyone and everyone that I was heading to Jerusalem though, there was one place they said I HAD to go and at while I was there-- Machenyuda. Located in the midst the famous Machenyuda market, this super trendy restaurant is a really hard place to get a reservation at so you have to make one way ahead of time-- yet well worth it!

Beit-Ya'aakov 10, Jerusalem

SPEAKEASY

speakeasy
speakeasy

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Last, but certainly not least, one of my other absolute favorite places that I went to while in Tel Aviv-- Speakeasy. This was the ultimate rooftop bar that made me fall in love from the start. As you're walking up the stairs you are greeted to the most fun colored walls and drinks with alcoholic popsicles in them. Do you need anything else?!

Rothschild Boulevard 24, Tel Aviv

NIGHTLIFE

KULI ALMA

kuli alma
kuli alma

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If you're looking for a fun and vibrant bar at night, Kuli Alma is the place to go. With a music and art-focused nightlife institution nestled into the creative crux of south Tel Aviv, this spot is a unique and different bar-nightlife experience from the rest. And you know I was living for all the fun vibrant colors that were happening there!

Mikveh Israel 10, Tel Aviv

JIMMY WHO?

jimmy who
jimmy who

I had sooo much fun at this nightclub, it's definitely a must! Hidden in a building on Rothschild street, when you walk in you're instantly greeted with a light up sign that says "Who The F**k Is Jimmy?" on a brick wall and you feel like you're instantly transported to an underground night club. They have a private VIP section that is of an old bank cell and the music and nights at the club are themed from everything to hip hop to 90's. You'll get carried away dancing all night that you'll never want to leave.

24 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv

LIGHT HOUSE

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light house

Photo Credit: Albert Lalamaiev

light house
light house

One of the prettiest and most popular outdoor nightclubs in Tel Aviv, I loved this place so much, really feeling like I was partying oceanside in Tel Aviv since this located right next to the beach.

Tel Aviv Port, Hanger 23