Tel Aviv: Where to Sleep, Eat and Explore
Lauded as one of 2017’s most exciting travel destinations, Tel Aviv is a fave among the jetset for its cosmopolitan blend of history, culture and beach life; it’s eclectic neighbourhoods, hedonistic nightlife and sensational food scene. Stylish Tel Aviv resident Gabrielle Abraham shares her list of where to sleep, eat and play in the city.
The Norman is a fabulous Bauhaus-style boutique bower that elegantly blends heritage architecture with contemporary design. Considered the best hotel in Tel Aviv, it accommodates 50 chic grey and white rooms and suites, a rooftop pool that boasts superb views of Tel Aviv, and two award winning fine-dining restaurants. thenorman.com
You cannot leave Israel without visiting Abu Hassan whose hummus is considered the gold standard. Prepared using a secret recipe, Abu Hassan’s dip is renowned for its taste (it’s made with delicately handled local chickpeas) and texture. Go for the original or classic hummus plate; a deliciously fluffy version topped with chickpeas, olive oil, and parsley, or the triple plate of creamy hummus, masabacha (a variation on the dip with whole chickpeas) and of course tahina. Be prepared: this is likely be the most delicious hummus you will ever taste in your life. 1 Doplhin St, Jaffa
Indulge in French cuisine with a Vietnamese touch at the Hotel Montefiore Restaurant. One of the city’s iconic eateries, it’s swanky, 1920s-tinged decor backdrops a lively atmos. Mingle with the city’s beau monde, whatever the time of day – brekkie, lunch, happy hour or dinner. hotelmontefiore.co.il
At Zepra, leading Israeli chef Avi Conforti delivers a fresh take on Asian fusion cuisine, serving vibrant and meticulously curated dishes in an electric setting defined by neon pops of colour and striking wooden accents. zepra.co.il
One of Tel Aviv’s oldest areas, Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighbourhood outside of the old port city of Jaffa. Defined by its character-packed narrow streets, the district is today home to an array of indie boutiques, restaurants, cafes and art galleries. Make sure you try Anita Gelato on Shabazi Street – you will thank me! anita-gelato.com
On a different scale is Kikar HaMedina (State Square), the Rodeo Drive of Tel Aviv. This is where you’ll find all the international high-fashion brands from Gucci to Chopard; multi-brand stores such as Helga, Amor and Enigma, and luxurious homeware brands including Missoni Home.
The bold, futuristic Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which was recently extended by American architect Preston Scott Cohen, exhibits top-notch artists from Israel and around the globe, including Ron Arad, David LaChapelle, and Louise Bourgeois. It’s a must visit. tamuseum.org.il
The ancient port city of Jaffa (Yafo) in southern Tel Aviv has evolved into one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods; it’s winding, heritage-steeped, cobble-stoned alleyways are host to local artist shops and studios. It’s also the best spot to enjoy Israeli street food like hummus, falafel, and malabi. It’s no surprise that W Hotels are opening their first Israeli property in Jaffa in 2018.
Founder of Gabrielle’s List, Tel Aviv resident Gabrielle Abraham provides personalised luxury travel services from arranging accommodation in the world's most incredible properties to designing tailor-made itineraries. She also contributes to leading lifestyle magazine travel sections.
A spur-of-the-moment decision to move to Bangkok brought Liz to Asia in 2003, where 15 years and three countries later, she's in Hong Kong heading up LUXE editorial.
- Liz LOVES... Chilli (on everything), getting lost in cities, hiking, people-watching at airports
- Liz LOATHES... Suburbia, MSG
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