Tantalizing Tel Aviv
Stay - The Rothschild Hotel
From the outside, The Rothschild is brilliantly Bauhaus; on the inside, it's beautifully boutique. Located on the lively Rothschild Boulevard in the White City, only a 10-minute walk from Tel Aviv's famous beaches, the hotel is the perfect vantage point from which to experience the city. The elegant interior pays homage to the Baron Edmond de Rothschild – “the first Hebrew start-up entrepreneur” – and his pioneering activities in Israel. The eclectic rooms represent an amalgamation of cultural influences with fantastic attention to detail; all of the furniture and paintings were locally crafted – the latter inspired by authentic photographs of the Baron's numerous patronage projects.
Eat - Miznon
Looking for a taste of Israeli street food? Look no further than veritable pitta palace, Miznon. Run by a celebrity chef, but by no means pretentious, the eatery is all about simple food done well – in fact, its popularity has opened another Tel Aviv branch and one more in Paris. Choose between meat, vegetarian, seafood and sweet-filled fluffy gourmet pittas – or the famous, “touched by the Gods” roasted whole cauliflower – and top it all off with the ladle-yourself sauces and help-yourself pickles. This is not the place for quiet dining: Miznon roughly translates as “buffet”, and the buzzy – if not chaotic – atmosphere is a charm to be embraced as much as its paper-wrapped offerings.
Hang Out - Levinsky Market
Less touristy than the larger Carmel Market, the Levinsky Market is a true favorite with the locals; as much a place to socialize as it is to excite the senses. Dubbed “spice heaven” by many, the market is a celebration of immigrant culture and cuisine, where you can sample everything from Greek delicacies to Persian dried fruits to Turkish bakery. Many of the stalls and restaurants have been passed through up to three generations of the same family; the Persian “Salimi” restaurant and Argentinian “Victor's” fishmonger's are just two examples well worth a visit. Head to the market around Friday noon to soak in the atmosphere at its most vibrant, before the Shabbat on Saturday.
Drink - Moonshine
The secret bar we probably shouldn't be telling you about. Tucked away in the basement of restaurant, Mitbach Laila, behind a hidden black door, this prohibition-style 'speakeasy' seems every bit as clandestine as its name suggests. Small in size – around 20 capacity – but big in substance, the dimly-lit bar delights its guests with rich vintage decor and cocktails to match. Mixed in mason jars and poured into a quirky selection of glasses, there's an American-themed drink for every taste – including their signature house-made moonshine. The must-haves include the fruity kiwi concoction, “Uncle Sam” and the not-for-the-faint-hearted hot and spicy “Speedy Gonzales.” And don't forget to check out their tempting food menu too.
Visit - Jaffa
You can't visit Tel Aviv without making a trip to the ancient city of Jaffa – only a 20-minute walk along the coast. The picturesque port has a colorful history, invaded by everyone from pharaohs to Napoleon, and most famous for its association with biblical stories and Greek myths. Embark upon an alluring odyssey through narrow passageways and arched alleys, past ancient stone buildings and the “floating orange tree” (the clue is in the name!); stopping off at some local artists' galleries and craft shops along the way. Then be sure to head to Slope Park in time for sunset to catch the spectacular views across Tel Aviv.