Tel Aviv is a cosmopolitan beachfront city that dances, eats and drinks around the clock, and does so with its unique blend of laid-back attitude and style. Our favourite way to enjoy the city is to indulge in the tastes of its bustling markets, high-end restaurants, local cafés (there are so many!) and ethnic foodie staples. The fresh flavours of the Israeli kitchen are an eclectic and exciting mix of the cultures that have come together over the past hundreds of years. Influences from the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe blend together into a melting-pot of soul food.
Tel Aviv offers everything from fine-dining experiences to hummus joints, booths and juice stands on almost every corner. Your best meal could be enjoyed at a hole-in-the-wall falafel stand, and most likely any spot you come across will offer a varied menu of fresh and seasonal food to delight all palates. Searching for one of the most memorable bites in the city? Falafel Benin Johnny in Tchernichovsky Street is our pick for the best ‘mana’ in town. Passed down from father to son, this local landmark has been serving some of the best falafel for more than 50 years. Expect a pitta filled with perfectly prepared falafel balls aplenty, fries (called ‘chips’ here) and just the right amount of salad. Sit on the outdoor bench or stand and enjoy this classic Israeli street food done right.
A stay in Tel Aviv is not complete without visiting the Carmel Market. Known to locals simply as ‘the shuk’, Carmel Market offers the perfect combination of flavours, colours, tastes, aromas and textures while boasting a young and lively atmosphere. On Fridays, one can feel the pulse of the city, with a mix of people shopping for the weekend, shoppers haggling, pedlars shouting, pop-up food stands with catch-of-the-day ceviche and cocktails served at 10:00 am. B’teavon!
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