I decided to go to Tel Aviv for my bachelorette. Besides having an emotional connection with the city, it was the only place I really wanted to go for the occasion as having been three times prior, I can say it’s the only place on this side of the Atlantic that has it “all”: nightlife, great food scene, culture, beach and weather. I’ll write all about the bachelorette itself in a subsequent post, but for now, here are my favorite venues in Tel Aviv.
I really can’t recommend this hotel enough. It’s sleek and beautifully decorated with views of the sea, and their breakfast and happy hour is something else. I quickly broke my wedding diet when I saw the slabs of soft NYC-style cheesecake laid out on marble next to the champagne. It’s also a five minute walk to the beach, so perfect for morning runs on the promenade. Upstairs, they’ve also got one of the best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv - Haiku Skybar - so you don’t have to go very far for a bit of dancing.
Ben Yehuda St 1, Tel Aviv, Israel
LUNCH: RANDOM SURF BAR
On our run we noticed this cute surf bar, which I still cannot find the name of. It has a super Californian vibe, great menu, lounge music and inviting general ambience. It’s pretty easy to spot though, and according to the geo-tagging of my photos, it’s at 5 Herbert Samuel.
We came back more than once to this spot for their Japanese Caeser Salad with tempura shrimp and miso dressing.
There seriously is no bad food in Tel Aviv, but Dalida might just be my hands-down my favourite place for dinner in the city. Order the spicy feta brulee, and chicken wings and yoghurt raviloi.
Zevulun St 7, Tel Aviv, Israel
Port Sa’id is not a formal restaurant, but it has some of the best dishes I’ve ever had. We arrived to our hotel at 1am from London, and it was about 2:30am by the time we stumbled by Port Sa’id. It was packed and felt like it would have been 10pm anywhere else. It’s also situated in front of a very beautiful white marble synagogue, which contrasts with the laidback style of the terrace. The minute steak and tahini is killer, as is the warm, soft eggy challah bread they serve it with, as is the ratatouille (also swimming in tahini) that we then ordered before we finally rolled out at 4am.
Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv, Israel
It may sound contradictory, but the coffee here was mediocre at best. However, I recommend going solely for the decor. I mean, anywhere that juxtaposes Fornasetti plates with old Israeli photographs is worth taking in in the mornings. There were also some great looking shakshukas being served.
Rehov Aharon Chelouche 42, Tel Aviv, Israel
I’ve come to Aria almost every time I’ve been to Tel Aviv and it never fails to really kick off a night. It’s a sleek lounge with a great crowd, music, cocktails, etc. Perfect for after dinner at Dalida as it’s a five minute walk away.
Nahalat Binyamin St 66, Tel Aviv, Israel
We were taken here by a local friend, and although online it seemed very messy and mainstream, it was amazing. It’s lofty and spacious, and has large plant-filled outdoor rooms so you never feel claustrophobic, yet also has more packed everyone-singing-at-the-top-of-their-lungs type of rooms.
Allenby Street at Yehuda Halevi, Tel Aviv, Israel
There are probably lots of other great restaurants and clubs in Tel Aviv I am missing, but I like to write about things I can vouch for personally, and am hundred percent behind the aforementined venues. Stay tuned for the theme of, and what we actually did on the bachelorette.