We visited the most inspiring women in Silicon Wadi’s tech industry – and did not forget to ask them about the city’s most beautiful spots. Watch the video and their tips here.
1. Rothschild 12
The perfect day begins at Rothschild Boulevard, or more precisely at Café Rothschild 12, the hot-spot that serves the best breakfast in the city. Hipsters with laptops, students and families all sit together in the café’s bustling ambience, ensuring an easy get-together with new people. Rothschild 12 is famous for its pleasant cappuccino and diverse breakfast with crispy toast. The menu also includes fresh salads and a range of oriental snacks. A weekend-highlight: The regularly-hosted small live concerts that take place in the back part of the café.
2. Tel Aviv Museum of Art
In early 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art opened its doors and now houses the most significant art classics of the 20th century. Among the museum’s exhibits are the most noteworthy collections of Israeli art since the 1920s, as well as an impressive profile of international pieces from the 19th century up until present day, including works by Chagall, Kandinsky and Picasso. The Herta-and-Paul-Amir building, which opened in 2011, also hosts a restaurant that enthuses art enthusiasts and more.
3. Neve Tzedek
Once home to refugees living in makeshift shelters, Neve Tzedek is now the place to be for artists and an increasing number of the city’s billionaires. The neighbourhood continues to be diversified up until today and is perfect for an afternoon stroll through the countless pop-up stores, restaurants and galleries. Food-lovers should most definitely stop by the Suzana restaurant, located in the Shabazi street. Visitors can enjoy a variety of lamb, fish or couscous dishes underneath the fig trees on the restaurant’s beautiful rooftop terrace.
4. Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market)
This traditional market is in close vicinity to Neve Tzedek. Both professional and self-proclaimed hobby-cooks love to shop their groceries here. And there is no place better than the Carmel market to experience the diversity of Israeli cuisine. Traders happily offer small samples, allowing to indulge in authentic Israeli dishes, with all its oriental and European influences. A popular favourite: kibbeh, egg-shaped hot dumplings made of bulgur, or pastries with cheese, tomatoes or spinach. Of course, Falafel and Shawarma are also on the list, as well as a wide selection of nuts, vegetables and oriental spices. A must-try dessert is Halva, a sticky sweet made of sesame.
HaCarmel Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
5. Herzliya Southern Beach
For those longing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and simply relax by the sea, Herzliya Southern Beach is the perfect getaway. The wide beach, hidden behind high dunes, is a beautiful spot to enjoy the magical sunset. Herzliya Southern Beach is regarded as a true insider tip by locals, where families and friends enjoy an evening picnic or couples while away the evening with a bottle of wine in romantic ambience. During north winds, surfers can often be observed riding the waves.
6. Saint Peter’s Church, Old Jaffa
With its walls, turrets and winding alleys, Old Jaffa resembles an oriental fairytale city. Jaffa, also known as Yafo, is the oldest and historically most significant district of Tel Aviv. One of the most impressive sights is St. Peter’s Church that dates back to the 17th century. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of the Tel Aviv skyline from the walls of the old building.
Adress: 51 Yeffet St., Jaffa, Tel Aviv 61083, Israel
7. Sarona Market
In the early evening, businessmen and families meet at Sarona for a snack or a glass of wine. With an area of 8,700 square metres and a total of 91 stores, Sarona is one of Tel Aviv’s largest indoor markets. Within the rustic market hall, visitors can enjoy everything from seafood to veal from the Golan Heights to oriental sweets. The district was founded in 1871 by German Templars. Following a 15-year restoration period, visitors can now view 37 historic buildings, characterized by oblique, bright red roofs and little wooden windows.
8. Tasting Room
Whether it’s an aperitif before meals, a convivial tasting with friends or a shopping excursion for wine, the Tasting Room is the place to be. Located in a stylishly arranged basement in the immediate vicinity of the Sarona market, the wine store houses a large repertoire of exquisite wines – including 40 variations from Israel.
9. The Container
Located in a former industrial hall at Tel Aviv’s port, The Container fascinates with its industrial charm. Visitors are not only enthused about the restaurant and the large round bar in the hall, but also value the exhibitions, concerts and readings that take place. A hot-spot for artists, families and students – the container is one of the liveliest locations in Tel Aviv, especially in the evenings.
10. Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
It is considered one of the best cocktail bars in the Middle East – The Imperial Craft Bar. Bar-lovers get enthusiastic about the style of mixologists, whose drinks never fail to fascinate the taste buds. The bartenders’ secret? Oriental spices that form an exciting symbiosis with the aroma of local fruits. To enhance the culinary experience, the drinks are served with Asian tapas. The happy hour between 6 and 8 pm is a must-do. Due to the bar’s high popularity with locals, a reservation is strongly recommended.