Musts: Tel Aviv

By  April 14, 2014

Israel’s bustling city by the sea has become a must-visit for style-savvy travelers. There’s a huge mix of people in Tel Aviv, all creative and stylish in their own right. After a start-up founder pitches you his or her idea over beer at the beach, you just might run into designers like Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Donna Karan while you stroll along the boardwalk.

 

Take in the Sunset at a Beach Bar

Take a seat in the sand and watch as an enchanting watercolor forms over the Mediterranean. There are several beach bars located along Hayarkon, but La Mer boasts red chairs and some of the best mushroom hummus in the city. Order a hookah and a glass of rosé and prepare to soak in a truly special scene.

 
 

Stroll Around Yafo

This old port is rich in history and art. Painters and artisans have set up shop in the neighborhood and frequently draw inspiration from the view—and you will too. Ride a bike along the Mediterranean before heading to hunt for treasures at the flea market. Then pop in for a light lunch and afternoon cocktail at Shaffa Bar (2-3 Rabi Nachman St., Jaffa).

 

 

Explore Shenkin Street

Shop at a variety of boutiques filled with clothing and accessories created by the areas inspired designers, jewelers, and artisans. Scoop up some of the city’s quintessential creations: leather sandals, hamsa-adorned jewelry, swimwear, and soaps.

 
 

Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Israel has a rich artistic history all its own. From the early settlers to modern makers, this spectacularly designed cultural institution is filled with inspiring works by the country’s most influential painters and sculptors.

 
 

Party at the New Port

Once a strategic shipping port, Tel Aviv’s “New Port” is the place to be. Gourmet restaurants, coffee shops, design stores, and bars line the piers, and while it’s great at whatever time you visit, the area truly comes alive at night. Shalvata is a favorite among locals and international travelers. The party keeps going until the last customer leaves, so stay hydrated.