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The Creation of the “Culinary Guide to Tel Aviv”

October 19, 2010 matkonation 4 Comments

I got back yesterday from a 5 day trip in Barcelona. It’s the first time (Oded and I) have been abroad without the kids. It was absolutely amazing, obviously. I have so much to share about the food, so be prepared for an upcoming post on the topic. But now, I have a new post that has come to mind and I need help from our readers and foodies alike to help me create the “Tel Aviv Culinary Tourist’s Guide”.

The idea came to me on the plane ride back from Barcelona, when I thought to myself that I could’ve enjoyed the food there even more had I received advice from a local foodie. It’s not like I arrived in the city without any restaurant recommendations, but I would’ve really appreciated a hand in not falling into the tourist traps. So I started imagining what kind of tour I would give to a tourist coming to visit Tel Aviv; what I would definitely stay away from, what information I would give so that the tourist could really understand my city, Tel Aviv-Yaffo, from a culinary view.

So what am I trying to do here? My fantasy is to create a post each year that will act as an “official” guide to every tourist arriving in Tel Aviv who wants to enjoy the incredible culinary scene we have to offer. It’s a big task and I’m asking for your help.

Some ideas to ponder:

-What culinary tour would you lead for a tourist coming to visit you?

-What are your top 5 restaurants that a tourist just can’t miss out on? (this doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy).

-Which areas in town would someone have to go to eat in order to really feel the vibe of the city?

-What should tourists stay away from? The tourist trap….

-Remember that this is all meant for a tourist (not necessarily from abroad, even another city)- so put yourself in their shoes, lost in a new city, trying to figure out the pace of the city….

You are welcome to comment here or email with your thoughts and ideas to help us create the perfect guide.

Hopefully our next guide will be for Jerusalem…

4 comments to “The Creation of the “Culinary Guide to Tel Aviv””

  1. yael says:


    Hacarmel market- main market

    Farmers market- at the harbour – every friday’s morning -on renovations now

    Good restaurants:

    Herbert Samuel -http://www.herbertsamuel.co.il/ may be expensive @ evenings but lunch is reasonable

    TOTO – 4 berkovitz st. 6935151 (Italian) –not cheap but not very expensive

    ZEPRA – 96 IGAL ALON st (asian) http://www.zepra.co.il/

    Baiit Thailandi – 8 bugrashov st. –corner of ben yehuda (thai) http://www.2eat.co.il/thai/- reasonable prices

    Mel & Michel, Ben yehuda st. (Italian) – may be expensive

    Adora, ben yehuda st.

    Refael, Hyarkon st.

    Street food:

    Iceberg Volcano Pizza -at the harbour-near the fountain http://www.rest.co.il/sites/Default.asp?txtRestID=8970 behind hangar 11

    Il pizzaiolo, 122 Ben Yehuda st. (pizza)

    Sabich- 2 tchernichovski st, amazing!!

    Fallafel Hakikar 79 Ibn Gvirol st



    Iceberg – Ben yehuda st. + ibn Gvirol st

    Tartuffo- 25 Shabazi st.

  2. Miriyummy says:

    I think that’s a great idea! So often I find myself going to the same old familiar places simply because I don’t know Tel Aviv very well and am hesitant to try something new just in case it’s not going to be the experience I want it to be. A foodie guide to Tel Aviv by local foodies — what more could you ask for?

    My one suggestion would be to include a kosher section. So many of us (including me) are limited to the Tel-Aviv foodie experience simply because we have chosen not to eat in restaurants without rabbinical certification. If you had even a small section talking about the up and coming, or just classic places where we can eat in Tel Aviv that would really help out a certain demographic.

    Just as an aside, love your blog, have been subscribed for a few months now and look forward to every post.

  3. I just stumbled across your blog today and I’m hooked right from the get-go. What a great idea. I think I’d have to include places like Pasta Mia and Coffee Bar for authentic Tel Aviv atmosphere with a bit of a Mediterranean take on things (not to mention consistently excellent food), a quick snack from the original Aboulafia (the stand with the tabouns, not the sit-down restaurant) by Jaffa’s Clock Tower followed by ice cream at Dr. Lek’s (what can I say, it’s an institution), Herbert Samuel (early evening for dinner, later if you’re looking for more of a bar atmosphere and a much higher decibel level) and of course Manta Ray for a quintessential Tel Aviv beachside seafood experience.

    I also quite like Zepra for Asian-fusion with a local twist (note: the business lunch is a lot easier on the wallet) and Onami for Japanese, if you don’t mind the overwhelmingly dark atmosphere. Seriously, do they not pay their lighting bills or something?

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  4. Yaelian says:

    A great idea! I have had a few friends over from abroad,and they loved the area around Shuq haCarmel, and Shuq Levinsky,which to their eyes and senses were quite exotic. They loved also everything they tasted in those areas.And Tel Aviv is a haven for vegetarian as well as vegan visitors!

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