Tel Aviv: Like a Local
I recently enjoyed a trip to Tel Aviv and I didn't want to leave. The beach, the city, the energy, the people and the food were all incredible, I would move there in a heart beat. Speaking of those people... I interviewed the stylish, Israeli fashion and style blogger, Yael Kimelman, about life as a local in Tel Aviv. You can learn more about Yael and Tel Aviv by visiting her blog Life By B or follow her on Instagram.
What do you do for work?
I work as a freelance writer and translator.
Where are you originally from?
Born and raised in Tel Aviv to an American/Israeli family.
Describe Tel Aviv in 5 words:
The city that has it all. I know that's 6 but I'm hoping you'll let it slide ;-)
What are the 3 best areas or neighbourhoods to explore in Tel Aviv and why?
My favourite areas to explore (and I love urban exploration) would be Neve Zedek - by far the most beautiful neighbourhood in Town. Filled with chic restaurants, cafe's and designer boutiques, beautifully restored buildings and fancy locals. Kerem Ha'teimanin - be sure to visit the carmel market, filled with colourful fresh produce, spices and warm, loud shop-owners :) There are a lot of small, local restaurants in the streets surrounding the market, where you could grab lunch and a beer, while enjoying the local atmosphere. On Tuesdays and Fridays there's an satirist's market in Nachlat Binyamin - but if you ask me - you can feel free to skip it ;-) Rothschild avenue stretches from the edge of Neve Zedek to the Habima National theater (which provides the perfect combination of beautiful sceneries and a great people watching spot), and besides being a beautiful boulevard to walk down - it has lots of fun cafes and restaurants on both sides, and tons of locals hanging out and drinking coffee on the grass.
If you only had 24 hours in Tel Aviv, what would you do?
If I only had 24 hours in town, I'd start my day with a newspaper and a coffee on Rothschild, head over to the beach and catch some rays and maybe a sup-yoga class, have lunch and a drink around the market area, stroll aimlessly along the streets of Lev Ha'ir and admire the architecture, walk around rotschild blvd and maybe have a glass of wine or two in a few bars/restaurants that offer outdoor seating. I'd hang out and check out the music selection at Salon Auerbach, maybe grab a Taco and a margarita at Taqueria, and if I still had it in me - I'd head over for a drink at K bar. And if I still had it in me? :) The Block is by far the best club in town, and has great DJ bookings over the weekend.
Where is the best place to have a weekend away near Tel Aviv?
Israel is a small country, so anywhere is pretty close :) I'd go for a weekend at Elma arts complex, in Zichron Yakov. The drive over is beautiful, the hotel is gorgeous and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. The beach is a short drive away, and a visit in Bat Shlomo is recommended - aside from admiring the small streets where time seems to have stood still, don't miss out on trying the delicious cheese at the dairy farm and grabbing a bottle of Bat Shlomo Vineyard's Rose before you head back to the Pool at Elma.
What night of the week is the best night of the week to go out in Tel Aviv?
Sunday is a slow night and I hate Friday nights out - any other night, really, would be great :)
Where is the best place to get breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in Tel Aviv?
Breakfast: Hotel Montefiore. Don't miss out on the tunisian eggs :)
Lunch: I love lunch at Dallal, especially when it's sunny out, and especially when I feel that it's a good day to sneak in a day drink :)
Dinner: Basta is definitely one of my favourite spots in town, The menu changes every day and offers fresh, small, delicious dishes, the wine is amazing, and the crowd holds just the right amount of sophistication, without being too pretentious.
Drinks: K bar is my go-to place, but bear in mind that it's tiny (which is another reason why I love it, actually). They have a different (awesome) DJ playing live every night of the week, a friendly staff, great drinks and surprisingly good bar food. it's open pretty late every night, and has cool, local crowds walking in and out throughout the night.
All images courtesy of Yael Kimelman.