If I could visit Israel every time I get hungry, I guess I could be happy forever. People say variety is the spice of life, but I would replace the word variety with hummus. Hummus is the spice of life. Israeli cuisine might seem like the typical Middle Eastern food, but it has adopted elements from the Jewish, Arabian and Mediterranean kitchens. Those elements are exactly what makes the food in Tel Aviv close to perfection. Fresh vegetables and strong spices are made into amazing dishes. Tel Aviv is filled with great restaurants, but the best are usually those tiny little places outside of the most crowded touristic areas.
Despite the love I feel for these tiny restaurants, Neve Tzedek is also a great place for a dinner when visiting Tel Aviv. It is the trendiest part of the town and famous for its street art. During the night the atmosphere is almost magical. In Neve Tzedek you may almost feel like traveling in Italy, so do not hesitate to order a nice pasta with a good glass of wine. Tel Avivians are international, so you might as well be one too.
Like I already said, hummus should be the spice of life. To be honest, I never liked hummus before I traveled to Tel Aviv. Making it from fresh ingredients, adding spices that tickle your taste buds and soaking it in locally made olive oil -that makes it all divine. Dip some pita bread in it and enjoy. Try all the flavors, there is no such thing as too much hummus!
Dinner in a restaurant called Abu Dabi
Having only tried the falafels we can get frozen back home, I was in for a treat. We ate them everywhere and every day on our trip. Falafels are fried vegetable balls that are also made from chickpeas and are usually served inside a pita bread with tahini, vegetables and sauce that is incredibly spicy, dare to give it a try.
3. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about Israel. After visiting this country of endless sunshine, pomegranates are what makes me miss Tel Aviv. Pomegranates are everywhere. As a person who adores freshly squeezed healthy juice, how could I not love it? Spend a day shopping at Carmel Market and refresh yourself with a big cup of fresh pomegranate juice.
4. Olive oil
Have you ever tried olive oil with a hint of coffee aroma? If not, then this is another reason for you to travel to Tel Aviv. I believe that Israel produces some of the worlds finest extra virgin olive oils. Carmel Market is the best place for trying out all the flavors and buying some to take home too! My personal favorite was olive oil with fig!
Tel Aviv is filled with cafeterias and locals enjoying their days. I gave in for the atmosphere and sat down at a cafeteria in the old town of Jaffa. Coffee is everywhere and it is so good, you cannot help but love it. After coming back home, I had to give up my daily trips to Starbucks.
Photo from our day trip to Jerusalem
Tel Aviv surprised me as a destination, not just with its delicious meals but also with its fabulous sandy beaches, kind people and gorgeous architecture. It has something to offer for every traveler. If you are looking for a place to party, tan, swim, eat, visit cultural or religious attractions, -Tel Aviv might just offer that!