The 10 Hottest Places in Tel Aviv for the Summer of 2022

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Between year-round sunshine, nine miles of sandy beaches, great dining and legendary nightlife, few cities can rival Tel Aviv as a summer destination.

With a wealth of different experiences on offer, you’ll have no doubt as to why this vibrant, cosmopolitan Mediterranean city is often referred to as Israel’s “Cultural Capital”.

Here’s your definitive guide to making the most of Tel Aviv this summer.

Pioneering modern Israeli cuisine, Animar is the brainchild of chef Hillel Tavakuli. Combining his Jewish-Persian-Libyan upbringing with inspiration from Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, Tavakuli uses seasonal produce and plenty of fresh herbs and spices to create sophisticated and surprising dishes. Like the Spicy Wild Fish, a fish tartare with spring onions, celery, cilantro, cashews and lime vinaigrette that’s tangy and fresh, or the equally flavorful Persian Lamb Cigars, a crunchy savory cracker filled with ground lamb and flavorful merguez sausage.

Alena in Norman

Long considered Tel Aviv’s most elegant boutique hotel, the Norman now has a dining concept to match. Since last year, the hotel’s Alena restaurant has been run by lifelong friends Omer Shadmi Muller and Daniel Zur, two charismatic young chefs with a unique vision who combine their Ashkenazi Jewish heritage with their Galilean roots and time spent in some of the finest restaurants have spent connects around Europe. Order the beef tartare with crispy cabbage leaves and horseradish cream and the remarkably tender squid skewer fried in lamb fat.

Park Hamesila

Did you know that Tel Aviv has its own High Line? Except that it’s technically a “low line” built at ground level. Park HaMesila, or Railway Track Park, follows a disused Ottoman-era railway line that runs from Rothschild Boulevard through the charming and picturesque Neve Tzedek district to the beach. Popular with families, groups of friends, dog walkers, runners, and cyclists, the park is full of cafes, street art, and shady spots ideal for picnics or al fresco drinks.

Take one of Tel Aviv’s sexy boutique hotels. Add a coveted culinary destination with an interior design to die for. The result is George & John at The Drisco. Once you’ve tried Chef Tomer Tal’s ultra-decadent crab pasta with creamed corn, brown butter, and bottarga, or the lighter, but no less flavorful, charcoal-grilled turnip greens with pomegranate vinaigrette, you’ll have no doubts about why this restaurant is currently the one 9th best restaurant in the Middle East and North Africa according to the prestigious Top 50 list.

Commonly known as the “cultural capital” of Israel, Tel Aviv is arguably one of the most important – if not the the most advanced cities in the Middle East. How fitting, then, that Soho House, the London-based private club for trendy, creative types, chose this location for its first club and hotel in the region. Soho House Tel Aviv Yafo is a former convent with towers dating back to 1883 and features a club, garden, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor bar and dining facilities and 24 rooms. The Soho House Tel Aviv Yafo is undoubtedly the place to see and stay right now in Tel Aviv.

The Common at The David Kempinski

Not only is The David Kempinski Tel Aviv Tel Aviv’s hottest new beach hotel, it’s also home to a brand new bar from the city’s most popular mixologists. From the team behind the acclaimed Imperial Cocktail Bar (just across the street) comes The Common, which offers a casual yet sophisticated ambience, a superb selection of classic and signature beverages, and Israel’s first Cohiba Atmosphere cigar lounge. The menu includes butcher cuts grilled to perfection, sausage platters perfect for sharing, crispy green beans and a refreshing tuna sashimi.

The first sign you might stumble upon something here is the crowd of trendy looking people out front. The second is when you catch a glimpse of the food. Located on the ground floor of the beautiful Renoma Hotel, Bar 51 burst onto Tel Aviv’s food scene just before the pandemic. Fast forward to today and it’s more popular than ever. The concept is simple: an expertly curated wine list and small plates to share. The result is a winning combination of superb service, delicious food and an infectiously lively atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more.

Tirzah

Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv’s ultra-cool Florentin neighborhood has been on the rise for a while. Cars were banned from Levinsky Street during the pandemic, freeing up seating on a street once clogged with traffic and parked cars, making the area even more attractive. There are too many hot new spots here to count, but perhaps the hottest of them all is Tirzah. From the team behind Tel Aviv’s premier fine-dining restaurant, OCD, this small wine bar’s menu features around 50 wines by the glass, along with delectable appetizers by superstar chef Raz Rahav.

If there’s one place that captures the heart and soul of trendy Tel Aviv South, it might just be Kuli Alma. This nightclub-come-art gallery-come-vegetarian eatery brings an eclectic mix of unexpected and unorthodox content to a heady mix of people from near and far. Run by a local DJ collective, there’s plenty to do here to keep you busy until the wee hours, from the buzzing dance floor to the graffiti and greenery-filled courtyard and a snack bar in case you get hungry.

This beach restaurant has enjoyed an enduring popularity that most can only dream of. Between the invigorating sea breeze, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean Sea, fresh seafood and warm service, it’s no surprise that Manta Ray remains such a firm favorite year after year. Start things off with a choice of mezze, or small plates of freshly made salads, accompanied by warm Balkan bread with oil and vinegar, before moving on to the main event. The seafood linguine with flying fish roe is a winner, as is the sea bass fillet with gnocchi, eggplant, and cashews in lemon butter and cilantro.

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