Rebirth and rejuvenation define Tel Aviv, accurately named the “Hill of Spring” in Hebrew. Brimming with the vibrancy, colour and flavour of the Mediterranean coast, this Israeli city offers treasures of cultural heritage and out-of-the-ordinary cuisine. Sometimes compared to Manhattan, Tel Aviv’s diversity and energy attracts tourists and residents from around the world. Spend your days basking in the sun at the beach or wander the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’ve come to party, you’ll find an endless array options for buzzy cocktail bars, dancing and live music.
Find serenity in the centre of a metropolis at The Norman, a luxurious boutique hotel set between two white Bauhaus buildings circa 1920s. With 50 airy bespoke rooms, a rooftop infinity pool nestled between skyscrapers and an indulgent spa with signature scent products, the Norman is the perfect place to unwind. Like the city itself, the interior touches are multileveled and diverse in their offerings, like rich Nepali rugs woven with patterns found in Tel Aviv tile-work. Be sure to have a bite at the hotel’s recently launched restaurant, ALENA whose head chef, Barak Aharoni, has been hailed by the national media as “the new star of Israeli cuisine.”
For a classic Tel-Avivian style meal made with fresh seasonal ingredients, Dallal offers a delicious experience gastronomical experience in converted 19th century houses on the magical Kol Israel Haverim alley. The dishes are simple, yet wholesomely delicious pastas, risottos and slow cooked meats to make your mouth water. In short, the restaurant lives up to all of the translations of its Arabic name: prosperity, indulgence and a meeting place with a focal point of good food.
For an authentic taste of the art scene in Tel Aviv, non-profit organisation Artport showcases the work of six emerging Israeli artists in residence at its minimalist garage-like centre. Bringing together different mediums and diverse perspectives, Artport provides a supportive environment from which talented young artists can launch their careers. Each artist is given their own gallery space, so there is plenty to see and sink your teeth into. The space also regularly hosts events and talks so ahead of your visit, be sure to check out their website to see if anything of interest is coming up!