Hello! Did you miss me?
I’ve been working crazy hours lately now that summer flying is back so I haven’t really had time to do much besides work and sleep.
I recently got back from a trip to Tel Aviv, and I just had to tell you about it.
Tel Aviv was a bit mysterious to me at first…was it a beach town? Was it the desert of the Middle East? Was it going to be the bible in real life? Would everyone look like the Hasidic Jews of New York City?
Frankly, I was completely ignorant to what I was about to encounter. What I found, though, was a hidden gem of a holiday in the sun.
So for those of you who know nothing about the city like I did before, Tel Aviv is a large city on the Mediterranean coastline of Israel. It’s not full of people in matching religious outfits nor did I have to wear hijab. It’s full of trendy bars and restaurants, the shopping is fantastic, and the people are downright beautiful—three things that make a city perfect in my eyes.
I had the evening and all of the following day, a bit over twenty-four hours total, to check out this bangin’ beach town. I’ll link as many locations as possible below to their websites of Facebook pages so you can take a peek.
My hotel was located on Frishman Beach—a perfect combination of beachside and in the action. The first evening my coworker and I made it to a delicious, vegan restaurant with all types Indian goodness. It’s called Dosa Bar and it’s located on Ben Yehuda Street. We also tried a local brew, Malka Blonde Pale Ale—a craft beer-lover’s delight! Down the street is Shila, another highly recommended restaurant with local cuisine.
We walked our way over to the Rothschild area for the remainder of the evening. This is known as the trendy part of town; the place to be. There are tons of restaurants, hotels, and bars to choose from. Our concierge recommended we go to Social Club for drinks, but we were so tired by the time we got there that we grabbed an ice cream and headed back to the hotel. We went to Leggenda for said dessert, and it was some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had! The flavors were super different and incredibly tasty. It definitely rivaled Italian gelato.
On my second day, I wanted to hit up a few markets. My coworker and I met up again to do some shopping. We first went to the Karmel Market. Tons of street vendors were selling hand-made goods, food, and other locally made items. Afterwards we worked our way to Old Jaffa, the old area of town. It was incredibly charming and had plenty of awesome stores. We walked through the Jaffa Market and it was super busy with people shopping, tourists taking photos, and locals drinking on patios. Other great markets to pop into are Levinsky Market and Shuk HaNamal.
For food, we found an über trendy frozen yogurt shop called Tamara. They had insanely good acaï bowls that were loaded with any fruit of our choice. We both seriously couldn’t believe how much fruit we were allowed to pack in our bowls. Unlike the states, it wasn’t priced by weight, but it had a set price and you could throw on as many pieces of fruit that you wanted. Heavenly!
After a long walk along the coastline, we made it back just in time to shower and get ready for the twelve-hour return flight.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back with more about my travels shortly. I’m always updating on Snapchat & Instagram Stories—find me @betsyabernethy.
Xx Jet Set Bets