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Tel Aviv travel – A last minute trip. Midsummer was approaching and we were supposed to go abroad with Jenny (@swedishyogagirl) and Olle.  As May was a crazy month for us all we never managed to book the tickets or decide upon where to go. So here we were with no tickets booked and flight prices that were all time high due to FIFA world cup in Russia.

I read an article some time ago about Tel Aviv travel.  Volá – a destination that luckily was not affected by the football fan’s love for Russia. So off we went with no plans, no expectations. It turned out that Tel Aviv was the perfect destination for our long weekend. A mix of everything. Beach & city life together with history and modernity in one place! 

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Tel Aviv Street Art in My Favorite Area – Shabazi!

The First Impression of Our Tel Aviv Travel

Our Tel Aviv Boutique Hotel & Area

We got a warm greeting at our hotel, Alma Boutique Hotel, where we spent three nights. This place felt more like a small apartment complex than a hotel with a very nice reception, breakfast restaurant and rooftop. Our room was cozy and I loved the mix of the industrial design elements with the local touch. The roof top was for sure my favorite. Perfect spot for lazy afternoons after a long day by the beach. Not to mention, also a perfect photo spot. A small Instagram heaven among the roofs of Tel Aviv.

Have a look at my full Hotel Review to read more about this hotel and 2 other of my favorite Tel Aviv boutique hotels.

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The Rooftop of Alma Hotel – A True Boho Oasis!

Once we checked in, we went directly for lunch at.  Around the corner we found the well-known Benedict and got a bit surprised by the service. Truly American style, something we would experience in more or less all places in this city.

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Breakfast all day @Benedict

After a delicious 2 pm breakfast, our Tel Aviv travel journey started. Our hotel was located just off the Rotshild street, one of the main streets in Tel Aviv lined with skyscrapers, bars and restaurants. Our gut feeling took us to Shabazi street in one of my favorite hood in Tel Aviv, named the same – Shabazi. A super cute street with small design shops, eateries and one of the most famous ice cream bar in Tel Aviv, Anita’s Bar. This area was also full of hidden gems with street art and art creations like the one outside Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance & Music.

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Trying My Best to Look Like A Ballerina

Beach Time & Vacay Feeling

The true vacation feeling, we got when we reached the long board walk and heard the sound of the waves crushing the shore.

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Hello Beach!

Tel Aviv is a true beach paradise with numerous of beaches along the coast line. We headed for the Jerusalem beach and found our afternoon hang out spot in Gazoz Beach. A relatively new beach restaurant with great food and my favorite rosé, Minuty. A lovely vibe with lounge music, our feet in the sand and the Mediterranean in front of us. This together with lots of happy and relaxed people all around. Vacay here we are!

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Finally Sand Between the Toes

Carmel Market & M25 – Must Tel Aviv Visits

A couple of quarters up from the beach we found Carmel Market. A big outdoor food market with a lot of local specials and fresh fruit, meat and fish.

On our way there we passed M25. A small place with a lot of people outside. This turned out to be a true gem. A paradise for meat lovers in an old industrial building with a small outdoor patio. Nothing extra, just table, chairs and truly outstanding food. It was our first Israeli food experience with lamb kebab, tahini and a fresh salad as a starter together with a great glass of Malbec. For the main dish, you ordered directly from the butcher to choose your piece of meat. The Prime Ribeye was so tasty and perfectly prepared. Evenings and places like this stays in your memories forever.

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M25 – A True Gem for Foodies!

Our first truly spontaneous day in Tel Aviv turned out to be a great one and I started to relax. Our spontaneous strategy turned out to be a very good one. Tel Aviv is a city full of hidden gem. You just have to be curious enough to find them!

The Days in Our Chic Little Neighborhood

Our days of this Tel Aviv travel we spent  on the beach and evenings in the city. I love cities like this where you can combine the best of the two.

Crazy Days at the Beach

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Exploring the More Quiet Hilton Beach!

The beach life of Tel Aviv reminded us a bit of Rio, at least during the weekend. Then the main beaches (Jerusalem, Fisherman, Bograshov) are full of people and there are so many activities going on from beach tennis, to volley ball to skate boarding. We enjoyed this vibe and all the craziness for a day. Then we had a more peaceful experience at the Hilton Beach. 

Long lunches at our two favorite beach restaurants Gazos or Calypso and then you were in a good party mood.

Evenings Full of Rooftops & Hip Eateries

The evening during our Tel Aviv Travel, we spent in our chic neighborhood around the Rotshild Avenue. It turned out that the streets around our hotel were full of small hip eateries, bars and rooftops. A bit more quiet but also a bit more stylish versus the more crowded hoods down by the beach. We spend midsummer evening at the small and cozy urban rooftop of the Brown TLV hotel.  Another boutique hotel, that I can truly recommend. Sipping a glass of cava in a comfy lounge bed while listening to the bustling Tel Aviv life, was a perfect start of a long night.

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Midsummer Eve at the rooftop of Brown TLV Hotel

The evening continued with delicious Japanese food and tasty Sake at  Shiratoya. A small and contemporary restaurant that newly had opened. A drink or two at Zoo Zoo bar to prepare for a long Tel Aviv night out!

I did some window shopping as I had already exceeded my summer shopping budget. Midsummer eve we spent in the back yard of Beccafico. An Italian sweat spot where we had our first tasty Burrata pizza. A fantastic combination. Unfortunately the evening did not end as we wished when Germany scored a goal in the last minute and sent our football dreams down the drain…

The Magic Sunsets 

Let’s save the best for last, the sunsets. If the beach is a bit crazy during the days, it is just magic during the evening. At 8 pm when the sun starts to descend we lined up along the board walk to get a glimpse of the natural wonder. People were still on the beach, surfers in the water. The air filled with excitement… We were lucky and got to see some truly magic sunsets.  For sure some of the best during our Tel Aviv travel that will stay in our memories for a long time!

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When Magic Happens…

After these days, we both agreed, we love Tel Aviv. It has so much to offer but what really stays with you is the vibe. People here are so relaxed, yet happy, openminded and friendly and a bit of craziness just makes it all even more interesting.

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Could Stand Here Forever!

Jaffa – A new world, another time!

After three nights at Alma Boutique Hotel, it was time to change the location, time to explore another part of our Tel Aviv travel experience – Jaffa – the old part of town. Coming here was a bit like coming to another world, another time. The streets where smaller, the buildings older and the taxi dropped us off in the middle of a flea market full of stands and people.

The Market House Hotel – A Luxury Jaffa Oasis

Opening the door to the Market House hotel, was like coming into an oasis in this vibrant part of town. Still you could feel the history in the walls of this hotel, you could even see it through the transparent floor.

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Welcome to the Market House Hoitel

This hotel was a true design gem mixing industrial design with more contemporary and warm tones with the cool B&W floor. The huge windows to the street made it even more interesting as you could sit in the cozy lobby feeling like home while watching the life outside. The rooms where modern and cozy but a bit small for my taste. However we had a big balcony. We loved to open up the doors in the morning to wake up to the sound of the morning preparations going on down there.

The Streets of Jaffa

Strolling the street of Jaffa you got a more authentic feeling of the Israeli life, or at least the life here in Jaffa. I loved the flea market with all stands mixed with more contemporary and modern design shops. Places like this always boost my creativity and with all the colors around it was hard not to take millions of photos.

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Lost in the Flea Market Streets!

In a small street we found Café Plauu. A must visit if in Jaffa. An old furniture store that has now turned into a hip café and restaurant with a bohemian vibe. They serve amazing local food. The red tahini and lentis salad was so tasty and everything you see in this place is for sale, from the furniture to the plates. This is also one of the most popular places for the hip crowd in the evenings.

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Café Pauu – A Cool Oasis in Jaffa!

In the evening, the narrow streets and stands of Jaffa transforms into bars and restaurants filled with people. You just get swept away and it is hard not to stay up late. We had a Turkish night at Onza with delicious food and a true party vibe and drank a lot of wine at the place around the corner from our hotel, the hip Ramesses

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Ramesses – The Place to Be To Enjoy Jaffa Vibe!

The Jaffa Beach & Port

Leaving the streets behind, we found an almost empty beach of our Tel Aviv travel – the Jaffa beach. 

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Day by Jaffa Beach!

A very different experience from the ones we had been to before. No sun beds just you and your towel, the beach and the sea. Quite amazing to be able to get this experience in a big city like Tel Aviv.

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So Empty, Still so Close…

The sunsets continued to be amazing and the views just got better. If you walk up the hill towards St Peter’s Church you can enjoy an fantastic view of the Tel Aviv skyline.

The last part to explore was the Jaffa Port. Yet another vibe, another experience. An old harbor area, still with a lot of sailing boats but also with the famous restaurant – the Old Man and the Sea. Make sure you are hungry when you get here. 20 mezes and fish, chicken or meat at your choice. We spent a lovely last evening here, having dinner by the port and even got to watch Spain beat Morocco with the Tel Aviv skyline as the back ground.

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You Will Not Leave The Old Man & The Sea Hungry…

A day in Jerusalem – A Must for Your Tel Aviv Travel

Jerusalem is just one hour away from Tel Aviv. So the he last day we took the bus to explore this important place, to walk in the footstep of our biblical ancestors. The trip was truly smooth and easy to do by yourself and after 1,5 hour bus and tram ride we where standing outside the Damskus Gate, about to enter the Old City.  

Jerusalem Alleys & Landmarks

Inside we found a labyrinth of small alleys, some above ground and in never ending tunnels. All filled with small stores and stands where you could buy anything from food to souvenirs. We passed the Armenian quarter, the Jewish quarter and the Muslim one, all very similar but with their own touch and identity based on the religious heritage. 

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The Cute Alleys of Old Town in Jerusalem

It was hard to keep track of where you are in here so once again, we just let the gut feeling lead us up one alley after another. You got a bit struck buy the history and story in this place. Especially when you visit the Western Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Listening to the stories, knowing that people you read about in the Bible in school has walked these alleys, have lived and ended their lives here was a powerful experience.

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A Perfect Match – Fred & Al-Aqsa Moscow

The End of our Tel Aviv Travel

35 degrees and clear blue sky. After a couple of hours in the old city we were pretty exhausted so after a quick visit and lunch at Trattoria,  it was time to head back to vibrant Tel Aviv again. As with many cities, the areas outside the most popular hoods are not as charming and good looking. The taxi ride to and from the central bus station showed us another side of Tel Aviv life. Far as glamorous as the life by the beach….

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A Place Full of Emotions & History – The Western Wall!

Tel Aviv you had us at the sunsets but also way before that…. The relaxed  & chic city hoods, the local life and food in Jaffa and a glimpse of one of the most prominent places of our history, Jerusalem. We left Tel Aviv full of impressions, energy and memories, both sure we will be back here again one day!

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Bye Bye for Now – I Am Sure We Will Meet Soon Again!

Do you want to read more about our city weekends then check out the Cityista part of the blog or check out the Escape Pages that are full of Travel Stories & Travel Guides per country!

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