Travel tips for Tel-Aviv
going to Tel-aviv? here’s where to go!
First things first, be prepared for your luggage to be searched at least three times when traveling to Israel. If you plan on taking carry-on luggage, patience is key! They will literally take your clothes out of your suitcase to search it. Its basically like going through security twice, including taking off your shoes and being wanded down. At the end of this process, I basically had to re-pack my entire suitcase 😑. Also, when leaving Israel, be at the airport at least four hours before your flight because getting through security takes an eternity. Me and several others thought we were going to miss our flight and it was Ryan Air, thankfully they held the flight. Now that we have the not so fun particulars out the way, lets move on to the good stuff.
The moment I landed in Tel-Aviv and stepped off the plane I was in complete bewilderment by the bedraggled (a.k.a tiredt😅😫) look of the airport. I was disappointed by its shabby outer appearance however, that all changed the moment I stepped inside. Ringing true the metaphor “don’t judge a book by its cover.” The decor inside of the airport truly made me feel as though I was transported to the city of gold; from the gorgeous floor to ceiling pillars to the adornments and murals on the walls. I immediately had flashbacks of watching the movie “Prince of Egypt.” I was in complete and utter awe😍.
Before I begin to tell you about our adventures, a quick PSA, if you go to Tel-Aviv be prepared to see beautiful men everywhere. I wasn’t single during this trip but every time I looked up I wish I was 😂. They were truly intoxicating, with their striking features and delicious accents 😏. Okay, back to business. As our travels began, I felt like I was transported back to Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. However, as you get closer to the beach it gives you Wynwood/SoHo aesthetics. I would say its best to choose a hotel or Air BnB closer to the beach because where we stayed wasn’t the “hood” but it wasn’t exactly updated either if you catch my drift.
We took a train from the airport into the city and then took a cab to our Air BnB. This was the cheapest way suggested by an attendant at the transportation kiosk in the airport. Also, to access funds we utilized the ATM’s as the cost was not high and due to previous research we found that most restaurants accepted credit cards. Side note: I utilize Charles Schwab debit/brokerage account and I highly suggest this for everyone traveling overseas as they do not charge you an exchange rate fee. As an added bonus they rebate you any money charged at an ATM for withdrawals at the end of the month.
Must-Dos in Tel-Aviv
Old Jaffa : It’s a beautiful site and its free. It is a well preserved ancient edifice. Vivid and picturesque, it’s a gorgeous golden brick structure. I could visualize children running through the passageways under the alcoves, playing with one another. It is like a small village in the sense that your able to walk its entirety and exit right back to the beach. When you reach the top, there is a breath taking view, small restaurants and a wishing bridge. The wishing bridge is garnished with all the zodiac signs, when you find yours you place your hands on it and make a wish.
Tel- Aviv Port : We were lucky enough to walk around the port right as a plane was landing. The location of the port in relation to the plane made it so that it was flying right over our heads. The plane flew so low it felt as though you could touch it. At the port you also will find amazing restaurants, walking pathways that go to the sea, parks, amusements etc. I suggest doing it at night as you see the all the beautiful buildings lit up and the ambiance is calming and soothing.
Walk the strip : As you walk around and on the strip you’ll find beautiful parks, views, art galleries and of course shops to do some shopping. Make sure you take a day just to walk the strip by the beach to enjoy some hidden treasures. Here are some that I found below.
Night life: I’m not going to lie to you, the jet lag was real which made it hard to partake in the night life. In addition, the sun set there at 4 p.m in the afternoon😩😓. It was really hard to stay awake 😴, so I have to get back to you on the nightlife, since I will most definitely be going back.
Par Derriere, is definitely one of my favorite restaurants, if your looking for more traditional american food. However, they have a good variety of options. The scenery is gorgeous, the waiters are courteous and you receive your food in a timely manner. My favorite aspect of the restaurant is the garden-like ambiance.
Mezcal, was a great Mexican spot for some quick yummy tacos. However, I wish the portions were bigger 😂! I loved their decorum and their hospitality!
Nam, is a Thai restaurant and it was my favorite. The ambiance and the decor was stunning, from the low yellow mood lighting to the earthy toned colored walls. The drinks were amazing and so was the food (including the presentation). So much so that I had the left overs on the plane ride back to Spain 😂 with no utensils.
Next time I go to Israel, I will definitely try to eat more of the country’s signature dishes.
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