Beaches, Bars, Food and Fun: The Ultimate Israeli Summer Travel Guide 2018

From hipster East Jerusalem spots to Tel Aviv's best ice cream parlors, and from vegan dishes to friendly nightclubs – here is a list to rule all lists

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Playing volleyball on the beach in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Playing volleyball on the beach in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.Credit: Priyadarshi Ranjan

Four things make Israel a Mediterranean mecca for tourists: top cuisine, 24/7 parties, endless sunshine and, of course, history. Whether it's your first time here or you find yourself visiting your relatives from Netanya for the 100th time, this is our ultimate 2018 guide with the best tips, recommendations, hidden gems – and some cautionary tales.

>> Let's go straight to the main dish. These are the 20 Best Restaurants in Israel Right Now, according to the food experts at Gault & Millau.

Shaffa Bar, a restaurant and a bar in the flea market of Jaffa.Credit: Oren Ziv

>> In case your taste buds can only detect flesh, this is where you can find the Absolute Best Burger in Tel Aviv. If you are a vegan, then Tel Aviv is definitely the place for you this summer. These are the Six Best Vegan Restaurants in the city right now. We love those great juices at Neroli, a favorite among models and serious juice cleansers.

>> No meal is complete without the ultimate weapon against the unbearable humidity: ice cream! Make sure you get familiar withthe Best Ice Cream Parlors across the country.

>> In case you want to be in with the local "it crowd," we have the10 Best-kept Street Food Secrets in Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv's Best Clubs: The Ultimate Nightlife Guide.

Aviv beach, which connects Tel Aviv and Jaffa. In the background is the old city of Jaffa.Credit: Xiquinho Silva
Tel Aviv's Haoman 17 club.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
The Dome of the Rock in JerusalemCredit: Xiquinho Silva

>> lf you are planning to visit Jerusalem and happen to be a culture buff, then check out our Hipster's Guide to East Jerusalem, with hidden cafés, chic galleries and a small yet strong art community.

>> Another great place to visit is the ancient port city of Acre, which boasts many culinary treasures. To learn more about Acre, you can also read about turning Acre's old city into a touristic attraction.

>> A visit to Tel Aviv-Jaffa should always include the Jaffa area. Flee Tel Aviv's hustle and bustle by visiting Jaffa's flea market, which became – with the aid of some shameless gentrification – a trendy location. We found the 10 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Jaffa's Flea Market.

>> On the way to Jaffa you should visit Florentin, not before you read What Brings Tourists to Tel Aviv's Shabby Florentin Neighborhood?

A woman dancing next to a restaurant in Jaffa's flea market. Credit: Mark Shahaf
A graffiti tour in Florentin.Credit: Moti Milrod

>> And since we want to make sure you survive your Israel experience and come back again, here are 9 Things Tourists Should Avoid This Summer.

If you want to get some inspiration from other travelers, you can read about their experiences in our specialHoly Landings section.

Visitors to Israel at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

>> Still got some time left? Some more suggestions:

Best Tel Aviv Street Food of the Month: Where to Eat Out

Tel Aviv's Best Places for Shakshuka, a Perfect Breakfast Dish

The Ultimate Weekend Meal: Where to Find the Best Cholent in Tel Aviv

Turkish Food Lovers' Best-kept Secret, Tucked Away in a Tel Aviv Suburb

The Top 3 New Street Food Spots You Have to Try in Tel Aviv

The 7 Best Pita Places in Tel Aviv, From Classic to Revolutionary

The view of Tel Aviv from the Norman Hotel.Credit: Sivan Askayo



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