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

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

 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.

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.

Roni Kashmin

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

Oren Ziv

>> In case you want to be in with the local "it crowd," we have the 10 Best-kept Street Food Secrets in Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv's Best Clubs: The Ultimate Nightlife Guide.

Xiquinho Silva
Tomer Appelbaum
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?

Mark Shahaf
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 special Holy Landings section.

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

Sivan Askayo

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