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By Chris | October 26 2007
We asked top local experts to share their personal recommendations for the perfect day in Tel Aviv
Nir Sharon Chief Executive Officer, Prestiga Luxury Vehicles
+972 3 525 2526
+972 54 486 8787 (cell)
“Good morning, time to wake up! Start the day with breakfast at your hotel or with your Prestiga chauffeur who will take you to the cafe Brasserie, which is next to Tel Aviv City Hall.
After breakfast we will drive on to Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall where you can visit the home of Meir Dizengoff (the first mayor of Tel Aviv) at 16 Rothschild Street. This is a historical location where David Ben-Gurion declared Israeli independence on 29 November 1947.
Later on we can take in a few cultural sights at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. Next, a seafood lunch at Mul-Yam restaurant, located in Tel Aviv Port, a beautiful location for fine dining.
After lunch we should stop off at Kikar Hamedina, the most luxurious shopping center in Israel – visiting Amor, Philosophy and Helga Design will be great for your closet! After some shopping take some time out to go back to the hotel and relax – we have a long night ahead.
In the evening we will go for dinner at Yoezer Wine Bar – where you can eat from the delicious menu of a wonder chef. After dinner we can enjoy ourselves at Mayumana Dance Show. Finally, after a long day, it will be time to party at The Block – one of the best mega-bars in Tel Aviv.”
Shachar Sharabi Concierge, Dan Tel Aviv
+972 3 520 2525
“The Dan serves one of the best breakfasts in town – no one staying here would want to go anywhere else! As with all Israeli hotels, breakfast is a very comprehensive buffet, with a selection of fresh salads, wonderful cheeses, fish, fruit, breads and spreads, hot dishes that include different egg dishes, cheese blintzes, pancakes and much more.”
Cuisine: French Moroccan
87 Hayarkon Street
106 Hayarkon Street
“Tel Aviv’s best shopping is at Dizengoff Street, the Dizengoff Center and Kikar HaMedina.”
“We can book tours for you for anywhere in the country. Outside of Tel Aviv, the most popular are to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Tiberias.”
+972 3 520 2525
Ronen Alkelai and Nora Azjen David Intercontinental
+972 3 795 1242
“For an authentic ‘in the know’ Tel Aviv experience, we suggest your stay includes a visit to the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, which is just behind the David Intercontinental, and which is known for its stylish boutiques, nice art galleries and happening cafés and bars.
From there you should continue to the old Turkish railway station, known as “HaTachana”, which has recently been renovated and turned into a new cultural and social hangout, a hotspot featuring many trendy shops, restaurants, art shows and classes, a weekly market and lots of other events. Every Friday, HaTachana hosts an organic fruit and vegetable market.
Any visit to Tel Aviv should include Old Jaffa, a historic district and the city’s southern landmark, located within walking distance of our hotel. Jaffa will give you a glimpse of Jewish-Arab coexistence and a taste of the ancient character and modern spirit that still prevails in the place. Culturally, Jaffa has become a place where artists meet, live, work and set up shops, making its streets a labyrinth of discovery, with restaurants, galleries, theaters and a flea market. Visit the Old Jaffa port and then climb the stairs to the Old Jaffa alleys and visit Ilana Goor, one of the country’s best known art galleries.
The Old Jaffa Port has recently undergone a major revamp; what was once an industrial warehouse space has been converted into an art project and restaurant / entertainment space. From there you could continue strolling through the Jaffa flea market and / or to the arts and crafts bazaar of Nachalat Binyamin, where you can find real bargains and also get a feel for the city. In fact, it is at the market that you can see, feel and smell real Mediterranean life as opposed to the clean, packaged tourist product. Back at the hotel after a busy sightseeing day you can enjoy one of our numerous massage treatments or dine in one of our recently renovated dining outlets, including the Aubergine gourmet restaurant.”
Cuisine: International with a local touch
David Intercontinental, 12 Kaufman Street
4 Hashomer Street
“Aim for the Northern part of Dizengoff Street, where you can find unique articles, influenced largely by styles from New York and London, but with an Israeli touch (look out for Banot, Josef, A+ and Banker). Recently, a new shopping area, Gan Hahashmal, has turned into the hippest place in the city to go out and shop for original, cutting edge fashion by local designers.”
“Tel Aviv’s markets are a must-stop if you want to get to the city’s heart and soul. Each of them is a world of its own, offering different goods, and also reflecting the locals who live, sell and buy there. I particularly recommend The Carmel Market, known in Israel as Shuk Ha’Carmel, located close to the hotel. It is the city’s biggest market place, and an enjoyable place to visit. The Jaffa Flea Market or ‘Shuk Ha Pishpishim’ offers buyers plenty of finds, from antique furniture to clothes, toys and souvenirs. You can easily reach Jaffa from our hotel on the beach by walking south towards the port. If you’d rather take a taxi, we will be happy to assist you.”