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Time Out: Tel Aviv

The beach

Photo by Maremagnum

What Tel Aviv lacks in iconic sights, it makes up for in classic Mediterranean vibes with a contemporary edge—beginning with its revitalized boardwalk that spans nearly the length of the city shorefront. It’s where hardworking (and maddeningly fit) Tel Avivians come to blow off steam with a jog or bike ride by the sea at any hour, day or night. Visitors looking for a less active option can soak up the Old-World flavor of Jaffa, an ancient seaport, or chill out with an arak (an anise- flavored liqueur) cocktail at a posh hotel bar such as the rooftop of The Poli House, a new arrival to the city. Welcome to the Middle East, with a twist.


TAKE A WALK
Explore the fascinating Jaffa Flea Market or inspect the vibrant street art of the scruffy-hip Florentine district a bit north. Keep going and you’ll hit Rothschild Boulevard, the street to meet and be seen on. There’s a pedestrian promenade running down its center, flanked by a bike lane and shaded by old trees. A stroll anytime, day or night, is always de rigueur. Grab an iced latte from a kiosk and behold the hipster scene. Or amble about Neve Tzedek, the city’s first hood outside Jaffa. Pause for a homemade pastry at Lulu Kitchen & Bar. (If you stay at the hip BrownTLV nearby, the cozy spot is on the hotel’s “breakfast included” list.)

NOSH AWAY
Bauhaus architecture is what gives Tel Aviv its “White City” moniker, but the city is really all about food. For an indulgent breakfast, hit the restaurant of the Hotel Montefiore, set in a restored building from 1922. For power lunching with a Mediterranean view, too, reserve a table at Raphaël. Best falafel in town? Join the queue at Hakosem just off King George Street, then grab a stack of napkins and chow down.

SIP IN STYLE
The buzziest bar in town is the rooftop of The Poli House hotel—a Bauhaus babe in 1934, it’s been given a spaceship-chic reboot by industrial designer Karim Rashid, with a beauty of a bar. Back on the ground, the craft cocktails at trendy La Otra delight.

GET OUTDOORS
The beach is where Tel Aviv comes out to play on warm days, and nearly 9 miles of golden curls run down the length of town from Jaffa to the Tel Aviv Port shopping area and beyond. There are also a few quieter, more family-oriented beaches north of the port.

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