Eating out in Tel Aviv
Favorite thing: There's a wide range of eating places in Tel-Aviv, from the cheap and cheerful to very fancy chef's restaurants.
In most mid-range restaurants a first course costs about 6 GBP; an average main course is about 12 GBP; dessert: about 5 GBP; a soft drink: about 2 GBP. This includes tax, but don't forget to leave a tip of 10-15%. Most waiters are young students, and tips make up most of their income.
It is true that many main course portions are large, so if you don't have a big appetite nor a big budget you can easily share.
The cheapest food you can get is falafel in pita bread with salads, tehina and pickles inside, which amounts for about 3 GBP including a soft drink.
Shawarma (doner kebab of chicken or lamb) in a big pita bread is about 6 GBP including a soft drink.
You are welcome to read my Tel-Aviv restaurant tips:
- Food and Dining
- Business Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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Jaffa in General
Favorite thing: Yafo (Jaffa Hill) rises to a height of 40 meters and offers a commanding view of the coastline. Hence its strategic importance in military history. Jaffa is an ancient port city believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Jaffa was captured during the Crusades, and became the County of Jaffa and Ascalon, one of the vassals of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
Jaffa is now a part of Tel Aviv.
There are several legends about the origin of the name Jaffa. Some say it is named for Japheth, one of the sons of Noah, who built it after the Great Flood. The Hellenist tradition links the name to "Iopeia", which is Cassiopeia, the mother of Andromeda.
You can watch my 2 min 45 sec HD Video Tel Aviv- Jaffa Evening Walk out of my Youtube channel.
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Tel Aviv in General
Favorite thing: Tel Aviv is the second-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. In Hebrew its name means "Spring Mound".
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.
Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel.
You can watch my 1 min 35 sec HD Video Tel Aviv Evening Walk out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Tel Aviv-Jaffa on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 32° 5' 25.44" N 34° 46' 7.18" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Tel Aviv’s Beachfront 3,
or photo of Tel Aviv-Jaffa on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 32° 5' 19.00" N 34° 46' 13.05" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Hilton Hotel.
Internet shops in Tel Aviv
Favorite thing: There are a couple of Internet Cafes on Ben Yehuda street one is I think on Bugrashov corner and another on near Frishman corner - you can check in my website http://www.telaviv4fun.com/tips.html for the exact address
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Do We Own Them Or Do They Own Us?
Favorite thing: I've always suspected that cats are actually the true masters of the place and that we are quite mistaken when we think we own them... Tel Aviv offers plenty of evidence that it is rather the cats who rule us -- they are omnipresent! The specimen pictured here guards the entrance of an apartment block in Pinsker Street and is respectfully greeted by everybody walking by.
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Favorite thing: Tel Aviv has many fine examples of houses being built in the 1930ies-1940ies "Bauhaus" or international style. Especially houses with these slender rounded corners and bands of balconies look really wonderful in their simple, clear-cut aesthetics. There are more than 4,000 such buildings in Tel Aviv. Of course, not all of them are preserved and maintained to their original state, but it is just as interesting to see how the people living both with and within this architecture have left their marks on it. Many buildings could be in better repair and really use some new paint but there are also many properties being renovated and upgraded. Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO heritage site because of this amazing architectural wealth.
For more information, this might be a useful site:
Favorite thing: When you enter the terminal, prepare to show your passport (or visa?). In the old days, before the peace process, many people would ask that their passports not be stamped. The clerk would then simply stamp a piece of paper. The reason for this was the Arab boycott, which called for Arab states to deny entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport. Today, unless you're planning to visit one of the rejectionist states, such as Syria or Libya, you don't have to worry.
Favorite thing: Ottoman and arab influence is intense on the Israel Food that s why has great food. Most people are probably familiar with falafel -- fried ground chick peas served with salad in pita. Meat eaters will love shwarma, lamb sliced off a spit and served in pita (similar to Doner). Lots of other Mediterranean specialties like shishlik (shish kebab), baklava (sweetmeat made of dough, honey, and nuts) and moussaka (baked eggplant, minced meat, onion and parsley) will stimulate your taste buds.
The water in Israel is safe to drink; nevertheless, it is different from what you are used to and people with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to bottled water. Also, Israelis don't usually put ice in their drinks, so if you want some, ask for kerakh.
Keep in mind that not everything in Israel is kosher. Restaurants that are kosher serve either dairy or meat and close on Shabbat. The restaurant should have a Teudat certificate either in the window or available for inspection. Unless the menu or check says otherwise, tips are not included.
Favorite thing: Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March), with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas. Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions; hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.
Favorite thing: One of the first things you'll notice when you arrive in Israel is the number of people carrying guns. It can be disconcerting. Soldiers carry them on the streets, in cars and on buses. Soldiers are required to keep their weapons with them, and since so many Israelis are on duty, it is common to stand next to someone on the bus with an Uzi hanging around their neck. You'll quickly get used to it .
If any israel soldier looses his gun for any reason the result is 7 years of prison ...
I am coming from a country which can understand this reality but it can be difficult to digest for other countries
How to survive hot days
Favorite thing: Take a ride on an airconditioned bus
Fondest memory: You can buy a day bus ticket for 12 Shekel and hop on buses like no. 5 or 1 or 25 and see the city and hop of when you feel chilled enough than take another one and so on.....
Favorite thing: If you need a taxi you can call one of the following:
Ikhilov - Tel: 695-8181
Beit Ha-Chayal - Tel: 546-1010, 546-1012
Balfour - Tel: 560-4545
Gordon - Tel: 527-2999
Ha-Bima - Tel: 528-3131
Ha-Meshuchrar - Tel: 566-1818
Ha-Zafon - Tel: 602-0404
Ha-Rakevet - Tel: 695-4254
Chen - Tel: 528-8181
Masarik - Tel: 696-0426
Nordau - Tel: 546-6222
New York - Tel: 523-7722
Azrielli - Tel: 608-1333
Kastel - Tel: 699-3322
Shavit - Tel: 571-6111
Shekem - Tel: 527-0404
Open 24 Hours a Day
Favorite thing: Self Service Laundry:
Ha-Machbesa - 102 Ben-Yehuda st.
Kviskal - 46 Yona Ha-Navi st. (near Allenby st.)
Kabes-Na - 127 Ben-Yehuda st.
Laundry Cafe - 10 Sheffer st. (also a cafe)
Machbesa - 6 Ha-Kovshim st. (corner of Yona Ha-Navi st.)
Self Wash - 59 Iben Gvirol st.
Abulafia - 7 Yeffet st., Yaffo
Mizrahi Brothers - 60 Ha-Masger st.
Hot Bagel - 34 Ben-Zvi st.
French Kiss - 31 She-erit Israel st., Yaffo
Ha-Tanur - 11 Bezal-El st., Ramat-Gan
Lechamim - 99 Ha-Chashmonaim st.
18 Reines st., Tel: 523-9241, 1-800-393-444, 1-800-360-350
31 Bialik st., Ramat-Gan, Tel: (052) 221-2155
31 Yeushua Bin-Nun st., Tel: (052) 395-6611
15/1 Sheinkin st., Tel: 528-5584, (052) 242-4093
32 Bialik st., Ramat-Gan, Tel: 1-800-22-11-04
15 Sirkin st., Givatayim, Tel: 673-6556
Dizzengof Food - 158 Dizzengof st. (closed on Saturday)
Topmarket - 224 Dizzengof st.
Non Stop Market - 19 King George st.
Super Baba - 1 Yeshayahu st.
Super Center - 53 Yigal Alon st.
Stopmarket - 1 Yordey Hasira st. (until 23:00)
Co-Op - 43 Brodezki st., Ramat-Aviv
Supersal - 79 Ben-Yehuda st. (Tue-Thu 24 hours)
Supersal - 53 Arlozorov st. (Tue-Thu 24 hours)
AM-PM - 94 Iben Gvirol st., 37 Allenby st., 115 Allenby st., 30 Ben-Yehuda st., 195 Ben-Yehuda st., 119 Dizzengof st., 193 Dizzengof st., 2 Pinsker st., 24 Sheinkin st.
Aroma - 59 Yehuda Ha-Levi st.
Burekas Amikam - 21 Iben Gvirol st.
Brewhouse - 11 Rothschild Blvd.
Joey's Bar - 42 Allenby st.
Goodbar - 35 Allenby st.
Dita - 45 Rothschild Blvd.
Dixie Grill Bar - 120 Yigal Alon st.
Ha-Meshulash - 168 Dizzengof st. (Thu-Sat 24 hours, Sun-Wed until 3:00)
Ha-Tachtit - 9 Lincoln st.
Toast Time - 43 Sderot Yerushalyim, Yaffo
Night Toast - Yeffet st., Yaffo (next to the clock tower)
Pua - 3 Rabi Yochanan st., Yaffo (Thu-Sat 24 hours)
Schizels 56 - 56 Allenby st.
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Favorite thing: There are several Catholic churches in Jaffa, but there is only one Lutheran church (I know of). It's located in place called the American Colony on the border between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa. The church was built by German Templars in the end of the 19th century. The address is 15 Hoffman street. Just go on Eilat street and turn left at number 13. It's open daily, except on Mondays, between 9:00-13:00.Related to:
- Religious Travel
Tel Aviv architecture
Favorite thing: This residential building is situated on the promenade. In my opinion it is the most remarkable construction in this area of the city. If you walk on Tayelet toward Old Jaffa you can see it on your left side, once you passed the opera house
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