Elba restaurant: imaginative Mediterranean food in Tel Aviv

If you are looking for new interpretations of classic Israeli and Mediterranean dishes, check out Elba, a restaurant that opened in Tel Aviv in February 2012, on the lively Ibn Gvirol, an avenue lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The restaurant is a long rectangular space with minimalist contemporary interiors bounded on the street side […]

Majda: Mediterranean cuisine in the countryside between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Majda is a hidden gem of a restaurant in the countryside between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, nestled above the hills of a small town called Ein Rafa across the motorway from Abu Ghosh. On a warm sunny spring day, the thing to do at Majda is to sit in the shaded garden surrounded by trees, […]

Gordon Hotel: Bauhaus style boutique hotel in Tel Aviv

The Gordon Hotel is one of the latest boutique hotels to open in Tel Aviv and its location on the seafront sets it apart from other boutique hotels in the city. The hotel is housed in a Bauhaus landmark that was recently renovated. Tel Aviv is known for its cluster of gorgeous Bauhaus buildings, painted […]

Brown Urban Hotel: glamorous boutique hotel in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a fabulous city with amazing food, vibrant nightlife, beaches, culture and art, but until recently, the only suitable accommodations for visitors have been large chain hotels, which have not kept up with the times in terms of design, amenities, and service. Because tourism in Israel has come mostly from tour groups in […]

Villa Carmel: historic boutique hotel in Haifa, Israel

If you are going to Israel and are thinking of staying in Haifa, check out the Villa Carmel, a recently renovated historic hotel high up in the hills overlooking the city. Situated in Haifa’s prestigious Carmel district, it is considered to be the city’s most elegant boutique hotel. Originally built as Haifa’s most luxurious hotel in […]

Couscous in Tel Aviv: Gueta and Frida Hecht

Craving couscous in Tel Aviv? There are two restaurants I visited on a recent trip: Frida Hecht and Gueta, both of which serve very delicious couscous with options for vegetarians. Gueta is a family-run kosher restaurant on a main street in Jaffa, close to the clock tower. In addition to couscous, they serve other Libyan […]

HaBasta restaurant: fresh from the market small plates in Tel Aviv

If you looking for a restaurant that serves “fresh from the market” cuisine in Tel Aviv, check out HaBasta, a tiny restaurant located on a street off the Carmel Market. They serve tapas (or small plates) and have an excellent wine list to accompany the food. When we went to HaBasta last week, we ordered […]