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 […]

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 […]

Charcuterie: excellent meat dishes, lively outdoor dining in Tel Aviv

Charcuterie is one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv if you like a lively atmosphere, outdoor dining and excellent meat dishes. The restaurant is located on an alley off the Jaffa flea market, an area that has become very popular for dining and drinking outdoors. Charcuterie specializes in meat dishes (as the name suggests) […]

The Container: restaurant, bar and art space in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa Port

UPDATE: On a recent visit to Container (June 2014), we found it very disappointing (terrible service, so-so food, expensive for what you get) and cannot recommend it anymore. The Container is one of the newest restaurants to appear on the Tel Aviv dining scene. It is located in Jaffa Port in a cavernous warehouse that […]