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How To Weekend Like A Tel Avivian
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How To Weekend Like A Tel Avivian

Picture of Natalia Kushnir
Updated: 24 April 2017
In Israel the weekend kicks off Thursday night and lasts until Sunday morning. In this fast paced city you can be sure that Israelis make the most of every minute. Whether you define yourself as a hipster, a foodie, or a fitness fanatic, there are always new and exciting options.

 

The Block| © Goni Riskin

The Block| © Goni Riskin

The Hipster

‘A person who follows the latest trends, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.’

Thursday night is the most popular day for partying. There are a lot of clubs which play mainstream music but there is also an ever-growing underground scene which caters to a more alternative community.  For electro, house and  funk, head over to Bootleg which is  known for their good atmosphere. If you enjoy dancing well into the morning The Block  is the spot. They close at 8 am and have one of the world’s best sound systems as well as an impressive roster of DJs. Or feel free to practice bachata and salsa at Alma de Cuba, the best Latin bar in town.

Bootleg, King George Street 48

The Box, Kehilat Saloniki Street 7

Alma de Cuba, HaArba’a Street 8

The next morning you may want to join a group for graffiti tour of Florentin. The tour aims to explain and analyze the pictures and messages on the walls, as well as inform people about the history of the neighborhood. Don’t forget to grab your camera; graffiti backgrounds are sure to produce Instagram-worthy pics.

Florentine Graffiti|© Wiki Commons

Florentine Graffiti|© Wiki Commons

If you prefer to admire art in a more formal setting  then checkout  Tel Aviv Museum of Art which showcases a wide range of genres. Or the Design Museum located in Holon which demonstrates how art and creativity can take different forms. Also in Holon there is the Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics for those who prefer more quirky versions of art.

Art|© voyagevixen2/Flickr

Art|© voyagevixen2/Flickr

Tel Aviv Museum of Ar,t Shaul Hamelech Blvd 27

Design Museum, Haim Weizman St 61, Holon

Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics, Pinhas Eilon St. 8, Holon

The Fitness Fanatic

‘A person who takes their health and fitness as seriously as a full-time job.’

Try rock climbing at Performance Rock. It’s a  challenging workout that seems more like fun than actual exercise. They offer a variety of terrains which cater to all levels.

© Performance Rock

© Performance Rock

Performance Rock, Rival Street 3

Or better yet try Yoga SUPing, a fusion of yoga and surfboarding. Paddle on a surf board to get to a remote spot in the sea where suddenly your surf board acts as a yoga mat. It is quite challenging and should be reserved for those who have already mastered difficult poses on flat surfaces. If you are up for the challenge, check out Galim Surf School which offers classes.

©Benoit Mouren/Flickr

©Benoit Mouren/Flickr

Galim Surf School, Herbert Samuel 1

If you’re not an advanced yogi,  don’t worry – you are not doomed to forever practice downward dogs in your local studio. You can try Rooftop Yoga, a rooftop option available from April until November with different locations. The classes are in English and there is a sense of community. Not to mention there is also a jacuzzi, which adds to the whole relaxation experience.

©Ziv Pugatch/Flickr

©Ziv Pugatch/Flickr

The Foodie

‘Someone who seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.’

There are those that drink alcohol purely for its effect and there are those who appreciate and savor a good cocktail. Social Club truly understands the distinction, as the owner himself is a world renowned bartender. They have a sophisticated ambience and a gourmet menu to choose from.

©Didriks/Flickr

©Didriks/Flickr

If you are adventurous when it comes to trying new foods and beverages, Favela boasts a list of cocktails which include ingredients you would normally see on a pizza and not in your cocktail such as basil, tomatoes, black pepper and pineapple. If hallmarks of Italian cuisine don’t entice you, then there is always the halvah martini!

©Chris Heester/Flickr

©Chris Heester/Flickr

As good as cocktails might be, you should never underestimate the power of locally brewed beer. Although not in Tel Aviv, JEM’S in Raanana has the best beer in all of Israel. They brew the beer themselves and have special bar ‘beer’ munchies.

©Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

©Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Social Club, Rothschild Boulevard 45

Favela, King George Street 79

JEM’S, Brener St 6, Ra’anana

Perhaps the best part of the weekend is brunching with friends. There is no shortage of places to go. Dr. Shakshuka takes the prize for best shakshuka in Israel. Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish, a sunny side up egg served over a sizzling and spicy tomato stew in earthen wear or a frying pan.

©Katherine Lim/ Flickr

©Katherine Lim/ Flickr

DR. Shakshuka,Beit Eshel St 3

For those that have more of a sweet tooth, La Goffre serves gorgeous detailed waffles, and has an array of freshly churned ice cream. But don’t forget about pancakes! Benedict  are also known for their scrumptious pancakes and charming atmosphere. Pancake House is Israel’s equivalent of IHOP and offers reasonably priced dishes and even has vegan friendly options. Both places are open 24 hours and have multiple branches.

©Waffle Makinsai/Flickr

©Waffle Makinsai/Flickr

La Goffre, Ibn Givrol 84

If you can’t decide between sweet or savory – don’t! Eat your heart out at a brunch buffet. For an all you can eat experience check out Ha’achim. On Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am-12:45 pm for 75 NIS you can eat as much as you desire from a selection of salads, omelets, shakshuka, fruit platters, breads, cheeses, and pastries. Some branches of Café Café also offer a special brunch buffet, pile your plate with antipasti, tabbouleh salad, mini muffins and more. An omelet of your choice and two drinks are also included; prices vary amongst locations. The most extensive brunch buffet can be found at the Hilton Hotel at Independence Park. Non-hotel guests can enjoy their meal while overlooking the sea for 140 NIS.

Brunch|© Wiki Commons

Brunch|© Wiki Commons

Ha’achim, Ibn Gabirol St 12

Hilton Hotel, Ha-Yarkon St 205

 

By Natalia Kushnir