Sharon (@sharonsaporta), one of our Tel Aviv residents, introduces us to her local way of life and her favourite things to do when she’s not studying law!
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
A rich, wholesome, delicious Israeli breakfast is full of vegetables, eggs of your choice, cheeses and a great cup of coffee. On an ordinary day, I would go to Café Bucke, where you can find many different delicious options for an Israeli breakfast for reasonable prices. On a special occasion, the best start for the ideal day in the city would be the breakfast buffet in Hotel 65.
What is your favourite place to grab lunch?
If I’m in a sharing mood, I would either go to Haachim, which offers awesome sharing plates with hallah (the best Jewish bread) and good vibes, Vicky Christina which offers great Spanish tapas plates, or Cicchetti where you can eat some delicious Italian small plates. If I’m starving, I’d choose between two of the best burgers in the city- The Vitrina burger, which never gets old and where the line is worth it, or The Prozdor which offers some crazy burgers and the best sweet potato fries. Or, I’d go to grab a lafa stuffed with shawarma in Hakosem, a pitta with kebab in Miznon or a kebab and souvlaki in M25.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Tel-Aviv?
I’m always up for something sweet so first, I’ll go to get the best ice cream- Anita in Neve Tzedek. The best way to chill in the city is with some drinks. On a sunny day (most of the year), I’ll go to the beach to watch the sunset with a cold beer. On a cold day, I’ll probably grab a beer in the flee market or a glass of wine in Mondo 2000, on the rooftop.
Where its best to have dinner?
On a special occasion, I’ll go to Taizu, the best Asian restaurant in the city or Makom Shel Basar for the perfect meat or Amore Mio for delicious Italian food. On an ordinary day, I’ll go to Goocha for some awesome fish, Port Said for sharing plates and good vibes, Men Ten Ten for amazing Ramen, or Bariloche for a good steak in an Argentinean vibe.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
The city is bustling, everything is open. I usually find myself in a bar- if I’m in a fancy mood I’ll go to the Speakeasy or Mondo 2000 rooftops. On a regular evening, I’ll go to the flee market, Rothchild or Dizingoff street bars for a beer or wine. Later at night, I’ll order Night Cookies or grab a slice of Tony Vespa’s pizza.
In a busy city like Tel-Aviv, is there anywhere to chill?
The city park- lay in the sun with cold beer.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
I think that just rolling around the city is a fun activity but to get the real feel of Tel Aviv I would go to Shuk Hacarmel– The Carmel market. In the market you can find so many different local food stands, fresh veggies, amazing cheese and also some souvenirs.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travelers?
Near Rothchild/ Dizingoff area – Full of bars and restaurants and close to the beach.
What season would you recommend to visit?
Tel Aviv is getting very hot during summer and it can be quite intense to go around the city with 35 degrees & 100% humidity. I would recommend visiting around June / early September. It’s just before/after the hot hot summer.
Is Tel-Aviv best for family holiday / friends holiday / couple holiday?
Best friends holiday because the fun never stops. There are tons of places to go to eat and have a drink, there’s an awesome beach and Tel Aviv is full of loving people.