A coffee shop on Sheinkin Street, Tel Avivi. Courtesy GoIsrael.
by Ed Wetschler
The best restaurants, clubs, and hotels of Tel Aviv – and even those that aren’t at the top of the heap – always surprise visitors. In part, that’s because visitors aren’t expecting so much shellfish, tattooed skin, and secular attitudes in an Israeli city. In part, too, they’re surprised at how distant Tel Aviv is from the eastern European Jewish culture with which Americans and Europeans are more familiar. Last year Tel Aviv went all out to celebrate its 100th anniversary, and it was a banner year for Israeli tourism. So after all those concerts and other special events, is the party over?
If you’ve read Part I of this two-part report (or if you’ve ever spent more than 20 minutes in Tel Aviv), you know that the party is never over. Here are some tips on enjoying it in 2010: