City Guide: Tel Aviv With Magit Cacoon

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It's crazy to think that summer is already over. Kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, but our travel bug cannot be contained. We've traveled to quite a few places with our City Guide series, but today, we head to a mecca of partying, fine dining and culture, Tel Aviv, Isreal. While Isreal may be a hot political topic, it's hard to deny that Tel Aviv isn't an amazing city that everyone should visit. With so many great options to choose from, we asked Magit Cacoon to give us the rundown. 

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We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?

Tel Aviv is full of places to check out at night… We recommend just walking down Rothschild Boulevard to the neighborhood of Florentin. There is an abundance of bars fit for cocktails, dancing and even just lounging. The scene here is super casual and doesn’t require you to dress up, which is really nice.

Mondo 2000 and Jimi are cool places where you can always hop by and find up-to-date music, smiling faces, and a warm welcoming.

Florentin Neighborhood credit TaBaZzz with hyperlink to Creative Commons license

Where can you find the best clubs / late-night venues in town?

This time of the year it is much nicer to be outdoors. Spoons at Shalvata beach is my home club for the summer. There aren’t a lot of places like this in town - an open-air venue on the beach complete with a good sound system and great lineups where I can host friends from all over the world on the decks. The crowd truly releases electrifying vibes.

Spoons Shalvata Beach Club credit Shalvata Beach Club

Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?

Israeli cuisine is very rich and is getting better every year. One of my favorite spots for brunch is ‘Pronto’ where Chef David Frenkle does his magic.

pronto restaurant credit Dan Peretz

Best dirty late-night street food option?

Susu & Sons! This place has amazing French fries and heavenly burgers if you are a fan.

Susu and Sons credit Joanna Blum of A Fork _ A Suitcase blog

Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Tel Aviv?

Nuweiba Records in Romano House on Jaffa Road is the place where you can find gems and mysterious tunes from all over the world.

Nuweiba record store credit Nuweiba

Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?

Sunday is usually a workday for me as the weekend parties go strong until the very end! When I do have time to chill, I go to the Cliff Beach - “Hof HaTzuk.” Here is where I find some peace and quiet in the isolated, pastoral setting.

Cliff Beach credit Yuval Medelson

A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city? (If not originally from this city, a song that reminds you of when you first moved here)

Nathan Fake - The Sky Was Pink (James Holden remix). This is the soundtrack of my youth and moving to Tel Aviv, when I experienced life in a metropolitan city for the first time.

A gift you can’t leave Tel Aviv without taking home for friends?

Hamsa! This palm-shaped symbol comes in all sizes and designs. You will not leave Tel Aviv without one to hang in your house or to wear as jewelry. 

Hamsa Amulet credit iStock

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