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Tel Aviv isn’t only a summer vacation destination. Temperatures remain warm enough for a December dip in the 10 miles of Mediterranean coastline. But a warm winter in Tel Aviv offers so much more than just beach time. Consider these five creative ways to make the most of the bustling Israeli city.
Explore Street Art
Street art is flourishing the hip neighbourhood of Florentin, only short bus ride from Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv. The gritty backdrop serves as the canvas for some of the best street artists in the city. There is much to discover in this colourful urban scene if you explore on your own, but tours expose the nooks and crannies and uncover the meanings behind some of the most beloved works.
Walk Through Histor
From Florentin, head to the historic town of Jaffa, the southernmost—and oldest—part of Tel Aviv. Jaffa is known for its close ties to the Biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon, and Saint Peter. It also happens to be a breathtaking old town with narrow, winding, pedestrian streets that crawl uphill to deliver spectacular views of the port and the Mediterranean. Aside from getting lost in the streets, the Jaffa Port Food Market offers fresh Israeli cuisine as well as galleries and pop-up shops.
Eat the Best Hummus in Town
Tel Aviv is laden with options for hummus, but you can’t simply eat any hummus. Near Jaffa is Abu Hassan, which serves the best hummus in town—possibly in all of Israel. With a menu that is limited to only hummus and Masbacha, this casual spot is all about the chickpea. There’s always a line, but it’s well worth the wait. Be sure to get there early as they are only open until midday, basically when the hummus runs out.
Bike the City
Tap into one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world and pedal down the 130 km of bike lanes in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv’s bike sharing program Tel-O-Fun is stocked with more than 2,000 bikes to rent. When you’re offered 300 days of sunshine per year, there’s no excuse not to get outside.
Hit up a Speak Easy
At the end of the day, catch the sunset from the roof at Hotel Indigo Tel Aviv. Then make your way to one of the city’s most notorious and tiniest watering holes, Moonshine. This speakeasy, tucked behind a large steel door inside Mitbach Iayla restaurant offers a massive selection of homemade—you guessed it—moonshine. Try one, two, or a few. You’re in a hidden bar—no one will know.
All Images by: Diana Edelman