Tel Aviv brings surprises around every corner.
There are normally two things that take people by surprise when I tell them about this amazing costal city:
1. Tel Aviv is as cosmopolitan as New York City.
2. Tel Aviv is a secular city.
The city has become increasingly liberal and open over the years and non-Jews and secular Jews, alike, will not not only feel comfortable there, but will enjoy the same cultural amenities that you’d find in any of the top cities in the world. The food is top-notch. The bars are packed and crowds spill into the streets until early in the morning. It’s reputation as one of the top party cities of the world brings in everything from the world’s best DJ’s to one of the largest gay pride celebrations in the world. It provides the perfect balance between daytime, urban coastal relaxation, history and late-night indulgence.
Many of the great hotels and restaurants are huddled around the coast. And while the Hilton, Sheraton provide direct beach access, I prefer the boutique Hotel Melody just across the road. And during my time there, I can say that I probably had my best Friday/Saturday night meal combination in any city of the world this year, thanks to the cool and trendy North Abraxas and thoroughly-modern Herbert Samuel.