Tour Guide - The Best Way To Travel Israel!
Woodpecker Travel

There's no better way to discover Israel than with a professional tour guide who can enhance your experience! Whether with friends or families, big or small, Joe is an experienced tour guide who will make you discover Israel like you've never seen it before. Please mention that you are Natalie & Gregory's friends to receive extra TLC!

Joe Nakkar

Email: joena@inter.net.il

+972 4 625 7588

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Where To Eat
Meat & Wine - Herzliya Pituach - $$$ - Kosher

Meat & Wine

Offering some of the best cuts of meat and veal Israel has to offer, Meat and Wine will cook it to perfection. With a simple decor and a fun vibe, any carnivore will be satisfied with what the menu has to offer. The best premium cuts and one of the only restaurants to offer real ribs and veal. But even if you aren’t a big carnivore, there is what to offer as well. The wine menu is extensive and the waiters will make sure you are paired with the right type to compliment your meat-filled journey. One of Israel’s best steak houses, period.

Minato - Sushi - Herzliya Pituach - $$$ - Kosher

Minato Herzliya Pituach

Minato is a high end gourmet Japanese restaurant located right behind Meat and Wine Co. If you are looking for one of the top sushi places in Israel, Minato is definitely in the top 5. At Minato, they really pride themselves by serving authentic Japanese cuisine (as opposed to Asian-style food found elsewhere in Israel). A must try if you are in the area and want to have a real culinary journey to the Far East. One of Gregory's favorite sushi spots in the world!

Herbert Samuel - Ritz Carlton Herzliya Pituach - $$$ - Kosher

Herbert Samuel Herzliya

Under the supervision of chef and TV personality Yonatan Rushfeld, Herbert Samuel offers their guests fine dining at its best. Herbert Samuel offers a business lunch and an evening menu that is served from the open kitchen overviewing the ocean. Serving a Mediterranean cuisine and refined dishes, the restaurant takes your taste buds on a trip you will not forget. How many other Ritz Carlton’s hotels, serve some of the best kosher food in the world?

Bistro 56 - Herzliya Marina - $$$ - Kosher

Bistro 56

Bistro 56 is located in the Arena mall in the Herzliya marina. A veteran gourmet restaurant, it specializes in seasonal dishes and getting the best out of every ingredient they serve. Should the weather allow, I recommend to go out and dine on the balcony looking over the Mediterranean Sea. The Bistro offers distinct appetizers and the main dishes are cooked on the grill. If you are looking for something seasonal then opt for one of the daily specials. Being located on the water is just a bonus to the gastronomic experience you will have when visiting the Bistro.

Kanki Sushi - $$ - Kosher

Kanki Sushi

Rated as one of Tel Aviv's best sushi restaurants, Kanki is without a doubt one of the best for specialty rolls and a fun atmosphere on the ever so buzzing Bograshov Street. You'll probably have to wait to be seated and the service isn't the best, but that's not why people flock to Kanki; it's because of how delicious the sushi is. Really, it's that gooood.

TAMARA - Frozen Yogurt - $

Tamara Yogurt - Tel Aviv

Because what's better than ice cold froyo after a day on the beach? Nothing, really. Discover why everyone is buzzing about Tamara at this hip froyo shop frequented by locals and tourists alike. It's one of our favorites!

Lumina by Meir Adoni @ The Carlton Hotel TLV - $$$ - Kosher

Lumina by Meir Adoni

Cheffed by the talented Meir Adoni, Lumina restaurant is a modern Israeli bistro (kosher-meat) located on Tel-Aviv's beautiful sea front. The vibe is definitely cool and not a place you'd go to for a snack - but totally worth it for a nice meal out on the town. We recommend: the Asian Sea Carpaccio, Spring Lamb Spareribs, Beets Salad (this will probably be the tastiest beet salad you'll ever have), and the Atayef (you'll just have to trust us on this one!)

LEHAMIM BAKERY - $

Lehamim

Lehamim, also known as Breads Bakery in NYC, is a chain of kosher bakeries across Tel Aviv, with many kinds of breads inspired by bakeries from all over the world. They have amazing cakes, burekas, sandwiches, pies, and cookies. In their sit-down branches on Fridays (Hashmonaim 103 and Ibn Gvirol 125) they also have one of the best breakfasts in Tel Aviv – order your breakfast tray before they run out, with loads of cheeses, fruits, cakes, smoked salmon and tuna, and of course loads of different kinds of bread!

MEATOS - $$$ - Kosher

Meatos Grill Bar

Although highly frequented by French tourists and oleh chadashim, this meat restaurant is one of the best for some tasty grilled steaks and specialty meat dishes. If you love meat, you'll love Meatos!

MIKE'S PLACE - $

Mike's Place

Looking for a piece of America in the heart of Tel Aviv? You've got it right here. Mike's Place boasts some of the best American brews that you won't be able to find elsewhere in the country. Although we've never tried the burger, we hear it's pretty damn good, as well as all the other finger foods and draft beers. This bar has a feel of a true American dive bar and is a favorite amongst American tourists and locals.

PANKINA TEL AVIV - $$$ (KOSHER)

Pankina TLV

Opened in 2017 by Italian Olim, on the corner of Dizengoff and Gordon, this restaurant has been created with love and great taste. The food is delicious — the kitchens are managed by two Italian chefs both with over 30 years of experience and you can really taste the passion that goes into preparing every dish. The ingredients are fresh, the atmosphere is very Italian, and the service is great! What more could you ask for?

Hummus HaCarmel

Hummus HaCarmel

Everyone you meet will tell you their own favorite hummus place, but after many years of trying out many of TLV's hummus places, we can safely say that Hummus HaCarmel is one of the best, if not THE best!

Cafe Xoho (Vegan Friendly)

Cafe Xoho

Laid back deco, delicious healthy comfort home-made food (with many vegetarian and vegan options), good strong coffee and delicious drinks… no wonder Cafe XoHo is a favorite hangout spot amongst the international crowd in Tel Aviv. Be sure to try their delicious all-day breakfasts, and of course their famous cookies!

The Old Man & The Sea

The Old Man & The Sea

The Old Man and the Sea’s menu includes a selection of fresh salads, which are prepared daily by the restaurant’s kitchen staff, unique second and main courses and great fish, seafood and meats. The Old Man and the Sea’s special deal includes 18 different kinds of salads, warm oven baked pita breads, a lemonade jug, main course (fish / seafood / meat), and coffee or tea.

Where To Drink
LALA LAND - GORDON BEACH

LALA Land at Gordon Beach

Sit back and sip on your favorite cocktails as you people watch and admire Tel Aviv's beautiful sea. You'll love the ambiance of this place - great people, great music and an overall great atmosphere. Our advice: get there around lunch time or after the beach, and order a cold glass of white or rose wine. Trust us, you'll love it and you can thank us later!

THE LIBRARY BAR AT THE NORMAN HOTEL

The Library Bar at The Norman Hotel - Tel Aviv

Rated as one of the best hotels in the world, The Norman Hotel offers an upscale and chic atmosphere for a nice evening drink at The Library Bar. Feeling adventurous? Grab your bathing suit, beach towel and head to the rooftop pool to sip on some specialty cocktails and admire the spectacular views.

Spicehaus

Spicehaus TLV

This is definitely one of the coolest concept bars ever. They call it a “cocktail bar pharmacy”, the bartenders actually dress like pharmacists, and cocktails are served in 3 different sized beaker bottles. This is the largest cocktail bar in Tel Aviv, but don’t get confused when you see a sign for “The East Jaffa Perfume Company” – you’re at the right place!

Concierge

Concierge Cocktail Bar

Concierge is a top notch cocktail bar located in the hearth of Tel Aviv, featuring an amazing and diverse cocktail menu!

Sputnik

Sputnik

Hidden down a small alley off Allenby, near the corner of Rothschild, Sputnik opened in 2016, and has already achieved a cult-status amongst the Tel Aviv hipster crew as a space to chill, drink, catchup with friends, and listen to good music – including the occasional live act and top Tel Aviv DJ. It’s recommended to book a table in advance, as the place gets packed by 10pm and there are usually large queues outside.

BellBoy

BellBoy

Brought to you by one of Tel Aviv’s most well-respected cocktail teams, Bellboy at the Berdichevsky Hotel is taking things in eclectic new directions. Inside the hotel you will find a dimly lit, cozy bar decorated in 1920’s style. The well-dressed bartenders put as much effort and creativity into the presentation of their sophisticated cocktails as they do the taste. Happy Hour 6-8pm, 1+1 on drinks.

Imperial - Craft Cocktail Bar

Imperial Craft

Hidden within the Imperial Hotel, the Imperial Craft cocktail Bar is a creation of veteran bartenders of the city, to create a temple to the lost art of the cocktail. The music varies from swing jazz at happy hour to surf and Rock n’ Roll come late night (when most of the city’s bartenders come cruising around).

Double Standard

Double Standard

Expect delicious cocktails from the guys behind Spicehaus, and a sophisticated snack menu. All the mixers are home-made in the Spicehaus laboratories – with a wide range of healthy tastes and flavours.

Port Said

Port Said

If you are looking for a restaurant that encapsulates Tel Aviv, this is it! With its hipster environment and delicious take on middle-eastern food by top Israeli celebrity-chef Eyal Shani, this is the perfect place to chill and meet friends after a hard day at work or on the beach. The menu changes daily and includes sharing portions of freshly-sourced local food, served with spoonfuls of tehina! We recommend their minute steak and chicken liver!

Where To Party
KULI ALMA

Kuli Alma

Voted the best bar in Tel Aviv! This cool underground bar on the corner of Yehuda Halevi and Allenby has a big outdoor area to chill, a closed room with amazing music to dance and a third room that usually has live music. They also host some great exhibitions and pop up shops, a complete experience! It has some of the best vibes in the city, awesome DJs, and beautiful graffiti decorating the walls.

Useful Information!
Power Change (Important for hairdryers and curling irons!)

Please remember that electric appliances such as hairdryers and curling irons must be 220v or dual voltage. Items that are 110v will cause damage!

DO NOT use converters! You should instead buy 220 or 230v items.

Currency Exchange

1 Euro = 4.35 NIS

1£ = 5 NIS

$1 = 3.59 NIS

Try to negotiate the best rate you can find with the CHANGE kiosks throughout Israel! Do NOT change at banks.

VAT - Money You Can Save!

According to the Israel Value Added Tax Law, a wide range of tourism services provided to tourists (foreign citizen), during their stay in Israel, are subject to zero VAT.

https://taxes.gov.il/english/v...

Services available for VAT exemption:

1. Overnight hotel accommodations and additional services provided to the tourists, on condition that they are received in the hotel in which the tourist stays overnight.

2. Rental of a private motor vehicle for self-driving.

3. Transportation for touring, either in a private motor vehicle or by bus (licensed for such purpose).

4. Meals provided during a bus tour or boat cruise.

5. Transportation of tourists by any type of boat from one part of Israel to another.

6. Transportation of tourists by any type of aircraft from one part of Israel to another.

7. Hospitalization (in hospitals authorized by the Public Health Ordinance).

Note: The full rate of VAT (currently 17%) applies to all service which do not qualify as the type of services listed above, provided to tourists in Israel.

Getting Around in Israel

The best way to get around Israel is through the Gett Taxi app on iPhone and Android. It's basically Uber for Israel, but better and cheaper!

If you have to use a regular taxi, you have the right to ask to go by the meter and not by the price they quote you initially. Regular cabs do not take credit cards - only cash.

You do NOT need to tip in Israel!

WhatsApp

If you don't use it already, you'll want to download it before heading to Israel. It's a very useful app that allows you to make free phone calls and text between friends. WiFi is available in most places throughout Israel, for free!