Tel Aviv is a small city with a big city vibe, so there’s always a lot of things happening in different areas of the city.
There is a laid back and open mindedness to the people that you don’t find in the more biblically famous city of Jerusalem. Don’t get me wrong, we met some cool people in Jerusalem too but it seems like Tel Aviv’s vibe is closer to California than it is the rest of Israel. Maybe it’s that the sound of the ocean makes people the people there happier. That’s definitely true for us.
We only had one full day in Tel Aviv so we immediately set out to make the most of it.
So, we dropped our luggage off at the Market House Hotel in the Jaffa area and started walking. First, we walked to the harbor area and enjoyed the sights and sound there, stopping to enjoy a couple of incredibly talented street musicians. After their performance, we walked on and smelled a place frying up some delicious seafood. We stopped in and bought some fried calamari, shrimp and the fish and chips. We found a bench near a stretch of booths that some local merchants had set up and feasted while we people watched.
After our meal, we walked along Tel Aviv’s famous beaches. We immediately noticed that there are a lot of signs saying not to do things that everyone completely ignores. There are no swimming signs everywhere along the beach even though everyone there is swimming. The people of Tel Aviv have no time for stupid rules and we really liked that about them.
As animal lovers, we were also pleasantly surprised to see that the beaches are dog friendly, even though the signs say no dogs of course.
It was fun to watch so many dogs playing together and splashing in the ocean. We walked for a long time, going as far as our feet would carry us before we took a break and watched the sunset. I don’t know if every sunset in Tel Aviv is as beautiful as the one we saw but we like to think so. Feeling properly rested we started our walk back.
When we reached the Jaffa area again we still weren’t hungry enough for dinner so we stopped at a local bar, with great tunes playing called Urbano.
We had a couple of drinks in their outside patio area while Beck’s “Nicotine and Gravy” was playing and we laughed when he got to the line in the song, “She looks so Israeli.” Sometimes timing is everything and life can gift you with its great sense of humor.
After a couple of drinks, we were ready for a bite to eat.
We wandered around for a while trying to pick a place that had just the right atmosphere and a great bottle of wine. We found both when we reached a place called Jopea Kitchen Bar. They had a gifted French sommelier who helped us pick out a great bottle of wine. We ordered a cheese plate and baked bread with freshly made hummus, salsa and tahini that were scrumptious. The food in Israel is reason enough to visit the country. Soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying ourselves, it was very easy to conclude that we really liked Tel Aviv. Don’t be surprised if one day we end up as Temporary Residents there.