Shopping and Noshing in Tel Aviv...
Arab Israeli food ...
Abu Adham is located at 151 Iben Giverol
Street corner of Pincas Street. Haaretz newspaper called
this little spot 'one of the five best hummus places in
Tel Aviv'. While Journeywoman didn't try the other four
we can attest to how much we enjoyed the food at this place.
For most folks this is a bit off the tourist trail but we
think it's worth the effort if you're interested in basic
Arab Israeli food. This is a very small, simple, clean space
with large picture windows overlooking a Tel Aviv residential
neighbourhood. It was so pleasant for us to hear discussions
from other diners in three languages -- Arabic, Hebrew and
enjoyed our huge plate (big enough to share) of Arabic Salad
(veggies very finely chopped) with techina dressing. Next
came our plate of freshly made falafel (spiced round chickpea
fritters) served with a huge helping of hummus accompanied
by as much pita bread you need or want. We washed down everything
with a pitcher of house-made lemonade that was perfect (just
sweet enough not to spoil the lemon tanginess). Dessert
was Baklawa and if I remember correctly our bill for the
two of us was under $20.00.
(Source: Gila A, Tel Aviv, Israel)
bookstore in Tel Aviv ...
I lived in Tel Aviv I'd be in this indie bookstore and cafe
all the time. Bookworm
is owned and operated by two women (Eliana Ydov and Fanny
Hershinzon) who've been business partners for the last twenty-five
years. They specialize in contemporary fiction, psychoanalysis,
design and architecture. It's a treat to browse their well-stocked
shelves which include a good basic selection of English
titles alongside their main Hebrew collection. The shop
is modern, beautifully lit and boasts an active bulletin
board of events around town.
cafe at the back of the shop is a real find. I counted 12
tables where 50% of the folks were working at their computers.
The rest were reading and enjoying their coffee, sandwiches
(like goat cheese with red pepper) and homemade cakes and
muffins that were so incredibly tasty especially when compared
to the mass produced, standard fare most coffee shops serve.
A real find! Address: 9 Rabin Square
(Source: Evelyn Hannon, Toronto, Canada)
Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv...
was invited to spend one night at the
Dan Panorama Hotel while I was in Tel Aviv.
What a treat! My room was well appointed, the bed comfortable
and I cannot say enough about the warm, welcoming service.
For a large hotel to achieve that type of ambiance is a
And the location?
Imagine the soft, sandy beaches of the Mediterranean just
across the street. The view from my window was breathtaking
as the sun went down over the sea.
warn you. Don't go down to breakfast if you're on a diet.
Their buffet is spectacular. There is never just one type
of fish, cheese, bread, eggs or baked goods to choose from.
I counted at least ten choices for each on a buffet table
that runs the length of the huge dining room. The Dan Panorama
even has a specialty coffee bar. Expresso, Americano, latte,
decaf -- you name it, they serve it. P.S.
to moms: the Dan Panorama has a Kids Club, too. Darn! I
wish I could have stayed longer. Website: http://www.danhotels.com/Hotel-Tel-Aviv
a local's tip. When I fly out of Tel Aviv I always use a
company called Hadar Lod
as they offer a reduced rate of 90 shekles to Ben Gurion
International Airport. They do this because the airport
is their home base and when they bring passengers into the
city they don't want to go back without a fare. Their telephone
number is: 972-2-9711103 however if you're in Tel Aviv just
(Source: Sunny H. Tel Aviv, Israel)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Just
a tweeny tidbit of airport information. Terminal Three,
the international terminal at Ben Gurion International Airport
has free wi-fi. Hurray!