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Bolinat

Bolinat (6 Dorot Rishonim Street, Jerusalem) – located near the popular Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, this is a café during the day, and becomes a laidback loungy nightspot at night. Patrons are drawn here in part because of the reasonable prices for drinks.

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The Eucalyptus

The Eucalyptus (14 Hativat Yerushalayim Street, Jerusalem) – located a few minutes by foot from Jaffa Gate, this restaurant stands out, not only because it’s located within an ancient stone building, but because it serves dishes inspired from biblical scenes (prepared by celebrity chef Moshe Basson). Such items include Jacob and Esau’s lentil stew, Hubeza […]

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Tony Vespa

Tony Vespa (267 Dizengoff Street, 140 Rothschild Blvd., Tel Aviv) – this Tel Aviv pizzeria is a popular hangout for local college kids and families, and is considered one of the best in town. This pizzeria is unique since it sells slices by weight (NIS 85 per kilo). Also, since it’s not kosher, toppings like […]

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Modern Restaurant

Modern Restaurant (The Israel Museum, 11 Ruppin Road, Jerusalem) – located at the Israel Museum, this restaurant’s contemporary décor is a welcome change from the ancient stone décor typically found elsewhere in the city. It serves a variety of dishes, and has a large wine list (including kosher ones). Because of its interior design, it […]

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Mizlala

Mizlala (57 Nahalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv) – launched in 2011, this is one of the city’s trendier restaurants (attracting celebrity types like fashion model Bar Refaeli and various Israeli television personalities). A variety of dishes can be found here, ranging from salmon ceviche; to chopped steak (with tahini, pine nuts and charred eggplant puree); and […]

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Gordo Beach Front Café

Gordo Beach Front Café (Gordon & Ha’yarkon Streets, Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv) – facing one of Tel Aviv’s popular beach areas (Gordon Beach), this seaside restaurant is known for its trendy décor and spacious dining areas. Its dining options range from fish and seafood (from tempura shrimp, to calamari, deep-fried mullet, and Mediterranean white fish) […]

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Dixie

Dixie (120 Igal Alon Street, corner 3 Totzeret Haaretz, Tel Aviv) – this restaurant originally opened as a “Manhattan style” steak house in 1993. Since then, its menu has evolved to include culinary influences from various countries. Items currently served include spare ribs in teriyaki glaze, sautéed beef fillet cutlets & portabello, entrecote Philadelphia cheese […]

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Darna

Darna (3 Horkanos Street, Jerusalem) – this kosher restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine (a nod to the Moroccan Jewish immigrants who have made their way to Israel over the years). Housed in a 200 year old building in the heart of Jerusalem, the décor is consistent with the Moroccan theme. Dishes served here range from Lamb […]

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Dallal

Dallal (10 Shabazi Street, Tel Aviv) – this restaurant’s name, which means “pamper” in Hebrew, is located within the Soho-like fashionable Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedak. It serves a variety of dishes with a Mediterranean flair. Dallal is also known for its breakfast food, including eggs benedict, as well as a variety of baked […]

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Cucina Tamar

Cucina Tamar (10 Hatzfira Street, Tel Aviv) – this well-regarded Italian restaurant is run by local chef Tamar Cohen-Tzedek, who makes it a point to travel periodically to northern Italy to keep up with culinary trends there. The result is a wealth of specialties that diners here can delve in, such as velvety parmesan budino, […]