With Delta’s new nonstop service from New York, Tel Aviv is more accessible than ever. And stylish hotels, restaurants, and shops are helping put the city in the international spotlight. T+L weighs in on what to do when you land.
The city’s first boutique property, the Hotel Montefiore (36 Montefiore St.; 972-3/564-6100; doubles from $375), is set to open next month in the White City district. The space feels like a lavish mansion, and eight of the twelve rooms have private balconies.
At the ultramodern Deca (10 HaTa’asiya St.; 972-3/562-9900; dinner for two $90), in-the-know Israelis eat haute kosher dishes (spicy whitefish falafel, sea bass with Jerusalem artichoke) in a sleek, concrete-walled room.
Siblings Nimrod Zaltsman and Hilla Wenkert run Olia (73 Frishman; 972-3/522-3235), a six-month-old olive oil boutique near Rabin Square that stocks regionally sourced products such as olive tapenade infused with Parmesan cheese.
The Inga Gallery of Contemporary Art (2 Rakavet St.; inga-gallery.com; 972- 3/560-0812) is the latest addition to the city’s budding art scene. On display: works by Israeli photographer and painter Diti Almog.