Things to do in Israel
While it's easy to fill your entire list of things to do in Israel with sacred sites, there are plenty of contemporary and secular hotspots that are worth a visit. Here are some fun options:
Ein Gedi National Park. This park in the Dead Sea area is home to balsam plants, native wildlife and an ancient synagogue with mysterious inscriptions.
Shop the Souks. Israel has a number of festive open-air market markets—such as Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, the Jaffa Flea Market and Jerusalem's Old City Market (or souk)—selling beads, sandals, rugs, vintage clothes and plenty of snacks.
Snorkeling in the Red Sea. The coral reefs of Eilat make for some colorful marine life sightseeing, even for beginners.
Winery Tours. Certainly, Israel's wine culture has been around longer than France's or California's, and exploring the newer operations is a fascinating option for foodies wondering what to do in Israel on a day trip. Some of the top wineries these days include Galil Mountain Winery and Na'aman Winery.
Housed in a former train station, Made in TLV stocks a sleek range of design books, tabletop pieces, candles, and photographs.
Wedged into a tight, triangular site within the city’s central cultural complex, this piece of architectural origami uses a soaring, twisting, 87-foot-tall atrium, called Lightfall, to link a series of refreshingly uncomplicated galleries.
In the emerging Noga district, this boutique sells funky housewares, including signature "lamp dresses"-lights covered in Mondrian-inspired frock-shaped mylar paper shells.
A neo-Georgian supper club, a place where one can order a cool
pomegranate vodka drink, featuring grenadine juice from Russia and
crushed ice, or a frozen margarita made with native arak liquor,
almonds, and rose juice. The décor is mellow and cozy like a shabby
The museum's buildings cover 540,000 square feet and which is the country's largest cultural institution.
Vintage hunters will swoon over this spacious boutique filled with restored furniture by Midcentury masters, including Eames, Nelson, and Aalto. Don’t miss the 1950’s-era Israeli items—from Hebrew-language globes to kibbutz-style chairs.
Where a medieval-looking portal leads to an invitingly gloomy space.
This art-house cinema on leafy Lloyd George Street has drawn the artisterati
for more than 80 years. As the first
Follow in the steps of Mary Magdalene, Miriam, and Queen Helena. Other itineraries highlight Holy Land favorites: the Garden of Gethsemane and the Dome of the Rock.
Talents Design showcases works by such up-and-coming Israeli designers as Dor Carmon. Best finds: orchid-shaped couches and earthy stone tables.