I am leaving for Israel this weekend and I'll be traveling all over. I'd love your suggestions on things to do, people to meet, customs to embrace, restaurants to try, cooking classes to take, souvenirs to buy, performances to attend, secrets to find, and other ways to make the most of my time there! Bonus points if it's something to do on Shabbat!
  1. @gabe and @sari's Tel Aviv lists = SAVED
  2. EatWith Habanot
    I am excited to try EatWith for the first time and I have heard that the Habanot meals are 👌
  3. Nabil Bakery
    Old City, Jerusalem
  4. Jabber Bakery
    A bakery in a 200-year-old cave in Old City, Jerusalem
  5. Sea of Herbs
    Spice market on Beit Habad St. in Old City, Jerusalem
  6. Jabrani
    130-year-old tahini factory, 2 ma'alot el Moliva St., Old City, Jerusalem
  7. Tzfat Cheese
    In the small town of Tzfat
  8. Lehamim Bakery
    Owned by the same guy who opened one of my favorite New York bakeries, Breads. This one is in Tel Aviv.
  9. Drink a Limonana
  10. Shop for Judaica at Shmoneh B'Yachad - 8 ceramics artists and no kitsch.
    Suggested by @evan
  11. Chill at Tachanah haRishona in Jerusalem
    Old train station turned into restaurants, market stalls, shops, even live music. With stuff for kids!
    Suggested by @evan
  12. Azura
    Iraqi Jewish food in the Machane Yehuda market, Jerusalem
    Suggested by @jennarichman
  13. Machneyuda
    Tucked away in the Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Must make a reservation!
    Suggested by @Aorley
  14. The Blind or Deaf Tour at the Israeli Children's Museum
    I suggest the "blind tour" over the "deaf tour," but both will leave you speechless. Tour transcends language and culture as you + strangers experience blindness/deafness, for real. Must make a reservation, about 30 mins outside Tel Aviv in Holon.
    Suggested by @Aorley
  15. Meet up with Inbal Baum, who runs Delicious Israel! Inbal@deliciousisrael.com. She would be an awesome resource.
    Suggested by @EricElkins
  16. Marzipan in the shuk (machane yehuda), timol shilshom (also Jerusalem, near ben yehuda
    Suggested by @jill
  17. Make sure to get up to the Western Galil - it's like the Sonoma of Israel. Michal runs a cool collective of businesses - dairy farms, vineyards, farm-to-table restaurants... wgtime@gmail.com
    Suggested by @EricElkins
  18. North Abraxas
    Amazing restaurant in Tel Aviv. Everything is delicious but you must order the cauliflower!! Enjoy!
    Suggested by @rianhandler
  19. Miznon on Ibn Gabirol. Best sandwiches! Bike ride to Neve Tzedek, see a show at Habima, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
    Suggested by @charlottery
  20. City of David Water Tunnel tour
    Not for those who are claustrophobic... it's right outside the old city… Bring really good water shoes. And a tiny flashlight. They sell them there.
    Suggested by @mallofamanda
  21. Delicious Israel tour of Machanah Yehudah MARKET
    Suggested by @mallofamanda
  22. Talk to as many cab drivers as possible. Seriously.
    Suggested by @ravuri