Saturday, January 16, 2016

Places to visit in Tel Aviv: The Nachum Gutman Museum in Neve Tzedek

The artist Nachum Gutman might not be very well known internationally but in Israel he is huge! Not only did he create some amazing pieces of art (he is mainly known for his water colors and sketches but did do some oil paintings and other stuff too), he was also a famous illustrator for newspapers, magazines, ad campaigns, children's books and more. Due to this, most Israelis do know his work from one place or the other, but if you like art, the museum dedicated to him might be of interest even if you don't, as Nachum Gutman's art is pretty universally attractive, even if it did focus heavily on Israel.

The museum tells you a lot about Nachum Gutman and has a lot of different types of works of his on display. The museum is divided between 2 different buildings, which is a bit weird but is excellent for parents and grandparents especially as it is extremely child friendly, something you can't accuse most other art museums in town of being.
 (play area at the Nachum Gutman area, one of the many suitable areas in the museum for small children)

The museum also has a pretty nice gift shop, but a lot of the items, although not all, are for Hebrew speakers only. You will find translations into English in the museum itself, however, so you do not need to know Hebrew to enjoy the museum, but if you are looking for something else than art in the gift shop and do not know how to read Hebrew, the selection will not be the best.

The museum is located in the charming neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, on 21 Rokach Street (yes, there seems to be 2 of these in Tel Aviv for some reason!), and you need to pay an entrance fee of 24 NIS to enter if you are an adult, children enter for free and discounts are available for senior citizens, Tel Aviv residents etc.

If you are able to read Hebrew, you can find out a lot more about the museum on their website.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Laduree might be opening in Tel Aviv!

So this is not really a scoop, as we actually read this on Happy in Tel Aviv first, but one of our favorite companies in Paris - the world famous Laduree! - is going to open a branch in Tel Aviv as well!

We are really looking forward to that, but meanwhile, those looking for some amazing French treats can always try Fauchon in Sarona, which we recently visited, but forgot to take photos of, which is also really good! (we will try to post a more comprehensive post about it when we have the time)

(image of Laduree from Things that make me go Mmmm)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tel Aviv has the world's best vegetarian food

That's what the Conde Nast Traveler claims, anyway. So if you are a vegetarian and are looking for a culinary destination to add to your bucket list, look no further than Tel Aviv!

We must say we have visited some of the restaurants listed, and we do agree that the ones we know out of the list are pretty good, so it seems someone over at Conde Nast Traveler has indeed been doing their research!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Interesting new book about Jaffa

In other words, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, has been published a while ago, but we just found out about it (thanks to Facebook) and just ordered it, so we thought we would share the information we do have about the book with other photography lovers as well.

Because the book is indeed a street photography book, filled with amazing photos from the streets of Jaffa, all in black and white.
For more information about the book, titled Somewhere in Jaffa, see The Green Prophet and The Sydney Morning Herald. You can order the book through the author/photographer's website (that's what we did).

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Germany helps restore Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv

According to Architectural Digest, anyway. (But we've read this elsewhere too, so there seems to be some truth in this)
The reason being, presumably, that the Bauhaus school was of German origin, so there is a connection to Germany, and Tel Aviv boasts the largest collection of these buildings in the world.

A whopping 3.2 million dollars are said to be donated by Germany for this purpose, and we definitely look forward to seeing Tel Aviv become even prettier than it is today!

Read more on Architectural Digest.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Kampai, Sarona

Several years ago, we happened to stop in Beersheva on a trip to Eilat, and wanted to have a bite there. Purely by chance (as we weren't very familiar with restaurants in Beersheva), we chose to eat at Kampai, which turned out to be an excellent choice, as their food was delicious! So much so, that we started calling it "the best Asian restaurant in Israel", and we often talked about how ironic it was that such a restaurant could be found in Beersheva of all places.
From then on, we've made sure to always eat at Kampai whenever we are in Beersheva (which is not that often, to be honest), but we never expected this desert gem to pop up in Tel Aviv as well.

However, when taking a walk in Sarona recently, we saw a sign saying "Kampai" on one of the buildings, and while we weren't completely sure we were looking at another branch of THE Kampai, we were really hoping, and we thought there might be a chance that this was the case, since we saw that the Kampai in Sarona also served sushi, noodles, fried rice and other Asian dishes. So we decided to ask, and the hostess confirmed that THE Kampai indeed had a branch in Tel Aviv now. How could we not give it a try?
We did, of course, and the food at the Kampai in Tel Aviv is just as delicious as in Beersheva (although we've only been there once, so we have not had a chance to try the sushi yet, only the noodles and the home fries).
The service was really excellent as well, and we liked how they paid attention even to the smallest details, such as giving you Asian, not Israeli soda, when you ordered some bubbly water.
Kampai does have a website (only in Hebrew) and they even do deliveries! If you read Hebrew, and would like to know more about them, you may want to check out their Facebook page too.

The address is Osvaldo Aranha 9, in the beautiful Sarona complex.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Claro

One of the best restaurants we've visited recently is Claro, located on the outskirts of the lovely Sarona area. In our opinion, both the decor of the restaurant and the food itself is absolutely amazing, making Claro a very upscale and enjoyable dining experience in every way.
While Claro might seem a tad expensive if you go here for dinner, they actually have very nice lunch deals, so if you'd like to give this place a try, we recommend you visit the restaurant for lunch. And if you do, don't forget to ask about the specials!
(Claro's English website seems to be under construction, but they do have a website in Hebrew for those who read it, where you can see the menu.
We will definitely be going back here, over and over again!