Verge travels: Tel Aviv

Verge’s Kristine Anonuevo took a trip to one of our bucket list destinations – Tel Aviv; its mix of powder white beaches and thrilling nightlight give most other city destinations a run for their money. Kristine tells us about her experience and gives us her top trips on travelling to Tel Aviv…

The Experience

Tel Aviv was an eye opening experience, I truelly lapped up their phrase of living ‘going slowly at first and then going faster’ – their creative process into art, fashion and technology.

Tel Aviv is thriving with passionate people who take pride in their culture and the journey to their success whether to be an artist or an engineer. This reflected through their delicious food and approach to art and architecture.

As part of the experience, we were lucky enough to be guided through the Taglit Innovation – showcasing an exhibition of Israel as a start-up nation. It covers major in the fields of innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship.

Taglit Israel built an Innovation Centre in partnership with Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and Ben, our tour guide, showed us the new advancements. The ideas were clever, mind-blowing and really focussed on making the world a better place to live in. My personal favs were;

  • Rafael – Invents the Iron Dome for Security + Defence purposes.
  • Netafirm – Invents Irrigation for farming use.
  • Pilcam – Impressive pill size invented to take image of internal body parts.
  • Orcam- Designed for people who are visually impaired. It distinguishes signs and informative symbols to be highlighted for the wearer to see clearer.
  • Water-Gen – Designed for countries who suffer from drought and cannot obtain clean water to drink and to wash. It amazingly makes water from air, humid countries would benefit from this invention.

After being so inspired, we let our hair down at Kuli Alma. It has only been opened for a year and half and located into the creative crux of south Tel Aviv, the crowd consists of art lovers of all ages – and like all clubs it is open until 4am if your a fan of hip hop/rap and good bass. I particularly enjoyed their alcohol – a slushy with jelly sweets thrown in the mix!

We then departed for Tel Aviv Port to indulge our senses through the Farmer’s Market.  The Port is very serene during the day, with ocean views and large walkways, shops and cafe’s ideal for brunch meetings. During the evening, nightlife is buzzing with clubs and bars.

Tel Aviv’s biggest event, Pride Party!

The weekend highlight was definitely witnessing the finest of costumes as we danced our lunch away to upbeat house/electronica music from live performances & DJ’s.

Located in Charles Clore Garden and Beach. It was the perfect setting for all Israeli locals and tourists to come together drink, dance and be merry celebrating our individuality.

Flying to Tel Aviv via El Al Israel Airlines

I must advise please get there at least 3-4hrs before your flight, if you are not in business class or travelling in a group. It is a must! (this is also advisable for people who wants more time in duty free).

Before checking in there is security questions  with regards to your baggage and reasons for your visit. Please do not take any of it personally – this is mandatory to every passenger.

Where we stayed - Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv

The Sheraton has stunning views overlooking the beach, the pool below and most of all the beautiful skyline of Tel Aviv.

This weekend Camden’s Roundhouse is the hub for an amazing four-day showcase – TLV in LDN. With satellite events taking place across the city at locations including Cadogan Hall and The Coronet. Highlights include a live DJ set from Guy Gerber; performances and workshops by dance troupe Mayumana; an exhibition curated by internationally renowned artist Ori Gersht; and a food festival by esteemed Israeli chef Shaul Ben-Aderet. Indulge your senses and discover the delights of this jewel of the Med.

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