My Tel Aviv: ‘This city is the heart of human connections’
Creative director and Soho House Tel Aviv, Jaffa member Reut Ben Ishay shares her insider tips on where to eat, drink and party
Tuesday 27 September 2022 By Reut Ben Ishay
As cities go, Tel Aviv, Jaffa has it all – white sand beaches, endless nightlife options, must-see museums and galleries, and one of the best restaurant scenes in the Middle East.
It’s also full of landscape views of both the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
For those wanting a real feel for Tel Aviv, as experienced by the locals, we asked creative fashion director Reut Ben Ishay to share her favourite ‘off the beaten track’ spots. Ishay started her career at Israeli luxury fashion brand Galia Lahav and is currently working on a project documenting Tel Aviv, Jaffa’s queer nightlife. As a native and long-time working professional in the city, she knows exactly where to find its best-kept secrets – especially those among local creatives.
Here are just a few of her highlights…
Where to party
At first glance, you may think Phi was a vegan cafe or trendy restaurant, but it’s actually one of the city’s hottest spots to party like a local.
Where to drink
Bosser (in Hebrew: not ripe)
Located near the trendy Florentine neighbourhood, this intimate wine bar offers a variety of local and international options – making it the perfect place for date night.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in an episode of Mad Men, you should visit Nilus. The bar’s chic design and sexy vibe make it one of a kind.
Where to eat
For the uninitiated, I recommend sitting at the bar to get a real taste of the ‘Abraxas’ experience. Expect simple but delicious food, combined with the perfect Tel Avivian atmosphere.
Where to buy independent brands
Look no further than Dozen Wishes for handmade jewellery that taps into the Y2K resurgence of pearls.
Favourite place near the House
Right across the street from Soho House you’ll find The Chapel, whose name gives insight into its former life. With original features offset by neon decor, this bar makes for a memorable drinking experience.
On Ha-Pninim Street, you’ll find the cosiest studio that hosts culinary workshops, which is also available for private events too. The owner and Soho House member Chaguy Eshel organises different events every week.