Bustling Tel Aviv bills itself as the second city that never sleeps. Go for a mini break and soak up its hot new restaurants, hip old flea markets and one long party vibe in the sunshine…TONI JONES shares her insider guide.


*The Jewish Weekend: Jewish ‘Shabbat’ is from sunset on Friday to the fall of full darkness on Saturday and as a result the weekend in Israel is observed on Friday–Saturday.


Check in to Brown Beach Hotel, one of the city’s best boutique hotels and an Instagramer’s dream, featuring statement walls and floors, neon flamingos and sea views (if you’re in the right room). It’s also brilliantly situated between the historic White City area and the marginally less cultural Gordon beach, so you’ll never be too far away from the action.

Finding your feet in Tel Aviv is as easy as following the coastline. Walk, jog or jump on a rental bike (these are plentiful and the most fun and affordable way to see the city) and follow the beaches south to explore the historic Arab town of Jaffa and its flea markets and outdoor cafes. A Segway tour is a hi-tech way to see the old town and Fisherman’s port before heading to the fun Neve Tzedek area for a hummus-based lunch at one of the street food stalls.

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