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Old Jaffa

Old Jaffa

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Old Jaffa is one of the most ancient cities in the world, with over 4,000 years of history. The Old Jaffa port is one of the most ancient ports in the world, and the control over which had been shifted from one ruler to the other for many centuries. Each of them – Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Greek, Roman or French – has left his own unique mark on the city. You can sense it while traveling the narrow lanes of the city and witnessing its unique charm. Nowadays these small arched alleys, named after the zodiac’s signs, are filled with artists’ quarters, studios and art galleries, as well as Judaica, archaeology items and jewelry shops. Not surprisingly, Old Jaffa is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions and surely one of Tel Aviv’s most romantic spots.

The best way to start exploring Old Jaffa is by walking down the beach promenade, which offers lovely views of Tel-Aviv beaches and skyline, southward from the “drums-beach”. From there you will reach the old port that has great view of the city and a beautiful authentic pier. If you keep walking down the southernmost side of the port area, you will find a ship graveyard. Otherwise, walk up the stairs from the old port and reach Kedumim Square, in the center of the old city. In Kedumim Square you will find the ancient Jaffa museum and a tourist information center. Right next to Kedumim square is a small park with sculptures of Israeli artists, spectacular views of the Mediterranean and a lovely romantic atmosphere.

Another recommended walk is towards the Clock Square and the Clock Tower. It was built in the Ottoman period in the beginning of the 20th century and became the center of Old Jaffa. It is located right in the middle of the city’s markets, next to the Flea Market and many small shops that offer practically everything you may want to take back home as a souvenir.

Experience Mediterranean Flavors at Mena - A Bistro Restaurant on Yarakon Street

Experience Mediterranean Flavors at Mena - A Bistro Restaurant on Yarakon Street

I recently visited Mena, a Mediterranean bistro restaurant located on Yarakon Street, and I must say, I was impressed. The restaurant is under the direction of Chef Yanon Elel, who has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens around the world. The restaurant is beautifully situated on a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, offering a stunning view. Mena's emphasis on Mediterranean food is evident in every dish they serve, and the freshness of the ingredients is apparent. The menu is carefully curated, with classic influences and European flair that doesn't compromise on the small details. I had the pleasure of trying several dishes, and each one was better than the last. The winter menu features a variety of dishes, from sourdough bread with butter, dua, olive oil, and balsamic from Modena, to sweet potato roulade with confit garlic, feta, hazelnuts, and olive oil. The standout dish for me was the chopped liver with pepper jam, crispy shallots, sour leaves, and African bread. It was a unique twist on a classic dish, and the flavors were perfectly balanced. Mena's menu options are a delightful blend of Mediterranean cuisine with European influences, offering a diverse range of dishes to suit all tastes. From classic favorites like Caesar salad with parmesan and crispy potato, to more adventurous options like fish carpaccio with pistachio vinaigrette and chili, the restaurant caters to a variety of palates. Vegetarians and vegans will also find plenty of options, including the red root vegetable pasta with silan, za'atar, and feta, and the greens in the oven with caesar aioli, parmesan, crispy potato, and soft egg. The menu is carefully curated to highlight the freshest ingredients, and the staff is knowledgeable about each dish, making recommendations and accommodating any dietary restrictions. Overall, the menu options at Mena are a delicious journey through the flavors of the Mediterranean. The service at Mena was impeccable, and the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. They were able to match the needs of our group in terms of food, style, design, and service. The published menus can be slightly changed if necessary, which is a nice touch. Overall, I highly recommend Mena for anyone looking for a Mediterranean dining experience in a beautiful setting. The prices are reasonable, considering the quality of the food and the level of service. If you're looking for a place to host a small event, Mena is the perfect choice.

Rabin Square Tel Aviv

Rabin Square Tel Aviv

Rabin Square is the main open public square of Tel Aviv, and is typically used for art exhibitions, independence-day celebrations and large rallies and demonstrations. The most famous of which was the peace rally on the night of November 5th 1995, at the end of which Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel, was assassinated. Shortly afterwords, the square was renamed, and a monument was built on the north-eastern corner, where Rabin was shot. At the top of the stairs leading to the city hall entrance, Rabin's last speech from the rally is engraved in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Until today, a small group called "the peace guards" gathers there every Friday at noontime to pay respect to the late much missed leader. On the southern part of Rabin Square you'll find a sculpture designed by Yigal Tumerkin, a famous Israeli artist, in memory of the Holocaust victims. On the northern part of the square you'll find the city hall building, next to the "Gan Hair" shopping mall. The street bordering the eastern side of Rabin Square is Ibn Gvirol, which is one of the main streets of the city. This street is a popular Tel Aviv landmark, crowded with many outdoor cafes, which remain lively until late at night. There are many places to sit and have a drink around Rabin Square, most famous of which is the Brasserie at 70 Ibn Gvirol Street. Brasserie was opened a couple of years ago and soon became one of the most successful restaurants in Tel Aviv. It is open 24 hours, and offers a French Bistro cuisine in Middle Eastern surroundings. There are special menus for every hour of the day and night, and the service is friendly.

How tel aviv became a global startup hub for tech companies from all over the world

How tel aviv became a global startup hub for tech companies from all over the world

Tech companies from around the world flock to Tel Aviv as a global startup hub. In the last two decades, Tel Aviv has become a global center of innovation and development for many global companies. In the city and surrounding areas, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and others are present. Tel Aviv has become a global hub for tech startups for a few key reasons. First, the city has a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. This culture has led to the development of a robust ecosystem of support for startups, including access to funding, mentorship, and a talented workforce. In addition, Tel Aviv's location in the Middle East makes it a strategic location for companies looking to expand into the region, and the city's high quality of life has made it a attractive destination for both local and international talent.

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