Tel Aviv is a spiritual haven, no matter your religious affiliation. A few of us on team FEED were lucky enough to visit this year, and we returned inspired by this cultural enclave where locals are as kind to tourists as they are to each other (and amazing hummus can be found on every corner!). One such FEEDer is our summer intern Brooke, who left us, Voyager Tote in tow, to study abroad in Tel Aviv for a semester. This girl is quick to become an insider wherever she goes, so when she offered to take over our Travel with a Twist post this month, we knew we were in for some very good recommendations. If you’re searching for a life-changing trip, or just need a little adventure from your desk today, read on.

To eat
North Abraxas
, one of celebrity chef Eyal Shani’s restaurants, is truly fantastic. The menu changes daily, and is largely comprised of his delicious take on the freshest vegetables and catch of the day. His innovative menu is undisputedly one of the best in town.

Café Xoho is one of my favorite cafés. It features American classics with a Mediterranean twist. Just a few blocks from the beach, the café is great for a quick smoothie or a shady perch to read a book.

Abu Hassan serves up the best hummus in Tel-Aviv. This family-owned street-eats restaurant is always packed, so make sure you arrive early. Once they run out of hummus, the place closes shop!

Kitchen Market is situated above an indoor farmer’s market on the Tel Aviv Port. With beautiful views of the water, this restaurant uses ingredients straight from the market below to produce its ever-changing, always inspiring menu.

To shop
Neve Tzedek
is one of Tel Aviv’s artsier neighborhoods. Its central area, Shabazi Street, is lined with boutique shops where you can find anything from swimwear to high-end clothes. Tucked in-between stores are some really cool galleries worth checking out.

Shouk Ha’Carmel is a favorite amongst Tel Aviv’s shouks. Known for its vast selection, the market offers local breads, produce, dried fruit, nuts, fish and meats as well as clothing and jewelry. The shouk can be very crowded. If you can, avoid going on Friday mornings before shabbat.

To see
Getting lost in the streets of Old Jaffa makes you feel like you’ve been transported into ancient Palestine. This historic area is so beautiful, especially at sunset. There are few prettier places to watch the sun go down than overlooking the water.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is in the old home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. It has one of the world’s largest collections of Israeli art as well as many International modern and contemporary artists.

To stay
The Herod’s Hotel
is a boutique hotel with a gorgeous view of the water, and the Hilton is great too. But bight now, everyone is talking about the new Norman Hotel, which I am dying to check out. If none of these feel right for you, the entirety of Tel Aviv’s beach is lined with hotels, so you have many options.

Photo credit: Brooke Yalof & Shutterstock