Published On: Mon, May 28th, 2018

Israel Is the World’s New Dining Hotspot

Tourism surged to a record last year and is rising even faster in 2018, the nation’s 70th anniversary. Here’s where to eat, with tips from global star chef Yotam Ottolenghi and local hero Eyal Shani

Cheff Ottolenghi

It’s Thursday night and Tel Aviv is hopping.

Diners are lining up outside of Port Said restaurant; the sidewalk is filled with drinkers. It’s a similar story nearby at Santa Katarina. If you haven’t booked a table, good luck. Across town at the Salon, it’s even more lively. The dining room is jammed and the terrace is packed with people smoking, chatting on their phones or waiting for a table. Many are doing all three.

Despite the specter of confrontation as Iran entrenches itself near Israel’s border with Syria, Israelis are partying like they’re on top of the world. And with good reason. Tourism is booming—the number of visitors last year soared 22 percent to a record and is rising even more quickly in 2018.  The economy is healthy, unemployment is low and inflation almost non-existent.

Israel has one of the most exciting dining scenes in the world, and it is just starting to be discovered as a food destination like New York or London. Restaurateurs in Tel Aviv say as many as 30 percent of their guests are now foreign visitors, led by Americans, British, Russians, French and more […]

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