Vegefied’s guide to the beautiful country of Israel. Learn more about what to do there and where to eat if you have just 5 days!
Updated: 2 May 2019
The ancient land of Israel, a cultural and historical crossroad, is constantly reinventing itself. There are only a handful of places on Earth which stir up so much passion the way Israel does. It boasts of breathtaking beauty with its valleys and hills, it speaks of calm with the unnatural stillness of the Dead Sea, and it is vibrant as exemplified by the psychedelic canyon of Makhtesh Ramon. Suffice it to say that there is so much to see, discover and love about Israel. Here is a helpful itinerary for a 5-day trip to Israel.
Any trip to Israel is incomplete without doing a tour of the old city of Jerusalem. It offers an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating places on the planet. Rich in history, culture, and religion, Jerusalem is a treat for the senses too. Stay at Herbert Samuel boutique hotel located in the city center and enjoy their buffet breakfast which has been constantly rated as one of the best. Their impeccable service, as well as an array of flavorful dishes made with the freshest local ingredients, makes waking up early for breakfast more than worth it.
Don’t forget to have dine at the Rooftop Restaurant of Mammilia Hotel for an incredible view of the Old City while filling your stomachs to satisfaction. Another great option for excellent vegetarian food is Pergamon Restaurant which serves a selection of Mediterranean dishes and a variety of cocktails.
Jerusalem has so much to offer visitors and one of the best ways to explore the city is to drive around. Check out the Mount of Olives and its more than 150,000 gleaming gravestones of the graves of several prominent Jewish figures. Join the City of David Underground Tour and witness one of the few 8th-century structures worldwide which have been made accessible to the public. Go to Mahani Yehuda Market for dinner to delight your senses with the variety of culinary goodness available and cap off the night with drinks at Gatsby. Be there for their happy hour from 7 to 8 and have a fun-filled experience.
Wake up early for a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, one of the few places which played a pivotal role in the history of Jews. One of its most fascinating highlights is a visit to the Dead Sea region where you can take a dip at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, one of the country’s premier hiking spots which showcase the natural beauty of Israel. Stay at Brown Beach Boutique Hotel in Tel Aviv for a spectacular view of the seafront and plenty of chances to take a dip at the beach. Have dinner at Taizu to sample the amazing vegetarian good made with Southeast Asian influences and relax at the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi before finally calling it a night.
Make the short drive down to Jaffa and satisfy your hunger with lunch at The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea and sample their selection of fresh salads made daily by the staff. They also have the best spread of Middle Eastern food in this corner of the globe. Head to Segev Express for sightseeing, antique shopping, and exploration and get dinner at one of the many restaurants there. Spend the night barhopping and start with Speakeasy, one of the coolest rooftop bars in Rothschild.
Make the drive back to Tel Aviv and pay Hangar 12 a visit. A new take on reviving Tel Aviv’s old port, there are now plenty of restaurants and the place is bustling with activities. Look for Porto Restaurant that serves Italian cuisine with a wide array of vegan and vegetarian options. Walk around Namal Market to discover treats that any foodie will love. Go to the German Quarter in the evening and have dinner at Sarona Market where you will see a diverse offering of food and drinks. If you are looking for some excellent pasta, you can try Fiori. Alternatively, you can also go to La Mexicana if you would like to spice up your dinner plans with more than just jalapenos.
An awesome dinner requires equally awesome drinks which you can find at The Prince. Located in a nondescript and totally rundown building, make your way up the staircase that opens up into a big and busy terrace with mismatched sofas and order some of the best concoctions in town. After having your share of drinks, walk down the streets of Nachalat Binyamin for some of the coolest Instagram-worthy street graffiti.
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