The readers and contributors at the respected international culinary magazine “Saveur” voted Tel Aviv as an ‘Outstanding Culinary Destination’ in the category of small international cities for 2014. Together with other cities like Copenhagen in Denmark and San Sebastian in Spain, Tel Aviv shares second place with the cities of Lyon, France and Florence, Italy, among Europe’s culture stars.
It’s no wonder that the White City was voted on to the list because, as anyone who has visited Tel Aviv knows, there is much more to this foodie Metropolis than falafel and hummus. Tel Aviv has over 4,500 eating establishments, which amounts to about one restaurant per 1,000 residents, an outstanding number for any country. With top-level restaurants of international standing like Rafael, Catit, Herbert Samuel, Mul Yam and Yaffo Tel Aviv, (to name just a few), the vote of confidence from “Saveur” provides Tel Aviv with well-deserved culinary credit.
But Jerusalem wasn’t left out of the magazine’s culinary survey either; the city’s Mahne Yehuda market made the ‘recommended’ section of the list, together with the ancient markets of Istanbul and the night markets in Bangkok. Another surprise winner was Israeli airline El-Al for the best in-flight wine selection including top Israeli vineyards like “Ramat HaGolan,” “Recanti,” “Castel and more.
Speaking of alcohol, Tel Aviv’s Imperial Bar was recently rated as one of the ‘Best Bars in the World,’ by “Restaurant & Bar Design,” winning first place on the Asian continent.
These nods just go to show that whether it be with high-tech or culinary delights, Israelis sure know how to make their way to the top of notable international lists.