After visiting over 50 countries, Tel-Aviv may have been the biggest positive surprise yet. Each neighborhood was unique and charming, bustling with energy and the overall atmosphere was communal and friendly. This is a special place and easily top five on my personal list of favorites.
If you're a fan of charming streets and boutique shopping, your highlight will be Neve Tzedek, hands down. Jaffa is probably the most touristy of all the neighborhoods, but good for history buffs all the same. Depending on the time of day - we recommend early mornings to beat the heat - you can have the old port city all to yourself.
Kerem HaTeimanim surprise in a positive way as well - this is where we stayed, and we ate at the same hummus restaurant three times in three days. The restaurant is a 5th generation restaurant with no distinguishable signage - situated on Malan Street, between Kehilat Eden Street and Kanfei Nesharim Street.
Finally, Merkaz HaIr is a more modern approach to a vacation - with no less charm, mind you. The bustling streets are teaming with a younger crowd, either off to work or headed out for a night out depending on the time of day. The restaurants and streets give a more energetic atmosphere, a good way to break up the beaches and charm without losing any Israeli flair.