Israel boasts a well-deserved year-round popularity : some go here to dive into ancient history, others – to correct the shaky nerves in the healing spaces of the Dead Sea (which, by the way, is not very good, because the salt is too thick), to dive into general anesthesia on the operating tables of the best doctors, the fourth – to dive again, but already in the Red Sea, with an aqualung, the fifth – to spend holidays on the beach without doing anything. Yes, I almost forgot: young people often go to Israel even then, in order to revel in the carbon parties in local nightclubs in the rhythms of fashionable music and clubs of fragrant smoke.
Regions and resorts of Israel
“Tel Aviv is walking, Jerusalem is praying, Haifa is working.” Basically, that’s all you need to know about how Israel works. This is a very different, but very compact country, and you can easily go round it all during one two-week vacation.
Cities of Israel
The capital of the country – Jerusalem – the most ancient city in the Middle East. This is a sacred place for Christians, Jews and Muslims, believers pilgrims from all over the world come here daily to touch the holy places. In Jerusalem, there are the main symbols of Israel – the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Wailing Wall . This city with a centuries-old history will be of interest not only to believers: it combines many different cultures, and here there are interesting historical monuments, including the ancient fortress walls and archaeological sites.
The entertainment capital of the country – Tel Aviv – was originally a Jewish quarter in the port of Jaffa , and over time became one with it.
Modern Tel Aviv is one of the best embankments in the world, dozens of beaches, modern skyscrapers, the most fashionable restaurants, clubs and parties before dawn. Here are the best in Israel concert halls and galleries, as well as the country’s largest art museum .According to National Geographic magazine, Tel Aviv ranks 9th in the ranking of the best coastal cities in the world.
The city of Nazareth is considered sacred, since it was built in the very place where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary learned from Archangel Michael that she would soon become a mother, here she gave birth to baby Jesus. Nazareth has many beautiful cathedrals, including the Church of the Archangel Gabriel. There is a national park and the very Roman bowls in which Christ turned water into wine.
Haifa is the largest port and business center of Israel. It differs from other Israeli cities: more European, less religious (as far as possible in this country), they even work here on Saturdays. Haifa’s main attraction is the biblical Mount Carmel, on the slopes of which stands the city. All the details about the cities and resorts of Israel – on the page “Subtleties of tourism . “
Beach resorts in Israel
Israel is washed by two seas (not counting the Dead, about it later) – the Red and the Mediterranean. The most popular beach resorts on the Mediterranean are Tel Aviv, Netanya and Herzliya . The entire coast is sandy, almost everywhere there are sun beds, umbrellas and snack bars. However, private beaches in Israel – a rarity, this can afford only the most expensive hotels.
On the beaches of Tel Aviv inhabits mostly young people. There are many bars, discos, foam parties and competitions of wet T-shirts. Herzliya is a respectable resort designed for wealthy tourists. There are many luxury hotels, restaurants and a peaceful atmosphere. It is also quiet and calm, but much cheaper – in Netanya – this place is great for families with small children.
Eilat – a resort on the Red Sea. For a full-fledged beach holiday, it is hardly suitable, since the entrance to the sea is stony and inconvenient, and in some places even from a pontoon. There are no special attractions there, but ideal conditions for diving and other water activities, besides, this resort is year-round.
Health resorts in Israel
The most popular medical resort in Israel is the coast of the Dead Sea . Local water is rich in salts and microelements and successfully treats any skin diseases and not only. Treat coughs, runny nose and joints in Tiberias – hot springs beat there, saturated with almost the entire periodic table.
Time difference with Moscow
–1 hourno summer
- with Kaliningrad
- with Samara
- with Ekaterinburg
- with Omsk
- with Krasnoyarsk
- with Irkutsk
- with Yakutsk
- with Vladivostok
- with the North Kuril
- with Kamchatka
Despite the not too large territory, the climate in Israel is very uneven – from temperate to tropical, with a lot of sunny days. From November to May the rainy winter season lasts, the rest of the time is a dry summer. Heavy rains fall in the north and in the center of the country, much less in the northern Negev, and in the south they almost never happen.
On the coast there are humid summers and mild winters, in mountainous areas dry summers are relatively cold in winter. In the Jordan Valley – hot, dry summers and mild winters, in the Negev – semi-desert climate.
The swimming season lasts all year round: in the summer they bathe in the Mediterranean Sea and the Lake of Galilee (Kinneret), in winter in the Dead and Red Seas. The hottest months at the Dead Sea and in Eilat (Red Sea) are June, July and August. The average air / water temperature at this time is + 38 / + 30 ° C.
Visa and customs
Citizens of Russia can visit Israel without a visa if the trip does not exceed 90 days.
You can import 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco free of duty; up to 1 liter of spirits, up to 2 liters of wine, up to 250 ml of cologne or perfume, gifts worth not more than 200 USD (including up to 3 kg of food), as well as items and personal items. As for the currency, you can import up to 100,000 ILS without a declaration . Weapons, drugs, pornography and any materials that may offend Israel’s religion and national identity are banned.
It will raise issues of expensive equipment (cameras, cameras, mobile phones). If it is packaged, and it does not show that it has already been used, you may have to pay a fee. Some personal items (video equipment, scuba diving equipment, hand tools) are subject to customs at the border. The latter is returned if these items are displayed at customs when leaving the country.
Antiques can be taken out only with permission from the local culture management.
Crossing the border
The situation in the country is hectic, so passing of passport control and screening at Israel’s international airports is a much more thorough and lengthy process than in most European countries.
In Ben-Gurion, quite unexpected questions may be asked, such as “How many sexual partners have you had?” It makes no sense to be indignant. The faster and calmer you answer, the sooner you will pass all cordons.
At the border, be prepared to present a return ticket with a fixed date, hotel reservation or invitation, insurance for the entire duration of the trip, proof of financial solvency (bank cards or cash, bank statement is optional). Also answer questions about whether you have relatives in Israel, where you are going to go on trips, with whom you have flown. This is a normal practice, irritated not only senselessly, but also dangerous – the nerves can be delayed for a long time.
If you have stamps from the Arab states in your passport, be prepared for closer attention of border guards. Unlike some Arab countries, Israel does not strictly prohibit such tourists from entering the country, but treats them more suspiciously.
Insert control B2, issued at the airport, you need to keep throughout the trip, this is an official confirmation of the status of a tourist in the country. In addition, it will have to be presented at the hotel, if this is not done, VAT will be charged at a rate of 17%.
Israelis are accustomed to harsh checks and take them calmly – everything is done for their own safety. But the time for passing control and inspection should be laid at least an hour and a half more than usual. The best option is to arrive at the airport no later than 3-4 hours before departure.
In Israel, you can return the VAT on purchases. To do this, you need to spend at least 400 ILS in a store or mall, where there is an inscription Tax Refund. The cashier will write a check, which must be presented at a special counter at the airport, where you will be returned a portion of the amount for purchases. From October 1, 2015, the VAT rate in the country is 17%.
Unlike most European countries, VAT can be refunded, including for food, alcohol and tobacco.
How to get to Israel
Daily regular direct flights Moscow – Tel Aviv from Sheremetyevo are operated by “El Al” and “Aeroflot” , the flight time is about 4 hours. In addition, Aeroflot also flies to Ovda Airport, located 50 km from Eilat.
Turkish Airlines also fly from Istanbul to Moscow , and Belavia to fly from Moscow to Minsk .
Izrair Airline operates charter flights from Moscow to Tel Aviv and Eilat, and Arkia to Tel Aviv.
It is convenient to travel by train in Israel: they go often (for example, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – 8-9 times a day), the schedule is strictly observed, the speed is high. The only negative is that there is only one main line in the country with several branches connecting the largest cities. The trains are very comfortable and air conditioned. A one-way ticket on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem route will cost about 20 ILS , for retirees – two times cheaper, for students – by 20%, for children up to 5 years – for free. If you buy tickets right back and forth, it will be cheaper by 10%. Prices on the page are as of August 2018.
The fine for ticketless travel in Israel is equal to the cost of three tickets plus payment of travel. Controllers – the phenomenon is frequent.
Tickets are sold at the box office and on the official website of the Israeli Railways. You can also pay for travel with the Rav-Kav card. This is an analogue of the Moscow “Troika”, you can put any amount of money on it and pay in trains, buses and city public transport, attaching it to the validator at the entrance. Cards can be purchased at any ticket office or from bus drivers (only for cash).
In addition, you can travel around the country by bus, but during religious holidays, as well as from Friday evening to Saturday evening, they do not go. The only way to get to the neighboring city is by bus. They ply less often and cost a bit more buses, but in any case it will be cheaper than a taxi.
The main international carrier in Israel is the Egged bus company ( website ). They regularly ply in all directions, except for the Western Galilee (Safed, Nahariya, Shlomi), where Nativ Express manages. In the area of the Big Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv, Jaffa, etc.) the company “Dan” works;
Israel’s transport companies have not agreed on a single tariff among themselves. Therefore, the travel of each carrier on the Rav-Kav card must be paid for separately. Conventionally, if you have a sum on the map for travel by the Egged company, you will not be able to travel on the Dan bus in Tel Aviv.
All buses are comfortable, air-conditioned, the fare is about the same as in the train – from 17-20 ILS for a trip from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the trains are still faster, more convenient, and many routes are more picturesque there.
On Thursday evening and Sunday morning, buses and trains without special skills will not squeeze. The reason is that the soldiers of the Israeli army are allowed to go home for the weekend.
Intercity buses are the only way to get to the Palestinian territories, trains do not go there. The Egged company will take you on an armored bus to the border, and then you will have to move on your own. Do not count on hitchhiking – it is prohibited by law to take fellow travelers here. The easiest and safest way to get to Bethlehem or Jericho is to take a Palestinian bus in East Jerusalem.
Public transport in cities
The main public transport is a bus. The carriers are the same that run between cities: “Egged”, in the Tel Aviv area – “Dan”, in the north and north-west – “Nativ Express”.
The fare to major cities is 6.80 ILS , in Jerusalem – 6.60 ILS . Tickets are sold in automatic machines at bus stops, as well as from the driver for cash.
The only city in Israel where there is a tram is Jerusalem. It is bulletproof, as are buses traveling to the Palestinian autonomy, and tickets for it can only be bought at the vending machines (the fare is the same as in the bus – 6.60 ILS ). Metro is only in Haifa. This is one short line connecting Upper and Lower Towns, just 6 stops.
On Shabbat, public transport in Israel is dying out. But in May 2015, secular activists organized a project called “Shabas” (from the English. Shabbat and bus), and now buses run on major cities from Friday night to Saturday night. However, there are very few of them to serve the city, so it’s better to rely on a taxi.
Shirut taxis are also very popular in the country. They do not have a clear schedule – minibuses leave as they are filled, but they ply until late at night and even sometimes on Saturdays. Fare – approximately as in the bus.
You can catch a regular taxi on the street or call by phone. The trip will cost about 15 ILS per landing and then 6 ILS per km. At night and on weekends, there are increased fares, and you will also have to pay extra for luggage.
In Israel, there are special tourist taxis (you can take a tour of the city and other areas of the country), which are operated by guides registered with the Ministry of Tourism. On the doors of these machines – the emblem of the Ministry of Tourism (two people carrying a huge bunch of grapes).
It is convenient to rent a bike in major Israeli cities. For cyclists there are all conditions: lanes, parking lots and rental centers at every step. “Rental” bikes are green, heavy, but, as a rule, fully serviceable and comfortable. The cost of rent per day – 17 ILS , for a week – 70 ILS (prices in Tel Aviv, more details about the tariffs are on the site ) with the Russian version. Payment is by credit card only.
Rent a car in Israel
It is advisable to rent a car if you are going to travel around the country and ride between cities. Rescues his own car and on Saturdays, when public transport is not working. Getting around the cities is extremely difficult: the streets are narrow, traffic jams are a frequent phenomenon, in many places there are restrictions on entry.
Hiring a car in Israel is easy. To do this, you must be over 21 years old, have a driver’s license and a credit card. In small offices, a security deposit may also be required, but usually only a security deposit is frozen on the account (no more than 4,000 ILS ), which will be unfrozen as soon as you return the car intact.
Road rules are very strict, everyone needs to wear seat belts, and children under 4 years old should only be transported on special seats.
Airports have offices in Avis, Budjet, Eldan, Sixt, Albar, Hertz and other Israeli and international rental offices. Renting an economy class car costs from 100 ILS per day, a middle-class car starts at 150 ILS , and an SUV starts at 235 ILS .
The price of gasoline in Israel – from 6.7 ILS per 1 liter. There are few parkings in the cities, in the central regions of the cities they are paid, the cost of parking is from 10 ILS per hour.
It is strictly not recommended to leave a rented car in the Palestinian autonomy. If something happens to the car on this territory, no insurance will cover the losses, and you will have to pay out of your own pocket. By the way, before you take the car, carefully inspect it for scratches and other damage, otherwise then you will not prove anything. In Israel, they often give out broken and sometimes not even washed out cars after a previous client. As a rule, this applies to small firms.
More information – on the page ” Rent a car in Israel .”
Communication and Wi-Fi
With mobile communications in Israel, all is well. It covers almost the entire territory of the country and is inexpensive. Most local residents use postpaid rates, but for this you need to have an account in an Israeli bank.
For tourists, local operators always have a lot of offers. One of the most popular prepaid fares is Big Talk from Orange. The cost of a minute of conversation starts from 1.20 ILS , and the mobile Internet – from 4 ILS per megabyte. A SIM card will cost an average of 50 ILS , of which 40 will be counted.
SIM cards are sold in mobile phone shops, supermarkets, newsstands, post offices and gas stations. You can also buy cards to replenish an account with a par value of 50 ILS .
There are still pay phones in large numbers in Israeli cities. Some of them work on magnetic cards, which are sold at the post office, and some – on coins. Tariffs are very different, but on average a conversation with Russia on a street phone will cost from 3 ILS per minute.
Israel has traditionally been in first place in terms of the number of people with personal access to the Internet, so Internet cafes here have almost become extinct as a class. And free Wi-Fi is almost everywhere: in hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, train stations and airports. There is Wi-Fi on public beaches and in parks, however, it is not always possible to connect to it: the network is often overloaded.
As for the mobile Internet, you can count on 3G coverage wherever there is a telephone network.The hardest thing to write about what everyone already knows. Israel is very close to Russia: there have been many here, and the rest have relatives or acquaintances living here. Those who can afford it, visit holy places in Israel. Other, no less wealthy tourists, go to Eilat or on the coast of the Dead Sea. But, besides the rich program for visitors, which our country can offer, there is also the ordinary routine of Russian Israelis .Lyudmila Lapinskaya
In Israeli hotels do not have a “star” classification: instead there is a system of “classes.” Since there are a lot of hotels of different world “chains” in the country, tour operators set their classification themselves, based on their more or less objective assessments. This means that when choosing a hotel in Israel, you should focus not on the number of “stars”, but on a specific list of services and room descriptions. However, the hotel services are quite clear – computers do not “hang”, there are no overlays and perebroney.Tel Aviv hotels take a deposit from the accommodating guests.
Those city hotels, which operators define as 4 *, as a rule, without swimming pools, unlike five-star ones. Both the “fives” and “fours” usually delight you with spacious rooms. Food in Israel is good everywhere, but in 5 *, of course, the menu is the richest.
Prices for accommodation depend on the city. For example, in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem it will be expectedly more expensive (approximately 20-25%) than in Haifa or Netanya.
Since October 25, 2018, tourists in Israel have been obliged to present in hotels an insert control B2, issued at the airport. If this is not done, the hotel will include a VAT charge of 17%. Insert-control must be stored throughout the trip and present in each hotel (if there are several), this is an official confirmation of the status of a tourist in the country.
The mains voltage is standard – 220 V. Most outlets have three contact inputs, but they are also suitable for European appliances. For electric shavers, road irons and other small household appliances, an adapter may be required. Buy it easy.
The monetary unit of the country is Shekel (ILS), in 1 shekel 100 agorot. Actual rate: 1 ILS = 18.31 RUB (1 USD = 3.62 ILS, 1 EUR = 4.09 ILS).
Currency can be exchanged at any branch of the bank or in one of the numerous exchange offices (the latter, as a rule, do not take commission). The exception is exchangers at the airport, where the commission can reach up to 10%. If you really need cash immediately upon arrival, it is better to use an ATM, it will be much more profitable.
Most banks are open from 8:30 to 12:00 in the first half of the day (from Sunday to Thursday), and from 16:00 to 18:00 in the second half (on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday). On the eve of the main Jewish holidays, banks operate from 8:30 to 12:00.
Credit cards of all leading payment systems (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are accepted almost everywhere, including some markets. Cash can be withdrawn at ATMs. In hotels and large stores, as a rule, you can pay in dollars, but the change can be given in shekels.
How to avoid problems
According to Jewish traditions, the Sabbath (“Shabbat”) begins at the time of sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday. During this time, shops, many restaurants, some cinemas and other public places are closed. Public transport does not work either: you can go somewhere at this time only by taxi and very rare buses.
It is recommended to respect the religious traditions of this day and not to call in during the “Sabbath” in the religious quarters of Jerusalem and other cities. On this day, you should also refrain from smoking in public places – it can be perceived as an insult.
Muslim quarters should be avoided whenever possible, especially girls.Do not try to ask the police in Israel the way this is not accepted, since it is not their responsibility. The police in this country and without the help of lost tourists have a lot of work.
Today in Israel is relatively calm, but the police on the streets a lot, and it is quite harsh. You can be stopped on the street and asked to present documents for no apparent reason. Do not show unnecessary emotions, do not try to joke, just do what is required of you. Locals are accustomed to this for a long time. But if the police detained you for more than 20 minutes, she must explain the reasons and provide an act of detention.
Do not leave unattended baggage (it will be destroyed without trial) and do not photograph military objects and people in uniform.
In turn, if you notice unattended luggage or people who are suspiciously dressed not for the weather (in coats or hooded jackets in the heat), immediately inform the police.
Embassy of Israel in Moscow: st. Bolshaya Ordynka, 56; tel .: +7 (495) 660-27-00, fax: 660-27-68
The Embassy of Russia in Tel Aviv: 120, Hayarkon str .; tel .: (3) 529-06-91, 522-67-44;
Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv: 1, Rehov Ben-Ehuda; tel .: (3) 510-10-20, 510-70-88
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Haifa: Halonot Ha-City, Pal Yam avenue, 2; (4) 866-75-56;
Police: 100, ambulance: 101, fire department: 102, city information service: 106
Tourist Police in Jerusalem: 539-12-54
Beaches of israel
Beaches in Israel are municipal and free, but some expensive hotels sometimes enclose their private territory. If there are sun beds and umbrellas on the free beach, you will have to pay for them (from ILS 10 per person). On all the beaches equipped rescuers work, but usually only until 18:00.
The longest beaches in Israel are located on the Mediterranean coast. The coast within the boundaries of Tel Aviv and Jaffa are parties and beach discos. The coast is sandy, bars and clubs are built all over the coast, where young people from all over the country come. 4 km south of Tel Aviv is the small town of Bat Yam , which, with all its proximity to the bustling Tel Aviv, is more suitable for families with children. There is a beach with a “paddling pool”, enclosed by stones, where the depth is maximum to the waist, it is safe to swim even the smallest.
The most luxurious resort of the Mediterranean is Herzliya. This is a gorgeous sandy coast, expensive hotels, restaurants and a very quiet environment for a respectable holiday. Too calm and beautiful, but cheaper – in Tiberias.
Dead Sea mud is very good for the skin, cosmetics based on it are sold in numerous local stores.
In the Red Sea, unlike the Mediterranean, you can swim all year round. The beaches of the northern coast of Eilat – also sandy, located through the promenade from hotels. Mostly divers go to the south coast. The coast there is not very convenient for swimming (entrance to the sea from the pontoon), but the underwater world is interesting and diverse.
To the Dead Sea, in particular, to the resort of Ein Bokek, they are going to improve their health and prolong their youth and beauty. The rest here is very specific, the smell too (the air smells strongly of sulfur), and before bathing it is advisable to consult a doctor. Even a healthy person is not recommended to stay in these saturated waters for more than 15 minutes in a row (and only 40 minutes a day is best). To keep track of the time it was more convenient, clocks are hung all over the coast.
It’s better not to go to the Dead Sea with children: it will be frankly boring for them, since the resort is not oriented towards tourists under 16 years of age.
Treatment in Israel
Israeli medicine is one of the best in the world. There is a high level of diagnostics, professional training of doctors and clinics with the most modern equipment. Medical centers specializing in neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, urology, etc., are often taken for those cases that were refused in other clinics.
These include, for example, the Wolfson clinic in Tel Aviv, which has no equal in oncohematology, the Herzliya medical center is the best in cardiology, and the Rabin center is known for its best in the world department of transplantology. The services of specialists of this level can not cost a little. A doctor’s consultation will cost from 200 EUR , diagnostics – from 900 EUR , and then everything is strictly individual.
People come to Israel not only with complex diagnoses, but also for beauty and general recovery. The most popular medical resort is the Dead Sea. Sea water and mud rich in trace elements treat skin diseases, arthritis, asthma and much more. In Tiberias, hot springs are beating that help with diseases of the musculoskeletal system and respiratory diseases. Also, there are health resorts in Arad , Ein Gedi and other regions.
More detailed information – on the page ” Treatment in Israel “.
Opening hours of shops and institutions: Sunday-Thursday: 8: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00, on Friday and on the eve of holidays: 9: 00-13: 00. Bazaars close at nightfall. Muslim trading establishments are closed on Fridays, and Christian ones are closed on Sundays. Sales in Israel are seasonal, as in Europe, but the most generous happen before the big holidays – Pesach (March-April) and Sukkot (September-October).
Israel is famous for its jewelry industry , especially diamonds and gold jewelry. It makes sense to acquire jewelry only from certified sellers and in no way do it with hands, since there are a lot of fakes. For example, in any of the branches of the Diamond Exchange a passport is issued for each product purchased.
Israel is also famous for its silver. It is not only about decorations, but also about dishes, candlesticks and other products. Be careful if the price seems too low. Probably, silver is only sputtering, and everything else is plastic or wood.
Even from the country, you can bring cosmetics based on Dead Sea minerals. The most famous brands are Ahava, Sea of Spa, Hlavin, Dead Sea Premier. It is sold all over the place, but the largest selection is directly at the Dead Sea. In addition, in local pharmacies a lot of less well-known, but often very effective cosmetics. A good choice in duty-free shops when departing, but already much more expensive. In the shops at the Dead Sea hospitals you can buy serious drugs: creams and ointments for the treatment of eczema, lichen planus, etc., but before buying you should consult at least a local pharmacist.
A popular pharmacy action on Dead Sea cosmetics is called “1 + 1”: buying one product at its full cost, only 1 ILS should be paid for the second (no more than the first) product .
In Israel, you can buy very high-quality wines, oriental spices and spices, hummus, chickpeas, pistachios, as well as various religious souvenirs of any denominations.
Israelis love shopping and new clothes, so everything related to trade in the country is very well organized. Every major and not very big city has its own shopping quarter, pedestrian shopping streets and necessarily markets. The latter are worth a visit, even if you are not going to buy anything. This is a very colorful noisy places, counters littered with fruit, clothing, jewelry, toys, accessories and much more. Bargaining in the markets is accepted. If you refuse, not only overpay twice, but also hurt the seller with inattention. Read more: Shopping in Israel .
Cuisine and restaurants of Israel
Natives of various nations live in Israel, respectively, the cuisine is also very diverse. There are many restaurants in the country: Chinese, Russian, French, Indian, Moroccan and further down the list. The menu is usually printed in Hebrew and English. The portions are large, but they are decent.
Of the meat dishes, which traditionally contain a lot of spices and greens, it is worth trying “Jewish-style meat” and “Meoriv Yerushalmi” – a dish of four types of chicken meat. From vegetable dishes, various salads, hummus (chickpea paste with olive oil and spices), falafel (fried pea-bean balls in oil, served with salad or in a pitta with pickled vegetables and hummus), cold beet soup are recommended, potato pancakes and fried zucchini. Local beer “Maccabi” is also quite good taste. The most kosher desserts: “Eggnog”, baked apples, pancakes, gingerbread with almonds.
The main limitations of the kosher cuisine: pork and seafood dishes are not available as a class. It is allowed to consume the meat of ruminants and fish, which has scales and fins. Dairy and meat products are served strictly separately. Meat with blood is also prohibited. It should be noted that these restrictions do not make the local cuisine diverse enough, and if you really want, then any non-kosher products can be found in Arabic shops or restaurants.
If you meet a bakery on your way, do not pass by. Israeli pastries are simply amazing: mini pizzas, pies with tuna, potatoes, spinach, cottage cheese, but there’s nothing to say about oriental sweets. Real jam!
All the cafes and restaurants of Israel are divided into kosher and non-kosher. Kosher can be a seafood restaurant or an ice cream parlor for children. Also in the country there are abundant institutions of Arabic, Turkish, Mediterranean and other cuisines. It makes sense to look for kosher cuisine in small towns, where the majority of residents are religious, or in non-tourist quarters of large cities.
In Israel, small cafes, similar to French bistros, are very popular, selling coffee, soft drinks, pastries and sandwiches, as well as humus. These are small cafes, where hummus is served as the main dish, which is prepared according to their own recipe in each institution. One portion, as a rule, is quite enough for two, and it costs no more than 30 ILS . From the local fast food falafel are very common.
Tips in cafes and restaurants are standard – 10%, sometimes they are already included in the bill.
Prices depend on the restaurant and the city, but in general they are quite high. For example, in Tel Aviv, dinner for two with wine will cost an average of 250 ILS for two, lunch at an inexpensive cafe from 60 ILS , and falafel at an outdoor cafe at 15-20 ILS . For comparison: a dinner in Haifa will cost an average of 50 ILS cheaper.