Israel is known for its falafel and hummus. But Herzliya is a haven for seafood favorites, nearby markets, and the trendy taste of Israel’s high-tech workforce. Experience the delicacies of this town nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the vibrant local energy.Ritz-Carlton chefs provide their personal recommendations of where they enjoy the bounty and pleasures of wintertime in Herzliya.
1. Shop at the Shuk
Being only a 15-minute drive from vibrant Tel Aviv, the trip to this local shuk, or market, for fresh spices, warm desserts such as rugalach and other Israeli delicacies is a treat. The Carmel Market has a reputation as the largest authentic Middle Eastern shuk in Tel Aviv, making it a tourist favorite. Tel Aviv Port boasts some of the best Israeli cuisine as well as in-market cooking tutorials from some of Israel’s most respected chefs. Some restaurants here also serve kosher charcuterie.
2. Lunch in the Industrial Zone
Herzliya’s Industrial Zone is known to locals as a hybrid of Israel’s high-tech companies’ offices and a trendy social atmosphere. Public events take place regularly, including a farmers’ market every Thursday afternoon, as well as street parties. All this attracts visitors from elsewhere in Israel who hope to enjoy the nightlife and chic restaurants.
3. Sea and Food Festival
The Sea and Food Festival features some of the best and most prestigious restaurants in the city, such as El Gaucho, River, and White Hall. This elegant festival takes place on the beaches of Herzliya. You will have the opportunity to taste boutique beers and Israeli wines, too. Cooking workshops and live performances also are scheduled.
4. Herbert Samuel Herzliya
Get a glimpse of the celebrated chef in action from an open kitchen at the most elegant fine dining kosher restaurants in Israel. This exceptional culinary experience overlooking the Herzliya Marina offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by a spectacular winter menu. Visit Website
5. Taste Traditional Challah
If you are visiting Herzliya during Shabbat, or the Jewish Sabbath, be sure to visit a local bakery such as Nisso Patisserie before sundown on Friday to pick up a freshly baked challah. This traditional egg bread is a Shabbat dinner table staple year-round, and a tasty treat as the city welcomes their day of rest.