The abundance of warm weather and access to public beaches make the coastline an important part of city life. Writer and lifelong Tel Aviv resident Etgar Keret describes the city as “half Iran, half California; it’s a synagogue meets sushi bar.”
Israeli cuisine is a fusion of various cultures, and Tel Aviv boasts some of the Mediterrean’s best restaurants. By simply strolling along the coast, people in Tel Aviv will find falafel stands, Yemenite eateries, Moroccan restaurants, cafes, souks, sushi bars, and much more.
Tel Aviv has more than one hundred synagogues, and one of Tel Aviv’s famous landmarks is the Hassan Bek Mosque located on the beach. The ancient port city of Jaffa, which borders Tel Aviv, is home to large Muslim and Christian communities.