As the sun sets earlier during our Mediterranean winter, the mood and glow of The Norman hotel rises. The undisputed spot for flickering romance is Alena, the restaurant on the ground floor featuring a stunning menu from chef Barak Aharoni, an award winning wine-list and a host of perfectly mixed cocktails but for those ready to venture further afield here is an idea for a romantic night in Tel Aviv;
- DALLAL’S: A firm favourite with locals, Dellal’s is tucked into a pretty corner of Neve Tzedek. Its leafy patio offers outdoor seating and on Fridays and Saturdays their indulgent brunch menu is perfect for two, with time to waste.
Sunday –Saturday 9am-1pm
- THE BIALIK FOUNTAIN is hidden in the middle of Tel Aviv’s concrete jungle, a stone’s throw from Allenby on Bialik Street. This oasis of calm designed by famed artist Nachum Gutman is ideal for a romantic amble, with its water, delicate flowers and historical significance.
- YOETZER WINE BAR transports couples to the era of the Ottoman Empire. A wine cellar in the 19th century, its stone arches and waxy candelabras shine an intimate light on the 21st century patrons.
2 Ish-Habira St. Jaffa (near the Clock’s Square)
Sunday -Thursday 12:30pm-1am, Friday-Saturday 11am–1am
- THE BRIDGE OF LOVE. Connecting Gan HaPisga and Kdumim Square in the ‘heart’ of Jaffa’s Old City, is the Bridge of Love, a favourite spot for couples on their honeymoon in Israel. Urban legend has it that if a person makes a wish while touching the appropriate astrological plaque on the bridge, while gazing out at the Mediterranean Sea, his or her wish will come true. In the event the legend is not true, at least a visit to the Love Bridge will not leave you indifferent.