Saveur magazine names Tel Aviv an outstanding culinary destination. Drinks International Magazine names the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in Tel Aviv the Best Bar in Africa and the Middle East.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa: International foodie destination


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Tel Aviv-Jaffa continues to earn praise and accolades from leading food and wine magazines around the world for its culinary offerings. The latest accolade comes from the renowned American food and recipe publication Saveur magazine, which, named Tel Aviv an outstanding culinary destination in several categories in its annual Culinary Travel Awards. 

Tel Aviv was named "outstanding" in the best international small culinary destination category, with first place given to Copenhagen, Denmark. The accolades were awarded by an expert panel of world travelers and readers of the prestigious publication. Tel Aviv was also named "outstanding" in the Best Markets and Shops category and Best In-flight Wine Program category thanks to the extensive wine list offered to passengers on El Al Airlines.

Jerusalem was also mentioned by Saveur, with a recommendation for the hugely-popular Mahane Yehuda Market, which is also a haunt of foodies looking for not only the freshest produce but also excellent restaurants, cafes and bars.

Drinks International Magazine this month announced the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards and the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in Tel Aviv was voted the Best Bar in Africa and the Middle East. The list was created by over 330 of the drinks industry’s international experts and is seen as the ultimate guide to the top bars around the world.

The Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar, usually referred to as just  "The Imperial", was opened in January 2013 by five veteran bartenders and resembles an officers’ club or a European-owned hotel in India or Vietnam. The bar, which serves 150 custom-tailored specialty cocktails, is located  on the famous beachside main road, Hayarkon Street. Drinks International stated that the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar "outranked every bar from its region, including those in cocktail hotspots Dubai and South Africa. Tel Aviv has a growing, ebullient nightlife but this craft cocktail bar is one of the first to go deep and geeky into its drinks."