If you love hidden city gems, stories and good food, try spending a day with Bitemojo. That is what we did on one sunny Friday morning.
Bitemojo is a self-guided culinary and culture tour. You install the application on your iPhone or Android device, buy the tour and go at your own pace.The cities currently covered are Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. London is coming soon. The tour includes six "bites" – tasting portions of food and drinks in carefully chosen locations. Although in Tel-Aviv tour I would rather call them "gigabites" – we asked for a take-away bag already at the second location, since my "tasting portion" of sweet potato chips was huge!
I took the Tel-Aviv Vegan tour (yes, the tour is appealing not only for vegans) and my husband chose Levinsky Market and Florentine tour. They are both set in the same part of the city and partially in the same cafes. Each tour costs 30 EUR – comparable to a price of modest dinner in an Israeli restaurant.
Florentine quarter in Tel-Aviv is famous for its graffiti and art galleries. You may call it shabby, but it has a lot of character. Even a local synagogue has graffiti on it!
But the best part was visiting the cafes. Whoever has picked up these locations, knows and feels Tel-Aviv deeply. They managed to snap the essence of hip and relaxed Florentin and pack in into a two-hour tour. I love how the route in the application is built – it was intuitive and easy to navigate.
Vegan tour starts with a glass of cortado (typical local coffee with milk) and a cookie in the hip "hole-in-the-wall" coffee point "Pina" – "corner" in Hebrew. We continued with vegetarian snacks in a super-telavivian "Casbah" where local bohema, artists and romantic couples start the day. We wiped hummus with pita and top it up with lemonade in a classic "hummusia" at Herzl street and got freshly baked burrekas with cheese and spinach in a family-run bakery at Levinski market. And, last but not least, we spent half an hour in "Tavlinski" – the kingdom of spices, dried fruits and teas, all super-fresh and flavourous.
Overall – we enjoyed the tour tremendously. Even in Tel-Aviv, the city we both know well, we discovered unusual places with fascinating stories… and also great tastes!