Sunday, May 5, 2013
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Amalia Dayan is a partner in the gallery Luxembourg & Dayanan Upper East Side townhouse gallery known for presenting high-profile, thought-provoking shows. Born and raised in Israel, Dayan has deep roots there. Lucky for us, she has mapped out her favorite places and activities in her home cityso we can all experience Tel Aviv like a pro. 

There’s no place like home

My favorite destination in the world is Tel Aviv—where I was born and raised and where I lived until I moved to New York in 1997.


Houses of style

There are two small boutique hotels where I love staying: Hotel Montefiore and Alma Hotel, both of which are off the lively and handsome Rothschild Boulevard. Hotel Montefiore has a great restaurant and bar, very personal service and sweet, small rooms. It feels like home. Alma just opened a few months ago. It has a fun bar; glamorous, funky rooms and a cozy outdoor area where you can read your newspaper and have your morning coffee in the sun.


True retreat

When I am in Tel Aviv I see only close friends and family.


Tel Aviv, from top to bottom

First I would recommend avoiding the heat of the summer; Tel Aviv is not a place to travel to during June, July or August. A fun-filled day in Tel Aviv should include an early stroll on the beach and a swim before it gets too warm; a real Israeli delicious breakfast at the Montefiore; a visit to the Tel Aviv Museum, with its new building designed by Preston Scott Cohen; a visit to the flea market in Jaffa and then a hummus lunch close by at Abu Hasan. Take an afternoon tour of the small stores in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, and then dinner at Eyal Shani’s restaurant, Abraxas Tzafon, the best food in town!


Locally crafted

My favorite item from Israel is a gold-beaded necklace given to me by my grandmother. It was made by the Bedouin women, who live in the Israeli desert.


Enlightening conversations

The most inspiring thing about traveling is human interaction; conversations with people always inspire me and give me new ideas, whether they take place in New York or Tel Aviv.


Must pack . . . 

My iPad, on which I can have a long face-to-face chat with my daughtersbefore they go to bed, no matter where I am.


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