The Betches’ Travel Guide To Tokyo

Unless you live under a rock that gets no cell reception, you know Tokyo is like, the hottest travel destination right now. It seems like every post with a Tokyo geotag is bursting with over-the-top colors that make you just want to dive in. I know that for most people, Tokyo is far af to get to. It’s also commonly considered an expensive and time-consuming commitment, but what trip isn’t, right? It’s hard for me to put into words how culturally enriching visiting Tokyo was. It was an adventurous, wild, delicious ride that I can’t recommend enough, but I’ll do my best…

My husband and I decided to take a much-anticipated (and super millennial) one-year anniversary trip across the world and decided to start our travels in none other than Tokyo, Japan. I only had three glorious days in Tokyo, so I jam-packed them and I was able to see so much of what this vibrant city has to offer. You can absolutely cram in the recommendations below, or spread them out over a solid week. The bottom line is that there’s never too much time in Tokyo. 


A quick lesson on when it’s worth balling out on a swanky hotel: First, take into consideration how many nights you’ll be staying in that city and how expensive it generally is. If it’s a big city with lots to see and do, also consider how much time you’ll realistically be in that hotel room. If you have limited travel time and anticipate spending your days galavanting around nonstop, your hotel’s purpose will strictly be for getting ready and sleeping. It’s obvious when you break it down in simple terms, but most people don’t realize just how wasteful splurging on a hotel room can be. All the money you can save by booking a perfectly suitable budget hotel can go towards bougie dinners on your trip (or a shopping spree at YSL, your choice girl). Either way, be sure to consider all the factors before choosing a hotel.

Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya: My husband and I stayed here and were probably here for a total of maybe 8 hours a day (including sleeping #TeamNoSleep). It was super affordable, clean, came with a queen-size bed and was only two blocks from a central Metro station. 

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Marunouchi: If it’s a Four Seasons, you know it’s lit. This hotel is as baller as they come and is located right across from a Metro station hub. What could po$$ibly hold you back from booking thi$?

Be warned that a common culture shock factor you’ll experience in Japan is a minimalistic mentality, especially with space. A majority of the hotel rooms in Tokyo are extremely small in comparison to the standards you’re used to, and commonly come furnished with just a twin bed. Make sure you take note of the bed size when booking your hotel and take note of how far it is to the nearest Metro station. 


PSA: Your disgust for your local city transit (lookin’ at you, MTA) will reach unthinkable new heights once you ride Tokyo’s glorious Metro trains. Without exaggerating, they are absolutely f*cking spotless. I would literally eat my mother’s home-cooked lasagna off the floors of these trains and stations. It’s mind-numbing how one of the busiest cities in the world manages to keep its mass transit so clean.

Cleanliness aside, I can almost guarantee after just one day in Tokyo you’ll feel surprisingly comfortable using the Metro. The trains are very easy to navigate, and all stations and ticket machines are very English-friendly. The passengers (just like everyone else in Japan) are super polite and most stations have staff on hand to ask for assistance. Google Maps will become your BFF, making everything very easy, down to notifying you of which platform number to get on and off the train.

Tokyo takes pride in the utmost efficiency for pretty much everything, and the train system is no different. It’s extremely rare for a train to even be so much as one minute late. Could you imagine if those were the conditions of your morning commute? FML. A last important note: keep the ticket you receive upon entering the train and save it for when you exit the station. You will need to give it back on your way out in order to exit (or else you’ll have to pay the fee again). 

Ubers and taxis are extremely expensive in Tokyo for reasons still unknown to me. I took an Uber just once in my time there and that was only because it was after the Metro’s operation hours (which BTW they stop running roughly around midnight). Ubers are not commonly used since the Metro is so accessible (and because the traffic in Tokyo is insane), but they are of course always an option.

Lastly, if you’re staying in the heart of Tokyo your hotel should only be about 40 minutes from the airport. It’s not a far drive, but it will still cost you anywhere from $275-$300 via Uber or taxi (absurd). Your best bet is to either take a bullet train to the metro or a bus, both of which run around $40 per person. And fret not! Because the almighty Google Maps will help you figure out the logistics of both options when you’re there. This transportation info seems dense, but it’s absolutely stuff you should know before you get there. I do a lot of research before I travel and did not come across much about this, so you’re welcome!


Kawaii Monster Cafe: During their last visit to Tokyo, The Kardashians created a lot of hype here (and the hype is very real). This place is without a doubt a tourist trap, but I absolutely loved it. It’s a well-executed, colorful, fun vibe from start to finish. Make sure you book your reservations a few weeks in advance, and insider tip: if you want to snag one of the cool booths, get there 5-10 minutes before the requested arrival time. 

Teppan Baby: This place has it all: unreal food, excellent atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Sit at the hibachi-style grill for an intimate look at how your dishes are prepared and get friendly with the energetic chefs. 

Kakekomi Gyoza: Enjoy dumplings galore at this no-frills Izakaya restaurant in the heart of Shinjuku. I ate eight vegan dumplings and could have eaten roughly 1,000 more. 

Manten Sushi: “Sushi will never be the same after eating sushi in Japan.” —a direct quote I said to my husband during our 27-course Omakase sushi dinner at Manten Sushi. The sushi here is absolutely to die for, and the sushi chefs make your experience one to remember. Reservations are highly recommended if you’re looking to do it up Omakase style. 

Mr. Farmer: Breakfast is oddly hard to come by in Japan. It’s almost as though they skip over breakfast entirely and just go right to lunch and dinner menus. Not to worry though—Mr. Farmer has a wide variety of brunch favorites you’re familiar with served in a gorgeous botanical dining room.

Robot Restaurant: It’s widely known as a “must-see”, but I have a weird love-hate relationship with this place (and mostly it’s hate). It’s a super tourist trap, but not in a good way. It’s essentially a bizarre, loud performance show that I don’t necessarily regret going to, but I don’t really recommend either. Whatever you do, absolutely do not eat here and just go strictly for the show (and prepare for things to get REAL weird, Tokyo style). 

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House: Sip the tea in this tea house blooming with flowers and plants. Lines can get long here, so get here early for your breakfast tea. 


Ginza District: Ginza is home to the world’s busiest intersection, so you can just imagine how crazy it is here. The skies are filled with skyscrapers and streets are filled with endless shopping. If your inner 6-year-old still has a burning love for Hello Kitty, check out Sanrio World. 

Akihabara: This district is home to many video game and electronic stores, giving it the fitting nickname “electric town.” If you’re a vintage video game lover like myself, don’t forget to stop at Super Potato while you’re in the area. Arcades here are filled with colorful claw machines and Mario Kart games where they superimpose your photo onto your character as you play. (Okay I’m done being a nerd now.)

Harajuku: Takeshita Street is a whimsical shopping strip within Harajuku that feels like something straight out of Dr. Seuss. The shops are quirky and the food is colorful. The underground Purikira photo booths are a best kept secret to tourists on this strip, and will certainly give you a dose of Harajuku culture. The photo booths overly filter your face (in a fun, weird way) and the whole place bizarrely serves as a place to model your newly purchased clothes. After your Harajuku photoshoot, grab an oversized rainbow fairy floss at Totti Candy Factory (often imitated, never duplicated) and play with puppies at the Teacup Poodle Cafe. If this street isn’t what dreams are made of, then I don’t know what is.

Night Life

Themed Bars in Shinjuku:  The streets in this neighborhood are filled with never-ending neon signs, but the bar scene in Tokyo is generally very intimate and chill. Most are located on upper levels of buildings (which can be difficult to find at times) and consist of intimate settings where you sit and unwind as you drink (aka no dancing/raging). Having said that, the bars are all very unique and beyond enjoyable. Most bars in this area have odd themes at places like Maid Cafe, Ninja Shinjuku and Alice in Magical Land. There’s a theme for everyone here.

Definitely visit Magic Bar if mind-blowing magic is your thing and 8-Bit Cafe if you’re into video games with Japanese roots. (There I go being a low-key nerd again.)

Golden Gai District: This 70+ year-old district is made up of over 200 miniature bars that seat only 4-8 people, defining the very essence of minimalism. The intent is to encourage patrons to converse with one another, making for a very special experience. 

Bar Orchard is a great place to grab a mixology cocktail. Select your favorite fruits from their beautiful display tower of real fruit and watch them craft you an out-of-this-world cocktail. What’s not to love? 

Bar High Five is another wonderfully intimate bar with a great selection of Japanese whiskey. 


Sensōji Temple: Tokyo’s oldest temple is a must-see site with crowds of people around the clock. It’s surrounded by hundreds of markets filled with fun souvenirs and endless sweet treats.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: Feast your eyes on this little slice of peaceful heaven in the middle of Tokyo’s madness. The Japanese landscapes are unlike anything you’ve ever seen and the tranquility is untouchable. 

Tokyo has a lot to see and do that will give you memories to cherish (and Instagram) for a lifetime. I can truly say that interacting with the amazing people of this city is something that’s changed how I think as a person. I encourage you to take a page out of their playbook and actually smile at people you encounter, engage in conversation at any chance you get, and of course, enjoy as much sushi as you can. 

As I said, you can totally stretch out your time in Tokyo if you are able, but this was my itinerary if you are only there for a short trip:

Day 1: Arrival

☆Land and check into Hotel Wing International Premium Tokyo Yotsuya

☆Head right to Akihabara (“electric town”) to visit stores like Super Potato (a vintage video game store—closes at 8pm), the SEGA store (arcade games), and Tower Records

☆Head back to Shinjuku neighborhood for dinner at Teppan Baby Shinjuku and drinks at 8bit Cafe

☆Nightcap at Magic Bar for more food, drinks, and magic

Day 2: Sightseeing

☆Breakfast at Mr. Farmer

☆Take a 15-minute walk or train to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

☆Visit Sensōji Temple—make sure to arrive before it closes at 5pm. (45-minute train ride from the gardens)

☆Dinner in the Golden Gai district at the landmark Omoide Yokocho alleyway for street food dumplings

☆9:30 reservation for the show at Robot Restaurant. It’s only a 7-minute walk from dinner, but arrive by 9pm.

☆Play Mario Kart next door at GAO Kabukicho arcade

☆Head to Shibuya district for drinks at Red Bar, The Room, or Ele Tokyo

Day 3: Shopping

☆Arrive early for breakfast tea at Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

☆Take a 10-minute walk or 5-minute train for your 11:30 reservation at Kawaii Monster Cafe for drinks and dessert. Arrive 15 minutes in advance for a good seat.

☆10-min cab ride to the Harajuku district for shopping and strolling. Walk through Takeshita Street, Tokyu Plaza, and Cat Street. Shop at Alice on Wednesday, WEGO, and Honey mi Honey. Snack on takoyaki at Gindaco and fairy floss at Totti Candy Factory.

☆30-minute train ride to the Ginza district for more shopping and sights. (Check out Sanrio World and Kabuki-za Theatre.)

☆Grab a small bite at the restaurants underneath Yurakucho train station for Izakaya

☆6pm dinner reservation at Manten Sushi

☆Drinks at Bar Orchard or Bar High Five are a 15-minute walk from dinner

Images: Joana Mascioli

The Betches’ Bachelorette Guide to Tel Aviv

Planning sucks, and bachelorette parties are a ton of work. So we’re taking all the guesswork out of planning a bachelorette party by breaking down top bachelorette destinations. Our guides will tell you where to stay, eat, party, how to get around, and give you a sample itinerary that you can follow. You’re welcome.

For any bride who loves tanning by the beach while drinking rosé, dancing on tables at rooftop parties, and flirting with super-hot Israeli guys before you’re stuck with one d*ck forever you marry the love of your life, there’s no better destination for a dream bachelorette party than Tel Aviv. This gem of a city is one of the few places we know of that combines all the benefits a city has to offer—shopping, bars, restaurants—and everything we love about beach vacations (doing nothing all day besides sitting in the sun and talking sh*t). So, get your notebooks out and pay attention like Elle Woods trying to get into Harvard Law, because you’re about to get the official Betches Bachelorette Guide to Tel Aviv. 

How to Get There

Considering Tel Aviv is almost 6,000 miles away from New York City, getting there is no easy feat—unless your sugar daddy (or actual dad) has a private jet, or you fly business. For the rest of us, though, the first step to a bachelorette party in Tel Aviv means spending about 10 and a half hours (if you’re on the East coast) in an economy seat crammed between screaming children and college kids on Birthright. BUT it’s honestly not that bad if you just watch movies the whole time and have a few drinks. Trust me, the vigorous journey to Tel Aviv is totally worth it. From New York, you can take a direct flight from Newark Liberty International Airport or JFK for about $1,000. If that’s too much, you can take a flight with a connection in Ukraine, France, or Italy. Connecting always kind of sucks, but saves hundreds on the plane ticket. Since you’re probably dropping a rent check on flights alone, you’re going to want to stay for at least a week to get your money’s worth.

If all goes as planned, you and your minions bridesmaids will land safely at Ben Gurion Airport ready to take over the city that actually never sleeps. Once you grab your luggage and pass customs, you’ll need to take a 25-minute cab drive to Tel Aviv. DON’T take a ride with the drivers sneaking around the airports, mumbling “taxi,” under their breath, even if they’re wearing fancy suits. If you accidentally do, don’t freak out, they won’t do anything to you except rip you off (no, this isn’t Taken). Instead, follow your fellow passengers and wait in line OUTSIDE of the airport for a taxi to Tel Aviv, which should cost no more than 180 shekels (~$50). Ever. If the cab driver tries to negotiate a higher price in his Israeli accent, which he probably will, pull up this article and use the same accent to say no, or in Hebrew, “lo!”

How To Get Around

Honestly, the overall best, most fun, most Insta-worthy, and most cost-effective way to get around Tel Aviv is—bear with me—the electric scooter. Besides the fact that this mode of transportation is environmentally friendly and reduces pollution, electric scooters are an easy way to get around the city’s super heavy traffic. All the locals use them, so DW about looking like a tourist. All you have to do is download an electric scooter app like Lime or Bird, put in your credit card information, and ride. The companies have a 5 shekel (~$1.40) starting fee, and then charge 0.70 shekels (~$0.20) for each minute you’re on the scooter. Still, if you’re not into the whole scooter thing, you can step outside and hail a regular taxi or download Gett, which is the like Israeli version of Uber. If you stay within the boundaries of the city, it’ll cost around 80 shekels or so per cab ride ($23), depending on the driver’s mood.

You can also save your sheks and take the bus using the transportation app Moovit, which tells you exactly what station to go to and how long it’ll take. Tel Aviv is only 20 miles squared, which, since numbers mean nothing to us, is about half the size of Miami. Getting around should be quick, easy, and considerably cheap (a bus ticket is only 6.70 shekels (~$1.90) if you do it right.

Some people prefer renting a car on-demand with AutoTel for 1.7 shekels a minute (~$0.48), which is an app that lets you hop into a random green car, drive to wherever you need to be, and park the car in designated spots for free. But good luck finding parking.

If none of these are doing it for you, most hotels are right on the beach, so walking is also a great option to burn off the tequila from last night if you’re one of those “I don’t go to the gym on vacation” betches like me.

Where To Stay

You’ll probably find the best deals for bachelorette parties on Airbnb, considering you can get an entire apartment to yourself with a balcony you can take Instas on, but having to do the dishes and (god forbid) clean up after yourself doesn’t exactly count as a vacation. So, if you’d rather order room service, soak in a bath, and longingly stare at the totally off-limits overpriced minibar, check out these hotel options.

The Norman: Unlike Drake, I’m starting from the top. This is one of the most expensive hotels in the city (RIP savings), but since you only get married probs twice once, go big or go home, right? This hotel is everything. The rooms are equipped with an espresso machine, 300-thread count cotton sateen sheets, complimentary homemade treats, and, you guys, fresh flowers. There’s also a world-renowned sushi restaurant that I’ve only been to once considering dinner there is, like, half of my monthly paycheck, but omfg, everything on the menu is mouthwatering. 


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The Setai Tel Aviv: This place is an urban resort with only 120 rooms and it will give you and the Mediterranean feel that you can’t get anywhere else. It used to be a jailhouse, but has since turned into a five-star hotel and spa that you’d probably be fine with being held captive in, tbh. The rooms have original stone walls, rainfall showers, and an enormous bed that you might actually mistake for a cloud. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Spa at the Setai. This spa is known for its Traditional Eastern experiences, which basically means they lather you up with heavenly oils until you unwind and relax like the deserving bride-to-be you are. By the time you’re done, you’ll be feeling healthy and glowy, and no one will have any idea you downed copious amounts of rosé that morning last night.


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Hilton Tel Aviv: What can I say about the Hilton? For a more affordable, but still Insta-worthy, hotel, this place is my go-to. It’s located smack dab in the middle of the city, right on the most hopping beach you could ask for. With beach parties, electronic house music, and bottle service, you might think you’re at the Scorpios in Mykonos for a second. Honestly, this hotel is the perfect place for you and your girls to GTL: get drunk, talk sh*t, and lay out. 


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“I just wanna jump, jump in the water!” . . . . . #hiltonhotels #wearehospitality #poolside #vacation #beach #telaviv #israel #travel #explore #summer #palmtrees

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Where to Eat

Café Popular: Can’t decide between having dinner at a restaurant or getting drinks and appetizers at a bar? This place is both. You get amazing food and the dimly lit lounge atmosphere that makes everyone look good. Order the Dardar cocktail, eggplant falafel, and Foie Gras Baklava. Make a reservation for as early as you can, and ask for seats at the lounge and not at the restaurant, because that’s where all of the hot guys are. Oh, and during the day, this place has the best brunch.


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I said I have a favorite dish. I didn’t say how many.

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TYO: As we all know, no bachelorette is complete without a sushi and sake night. Most of the food at this place is raw or grilled, and the salads are delish. Plus, the music is lively and the waiters are cute. Plus it’s right in the center of the city, so it’s close to tons of other great bars and clubs in the area.

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סשימי אחד לוקח אתכם להרפתקה כוללת לחמשת החושים. עד כדי כך.

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Port Said: This is a Middle-Eastern outdoor restaurant by the most famous chef in the country, Eyal Shani. Order the baked sweet potato and the minute steak, and the French toast for dessert. There’s a catch, though, because sometimes things are too good to be true. The wait time to get a table there is at least an hour if you go for dinner, and they don’t accept reservations. It’s worth it, though, I promise.


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Romano: I’m literally tearing up thinking about this place, that’s how amazing it is. Romano is the perfect spot for you and girls to grab dinner and drinks, and then just stay there to dance. How fun is it to not have to take a cab to another place and wait in line to get in? If you have dinner at the Romano, you’re already in, and most nights they have DJs. The food is to die for, and the atmosphere is hipster meets “we still shower, though.” Perfect combo.


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Receiving the weekend with Tofistock heads @lily_haz + @olsvanger from 23:00 into the night ~ Soundtracking dinner service before that is our very own @drorsher

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Teder: This place is the downstairs area of Romano, but it’s so good it has its own name. If you don’t feel like spending a fortune on dinner and want something quick and delicious, this place literally has the BEST pizza in the city. There aren’t that many pizza options to choose from, just cheese and vegan (!) and, honestly, that’s all you really need. Sometimes you’ll see Eyal Shani (the famous chef) hanging outside the kitchen, but you probably wouldn’t recognize him considering he isn’t Gordon Ramsay. You’ll be rubbing elbows with other celebrities there too, especially Israeli models… not that you would recognize them either, but still.


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Tonight: staying warm under our winter roof with hot pizza + fiery radio shows ~ Upstairs at the Ballantine’s TMS: Club Media #6: the Rise of the Machines – Analyst & digital mastermind @eyalbason discusses the impact of artificial intelligence & algorithms on the music industry ~ 9pm | free entry At Heder: lo-fi beatmaker @ninjaman420 launches his new remix compilation out on @watashiwa_records ~

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Shila: At this high-end seafood restaurant, every entrée is more Instagrammable than the last. Caution: there are four $$$$ on Google Reviews for this place so don’t hate me when you wake up hungover with a v empty wallet.

Thai House: When you’re wasted after a day of drinking, what’s better than stuffing your face and digging into enormous piles of pad Thai, delicious platters of beef pad see ew, and crunchy pineapple chicken? Since you’ll probably be craving Thai food at least once during this trip, make a reservation sooner than later because this place gets packed. 


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פלה נו מנאו; לברק שלם מאודה קלות ומבושל לתוך רוטב לימונים, שום, פלפלים חריפים קצוצים ורוטב דגים | לוקח אתכם לסופ״ש ראשון של שנה חדשה כמו שתמיד הייתם צריכים #ביתתאילנדי #בית_תאילנדי #thaihousetlv #אוכלתאילנדי

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Where to Party

Abraxas Bar: Grungy but still classy, this darkly lit lounge and nightclub is right in the center of the city. Get escorted to your table, order as many tequila shots as you want, and get ready for a night to (not) remember.


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הלילה ~ מוצ”ש פרוע עם ארז מור ~

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JIMMYWHO Bar & Lounge: This OG Tel Aviv club has been around for a while and is still going strong. Tuesdays and Saturdays are hip-hop night, and if for some reason you’re looking for tourists and 7-foot-tall basketball players, this is where you’ll find them. 


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Veranda:  When it’s hot as hell in Tel Aviv, you probably don’t want to spend your evening outside, right? Wrong. Veranda’s outdoor bar has a magical breeze and the cocktails are amazing. Go here before clubbing to watch the sunset and snap some Instagram stories that your followers will just swipe through anyway.


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קשה לנו להגיד את זה בקול רם, אבל הקיץ נגמר! תודה לכם על עונה מדהימה, מעניינת ומרגשת בכל יום מחדש. כבר לא יכולים לחכות לעונה הבאה 💜

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SpeakEasy: As per my last suggestion, you really can’t go wrong with a rooftop bar. Located on the roof of the same building as the Jimmy Who, Speakeasy is a gem and is considered one of the most exclusive addresses in town. Locals might find it tricky to get in, but they’d never say no to a cute group of American girls on a bachelorette, so don’t even worry about it.


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Join us for a drink 🍸 #speakeasybar

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Emesh: When I think “dancing like a wild child on the bar, accidentally falling off, and then getting back on”, I think of the Emesh. This description may or may not have been just my personal experience, but either way, I totally recommend going to this club for one of the craziest nights of your bachelorette. This place blasts our fave artists, from Beyoncé to Israeli superstar Omer Adam, and I can promise you zero dull moments. Be sure to make reservations on the bar for drinks and food, and let the night escalate from there because whether you like it or not, it will. 


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כנראה שזה יהיה המשפט הראשון שתחשבו עליו מחר בבוקר.

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Haiku Skybar at the Lighthouse Hotel: This place is one of the most stunning rooftop cocktail bars in Tel Aviv and also serves delicious sushi. Drinks, a gorgeous view, beautiful people, and sushi? Have I died and gone to bachelorette heaven? What could be better?


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תחת שמי ים התיכון ~

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Thursday, Day 1

Pro Tip: The weekend in Tel Aviv is on Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday (aka their Sunday is our Monday) so Thursday is fun AF to go out in the city.

  1. Check in to your hotel, change into your favorite swimsuit, and head to the pool, where you can order drinks and bar snacks, since you’ll probs be super hungry after the flight.
  2. After bathing in the sun and catching that deep mocha tan only Tel Aviv can offer, head up to your luxurious hotel room and take a nap. You deserve it.
  3. Wake up and get ready for dinner at Romano, which is the perfect option for Night 1 because it’s also a bar/lounge (see above) so you don’t have to go anywhere afterwards (yay!).
  4. Thursday night is the night everyone goes out, so if you’re not too jet lagged, get ready for a fun but still considerably chill night.

Friday, Day 2

Pro Tip: everything except bars and restaurants closes early on Friday, so if you’re in dire need of Band-Aids or Advil, make sure you get your errands done before 2pm.

  1. Wake up, dial room service, and order coffee up to your room while you get ready. Bring a bathing suit in your bag or wear it under your clothes.
  2. Brunch at Café Popular where you can stuff your face and order mimosas.
  3. When you’re done, you can walk to Tamara, a smoothie place everyone loves. 
  4. Take your smoothie with you and walk along the Tel Aviv Promenade.
  5. Spend a few hours at the promenade taking pictures and tanning. 
  6. Go back to the hotel and CHILL.
  7. Do dinner at TYO.
  8. Friday night is THE night to go out in Tel Aviv, so while you might be tired, get over it, you can rest tomorrow. 
  9. Take a shot of espresso at the end of your meal, because next stop is Emesh to dance on the table.

Saturday, Day 3

Pro Tip: Saturday is the best day for the beach because nobody has work and everyone just wants to chill and tan and drink under the sun. Bottoms up!

  1. Wake up and chug four full cups of water.
  2. Spend the entire day at Hilton Bay beach reading and relaxing. Don’t forget a beach towel.
  3. You know what’s next—go back to the hotel and NAP!
  4. Wake up, find something cute to wear, and settle in for some of the best food you’ll probably ever eat at Shila.
  5. If you’re looking for something a little less intense than the night before, go to the SpeakEasy for cocktails and a rooftop view.

Sunday, Day 4

Pro Tip: Sunday mornings in Tel Aviv are like Monday mornings in the USA, which basically means that everyone’s busy, horns are honking, and traffic is heavy. So why not take it easy today, since everyone has work and you don’t?!

  1. Sleep in late and enjoy the luxuriousness of the hotel bed like you’re Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
  2. When you’re finally up, dial room service and order breakfast.
  3. Throw on your bathing suit and drink, tan, and sleep by the pool.
  4. Have dinner at Thai House (YUM).
  5. Since you relaxed all day, you will have enough energy to get drinks at the Haiku sky bar and see where the night goes from there.

Monday, Day 5

Pro Tip: Shopping in Tel Aviv means that nobody else will be wearing what you’re wearing for the inevitable return home. 

  1. Hop in a cab, grab a croissant or mini sandwich at Brasserie Bakery, and walk down Dizengoff Street for some hardcore shopping, because what kind of girl party is this if you’re not spending money on unnecessary sh*t?
  2. Keep going, stopping in stores along the way, until you get all the way to Dizengoff Center, an indoor mall, and spend an hour walking around one of the oldest shopping malls in the city.
  3. Walk back and grab an authentic Israeli lunch at Port Said.
  4. Go back to the hotel, shower, get somewhat presentable, and have sunset drinks at the Veranda.

Tuesday, Day 6

Pro Tip: If I haven’t said this yet, make sure you have a water bottle and two Advils by your bed at all times so you don’t faint at the beach.

  1. Spend the day at the beach eating watermelon and drinking Chablis or whatever.
  2. Go to the hotel and put on your shortest skirt 
  3. Take a cab to the JimmyWho—it’s hip-hop night, so get ready to dance.

Wednesday, Day 7

Pro Tip: If you want to survive the flight home, pack a bachelorette essentials bag for the flight made up primarily of Advil.

  1. Scrape yourself out of bed, pack up your sh*t, take a cab to the airport, and hop on a night flight back to reality.

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Which Is Healthier, Sushi Or Poke? We Investigate            

When it comes to raw fish, we’re kind of at a loss for how it COULDN’T be fucking good for us, in any form. I mean, this is the totally unadulterated, pure, natural, flesh of some healthy fish that spent its days swimming around the ocean just doing whatever it is that fish do. When it graces our plates in the form of sushi or the newly trendy poke bowl, we’re kind of left wondering how many calories and how good it is for us. Like, not that we’re 100% into counting calories cause it’s like, a lot of work and maybe not even effective for weight loss, but we tend to watch what’s going in and around our mouths when it comes to these trendy lunches.

If, before we get into this, you don’t even know what a poke bowl is, bless. Poke bowls are traditionally raw fish (usually Ahi tuna) over white or brown rice. Toppings like cucumber, sesame seeds, seaweed salad, etc. are placed on top.

Which Is Healthier, Sushi Or A Poke Bowl?

Ok, so after some extensive research and despite a poke bowl being a bigger meal, it’s frequently much fucking healthier and overall better for you than sushi. Allow me to elaborate.

Poke bowls are made up of shit like seaweed, steamed brown or white rice, and a variety of toppings like edamame and sesame seeds along with the raw fish and some sort of vinaigrette–type dressing.

So, if your bowl has the fish, rice, cucumber, seaweed, and a simple dressing, it may weigh in for less than 200 calories—v dependent on how much rice. But, calories aside, you’re also filling that bowl with good fats from the fish, a fuck-load of protein, and limited carbs (again, depending how much rice is loaded in there). You aren’t likely dealing with calorie bombs like spicy mayo sauce or “crunchies” as you do with sushi.

You after your tempura spicy mayo sushi roll.

Is All Sushi Going To Make Me Fat?

Obv, the healthiness of your sushi depends on the roll you get. If you’re loading up with tempura ANYTHING, prepare for a fucking 500 calorie sushi roll. That seems shitty considering you can get an entire poke bowl without (probably) hitting even 400 calories. The healthiness of your sushi also depends on the toppings. Try to skip anything with a spicy sauce, drizzle or crunchies on top, as it’s literally just extra fat.

Honestly, if you’re the type of person that loves sushi and poke and cannot live in a world where you can’t have both, it’s fine. Both are full of good fats and good calories, they’re just v dependent on what kind of eating adventure you want. Also, rice was just invented to fill your stomach with empty calories and make you fat, so there’s that.

Honestly tho

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