Going to israel now and I will learn hebrew
my name is Josh brown and I am jewish. I will visit Israel and I am learning hebrew. does anyone have any good tips for me. any good restaurants out there? josh
When I went to Israel, the places where I used Hebrew most were in restaurants and groceries. Everywhere else I (personally) went, they spoke passable English. So if your trip is soon, I would suggest learning restaurant vocabulary and perhaps vocabulary relating to shopping. In restaurants, the people I ordered my food from barely spoke any English. The same with the cashiers in groceries; however, it obviously depends on where you go, so you will likely run into a different set of people. For restaurants, if you go to Tel Aviv then I would suggest trying Burgers Bar. In Israel it's amazing. If you keep kosher, do not go to McDonalds/Burger King/Pizza Hut, etc. just because they are kosher there. There are so many good restaurants there, I would not waste a potentially amazing meal on them. (This is all opinion based and from my experience.) Have fun! I loved Israel and would LOVE to go back. The people are EXTREMELY nice and kind.
If you don't keep kosher I strongly recommend Vitrina. It is the best burger in Israel and located in Tel Aviv.
I more than agree The Vitrina on Iben Gabirol (hope I spell that right) street and the one on Lilenblum street are the best burger places in Israel.
The majority of people in Israel speak English pretty well (or at least enough to communicate), especially in touristic places, and will be happy to hello tourists.
If you don't eat Kosher- the sky is your limit, Tel Aviv and the whole central district are loaded with great restaurants. If you eat Kosher you'll still find a lot of good restaurants, depending on when you're going. The big cities and especially Tel Aviv is where most and the best restaurants are located (with exceptions of course).
Here's a list of good restaurants in Tel Aviv:
Tel Aviv- Vitrina, Fat Cow, Port 19, America Burgers (burgers), Nam, Nithan Thai, Unami, Makong, Wok to Walk, Men Tenten, Deinings (Asian), Brasserrie, Nununu, גוצ'ה, Jeremiah, Miazaki, Cafe Noir, Joseph 'n' Sons, Montefiore Hotel, Elena (in The Norman Hotel), (all kinds) and many many many more
Don't hesitate to ask people on the streets for help- we are warm people, and we welcome tourists very well. Though you should beware not to be tricked by shopkeepers, taxi drivers and merchants, as they sometimes charge higher prices from tourists.
Have fun in Israel!