Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Loves Tel Aviv

Where I Go: Bar Refaeli

The native Israeli, whose work as a model and as the founder and designer of underwear has taken her across the globe, returns to her childhood home when vacation calls. She shares her local favorites—from chic shops to secret beaches to home-cooked meals—below.

To get away from it all, I go to … Tel Aviv, Israel! Since I travel so much, I go home when I need some time off to relax and recharge. Spending time with my family and friends is my favorite thing to do.

My favorite place to stay is … My parents’ house. Since I don’t go very often and I’ve been traveling since I was 18, I just like to wake up and have coffee with my family, hang out, and be around them as much as I can.

My ideal travel companions are … I often bring friends from around the world. I love showing people my country, and I love to share where I come from and how I grew up. It’s always surprising to hear what people think Israel is like and then see their faces when they arrive. It’s completely different than what people think it is.

When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I go to … There are a few bars called Otto around Tel Aviv that I love, and a great bar/restaurant called Yasu, which is a Greek tavern. My friends and I go there often.

When I’m in the mood for some retail therapy, I visit … Designer stores on Dizengoff Street, the HaTachana area, and a few really nice malls that have everything.

My favorite travel pastimes are … Books! When I travel on planes, I always read a lot. But at home, I catch up on all the TV shows I missed.

When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is … I go for the healthy choice: fish and rice, or a large salad with tuna fish.

My favorite place to indulge in local cuisine is … My brother’s restaurant, Zinc. They have delicious food! I usually go for their stir-fry vegetables and chicken.

Upon arrival, I most look forward to … There are always really good Israeli TV shows that I love. But on my last trip to Israel, I watched two seasons of Game of Thrones in three days.

My favorite best-kept secrets about Israel are … My secret beaches! Israel is long and narrow, and the long part of it is mostly on the water. It is hard for me to go to the crowded beaches in Tel Aviv, but I have a few just 30 minutes away that are really private and calm.

To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is … If I don’t have a gym, I usually just give up on the idea. I like to explore when I’m in different countries, so I walk around a lot anyway.

My suitcase must absolutely contain … Always a bikini, because I never know where I’ll end up. And my collection of basic clothing, because basic clothes are always needed! I love taking pictures on my iPhone wherever I go around the world and sharing them on Twitter and Instagram.

When it comes to luggage, I … Always overpack! I usually plan a trip for a week that ends up lasting a few weeks!

Upon departing, I am most happy to leave behind … Absolutely nothing. I love traveling the world. I love new experiences, meeting people, and I love my job. But in my heart there is always a feeling of missing something.

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One response to “Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Loves Tel Aviv”

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    Peace Man

    She’s right that people are always pleasantly surprised when they come to Israel.

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