Tel Aviv, Jerusalem land in Top 30 on Cond Nast list

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Readers of the luxury magazine Condé Nast Traveler have voted Jerusalem and Tel Aviv among the 40 “best cities in the world,” in the magazine’s 2016 survey of destinations outside the United States.

In a report published on Oct. 24, Jerusalem came in at No. 28.

“Long a place of religious pilgrimage for Christians, Jews and Muslims, Jerusalem is now drawing a different sort of pilgrim: the global traveler,” wrote the magazine, which had Jerusalem in the No. 11 spot last year. “In addition to its significant sacred and religious sights, the city draws visitors with its cutting-edge art scene and a growing number of notable restaurants. Head to the Israel Museum for an exploration of the country’s culture, and stop for a bite at Machneyuda for authentic Mediterranean cuisine.”

Tel Aviv, after not making the Top 40 last year, soared onto this year’s list at No. 17.

“With influences from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s most vibrant, diverse cities. Hummusiyas and falafel aside, what continues to draw travelers? Notably nightlife and beaches, museums (Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art), and the world’s largest concentration of buildings in the International Style — more than 4,000 of them comprise Tel Aviv’s White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.” A “hummusiya” is a casual hummus restaurant.

The readers rated Tokyo as the world’s top city. — jta