Things To Do In Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tel Aviv’s west side is a 13-kilometer (eight-mile) stretch of sandy beaches, prompting National Geographic magazine to call Tel Aviv “Miami Beach on the Med.”
Tel Aviv-Jaffa Promenade
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Promenade is a bustling walkway that connects Old Jaffa in the south to the northern neighborhoods of the city. Come here for gorgeous sunsets, people-watching, yummy food at one of the cafés or restaurants along the promenade, or to hear some of the best classical music buskers you’re likely to come across.
Also called as the “Central Park of Tel Aviv”, attracts some 16 million visitors every year. The urban park’s 3.8 square kilometers boast walking paths, bike paths, dozens of children play areas, botanical gardens, extensive lawns, sports facilities, two mini zoos and artificial lakes.
No visit to Tel Aviv is complete without a hop over to Old Jaffa. It is one of the world’s oldest cities and home to the oldest seaport in the world. In the last decade, Old Jaffa has become one of the hottest places to be as designers, artists and gourmands move in. Come hungry because street food is abundant and delicious.
Tel Aviv Port (North Port - Namal)
Tel Aviv’s port is one of the city’s main entertainment hubs with trendy shops, bars, nightclubs, cafés and a bustling farmers’ market.
Neve Tzedek and historic train station (Tachana)
Neve Tzedek is one of Tel Aviv’s most beautiful neighborhoods – and historically, was the first neighborhood built outside of Jaffa. It’s perfect for a romantic stroll along the small streets and alleyways and past the beautifully restored buildings.
Tel Aviv boasts a treasure trove of exemplary architecture. One of Tel Aviv’s nicknames is even the White City, thanks to its large number of white Bauhaus (International-style) buildings. In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed Tel Aviv’s White City a World Cultural Heritage site.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s culture city. Most of the museums, orchestras, theaters, art galleries, dance venues and music halls come with an entry fee, however. There are many great museums in Tel Aviv, including the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Independence Hall, etc.
Strolling down Dizengoff Street is a favorite pastime for many residents. Plenty of shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars are available in the area.
Tel Aviv’s shopping scene is growing by the minute! Each day new stores open their doors with amazing designs and unique products. There is a shopping experience for every kind of taste, pop up markets, second hand stores, local design stores, big shopping centers with the most popular international brands and high end stores.
For a more unique shopping experience check out some of Tel Aviv’s amazing markets (shuks), the largest of which is Shuk HaCarmel – food, flowers, Judaica, clothes, restaurants and some great kiosk kitchens; Levinski Market is the place for spices, dried fruits, nuts, traditional pastries, boutique cheeses, pickled produce, exotic meat cold cuts and salted fish; Nahalat Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair (opened every Tuesday and Friday), where more than 200 Israeli craftspeople and artists set up stalls to exhibit and sell their unique and often humorous creations; Jaffa Flea Market, where you’ll also find genuine antiques, wood crafts, Arabic drums and more.
Sarona Market includes two main areas – an outdoor shopping mall and an indoor food market. The outdoor area has offices, restaurants, cafes, fashion stores, galleries and a visitor centre, all housed in restored 19th-century German Templer houses. The indoor Sarona Market is an arcade featuring global street food stands and boutique shops to buy fresh meat, fish, cheese and more.
Eat in one of Tel Aviv’s delicious restaurants! Tel Aviv has hundreds of options of amazing restaurants, there is something for every taste, from great burger joints to some of the best breakfast in the world.
Some of our suggestions:
- Miznon – Israeli street food
- Kalamata – Greek Mediterranean cuisine
- Bicicletta – Israeli food bar
- Ha’achim – Israeli food
- Goocha – café with seafood
- Benedict – best breakfast in town
- Brasserie – Belgian cuisine
- Hotel Montefiore – best place for brunches
- Manta Ray – best seafood in town
- Anita – best ice cream in town
- Anastasia – for vegan food lovers
- Wineberg – tapas bar
- Vicky Cristina, Tel Aviv – tapas bar
The City that Never Stops will keep night owls busy with its trendy bars, dance clubs and diverse nightlife. Tel-Aviv tends to come alive late in the evening, at about 11pm and places of entertainment can stay open until the morning hours. In Israel the weekend starts on Thursday night and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are the most active. Sunday is not a “day of rest” in Israel so you can go out and party on Sunday night as well.
Some bars to recommend:
- Bellboy – one of the best cocktail bars in Tel Aviv
- Dizengoff 223 – leasure cocktail bar
- Kuli Alma – local dance bar
- Rotschild 12 – local bar with concerts
- Radio – dance bar
- Ozen Bar – live music bar