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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
A bustling metro of energy, music and fast paced life compared to other areas of Israel. It is fun for going to the club, shopping, sitting in a café people watching or just hanging out with friends. More for the 20-30's something crowd, Tel Aviv is the "City" of Israel.
Oceanicnymph
USA
15 February 2017
8
Very good
I went Tel Aviv from Jerusalem. The city is modern, very "west affected" and absolutely different than Jerusalem. It's still worth of visit. When I'll go back to Israel, I'd like to stop by again.
Peter
Slovakia
15 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Between the cafes and the amazing boutiques. Israeli culture appears to be at its best. I absolutely love spending time here it keeps me coming back over and over!!!
Karen
USA
15 February 2017
8
Very good
Good and helpfull people,nice infrastructure of the city,good piblic transportation. But a little bit expensive
venci3zd
Croatia
15 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Tel Aviv has ample history to offer the tourist visitor but is not as crowded as Jerusalem. In addition, you can so easily combine both, the sightseeing part with the leasure part on the beautiful beach there.
Dirk
Germany
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Tel Aviv

Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel

7.8 Good

Score from 796 reviews

£173

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “amazing views”
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Mendeli Street Hotel

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1,252 reviews

£138

Average price per night
  • “excellent quality of food”
    123 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Royal Beach Hotel Tel Aviv by Isrotel Exclusive Collection

8.3 Very good

Score from 1,911 reviews

£171

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    54 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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The Lusky- Great Small Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 654 reviews

£103

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    61 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Maxim Design Hotel 3 Star Superior

8.4 Very good

Score from 891 reviews

£97

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    82 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    71 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
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Leonardo Art Tel Aviv By the Beach

7 Good

Score from 2,015 reviews

£96

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    86 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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Herods Tel Aviv By The Beach

7.4 Good

Score from 2,076 reviews

£156

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
    33 related reviews
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Park Plaza Orchid Hotel

7.4 Good

Score from 693 reviews

£137

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  • “location was great”
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Olympia Hotel - by Zvieli Hotels

7.3 Good

Score from 2,250 reviews

£48

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
    160 related reviews
  • “very clean and tidy”
    70 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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Discover Tel Aviv

Popular neighbourhoods in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv City-Centre

384 properties

Tel Aviv’s buzzing business district. Big banks and colossal companies have set up shop here. Suited and booted salarymen stride into shiny Bauhaus-style office blocks. On Rothschild Boulevard, city strollers and pram pushers amble by, while teenage cliques convene at kiosks. Grab a coffee, pull up a bench and indulge in a spot of people-watching.

The Old North

142 properties

Some say it’s grim up north, but Tel Aviv’s Old North is rather pleasant. The beach promenade is a splendid seaside strip, sandwiched between resplendent Bauhaus flats and ocean panoramas. Beach bums recline in sun-drenched bliss on Gordon Beach, while happy families scamper towards HaYarkon Park. Grab your towel and join the basking masses!

Jaffa

45 properties

Jaffa’s full of old-world wonders. It’s a hillside maze of narrow alleys, dotted with Ottoman synagogues and bygone-era markets. It’s built around the ancient port, where fishermen have brought in their haul for millennia. Meander round the streets map-less, then sate your appetite at Abu Hassan Hummus – a real Tel Aviv institution.

Neve Tzedek

44 properties

There’s a village-like feel to Neve Tzedek. In this Bohemian district, life moves at a laid-back pace. It’s peppered with romantic corners and quaint squares, where good food and artistic expression abound. Seek out funky handicrafts and quirky clobber in Shabazi Street’s boutiques. Then soak up the Neve Tzedek vibe from Suzanna’s shaded roof terrace.

Florentin

16 properties

Go with the flow in Florentin. This district’s an up-and-comer, the classic case of blue-collar area turned hipster haven. Its shabby shop fronts and graffiti-daubed walls hide a wealth of surprising boutiques and offbeat bars. Eschew the obvious with a pastry from a Balkan bakery, then survey the scene from City Café’s terrace.

Local tips for Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's quiet northern beaches
Einav by Einav

Einav lives in central Tel Aviv and enjoys playing some Matkot (a paddle game) on the beach.

Tel Aviv’s northern beaches provide a quieter spot away from the crowds. Just north of Tel Aviv Port, you’ll find Reading Beach and its boardwalk, which are only accessible by bike or foot, making it a secluded little hideaway.

  • Shlomo Lahat Promenade
Nachlat Binyamin Market
Lior by Lior

Resident in Tel Aviv for 2 years, artistic Lior loves to visit the city’s markets.

My favourite market is Nachlat Binyamin, which brings together the city’s artists, and showcases unique creations designed with unusual materials. It’s a great spot to pick up an unusual present, or just to browse.

Levinski Spice Market
Sheila by Sheila

Sheila fell in love with Tel Aviv on a recent trip and plans on returning as soon as possible.

Levinsky Spice Market offers an abundance of smells, colours and tastes. You’ll find everything from spices, dried fruit and nuts to coffee places, restaurants and bars. My favourite spots include Café Kaymak, Yahaloma and Metushelach.

  • Levinsky Street (corner of Nachlat Binyamin Street)
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-16:30
Yemenite Vineyard's eateries and markets
Jenia by Jenia

Jenia loves Tel Aviv’s diverse cultural scene and how it offers something for everyone.

One of my favourite places to have lunch is around the Kerem Ha-Teimanim neighbourhood (meaning Yemenite Vineyard). It’s made up of tiny alleyways and excellent traditional eateries, such as Anat’s. Take a stroll along the nearby beach, or wander up to the lively Carmel Market afterwards.

  • Simtat HaCarmel 23, Carmel Market
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 09:00-19:00, Friday 08:00-18:00
Graffiti Hunting in Florentine
Itay by Itay

Itay lives in the hip Florentine neighbourhood and loves its unique feel.

I’d recommend exploring the Florentine district’s quirky streets with their cool graffiti. Complete your stroll with a drink in one of its funky bars.

  • HaMasor St, Tsrifin Street and Khatserim street
Sunset watching
Yael by Yael

Yael walks and cycles as much as she can in the city. She’s also lucky enough to live by the beach.

If you clamber up to the top of Gan Ha-Atzmaut (Independence Garden) Park, you’ll find a great little grassy spot looking over the beach. It’s an ideal place to watch the sun set.

  • Homat HaYam Promenade
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Recommendations for Tel Aviv

Go into the city, enjoy the beautiful beach, talk with the Israëlisch, play volleyball on the beach, eat in the restaurants where the local people eat.

The city is always open and clubs are everywhere, I front desk will help you.

Lots of local artists who have their unique blend of fashion.

The area is really nice. Food really interesting.

The beaches and the oromenade are beatifull!

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Tel Aviv for food?

The choices of cuisine are diverse

Great vegan vegi and kosher food

Nam thai reataurant

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Transport

Tel Aviv transport

Air - Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Gurion Airport is located 15 km from the city. Its official taxi line can be found on Level G, near Gate 1. You may need to wait up to 30 minutes but this guarantees a fixed, reasonable rate (around ILS 100-200). The 20-minute connection to Tel Aviv Savidor Train Station leaves from Terminal 3’s lower level and runs 24 hours a day. Bear in mind that transport services are very limited during the Sabbath (from around Friday afternoon to sunset Saturday).

Train

Trains are run by Israel Railways and are mainly used to travel to the airport, Haifam Beer-Sheva and smaller towns. Trains tend to be crowded in rush hour (on Sunday mornings, for example) and they do not run at all during the Sabbath. You can purchase tickets at machines in stations, or you can buy a Rav Kav card, a topped-up electronic card, which can be used on the bus or train. Main stations include Tel Aviv Merkaz, HaShalom and Ha-Hagana.

Bus

Blue-coloured Dan buses run across the city and depart from Central Bus Station. City buses and routes to the suburbs leave from the 4th and 1st floors, while inter-city and national connections (run by Egged) leave from the 6th floor. Arlosoroff Bus Terminal is next to Savidor Train Station, in the north-east of the city. You can buy tickets at machines or on the bus. Remember that buses don’t run during the Sabbath.

Bicycle

Tel-O-Fun run the city’s green-coloured bikes which can be rented at over 150 spots across the city. You can pick them up and drop them off at any station, and they are a good way of seeing sights including Old Jaffa, Yarkon Park and Rothschild Boulevard. You pay by card at machines and a daily access fee costs ILS 17 (ILS 23 on Saturdays and public holidays), or ILS 70 for a week. Usage is free for the first 30 minutes and costs ILS 6 per 30 minutes over this.

Car

Parking can be difficult in central Tel Aviv and driving is restricted around historic parts, such as Old Jaffa. Pay car parks can be found in the centre, although they are expensive. Most street signs are in English, although some restrictions may be written in Hebrew. Remember that although driving in Tel Aviv on the Sabbath is generally accepted, driving outside the city is restricted during this time and some routes may be closed.

Taxi

Sherut taxis are shared minivans that can transport 10 to 12 people. They are yellow and have numbers on the windscreen to show where they are going. Fares are similar to bus prices and they are a reliable form of transport on the Sabbath, when other local transport isn’t available. You can pick them up across the city and at stations. You can get off at any point along the designated route.

Food in Tel Aviv

Top restaurants in Tel Aviv

Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Cafelix
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Sabich Frishman and Falafel Frishman
  • Frishman Street 44, The Old North
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-00:00, Friday 10:00-15:00, Saturday 21:00-00:00
  • 00972 35272645
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Tepale
  • King George Street 87, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 18:30-02:00, Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 19:30-02:00
  • 00972 508329828
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Hakosem
  • Shlomo ha-Melekh Street 1, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30-23:30, Friday 09:00-14:00
  • 00972 35252033
Good value
Japanese
Moon
  • Bograshov Street 58, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Saturday 12:00-00:30
  • 00972 579426861
High-end dining
Thai
Thai House
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Vitrina Sausage Grill
High-end dining
French
Brasserie M+R
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Sabich Tchernichovsky
  • Tchernichovsky 2, Yemenite Quarter
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-20:30, Friday 10:00-15:30
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Tosca
Good value
International
Orna and Ella
  • Shenkin Street 33, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-24:00, Friday 10:00-16:30 and 17:30-00:00, Saturday 10:00-24:00
  • ornaandella.com
  • 0092 35252085
Cheap 'n' tasty
Middle Eastern
Minzar
High-end dining
Middle Eastern
Shila
Good value
Italian
Mel and Michelle
High-end dining
International
Pastel
Good value
Local
Shmuel
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Beer Bazaar
Good value
Middle Eastern
Barbunia
High-end dining
Italian
ToTo
Good value
Local
The Prince
Cheap 'n' tasty
Spanish
Tapeo
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Mozner
High-end dining
Middle Eastern
Catit
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Hamezeg
  • Ibn Gabirol Street 151, The Old North
  • Monday-Thursday 19:00-04:00, Friday-Saturday 14:00-04:00, Sunday 19:00-04:00
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  • 0092 36048883
Cheap 'n' tasty
International
Moonshine
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