Things to Do in Tel Aviv

Dizengoff Square

Landmarks

Up and down we go. In the 1970s, urban planners raised this famous square in a bid to ease traffic congestion. What they left is a curious platform that sits above a crossroads, with ramps sloping down to street level. In the middle lies the Fire and Water Fountain – a kinetic sculpture of revolving colours and jets. Plonk yourself down on a bench and watch the world go by.

Accommodations near Dizengoff Square
  • Kikar Diezengoff, Tel Aviv
Gordon Beach

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Anyone for a game of “matkot”? This tennis-like game is a smash hit with the Gordon Beach regulars. The hypnotic “tap-tap” of ball against wooden paddle wafts up and down this busy beach. The ball games don’t stop there, either. If you fancy yourself as an aviator-clad “Top Gun” type, there are several volleyball courts where you can live out your Maverick fantasy. Limber up!

Accommodations near Gordon Beach
  • Retsif Herbert Samual Street, Tel Aviv
Beach Promenade

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Ah, seaside strolls. Who can deny their restorative powers? The salty breeze, the endorphins rushing through your veins – Tel Aviv’s promenade is tailor-made for such a tonic. This strip is a favourite with weekend cyclists, early-bird joggers and sunset-gazing lovebirds. Take your beau by the hand and amble along at dusk, pausing to admire the sky’s myriad shades of fire.

Accommodations near Beach Promenade
  • Ha-Yarkon Street, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Museums

Picasso and Rodin, Monet and Moore, Klimt and Kandinsky – just some of the artists whose work graces the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Never mind the Pollocks and the Rothkos. It’s a veritable feast of brushwork at TMAM. The quirky Herta and Paul Amir Hall could only be an art gallery – it captivates with its funky angles, confusing geometry and sleek monochrome skin.

Accommodations near Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • Shaul Hamelech Boulevard 27
  • Open Monday 10:00-18:00, Tuesday 10:00-21:00, Wednesday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-21:00, Friday 10:00-14:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00
  • http://www.tamuseum.org.il/
Carmel Market

Shopping Areas

A market of miscellanea. This old market dazzles in kaleidoscope shades and surprises with its diversity. Freshly ground hummus, blood-red pomegranates, vivid strawberry punnets, sacks of seeds, crocheted prayer caps, tin stars of David – you name it, Carmel’s probably got it. Grab a fresh “bureka” (stuffed pastry) from a stall and sharpen your bartering skills!

Accommodations near Carmel Market
  • HaCarmel St 11, Tel Aviv
Rothschild Boulevard

Popular Areas

Bow down to Bauhaus! Tel Aviv’s most prestigious address is like an open-air museum of Bauhaus architecture. This famously functional aesthetic took root in the 1930s when a raft of Jewish architects migrated to Tel Aviv. It was here, in Independence Hall, where the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Grab an ice cream from a kiosk and gaze around at its architectural gems.

Accommodations near Rothschild Boulevard
  • Sderot Rothshild, Tel Aviv
Hilton Beach

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Hilton Beach marries two of Tel Aviv’s strongest suits – beaches and open-mindedness. The frothy waves kicked up by a reef make it the city’s foremost surf spot. It’s also a place that’s open to all persuasions, where skimpy beach wear, mochaccino suntans and glistening six-packs are de rigueur. Swing by during Pride to see it in all its carnal glory.

Accommodations near Hilton Beach
  • Shlomo Lahat Promenade, Tel Aviv
Hatachana Compound

Landmarks

All change, please! This 19th-century railway station used to ferry passengers between Jaffa and Jerusalem. It’s recently been reinvented as a cultural and commercial space, swapping signals for stores, and carriages for cafés. In addition, HaTachana plays host to a packed programme of artistic events, from live music and organic markets to street theatre for kids.

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HaYarkon Park

Parks

HaYarkon’s everything you want in a city park. Open, grassy expanses, jogging paths, basketball courts, a boating lake and six different botanical gardens. Yet that’s not all – time your visit to HaYarkon right and you could catch a bona fide big-name pop concert. Star acts like Rihanna, Madonna and David Bowie have all performed to thousands of screaming music fans right here.

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The Old Jaffa Port

Landmarks

This port is steeped in tales. It was here – they say – that Jonah set sail before his unfortunate encounter with a whale. As you look around, the history is still palpable. Old stone buildings rise gently up the hill, spires poke above the rumpled skyline, as fishing boats bob lazily below. Wander along the waterfront before feasting on a prize catch at Fleamarket Restaurant.

Accommodations near The Old Jaffa Port
  • Yefet Street, South Tel Aviv

Accommodations and Hotels in Tel Aviv

Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel

7.8 Good

Score from 812 reviews

$190

Average price per night
  • 121 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Herods Tel Aviv By The Beach

7.4 Good

Score from 1867 reviews

$179

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  • 155 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel

7.5 Good

Score from 628 reviews

$225

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  • Charles Clore Park, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv
Mendeli Street Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1335 reviews

$180

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  • 5 Mendeli Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
The Lusky- Great Small Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 670 reviews

$144

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  • 84 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Maxim Design Hotel 3 Star Superior

8.4 Very good

Score from 882 reviews

$115

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  • 86 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Royal Beach Hotel Tel Aviv by Isrotel Exclusive Collection

8.2 Very good

Score from 1906 reviews

$196

Average price per night
  • Hayarkon 19, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Leonardo Art Tel Aviv By the Beach

6.9 Review score

Score from 1739 reviews

$109

Average price per night
  • 167 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Isrotel Tower Hotel

8.2 Very good

Score from 729 reviews

$154

Average price per night
  • 78 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv City-Centre, Tel Aviv
Discover Tel Aviv

Popular Neighborhoods in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv City-Centre

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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

156 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

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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

40 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

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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
See what other visitors said

Best of 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!

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Transportation

Tel Aviv Transportation

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.

Bike

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

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Cafelix
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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
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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
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Hakosem
  • Shlomo ha-Melekh Street 1, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30-23:30, Friday 09:00-14:00
  • 00972 35252033
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Japanese
Moon
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Thai
Thai House
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Vitrina Sausage Grill
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Brasserie M+R
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Sabich Tchernichovsky
  • Tchernichovsky 2, Yemenite Quarter
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-20:30, Friday 10:00-15:30
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Tosca
  • Ibn Gavirol Street 17, Tel Aviv City Centre
  • Open Sunday-Saturday 17:00-03:00
  • 00972 542222260
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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
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Minzar
Upscale Dining
Middle Eastern
Shila
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Mel and Michelle
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Pastel
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Shmuel
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Beer Bazaar
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Barbunia
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ToTo
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The Prince
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Tapeo
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Mozner
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Catit
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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
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Moonshine
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