P.S. I’m On My Way’s top 30 local things to do in Tel Aviv

Looking for the best things to do in Tel Aviv? I lived here for a year and here are my best local recommendations for all types of travelers looking for activities in Tel Aviv.

📧 Dearest Trish, I know you lived in Tel Aviv for a whole lot and I am going this June for the pride parade! I bet that it’s going to be fun but can you suggest more things to do in Tel Aviv? My partner and I are staying a week after pride. Hope you can suggest something! If you are in the city, we’d love to meet you. Thank you for all your help!

Tim Berg, Sweden

Hi Tim,

Thank you for writing! I am so thrilled that you are going to visit the city I love the most! There are many things to do in Tel Aviv and if you’re going to the pride parade, then more events are going to happen in the city. There will be so many parties on the streets on the week of pride – all establishments will make a gimmick.

Anyway, I’ve listed a few things you can do in the city after the pride, but if I were you, I’ll take it slow. Pride parade can take so much of your energy!

Have fun for me and enjoy Tel Aviv!

Xx,

Trisha

A little background about Tel Aviv and I: we have a lot of history. I lived here from 2016 – 2018 and it was one of the biggest whirlwinds of my life. 

I got denied a resident visa thrice for no reason until I gave up. Bureaucracy in Israel is not that easy to understand so my ex-boyfriend and I was forced to separate because of these rules.

Right now, I am still trying to move on from this crazy event but I still love Israel the same, especially Tel Aviv.

The best years of my life happened when I was living here and even if they won’t give me a resident visa, I still will promote Israel as one of the best (and easy to navigate) tourist destinations in the world.

Here are the best things to do in Tel Aviv, according to my experience from living here. I am constantly updating this list so please feel free to bookmark this page and join my yearly tours to TLV!

Change how you travel and see the world by going deep into the culture. Come and travel with me!

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🏄🏽 Top things to do in Tel Aviv (by a local)

Rent a bike

Biking is the best way to explore Tel Aviv, a city designed with cyclists as a pirority. Its flat terrain and extensive bike lanes make navigating the city easily.

You can easily access the city’s diverse neighborhoods, bustling markets, and iconic landmarks with a bicycle. Biking also lets you avoid traffic and find parking easily, offering a convenient, eco-friendly alternative to driving.

Tel-O-Fun is Tel Aviv’s official bike-sharing program and offers hundreds of bikes at docking stations spread out across the city.

If you are looking for the best biking routes, you can check out my Tel Aviv biking route that has 3 maps, including Florentin & Jaffa neighborhoods, Tel Aviv center highlights, and Northern Tel Aviv.

🚲 Tip: Early morning is the perfect time to enjoy a peaceful ride along the city’s extensive network of bike lanes, devoid of the usual daytime hustle. [Book Morning Bike Tour]

The Bauhaus route

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the White City is a collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus architecture built in Tel Aviv in the 1930s by German-Jewish architects who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine after the rise of the Nazis.

It’s the largest number of buildings in this style of any city in the world!

You can visit the Bauhaus areas on your own or book a tour. Below is my recommended Bauhaus route:

  • Start at Dizengoff Square: One of Tel Aviv’s most iconic squares, surrounded by a number of notable Bauhaus buildings. Check out the Cinema Hotel, , which was originally a Bauhaus-style movie theater before being converted into a hotel.
  • Walk down Dizengoff Street: One of Tel Aviv’s major streets, it features numerous examples of Bauhaus architecture. Keep an eye out for the shops, galleries, and cafes that are housed in Bauhaus buildings.
  • Head towards Bialik Street: This street, named after Israel’s national poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, boasts many fine examples of Bauhaus buildings. Be sure to stop by Bialik House, where the poet lived and which now serves as a museum dedicated to his work.
  • Visit the Bauhaus Center at 77 Dizengoff Street: This is a must-visit for anyone interested in Bauhaus architecture. It houses a gallery, library, and shop focused on the Bauhaus style, and it offers guided tours and maps for self-guided tours.
  • Continue to Rothschild Boulevard: This beautiful, tree-lined street is known for its distinctive kiosks, outdoor cafes, and the large number of Bauhaus buildings. Look out for the Bruno House and the Rubinsky House.
  • Visit the Independence Hall: At 16 Rothschild Boulevard, this is the site where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the independence of the State of Israel. While not strictly Bauhaus in design, its history is intertwined with the development of Tel Aviv and its architectural heritage.
  • End at Habima Square: The Habima Theater and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art are great examples of Bauhaus architecture. The square itself has been modernized and is a great place to relax after your tour.

💡 Fun fact: Bauhaus buildings were designed for the hot Mediterranean climate and feature elements such as long narrow balconies, flat roofs, and thermic and solar-controlled features, among others.

Tel Aviv beaches

One of the reasons why I loved living in Tel Aviv is that it’s a city with a beach! Here are the top beaches to visit in Tel Aviv. I suggest you go to at least 2 each day and spend at least an hour on each:

Metzitzim Beach: Normally flocked by families because the waters are shallow. If you are going with kids, there are lifeguards here so don’t worry!

Religious Beach. Most tourists don’t really go here as it is meant for, of course, the more religious community of Tel Aviv. This beach is said to be surrounded by walls. Women can go on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; men can go on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Shabbat (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown), religious people can’t go to the beach so this will be empty!

Hilton Dog Beach. I don’t really bring my dog here as it is too far from our home but if you want to see a lot of dogs playing, this is your beach!

Gay Beach. When two of my gay friends visited me in Tel Aviv, we spent every waking day hanging out on this beach. Tel Aviv is the biggest gay city in the world so you can imagine how free-spirited the gays on this beach are. No limits!

Gordon, Frishman, and Bograshov Beaches. Most of the bars are here so this is a place to go after lunch. These beaches are a bit touristy than the rest in this list. I only tried eating at the beach-side restaurant once and they are so expensive! You can buy a beer at a convenience store and simply bring it here.

Geula Beach. When I was living in the city center, this is my beach!!! I love Geula Beach because you will see a more local scene (a lot of matkot players!). I almost joined a matkot tournament on this beach! There is also a gym-like structure here so you will see a lot of people working out.

Banana Beach. As I mentioned before, this is where I go when my girlfriends visit.  It is almost in the southmost part of the city (where I live) so you will see that this beach is more relaxed than the other beaches. Only a few crowds go here.

Jaffa Beach: My home and my every day! This is a surf beach so it’s also kind of empty at times. Dogs are allowed, too!

Play matkot on the beach

Matkot is a popular beach game in Israel, often called the country’s national sport. It involves two players hitting a small rubber ball back and forth with wooden paddles, similar to beach tennis.

Unlike other racket sports, there’s no scoring system and no winner or loser, as the game’s main aim is to keep the ball in the air as long as possible.

To play matkot, the players face each other roughly 5 to 6 meters apart. They start by gently serving the ball to each other and then attempt to sustain a volley, hitting the ball back and forth without touching the ground.

The goal is to improve control, timing, and accuracy rather than overpowering the opponent. The game can be played in pairs or larger groups, with each player taking turns hitting the ball.

🏓 Tip: You probably won’t buy a Matkot racket if you are only visiting Tel Aviv, so you can approach the many players on the beach! They will let you try it 100%!

Dine in the Middle East’s best restaurants

Tel Aviv has an incredible and diverse restaurant scene, recognized internationally for its culinary delights. And one of the best things to do in Tel Aviv is to EAT!

The city’s gastronomic history is influenced by its multicultural inhabitants, with immigration from various parts of the world bringing in a medley of flavors.

Tel Aviv’s culinary scene emerged significantly in the late 1970s and early 1980s, transforming from simple, traditional meals to innovative culinary expressions.

The 1990s saw a surge of new eateries featuring fusion cuisine, blending Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditions with European and Asian influences.

Several restaurants in Tel Aviv have earned international recognition. For instance, Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen & Bar, known for its high-energy atmosphere and mouthwatering steaks, has received widespread acclaim.

Ouzeria, a trendy Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, is another locale celebrated for its innovative dishes.

In 2019, two Tel Aviv restaurants, M25 and Shaffa Bar, were featured in Time magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places.

More recently, in 2022, the acclaimed restaurant guide, Michelin, included Israeli restaurants in its direction for the first time, with Tel Aviv’s Shila and Ouzeria among the awardees.

➡️ See the list of the 25 best restaurants in Tel Aviv.

Street food in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv street food culture is a vibrant blend of the city’s diverse communities, offering a gustatory exploration of tradition and innovation.

This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with Tel Aviv and eventually ended up living here.

The city’s culinary journey started in the late 19th century with simple, traditional foods. Still, with successive waves of immigrants bringing influences from around the world, the food landscape evolved, making Tel Aviv a street food lover’s paradise.

Hummus, falafel, and shawarma are the cornerstones of Tel Aviv’s street food scene. Hummus joints like Abu Hassan in Jaffa, serving the creamy chickpea dip for decades, have become iconic spots.

Falafel stands, such as Hakosem, famous for its crispy, flavorful falafel balls, are ubiquitous around the city.

Shawarma, layers of marinated meat cooked on a vertical spit, can be found at stalls like Miznon, which takes this traditional dish to new heights.

I have never seen a city where every nationality has its food present!

➡️ Want to know what to eat on the streets of Tel Aviv and where to find them? See my Tel Aviv Street Food Guide!

Explore the vegan culture (even if you are not vegan)

Tel Aviv is often hailed as the “vegan capital of the world,” boasting over 400 vegan and vegan-friendly establishments, a remarkable feat for a city of its size.

This vibrant vegan scene is relatively recent, reflecting Tel Aviv’s progressive, health-conscious, and environmentally aware population.

While Mediterranean cuisine naturally leans towards plant-based, emphasizing fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, the explicit shift towards veganism started gaining momentum in the early 2000s.

Today, you can find everything from vegan shawarma to plant-based cheeses in the city.

One of the pioneers of this movement is Ouzeria, a trendy restaurant known for its creative vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Another notable establishment is 416, which brings an haute cuisine approach to vegan food, with dishes like ‘faux gras’ – a vegan version of foie gras.

In 2017, the culinary guidebook Saveur recognized Tel Aviv’s Meshek Barzilay as the best vegan restaurant worldwide, highlighting its organic, plant-based menu and farm-to-table approach.

Whether indulging in a vegan chocolate dessert at the urban-chic Anastasia Cafe or grabbing a quick, wholesome meal from the popular Tenat Ethiopian restaurant, Tel Aviv’s vegan scene is not just for vegans!

Tel Aviv nightlife

If it’s your first time in Tel Aviv, it’s essential to understand that nightlife in Tel Aviv starts late and continues into the early morning hours.

Dinner usually happens around 9 PM, and clubs don’t get busy until midnight. Bars and pubs might fill up a bit earlier, around 10 PM.

Tel Aviv has a high density of bars, clubs, and restaurants, many of which can be found in areas like Rothschild Boulevard, Florentin, and the Port area.

Tel Aviv’s nightlife can be compared to the energetic scenes in cities like New York or Berlin, with their blend of cosmopolitan diversity and a 24/7 lifestyle.

It combines the relaxed beach atmosphere of cities like Miami or Barcelona with the creative, alternative vibes of places like London or Austin.

The party scene in Tel Aviv is also very much about socializing, with groups of friends typically starting their nights at bars or restaurants, sharing food and drinks before heading to clubs.

🎉 Whether you want to party, chill, or just go out for an evening like a Tel Avivian, you can learn a lot from my Tel Aviv Nightlife Guide.

Old City of Jaffa

The historic heart of Jaffa, filled with meandering alleyways, artisan shops, and beautifully restored stone buildings that whisper stories of the past.

The labyrinthine layout invites exploration, leading you to landmarks like the Jaffa Clock Tower and St. Peter’s Church. This Greek Orthodox church, with its impressive stained glass and panoramic views of Tel Aviv, is not to be missed.

The Wishing Bridge, adorned with zodiac signs, is said to grant wishes to those who touch their star sign while looking out to sea.

Tip: Visit in the evening when the city is beautifully lit, and don’t forget to try some local sweet treats from the Old City’s bakeries. [Book Jaffa Walking Tour]

Jaffa Port

One of the oldest working ports in the world, its picturesque harbor is framed by fishermen’s boats and old warehouses that have been converted into trendy galleries and restaurants.

The Port area has become a vibrant spot for nightlife, with music performances and cultural events. The adjacent boardwalk is perfect for a seaside stroll, with stunning views of Tel Aviv’s skyline.

🦐 Tip: Try the fresh seafood at The Old Man and the Sea, a local favorite. Visit during sunset for an unforgettable dining experience. The Namal Port Market is open on weekends and offers local produce, breads, and pastries.

Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpeshim)

A bustling marketplace offering a treasure trove of vintage goods, antiques, handmade jewelry, and bohemian clothes.

Around the market, you’ll find streets lined with shops selling Persian carpets, brass lamps, and other curiosities.

Don’t miss the “Noga” area, a design district filled with designer boutiques and unique home décor shops.

🕰️ Tip: The market is open from Sunday to Thursday. Visit early in the morning to avoid crowds, and haggling is part of the experience. After shopping, relax at one of the hip cafés or eateries in the market vicinity.

Ilana Goor Museum

This unique museum, housed in an 18th-century building, showcases an eclectic collection of contemporary and primitive art collected or created by Ilana Goor.

Spread over three floors, the displays offer an immersive aesthetic experience, with the added charm of sea views from the upper floors.

The museum also highlights Goor’s commitment to Israeli artists, showcasing their works alongside international masters.

🎨 Tip: The rooftop has spectacular views of the old city and the port which is a perfect spot for photography. The museum also has a shop for souvenirs.

Yitzhak Rabin Park

Named after Israel’s late Prime Minister, the park provides a tranquil escape from the city buzz. The beautifully manicured lawns, palm trees, and the relaxing sound of waves make it an ideal spot for picnics or simply unwinding after a day of exploration.

The park’s elevated position offers magnificent views of Tel Aviv’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea.

Teder.FM

Teder.FM isn’t just a bar; it’s a cultural phenomenon. This pop-up radio bar tucked away in a romantic courtyard in Tel Aviv delivers a sensory overload with top-notch pizza from Pizzazza, curated beats from local DJs, and a thrumming crowd that screams “cool”.

Drink of choice? Try their quirky twist on the Moscow Mule, garnished with a slice of fresh pizza for that unexpected kick.

Or let loose with a chilled local craft beer, the perfect accompaniment to their thin-crust Margherita bursting with flavors.

🎵 Tip: The best time to experience Teder.FM’s spirited alchemy is around 10 PM when the music is just right, and the pizza-scented air lures in the city’s night owls.

Neve Tzedek neighborhood

Neve Tzedek, meaning “Abode of Justice,” is one of Tel Aviv’s oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods. It was the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the ancient port city of Jaffa in the late 19th century.

With its quaint narrow streets, beautifully restored buildings, and a unique blend of old-world charm and trendy modernity, Neve Tzedek has a village-like atmosphere within the bustling city of Tel Aviv.

Known for its colorful and artistic vibe, the neighborhood is home to a vibrant blend of boutiques, galleries, craft shops, stylish eateries, and historic landmarks. Its unique architecture, combined with a strong sense of community, lends Neve Tzedek a character unlike any other area in Tel Aviv.

Shabazi Street

As Neve Tzedek’s main artery, Shabazi Street is a lively promenade filled with independent boutiques, art galleries, trendy eateries, and craft shops.

Here, you can immerse yourself in the neighborhood’s bohemian atmosphere, browsing through artisanal jewelry, local designer fashion, unique homeware, and handmade crafts.

Art enthusiasts should visit the Lea Avizedek Gallery, which showcases a rotating collection of contemporary Israeli artists. Foodies will love exploring the specialty food shops and enjoying a leisurely meal in one of the many cafes.

🍦 Tip: Make sure to visit Anita Cafe for their lauded gelato and sherbet, featuring both traditional and unique flavors such as mascarpone, ricotta-figs, and mojito.

Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre

This cultural complex is home to the internationally-acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company and is the epicenter of Israeli contemporary dance.

Besides the Batsheva performances, the center hosts a variety of dance and theater shows from local and international troupes. The complex has lush gardens, fountains, and several performance spaces.

🌳 Tip: The courtyard is a peaceful, relaxing spot, even if you’re not attending a show.

Rokach House Museum

This unique museum preserves the 19th-century residence of Shimon Rokach, the visionary who spearheaded the establishment of Neve Tzedek.

The house’s architecture and interior design, conceptualized by Rokach’s artist granddaughter Lea Majaro-Mintz, blend traditional and surreal elements.

The museum also narrates the tale of the Rokach family through an intimate lens, providing insight into the birth and evolution of Tel Aviv.

The house, designed by artist Lea Majaro-Mintz, is a work of art. Don’t miss the rooftop for a stunning neighborhood view!

🖼️ Tip: The museum also holds art and sculpture workshops.

Nachum Gutman Art Museum

This museum showcases the work of Nachum Gutman, one of Israel’s most renowned artists. His artwork provides a unique perspective on the evolution of Tel Aviv.

Celebrating one of Israel’s iconic artists, the museum hosts an extensive collection of Nachum Gutman’s works, from paintings and sculptures to mosaics.

Gutman’s art captures the spirit of a bygone era, charting Tel Aviv’s transformation from sand dunes to a vibrant city. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits and cultural events.

Given its compact size, the museum can be experienced thoroughly in about an hour or two.

👪 Tip: If visiting with kids, check out the museum’s art workshops designed for young ones – a fun and creative way to engage with Gutman’s artistic legacy.

The historic streets of Neve Tzedek

Walking through Neve Tzedek is like stepping into a different era. Its winding lanes, lined with well-preserved Bauhaus and Ottoman-style architecture, exude old-world charm.

Rochel Immenu and Pines Street are particularly picturesque, dotted with houses draped in bougainvillea.

Keep an eye out for the “Firewall” on Rochel Immenu Street – this colorful mural narrates Neve Tzedek’s story, from the late 19th century to today.

🧭 Tip: Join a walking tour to gain comprehensive insights into the area’s architecture and history. [Book Neve Tzedek neighborhood tour]

Florentin neighborhood

Florentin, a district in the southern part of Tel Aviv, is known for its unique blend of grit and charm.

Originally a working-class neighborhood, over the years Florentin has undergone a transformation, drawing in artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, making it a hotbed for Tel Aviv’s vibrant subcultures.

The streets, rich with history and character, are lined with eclectic boutiques, avant-garde art galleries, vibrant graffiti, hip bars, and a plethora of eateries serving everything from traditional Middle Eastern fare to global cuisines.

Florentin is recognized for its diverse architectural styles, ranging from low-rise Ottoman-era buildings to modern lofts. The neighborhood’s bohemian ambiance, colorful street art, lively nightlife, and vibrant marketplace make it a must-visit district in Tel Aviv.

Florentin Street Art Tour

Florentin is a living gallery of street art, where walls, doors, and even electric boxes serve as canvases. You can find a plethora of vibrant murals, thought-provoking graffiti, and unique stencil art reflecting social issues, pop culture, and political commentary.

🎨 Florentin Mural Tour Info: Joining tours help appreciate the full spectrum of Florentin’s street art and understand the messages behind the murals. Tours lasts for 90 minutes for as low as $55 USD! [Book Street Art Tour]

Levinsky Market

This bustling marketplace is a feast for the senses, known for its spices, dried fruits, nuts, baked goods, and delicatessens.

The market also features several eateries offering an array of cuisines – from traditional Balkan pastries to Persian dishes.

Chat with the local merchants, who are often happy to share the history and uses of their products. Don’t miss trying ‘burekas’, a traditional flaky pastry, from one of the many bakeries.

🧺 Tip: Visit on a Friday morning, when the market is at its most vibrant!

Florentin Industrial Zone

By day, this area is a bustling hub of carpenters, metalworkers, and upholsterers. At night, it transforms into a hotspot for nightlife with an array of bars, clubs, and live music venues.

Try to explore this area both during the day and at night to experience its dual character.

🎸 Tip: For live music enthusiasts, Hoodna Bar is a must-visit for its diverse range of performances.

Florentin’s Nightlife

Florentin’s nightlife is considered one of the liveliest in Tel Aviv. The neighborhood brims with an array of bars, pubs, and clubs, offering everything from craft beers to creative cocktails, and music that caters to every taste.

🪩 Tip: Go to Sputnik, a bar with various themed rooms and a large outdoor area. It’s a favorite hangout spot among locals.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

A cornerstone of Israeli culture, this museum houses a diverse collection of local and international art. Its modernist architecture is a work of art in itself.

Inside, marvel at Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, contemporary Israeli works, photography, design, and more.

The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and has a beautiful concert hall. You can easily spend half a day in this museum!

🍲 Tip: The museum’s Pastel restaurant offers a gourmet menu if you need a break between exhibitions. Pastel is voted one of the best restaurants in the Middle East and Africa.

Eretz Israel Museum

A multidisciplinary institution, the Eretz Israel Museum thoroughly explores Israel’s archaeology, folklore, ethnography, and art.

The museum complex includes a planetarium and various pavilions, each dedicated to a specific subject. You’ll also find an ancient Tel on the grounds.

👪 Tip: This is one of the best things to do in Tel Aviv with kids! The museum hosts activities for children and families during holidays.

Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel)

A sensory delight, this bustling market sells everything from fresh produce and spices to clothing and housewares.

Carmel Market is the biggest market in Tel Aviv, where you can find food, clothes, and souvenirs. The intoxicating aromas of street food – falafel, shawarma, and bourekas – waft through the air.

You don’t need a tour to see HaCarmel market because it’s easy to navigate!

💵 Tip: Don’t forget to haggle when buying non-food items, it’s part of the local charm! However, Israelis are good negotiators so you need to beat them in haggling!

Palmach Museum

Rather than a traditional museum, this is an experiential space telling the story of the Palmach through immersive 3D displays, life-size statues, and original soundtracks.

It’s a moving, personal way to learn about the pre-statehood history of Israel.

🎭 Tip: Booking in advance is required, and only children aged six and over are allowed to participate.

Tel Aviv Port Area (Namal Tel Aviv)

A buzzing commercial district, the Port Area offers a plethora of restaurants, shops, and nightlife venues. The wooden deck is perfect for a leisurely stroll, while the indoor market sells everything from local produce to gourmet food.

🏃🏽 Tip: Join the locals for a Saturday morning run along the promenade, or simply sit and people-watch at one of the many cafes.

Independence Hall

Originally the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, this building is where Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed. Today, it houses exhibits relating to the city’s founding and the country’s birth.

🎬 Tip: The presentation is only in Hebrew, but headphones with English translation are provided. Arrive early as the site closes in the early afternoon.

Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTeimanim)

This quaint neighborhood offers narrow, winding alleys and traditional stone houses. Numerous restaurants serve authentic Yemenite dishes, and the Carmel Market is just a stone’s throw away.

Visit a traditional Yemenite jewelry workshop to learn about this ancient craft and pick up a unique souvenir!

Hayarkon Park

This vast park offers a lake to rent paddle boats, extensive bike trails, picnic spots, and even a climbing wall. It’s also home to Rock Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

🧺 Tip: Pack a picnic and rent a bike for a leisurely day enjoying Tel Aviv’s green lung. The park also hosts concerts during the summer.

Gordon Pool

Situated on the Tel Aviv beachfront, the Gordon Pool is an Olympic-sized seawater pool that is a firm favorite among locals and tourists.

The complex also includes a gym, cafe, and sunbathing area. It’s open year-round, with the seawater heated in colder months.

Visiting the pool offers a refreshing break from the beach yet keeps you close to the seafront action. From professional swimmers to families, everyone is catered for.

👙 Tip: to bring your swimsuit and towel. Lockers are available to store your belongings.

Rothschild Boulevard

One of the city’s most iconic streets, Rothschild Boulevard is a hive of activity. It’s perfect for people-watching, with plenty of benches under the shade of trees.

The boulevard boasts many kiosks and restaurants, perfect for enjoying a drink or meal while watching the world go by.

The thoroughfare is also known for its beautiful Bauhaus architecture.

🌳 Tip: Start at one end of the boulevard and leisurely make your way down, stopping at points of interest along the way.

Sarona Market

Sarona Market is a food lover’s paradise. This indoor market features stalls selling everything from cheeses, wines, and local produce to gourmet chocolates and pastries.

There are also plenty of eateries where you can sample dishes from around the world. The market is set within the Sarona Colony, a Templar settlement dating back to 1871.

🧺 Tip: Visit during the week (Tuesday or Wednesday) to avoid the weekend crowds, and come hungry!

Tel Aviv Promenade

Running from north to south along the city’s Mediterranean coastline, the Tel Aviv Promenade is lined with hotels, restaurants, and bars.

The wide pathway is perfect for a leisurely stroll, bike ride, or jog. Along the route are numerous beaches and the bustling Port of Tel Aviv, filled with eateries and boutiques.

☀️ Tip: This is the best spot to watch sunrise and sunset.

Beit Ha’ir Museum

Located in the Bialik complex in central Tel Aviv, the Beit Ha’ir Museum is dedicated to the history of Tel Aviv.

The museum is housed in the city’s old town hall and features multimedia exhibits that trace the city’s development from its foundation to the present.

🧭 Tip: Combine your visit with a walk around the picturesque Bialik Street area, home to some of the city’s most beautiful architecture.

Nalagaat Center

The Nalagaat Center is a unique cultural hub designed to promote interaction between the deaf, blind, and the general public.

It features a black-out restaurant, a hands-on art center, and a theater that stages performances by deaf-blind actors.

Be sure to book in advance, especially for the blackout restaurant. It’s a popular experience and places fill up quickly.

Dizengoff Street

Named after the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, this bustling street is filled with fashion boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Dizengoff Center, Israel’s first mall, is located here, and there’s a popular street market every Friday.

Don’t miss the Dizengoff Square and its famous Fire and Water Fountain, a kinetic sculpture that puts on a colorful show!

King George Street

King George Street is a bustling thoroughfare known for its shops, restaurants, and the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s largest and busiest market.

For a unique cultural experience, visit the Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv on Allenby Street, just a short walk from King George Street.

Burning Man Festival

While the original Burning Man Festival is held in Nevada, USA, Tel Aviv hosts its own version called “MidBurn”.

The festival features giant art installations, music, performances, and workshops, all following radical self-expression and self-reliance principles.

Tel Aviv Hot Air Balloon Festival

This festival usually occurs in Park Hayarkon around Israel’s Independence Day (on the fifth day of the Hebrew month Lyar, usually April or May).

You can enjoy watching the hot air balloons take flight at dawn, participate in kite-making workshops, and enjoy live music performances.

🚌 Day trips from Tel Aviv

🇮🇱 Tel Aviv travel recommendations

  • Find your way through local markets, unique eateries, and traditional restaurants, exploring the city’s rich culinary history and diverse flavors with a food tour in Tel Aviv.
  • Discover Tel Aviv’s dynamic street art scene through a walking graffiti tour. Uncover hidden gems in alleyways, explore colorful murals in hip neighborhoods, and learn about the city’s culture through the eyes of its artists.
  • Explore the winding alleyways of Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest ports, rich in history and culture. Visit ancient landmarks, marvel at the stunning architecture, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of bustling markets.
  • Experience Tel Aviv’s 24/7 nightlife in the Rothschild area. Dive into the city’s thriving music scene, sip cocktails in stylish bars, and dance until dawn in underground clubs.
  • Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel): This bustling outdoor market is a feast for the senses, offering a variety of fresh produce, local spices, baked goods, clothing, and more. A great place to experience local life and taste traditional Israeli food.
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Home to a broad spectrum of contemporary and classic art, the museum hosts works by leading Israeli and international artists. The stunning architecture is a masterpiece itself.
  • Jaffa Port and Old City: Steeped in history, Jaffa offers a mix of ancient ruins, art galleries, and trendy boutiques. The picturesque port area offers stunning views and excellent dining options.
  • Neve Tzedek: Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood, Neve Tzedek’s charming streets are filled with beautifully restored Bauhaus-style buildings, boutiques, and cafes. It’s a hub of culture and architecture.
  • Tel Aviv Beaches: Stretching along the city’s western edge, the beaches offer a perfect spot for sunbathing, surfing, volleyball, or simply enjoying the lively beachside promenade.
  • Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen & Bar: A culinary hotspot in Tel Aviv, Shila serves modern Israeli cuisine in a lively, bustling environment. Known for its top-quality meats and seafood, the menu offers a variety of dishes that reflect Israel’s diverse food culture.
  • Port Said: A local favorite for Middle Eastern cuisine, Port Said offers a creative menu with an Israeli twist. The vibrant setting, excellent food, and inventive cocktails, combined with music from vinyl records, create a unique and enjoyable dining experience.
  • Ouzeria: Offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu, Ouzeria serves dishes that showcase the richness of Israeli cuisine. Its stylish decor, creative and flavorful food, and extensive wine list make it a great place for a culinary adventure.
  • Radio EPGB: This underground bar offers a unique mix of music, art, and alcohol. Known for its eclectic crowd and electric energy, it’s an ideal place for meeting new people and enjoying Tel Aviv’s vibrant nightlife.
  • Sputnik: A trendy bar in the heart of Tel Aviv’s nightlife district, Sputnik offers a large outdoor space, cozy corners, and creative cocktails. It draws a friendly, diverse crowd, making it a great spot for socializing.
  • The Norman Tel Aviv: A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv, The Norman blends the elegance of the 1920s with modern comfort. It features beautifully designed rooms, a rooftop pool with city views, a wellness area, and top-class dining options.
  • Brown TLV Urban Hotel: Centrally located in Tel Aviv, this boutique hotel offers comfortable, stylish rooms with a vintage touch. Enjoy amenities like a rooftop lounge, complimentary bicycles for city exploration, and a cozy bar. The personalized service and convenient location make it an excellent choice for a mid-range accommodation option.
  • Florentine Hostel: This modern, clean hostel offers a range of private and dormitory rooms in the hip Florentin neighborhood. Its communal kitchen, cozy lounge area, and friendly staff provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow travelers. Its location offers easy access to restaurants, shops, and nightlife.
  • Israel is currently experiencing a housing shortage for locals because of platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo. The local community would appreciate it if you book local-run hotels and accommodations.
  • Tel Aviv is a walking city so there’s no need to worry about transportation. You can walk anywhere, take a bus, or rent a bike. Just make sure to book an airport taxi transfer as the airport is far away from the center.
  • Don’t travel to Tel Aviv without insurance. Ekta Traveling is the recommended insurance (for travelers ages 2 months to 100 years old).

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4 Comments

  1. I have to admit, Tel Aviv is a much better city than the others in the country and much more relaxed. When i went one January I was so lucky with the weather that I was checking out the beach for a few hours and loving life. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to go to Tel Aviv. There is so much to do! I had no idea about the beaches though – that’s a plus!

  3. Tel Aviv looks amazing and the best thing is it’s blessed with so many beautiful beaches. I think I too will be hound there everyday. Nightlife too looks great here and architecture too. Great write up. Loved it

  4. Wow, Tel Aviv actually sounds like a pretty cool city to explore! I love the fact that it has great nightlife and fantastic food. And going to a beach everyday is something I can get totally used to, I am such a beach bum (and having some hot men to look at wouldn’t hurt either lol). Seems like Tel Aviv should be on my bucket list!

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