Tel Aviv has become one of the trendiest beach cities in the world, up there with the likes of Rio, Barcelona and Sydney. Tel Aviv exudes a hip chic atmosphere that is awash with chic hotels, gastronomical dining and beautiful people, not to mention a vibrant clubbing scene.
This thriving metropolis that just over 100 years ago was nothing more than sand dunes has now become a city of innovation and has catapulted Israel into becoming one of the top ten global start up nations. The blend of old and new works perfectly together as shabby chic parts merges into areas of high tech style and smartness.
There is a plethora of things to do around and about this city that never sleeps. You don't even need a deep wallet to enjoy cost free activities (though it helps)!
Tel Aviv is now one of the new 'go to' cities for a quick getaway vacation with easy access and numerous connections from both charter and scheduled airlines. It caters to so many people and on so many levels, for example: it is now synonymous with veganism and is known to be the capital for quality vegan dining. Did you know that Israel has more vegans per capita than any other nation? The architectural magnificence of the bauhaus buildings around Rothschild and Dizengoff are stunning, whilst the city skyline is reminiscent of a big U.S City.
The wealth of galleries and museums fill the city with a cultural splendour outshining many. Did you know Israel has more museums per head than any other country? They are a proud and innovative nation and are always happy to showcase their achievements.
Tel Aviv tends be broken down into districts, this also makes it very easy for people to find their way around the city and to home in on the things they want to see. The good thing about Tel Aviv is that much of what you will want to see is within easy walking distance, just be sure to have some comfortable shoes.
Tel Aviv Port Area: This whole area has received a massive cash injection in recent years to make it the trendy hotspot it has now become. It is a great place to come for a little shopping, people watching & topped off with a bite to eat. The wooden decked promenade gives way to a number of terrace cafés, whilst the activity going on around you is always fresh 'n vibrant from cyclists & joggers, power walkers & dog walkers. The large hangers, once storage facilities for fruit and veg have transformed into organic food markets & pop up clubs. Don't be shocked to see performers, musicians & occasional flash dance mobs now and again too! Walkers will love the fact that you can stroll the 12km stretch heading south as far as Jaffa.
Old Jaffa: The eclectic mix of Jewish and arab influences has created a real patchwork of colour & vibrancy in this stunning atmospheric part of the city. It was one of the earliest settlements almost 8,000 years ago. Now you will find a stunning little fishing harbour busy flea market (Florentin), some superb street food stands and restaurants and artists tucked way betwixt the winding cobbled streets.
Sheinkin: This is a bustling place day and night for locals with a wealth of great eateries and bars. It is also a key shopping street but as café culture strengthens so too do the number of places to sit and watch the world go by! Its significance should not however be overlooked. The street takes its name from Zionist activist Menahem Sheinkin. From here it is also a short walk to other districts: Allenby and the Shuk Ha Carmel are both just over 500m away.
Dizengoff: This boulevard & square area take the name of the former mayor who back in the early 1900's was responsible for much of the town planning. A statue of Mayor Dizengoff can be seen outside the Independence hall on Rothschild. Nowadays you will see classic examples of architectural magnificence from the beautifully restored Bahuas buildings and enjoy the colours and activities around newly designed square and fountain, not to mention dining and shopping.
Neve Tzedek: This is the city's oldest quarter and was originally a suburb of Old Yafo. Lined with beautiful old houses brimming with character and bougainvillaea clad. Its now a chic district with trendy café bars and boutiques. The area borders Florentin.
Florentin: Bordering Neve Tzedek and Yafo, this is a bustling flea market & trader district by day and also boasts the Azrieli Observatory which is a superb birds eye view of the city with a great restaurant on the top.
Tayelet: Otherwise known as the Tel Aviv promenade. Tel Aviv's pride and joy which effectively splinters off to all of these locations easily, so if ever you're lost, the Tayelet is a good base from which to always start.
A stunning part of the city & famous for the narrow streets bursting with bougainvillaea & old houses oozing with character 'n charm. Historically Neve Tzedek was the original Tel Aviv and the foundation upon which the city developed. It has now become the place to go with an abundance of stylish eateries & small boutiques. You'll simply adore the charm. Borders Florentin & Yafo.
Reconstructed after years of neglect, this now sought after district is home to a multitude of cool restaurants & trendy bars. More importantly the historical sites are very much evident, ranging from the old clock tower built in the early 1900's, the old port complete with bobbing fishing boats, superb for a sunset photo! There is also the Armenian Convent & Museum of Antiquities. I especially love the little artist galleries here.
Built in 1920's this building was the private home of Eliyahu Golomb & his family, it also served as the Haganah headquarters, of which Golomb was the untitled commander and founder. You'll feel the atmosphere of those days as you wonder the rooms. You'll discover the bloodshed and struggles faced and experience the tears and joy that must have befallen these brave men and women. Official Website.
If you are a vegan or simply trying to wean yourself off meat and dairy, then Tel Aviv is definitely the place to come. There are more vegans per capita in Israel than any other nation and the eating options are varied and quality driven. There are even Vegan organised holidays now to Israel. Animal welfare is a key factor. Check out more information on our Vegan page.
Sarona Market has become synonymous with culinary excellence & offers a wealth of street style foods & great restaurant dining amidst the bustle of busy shoppers with trendy food stalls & shops. Open 7 days a week, you'll find international delicacies & local produce under one roof. Located on Sarona Gardens in the heart of the city, it is a place not to be missed. Checkout the Official Website
This is one of the best contemporary art museums you will come across (in my opinion). It houses a number of old and new pieces, with comprehensive explanations, diverse themes and well displayed. It offers a calming oasis with a beautiful sculpture gardens to walk in which to relax and reflect. Check out the Impressive exhibitions currently taking place. Official Website
Hailed as ‘The Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ By the New York Times and among Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Action-Packed Cities’, Tel Aviv is without a doubt THE place to visit in the Mediterranean. Via: Official Ministry Of Tourism
The Tayelet or Promenade is the pride and joy of this city. A beautifully structured stretch of landscaped walkway that stretches the length of the city to Yafo awash with bars, eateries and activities. Originally planned and started in 1930, it has now become a main feature of the city and passes all the key neighbourhoods.
You don't have to spend a fortune to see Tel-Aviv, luckily there are a number of free guided walking tours which can give you good inside information about things you might miss if just wandering the streets by yourself. There is no need to pre book, just turn up. Great for first time visitors. Visit the Municipality website HERE
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is more than a museum. This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. The Museum of the Jewish People conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose & deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity. Official Site
This amazing parkland is to Tel Aviv what Central Park is to New York, the life of the city or otherwise known as Tel Aviv's lungs. The vast area is a verdant oasis stretching over 4.5 sq km. Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and many more stars performed here. The activities are endless, something to suite every taste and as such attracts over 15 million visitors per year according to latest statistics. Amongst the entertainment you can find paddle boats, picnic areas, jog routes, fishing enthusiasts, an aviary, and of course through the centre runs the River Yarkon. There are six very different garden themes to reflect the diversity of Israel. Check out the Official Website
The Vera is obsessed with all things artisanal and hand-crafted by Tel Avivians. Incorporating products made exclusively by homegrown artisans — from soap and scent makers to the liquor mixed into signature cocktails served at the bar. The hotel was built on the foundation of one of Tel Aviv’s most heralded streets — an artery between the boutique shops and galleries in Neve Tzedek, the original neighborhood of Tel Aviv — thru the bustling Allenby Street, a cultural and commercial hotspot. A love for all things Tel Aviv runs thick in the Vera's blood, and in keeping face with the city, guests experience exclusive amenities, hyperlocal concierge and an unwavering locavore essence that celebrates the creativity within this non-stop city. Official Website
South of Rothschild Avenue, and on the corner of Liliblum Street is an old building from the 1920's. The bright yellow halo gives away the feeling that this is a typical residence building in the center of the city, on the front of it, an owl standing on a fork is submerged on the wall, and beneath it the name “Night Kitchen”. Enter to experience real Tel Avivian hospitality and a menu that is tailored to a varied and personal taste bud. No matter if you're a meat eater or a vegan, you'll always find carefully crafted foods here on a well thought menu served with speed and precision. The atmosphere is vibrant yet intimate and for the quality of the food I can not say that it is expensive either. This should definitely be placed on your list of 'go to' restaurants. But book ahead. Official Site
Tel Aviv will be the host of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. With over 40 nations participating for the title of best song. The contest will be held over 3 nights: Tuesday 14th May Semi Final No1 / Thursday 16th May Semi Final No2 & Saturday 18th May Grand Final. The location of the Contest will be the Tel Aviv fair grounds and the show is expected to bring over 500,000 additional tourists as a result. Lots were recently drawn to place the running order of the countries. KAN (IBA)