Tel Aviv is still dubbed the city that never sleeps, and rightfully so. Whether you are visiting for the first or tenth time, we ensure discovery, surprise and an unforgettable experience at any visit! We have included some of the latest charming places that make this city, the cultural hub of Israel.
Upon arrival in the city, one can choose from a range of established accommodation, which you probably have heard of like the Norman, Hilton, Intercontinental and so many more. Additionally, the past year has seen many new openings, including smaller boutique hotels like Vera, Ink and Saul, to huge household names like the Soho House and the Kempinski.
Tel Aviv-Yafo is very accessible, and most places can be reached by foot or both bicycles and scooters that can be rented throughout the bustling streets. Acclaimed local fashion designers, artists, jewelers, and restaurateurs rub shoulders with both historic and modern buildings making every corner of the city a place worth visiting.
To experience a true local lifestyle, you can head over to Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s first and most iconic streets. Locals love strolling or biking along this tree-lined avenue full of outdoor coffee stands, restaurants, cafés, and beautiful Eclectic and Bauhaus-style buildings. At night, it transforms into a lively nightlife scene full of trendy restaurants and bars. The famed boulevard and its surrounding streets are among the leading locations for an outstanding dinner and drinks.
The area and its surroundings also houses some of the latest –and hottest- restaurants of the moment including Cena, Timna, 'A' restaurant, Bar51, HaBasta and so many more – these book up fast so make sure to book your table well in advance!
For dessert, do not miss the chance to grab an ice cream or frozen yoghurt while picking up a flyer from the tourist information center to follow the Independence Trail and discover the riveting history of the area. It does not matter how many times you have been here, there is always a new corner to discover!
For some local shopping, you can continue onto the Neve Tzedek, and HaTachana areas, both filled with local and international fashion designers, art galleries, cafés and charming alleyways forming the perfect break from the busy city life. Kikar Hamedina is also an ultimate shopping destination, at the centre of Tel Aviv; this roundabout hosts the most luxurious boutiques of the city, while enabling you to enjoy the sun in between stores. If diamonds and gemstones are your shopping of choice, the city also boast one of the most important diamond exchanges in the world, leading to many independent jewelry boutiques with very attractive prices.
Further, down the coastline, you will find Old Jaffa – The most visited place in Tel Aviv, and number 3 in Israel overall - with its iconic clock tower, luxury hotels, historic buildings (dating back many centuries), its delicious world-renowned restaurants, and beautiful antique and modern mosques. A stone’s throw away from Jaffa’s picturesque Old City and ancient Clock Tower lies the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpeshim), one of the three main Shuks of the city, where vendors sell antiques, second-hand, and handmade items. The two other Shuks of Tel Aviv - HaCarmel and Hatikvah - offer a mix of rich food stands, local spices and memorabilia.
Tel Aviv is globally recognized as one of the world’s leading cities in terms of nightlife and food-culture. With a bar, restaurant, café or nightclub for every 239 residents, the city is home to some of the world’s most esteemed cocktail bars, night-clubs and new-style restaurants, in par with the world’s top cities. Top areas to experience the city’s nightlife scene include Rothschild Boulevard, Jaffa Flea Market, Florentin Street, Dizengoff Street, and Allenby Street. Some of the trendiest Tel Aviv nightlife establishments include award winning craft cocktail bar Imperial, quirky Bellboy Bar, and The Prince – which overlooks the Carmel Market. Another must-visit is the Teder Bar. This popular urban courtyard combines a restaurant, bar, pizzeria, radio station, and shop, offering a cool and laid-back atmosphere. The spot also often hosts themed events, attracting locals and tourists alike all year round.
It is time to book your flights and pack your bags. We cannot wait to welcome you with open arms, and hearts!
For any tailored trips or particular questions about Tel Aviv-Yafo, you can always contact the Tourism office at Icenter@mail.tel-aviv.gov.il
Author: Kenneth Gotlib for Tel Aviv Global and Tourism