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Nighttime in Tel Aviv. © Mikhail Kryshen/Flickr
Nighttime in Tel Aviv. © Mikhail Kryshen/Flickr
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10 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Tel Aviv

Picture of Rebecca Gomby
Updated: 25 July 2017
Who’s bored of dinner and a movie on date night? In a city like Tel Aviv, where there is always so much going on, try one of these more unconventional date options instead.

Head to the beach

Tel Aviv has some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean coastline. The boardwalk along the seaside is newly renovated throughout the city, and palm trees dot the walkways. It is the perfect spot for a casual date under the sun and in the sea. Maybe even pick up a set of matkot (racquets) and play the local paddle ball sport along the water.

The beaches of Tel Aviv. Photo: Becca Gomby
The beaches of Tel Aviv. Photo: Becca Gomby

Flea market shopping

Interested in old treasures and second-hand shopping? Head to Shuk Hapishpishim (the flea market) in Yafo for a variety of goods, from old Judaica to antique lamps and furniture. The shuk can be a great place to find conversation pieces and to test each other’s haggling skills.

Scarves for everyone
Scarves for everyone | © Anna Levinzon/Flickr

Rent a bike

Feeling adventurous? Rent a pair of green bikes from one of Tel Aviv’s Tel-O-Fun stations across the city. You can easily bike around the city and make pit stops along the way at the variety of restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

Green bikes for all. Ⓒ Zeitfixierer /Flickr
Green bikes for all. Ⓒ Zeitfixierer /Flickr | Rent a green bike Ⓒ Zeitfixierer /Flickr

Take a walk in the park

Just want some quiet time to walk around without the bustle of the city? Head to Park HaYarkon in the north for walking paths adjacent the Yarkon River and a serene atmosphere. Alternatively, just lounge around the rolling fields with a picnic blanket and some snacks for a quiet date spot.

Lazy river, Park HaYarkon
Lazy river, Park HaYarkon | © Israeltourism/Flickr
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Go climbing

Are you and your partner athletic and interested in trying a new activity? Try bouldering at one of the climbing gyms around the city. It’s a great way to be active and have some fun.

VKing Climbing Gym.

Vking Climbing Gym, Ha-Shlosha Street 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 03-6353-600

Try a paint date

For the artists (and non) among us, a “paint date” can be the perfect, light-hearted date in the city. Paint a little, listen to some music, grab drinks and snacks, and enjoy seeing each other’s painting skills.

Paint Date Israel, +972 54 530 1827

For the artist in everyone
For the artist in everyone | © John Morgan/ Flickr
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Go surfing

Since Tel Aviv is situated right along the coast, there is no shortage of water sports or activities you can try. Head to the beach, rent surf boards or stand-up paddle boards, join a lesson (if you need), and hit the water!

Israel Surf Club Dolphinarium Beach, Tel Aviv, +972 35 103 439

Hitting the waves © Israeltourism/Flickr

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Attend a craft fair

Trying to schedule a more casual daytime date? Grab your date and head to the Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair. This takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays every week, and is the perfect spot for hearing some live music, seeing street performers, doing some shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.

Nachalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, Nachalat Binyamin Street, Tel Aviv

Getting crafty Ⓒ Ian Scott/ Flickr

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Grab a shake

Not in the mood for alcohol? Grab a fresh fruit or veggie shake to mix things up. Tel Aviv and Yafo have no shortage of amazing fresh shake shacks throughout the city. Instead of doing a pub crawl, impress your date with your knowledge of the tastiest shake locations around town.

Tamara, Dizengoff Street 171, Tel Aviv

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Head to a hookah bar

Looking for a unique date spot for the evening? A hookah bar (also called shisha or nargilah) can be a perfect place to unwind and get a taste of the Middle East.

Hookah Place Tel Aviv, 3 Carlebach Street, Tel Aviv, +972 50 334 9777

Hookah/Shisha/Nargilah Ⓒ Tracy Hunter/ Flickr