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12 Hours In Tel Aviv: A Traveler's Guide

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Updated: 3 January 2017
Tel Aviv is an undervalued gem; a cosmopolitan haven in the heart of the Middle East. It is a city that blends a centuries-old past with an ever changing and always developing present and future. The city is vibrant, constantly pulsating with electronic music, underground bars, hipster locals and a trendy food scene.
Courtesy Cafe Nimrod
Courtesy Cafe Nimrod
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9:00 AM

Start your day at Cafe Nimrod on Tel Aviv’s port. This is home to one of the best Israeli breakfasts in the entire city, and you get to enjoy your meal with a gorgeous view of the water. The service here is highly professional, and their food is delicious. Their Galilee-inspired breakfast includes eggs, muesli, bread, pastries and a generous assortment of dips and spreads. Don’t go easy — try it all! You’ll need the fuel for your day.

Cafe Nimrod, Hangar 8, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv 077-213-3007

Shuk HaNemal| © Brooke Yalof

Shuk Ha’Nemal| © Brooke Yalof

10:30 AM

Walk around the port, there is so much energy to absorb here. If you like shopping, stop at Comme-Il-Faut. If you are a foodie, you can’t miss Shuk Ha’Nemal. Yoga? Get your namaste on at Ella Yoga. Even just watching the waves from the boardwalk is calming enough. Once you’ve taken it all in, get ready for a walk to the other side.

Comme Il Faut, Hangar 26, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv
Ella Yoga, Tel Aviv Port, Building #4, Tel Aviv +972-3-5444881
Shuk Ha’Nemal, Nemal Tel Aviv St 12, Tel Aviv +972 77-510-1515

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11:00 AM

Take a walk down the gorgeous beach to Tel Aviv’s other port in Jaffa. If it’s a sunny day, you can stroll the beach in your bathing suit and soak up the sun. Otherwise, just enjoy the local Tel Avivians hanging out on the beach and playing matkot. The Mediterranean Sea is gorgeous year round, so get your toes wet and enjoy it. No other ocean is this warm.

Doctor Shakshuka
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12:30 PM

For more traditional Middle Eastern fare, hit Doctor Shakshuka for lunch. This restaurant is truly a master in its shakshuka craft. The service here is also fast and friendly, everything comes out of the kitchen and onto your table quickly. For those who aren’t familiar, shakshuka is a concoction that involves fried eggs in a warm tomato stew. Here, they are served up in a frying pan, straight from the stove, with delectable, fluffy bread. Also: don’t skip the lemonade, one of their specialities.

Doctor Shakshuka, Beit Eshel St 3, Tel Aviv +972 3-682-2842

Jaffa Port | © Brooke Yalof

Jaffa Port | © Brooke Yalof

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1:30 PM

After lunch, explore the Old City of Jaffa. The cobble-stoned streets and classic historic architecture catapult you back into Israel’s past. Meander through Shuk Ha’pishpishim, and it won’t take you long to discover that Jaffa is one of the most gorgeous parts of the city. It’s so easy to get lost here for hours, between the port and the family-owned shops, there’s so much wandering to be done at the Jaffa Flea Market.

Neve Tzedek | © Brooke Yalof

Neve Tzedek | © Brooke Yalof

2:30 PM

Hit Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv’s artsy neighborhood. Shabazi Street, located at the heart of the district, has everything from high-end shops like Numero 13 to lip-smacking ice cream at Anita. Interspersed through all of this are boutique galleries. Stumble in an out of them, the Israeli art is beautiful.

Numero 13, Shabazi St 13, Tel Aviv +972 3-634-8066
Anita Café, Shabazi Street 40, Tel Aviv, Israel +972 3-624-6383

Shuk HaCarmel
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4:00 PM

No day in Tel Aviv is complete without hitting the famous Shuk HaCarmel. This outdoor market is crowded and touristy, but it is electric and lively, and, most importantly, the perfect way to truly taste Tel Aviv. Sample the dried fruit and nuts, variety of Arabic desserts, pickles, olives, cheeses and more, while being yelled at in various languages to stop at each and every stall.

Shuk HaCarmel, HaCarmel St, Tel Aviv

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5:30 PM

For an afternoon coffee and some people watching, check out Bread Story on Dizengoff. This local hot spot is always packed. Try and grab a seat outdoors, you won’t want to miss the locals who pass by.

Bread Story, Dizengoff St 88, Tel Aviv +972 3-528-3888

North Abraxas | © Sydney Goldberger

North Abraxas | © Sydney Goldberger

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8:00 PM

North Abraxas, one of celebrity chef Eyal Shani’s masterpieces, is a must-hit for dinner. You can’t visit Tel Aviv without trying one of his restaurants. This one is a little more upscale, but still maintains the fun and hip vibe that he achieves at all his spots. The menu changes daily, typical for Eyal Shani, but no matter what he’s offering tonight, it is sure to be a mix of the freshest vegetables and meat prepared in unique mouth-watering ways.

North Abraxas, Lilienblum St 40, Tel Aviv +972 3-516-6660