The beach promenade
Recently renovated, the promenade runs along Tel Aviv’s coastline. It offers easy access to the beach or any of the countless cafes dotted along the shore, but most of all it offers the best place to take in the sunset.
Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhood is now a trendy hub of fashion stores and cultural institutions. Grab a cone at Anita — one of the city’s best ice cream shops — and get lost in the area. Dallal is a great place to stop for lunch, or if you’re up for a second ice cream, try Granny’s Ice cream (Glida Savta) in the Suzan Dallal Art Center.
Israel’s most famous plaza, Rabin Square a key point in Tel Aviv and a must-visit site. Home to the town hall, it also has a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s Prime Minister who was assassinated after a pro-peace rally. The square itself is beautiful and there are free lawn chairs near its fountain.
Jaffa’s Old City and Port
One of the oldest port cities in the world, Jaffa’s Old City is a maze of stores and cafes that spill over into Jaffa’s flea market. Head to the port for some fresh fish, or get lost in the winding alleys of the Twelve Signs.
Tel Aviv Port
A hub of restaurants, shops and other attractions, the port is a hotspot for young revelers at night and great for spending an afternoon shopping and sea gazing. Check out Yahaloma near the farmers’ market inside the port for some great local cuisine.
Night life at the Great Synagogue
Another nightlife hot spot is the square surrounding the Great Synagogue on Allenby Street. Home to the original Teder, which has since turned into the Port Said restaurant, it’s great to just show up in this area and see where the evening takes you. There a few bars around the historical structure, and all of them are great.
Tel Aviv’s Habima Square (or The Stage Square) is home to its philharmonic orchestra, the HaBima national theatre, and one of the most beautiful squares in Tel Aviv. Though shadeless, its sunken garden is a dream spot, with classic musical playing around the clock, but audible only to those sitting inside the submerged area.
White City walking tour
Tel Aviv is world famous for its unique collection of Bauhaus architecture. Brought to Israel by German Jews and embraced by local designers, most of the UNESCO-recognized “White City” homes are in central Tel Aviv. Use this useful walking tour to find your way around.
Gay Pride Parade
Tel Aviv became an up-and-coming global city in part because it made the conscious choice to become the Middle East’s LGBTQ capital. The gay pride parade is a city-wide event, and people of all orientations and genders are always welcome to join the party.