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With great beaches and a laid back culture, Tel Aviv is a picture-perfect city. From a world-famous gay-friendly attitude, to amazing street art and cafes overflowing with people on weekdays, here are 20 pictures that are sure to make you fall in love with the White City and Jaffa.
With some of the best beaches in the country, locals treat the beach as an integral part of their lives, good for everything from a workout to reading your morning newspaper.
Within the walls of Old Jaffa and the tony Neve Tzedek neighborhood, you can find beautiful winding streets highlighting the historic side of the 100-year-old city, with Jaffa being one of the oldest port towns in the world.
Like many places in the Middle East, Tel Aviv is famous for its markets. Whether it’s the finest fruits and vegetables in the Carmel Market or nifty trinkets from the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market or Jaffa’s Flea Market.
With an annual gay pride parade that brings tens of thousands to the city every year, Tel Aviv is so gay friendly, it’s almost hard to notice sometimes.
Other times, it’s not hard at all, as town hall itself has not only embraced the city’s warm embrace of the LGBTQ commuinty, but spearheaded it as a local gay tourism hot spot, even painting the streets with the colors of pride.
With such a laid back culture, its hard to figure out sometimes when people in the city are working, even when they are at work themselves. Rife with fresh juice shops, this Tel Aviv vendor says it all.
This photo was taken on a weekday, in the morning, when you were at work.
And when town hall puts beach chairs throughout the city, its hard to blame residents for just chilling in the sun.
The city also has tons of hidden gems run by colorful characters, like this sweet hole-in-the wall book store run by the Halper family.
With world famous street art, Tel Aviv’s graffiti artists have turned the city into an ironic canvas of sorts, juxtaposing local urban life with the strange and cryptic: