1. Yoga on a SUP board. Only a real Tel-Avivian would try this crazy new fad, balancing on a surfboard (SUP) whilst attempting your best downward-facing dog.
2. Sunset by the beach. You take a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and watch a stunning TLV sunset on the grass at Independence Park overlooking the Hilton Hotel.
3. People-watch on Rothschild Boulevard. Tel Aviv boulevards were almost made for a city fashion walk. If you aren’t people (and dog)-watching, how can you call yourself a Tel Avivian?
4. Buy your groceries from Shuk HaCarmel on Friday afternoon. An insider secret, many stalls in the Shuk bargain off their goods at rock-bottom prices before they throw them out. It’s when you stock up your fridge.
5. Farmers Markets are central to your trendy foodie needs. Similar to the US, Farmers Markets have become all the rage in Tel Aviv, and you’re always ready to do some fruit picking (and tasting) at Shuk HaNamal and Shuk HaTachana.
6. TRX. Tel-Avivians will try new a new fitness trend at least once. TRX is the current fashion in the work-out community. If your workmates come limping into the office, you know they have probably tried a free TRX session.
7. Friday afternoon in the Dizengoff Center. You don’t just head down to the Center for your ZARA basics. On a Friday afternoon, you know this spot is home to a fashion boutique market with original Israeli designers. After your spree, you go on downstairs to find delicious food stalls where you can stock up on your grandmother’s homemade (style) delights like traditional couscous or Hamim.
8. Spices at Levinsky market. Israel wouldn’t be part of the Middle East without a fully stocked spice market. You how where to discover interesting spices you’ll have no idea what to do with (or pronounce). Popular spices like Za’tar, saffron and cardamom feed your senses in the wonderful Shuk air.
9. Go dog-watching at ‘We Like you Too’ coffee bar. One of Tel Aviv’s (hipster) institutions is the coffee booth on Sderot Zion boulevard where you can pick up a coffee (to-go), a blanket and enjoy the secret world of dogs in Tel Aviv.
10. You’ve had at least one argument about where to find the best hummus. And you’ve stuck to your guns.
11. You know exactly what your fellow Tel Avivians mean when they mention cauliflower at Miznon. The brainchild of famous chef Eyal Shani, Miznon is a Tel Aviv must. Take your regular falafel and jazz it up with delicious roasted cauliflower, or ratatouille.
12. You cannot imagine a Saturday (Shabbat), without a visit to the beach. You know the summer months can get busy, so it’s a constant battle to discover and hunt down the least crowded beach, but once you find it… BLISS.
13. You cycle… everywhere. Bicycles are almost a requirement to live in the city. There has been a recent electric bike revolution, so you now know to watch out – they ride faster than you think.
14. Listen to music from HaBima’s sunken steps. HaBima (the Bima), Israel’s own beloved theater, is one of the most well-kept and pristine parts of Tel Aviv with it’s perfect rows of beautiful flowers. You know to pick up an ice coffee from Artcafe or Landwer (close by) and relax on the steps to the sounds of classical music.
15. Protest at Kikar Rabin. The birthplace of democracy and free speech, Kikar Rabin is the place to join together and fight for a cause. If you haven’t experienced it, it’s a must do. Either that, or a huge summer water fight.
16. You’ve had your fair share of philosophical discussions with cab drivers. Israelis are known for honesty, and straightforwardness, but it’s a little-known fact that Israeli taxi drivers also enjoy a casual conversation or two about the meaning of life.
17. Summer night bar-hopping down Dizengoff. Dizengoff Street has an incredible concentration of bars and, during the summer months when the heat takes over, you can find most party goers sitting with a cold beer enjoying the long nights. Once you get bored of one bar, you hop down to the next.
18. You shower 3 times a day in the summer. Continuing with the same theme of ‘how to beat the summer months’, real Tel Avivians count up how many times they have showered a day… and then compare with their friends.
19. Check out street art in Florentin. Some of our best Israeli artists are actually graffiti artists. A real Tel Avivan would be able to identify and match the street art with the artist. Check out Know Hope, or Dede.
20. Buy 5 shekel coffee from Coffix – just once. You might have noticed the coffee shop Coffix popping up in multiple locations around Tel Aviv. You’re horrified about corporate chains taking over, but at the same time you secretly try their cheap and cheerful coffee – just once.
21. Swing dance down Rothschild. There is a relatively unknown swing community in Israel and if you’re lucky you might find them throwing around jazzy flips and dancing energetically down Rothschild Boulevard.