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How To Spend 24 Hours In Tel Aviv

How To Spend 24 Hours In Tel Aviv
If you are to spend only 24 hours anywhere, Tel Aviv is a great city for it. As it’s easy to get around and nothing is really far away, you can manage to see and do a lot in a short space of time. We check out exactly what to do if you find yourself in Tel Aviv for a day.
Israeli breakfast © Or Hiltch/Wikicommons

You will find the famous Israeli breakfast in most cafes around the city, usually served throughout the morning up until lunch-time. Traditionally, it includes eggs of your choice, Israeli salad, a selection of cheeses and other sides – jam, butter, bread, a fresh juice and a coffee. A couple of suggestions for where to get your Israeli breakfast is Benedict, where breakfast is served 24 hours a day.

Juice-stand on Shenkin Street Mfa/Wikicommons

There are plenty of options when it comes to shopping in Tel Aviv, regardless of if you prefer air-conditioned malls or the sunny outdoors. Shenkin street is a great option for combining shopping with a great atmosphere. On Shenkin, you will find plenty of small shops and cafes, and the street is also located just next to the famous Carmel market. While on Shenkin, don’t forget to stop by the juice-stand and get yourself a freshly pressed juice or smoothie.

After a bit of shopping your stomach will start to feel empty, so this is a perfect time to sit down and have lunch. Just next to the Carmel market you will find the Yemenite neighborhood, Kerem HaTeimanim. Walking down the narrow streets of this quiet and cosy neighborhood gives you a much-needed break from the noise on the busier streets. Furthermore, you can find great places for a traditional plate of Hummus, guaranteed to keep you full and satisfied until dinner-time.

Located between Neve Tzedek and Old Jaffa is HaTachana, which is Hebrew for ‘the Station’. This is Tel Aviv’s old train station, and in fact the first train station ever built in the Middle East. Back in 1892, the railroad used to run between old Jaffa and Jerusalem. Today, the station is renovated and functions as an entertainment complex with many boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and events. This is a great place to enjoy historical buildings and stop for a coffee in one of the cafes.

The old city of Jaffa, beautifully located by the water south of Tel Aviv, is said to have existed as a port-city some 4,000 years ago. You can walk among the historical buildings, visit art-shops, and make a wish at the wishing bridge. Finish the walk with dinner in one of the restaurants in Jaffa harbor, many of which offer great seafood to go with the view over the water.

The Old City in the Sunset © Jeffrey Zeldman/Flickrcommons

Hit the Bars

Tel Aviv is famous worldwide for its rich nightlife, so you don’t want to miss out on this part of the experience. Regardless of if you are in the mood to go dancing or if you just want to relax after a long day with a glass of wine, the options for where to go are countless. You can follow the crowds to some of the very popular places in the city center, or discover the small, trendy, and laid back bars in Jaffa and the surrounding areas.

Tel Aviv by Night © Gilad Avidan/Wikicommons