Tel Aviv is a city in which love and romance are pursued with fervour—a reflection of the intensity of life in Israel
and the nature of its people. Despite the high cost of living here, Tel Aviv
is not short of cheap or free options to take a date, whether you’re in the mood for live music or a fun, romantic afternoon in the outdoors.
Rent a paddle boat in Hayarkon Park
Tel Aviv’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park, Hayarkon is a vast, tranquil area of greenery in the city’s north, perfect for a free date in the outdoors. You could easily spend a whole afternoon here; take a picnic and explore its impressive Rock Garden and Tropical Garden, rent a bike and cycle along its trails, and finish the date off with a romantic boat ride down its large, serene lake.
Go to a free gallery
Israel has a diverse and vibrant art scene, so it comes as no surprise that Tel Aviv is peppered with art galleries. Great places for a casual date, you can make an afternoon out of it by gallery hopping on Gordon Street and Ben Yehuda, where you’ll find a plethora of different establishments to match your artistic interests. While in the area, you can stop off for Tel Aviv’s best frozen yoghurt, Tamara, and eat it by the beach.
Tamara Yoghurt, 96 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 523 4449
People watch on Rothschild Boulevard
Take a bottle of wine and watch the world go by on Rothschild, perhaps Tel Aviv’s most lively area filled with bars, clubs, and restaurants. Lined with benches and outdoor coffee shops, this is the ideal people-watching spot, especially on the weekend when scores of people descend onto the boulevard for a night of partying and good times. For a cheap but tasty bite to eat, take your date for a slice of pizza at the renowned Tony Vespa.
Tony Vespa, 140 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv 69696, Israel, +972 3 542 4747
Catch a free outdoor movie
Like the classic cinema date but outdoors and free – sounds ideal, right? Well, if you’re in Tel Aviv at the right time of year (June–August), this can be the date night for you. Film screenings have popped up in Gan HaPsiga, at the summit of Old Jaffa (with a majestic view overlooking Tel Aviv’s shoreline) and Gan Meir, a garden in central Tel Aviv.
Grab an ice cream at Tel Aviv’s Port
Tel Aviv’s port is one of the city’s most popular attractions. With its sprawling wooden promenade and abundance of stores, clubs, restaurants, and cafés, it is one of the best date spots in the city. Equally charming at night as it is during the day, avoid damaging your bank balance by simply grabbing an ice cream and relaxing on a bench with your date, watching the waves splash against the barriers and absorbing the pleasant atmosphere around you.
Stroll down the beach at sunset
Tel Aviv is blessed with a number of beaches along its gorgeous coastline. Ambling along as the sun sets against the beautiful blue water is the simplest yet most romantic date idea in the city. From Banana Beach, where a group of drummers congregate on Fridays to dance to live beats, to Hilton Dog Beach, a canine lover’s paradise where dogs run around carefree, Tel Aviv’s beaches have everything you need for a fun, relaxing, and romantic evening.
Go to a concert at the Barby
Go to a concert at the Barby
The Barby is the number one spot in Tel Aviv for live music and is a great location for a date. Unpretentious and, depending on the performer, reasonably priced, this venue in south Tel Aviv hosts some of Israel’s best bands, from The Angelcy to Balkan Beat Box.
The Barby, Qibbutz Galuyot Rd 52, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3 518 8123
Go to Tel Aviv Museum of Art
If you’re in the mood for a more cultural date, or to test out how cultural your partner is, head to the magnificent Museum of Art in central Tel Aviv, one of the country’s most prominent cultural and artistic establishments. Entrance fees are affordable and you can explore its eclectic collection of art: from Old Masters and contemporary photography to sculptures and drawings, this museum caters to a variety of artistic tastes, and contains works by names including Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sderot Sha’ul HaMelech 27, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 61332012, Israel, +972 3 607 7020