Tel Aviv is a city with something for everyone. The beach and burgeoning tech companies are just as accessible as centuries-old religious sites and authentic cuisine that’s stood the test of time. Arriving in Tel Aviv alone is hardly a bad idea; with days spent shopping and nights spent partying, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.
What’s the vibe?
With ancient sites nearby and a young culture innovating everything from technology to gastronomy, Tel Aviv is a unique place to find yourself as a solo traveller. Expect a mix of past and future to fill your plate, itinerary and journal.
Where to stay in Tel Aviv as a solo traveller
Budget-friendly and just 1km (0.6mi) from the beach, Hotel 75 is right in the thick of the action. The city view – and the private bathroom – really give you a bang for your buck when you roll out of bed. Saunter a few steps farther and you’ll find the city’s best nightlife, shopping and gallery-hopping right outside your door.
Solo travel doesn’t mean you need to settle for a cramped hotel room – at least not at Hotel Saul. High ceilings make the solo rooms feel larger while the balcony and patio rooms really give you the space to stretch your legs. Got an appetite for conversation? Fresh popcorn, board games and new friends await you in nearby Meir Garden.
Head up to the rooftop garden of Center Chic Hotel and you’ll see that the 15-minute walk to the beach is hardly a chore. The exposed white brick walls and Houndstooth prints throughout your suite definitely help the hotel earn its title – and the free bicycle rentals will help you gain a view of Tel Aviv beyond the rooftop.
You’ll spend a night at Center Chic as part of Culture Trip’s expertly curated seven-day Israel trip.
Where to eat and drink in Tel Aviv
You’d be wise to stop and sample the Yemenite menu at Saluf & Sons near the aroma-filled area of Levinsky Street. Authentic eats like kubana and jahnon are highly recommended, and their prices are cut in half in the evening. Communal seating and lively music mean chatting it up with other diners in a no-pressure, unfussy atmosphere.
If you’re running low on shekels but have a mighty appetite, HaKosem has your back. Shawarma, falafel, hummus and other classic Israeli street snacks are cheap, plentiful and delicious. You’ll have to queue up with other sabich and shakshuka lovers but your wallet won’t mind the wait. People-watching on King George Street will help pass the time.
No need to check into the Imperial Hotel; merely stroll over to their tiny bar and be prepared to stay awhile. Bartenders from around the city come here to sample the globally inspired drinks. There’s no shame in having a liquid lunch of herbaceous Wabi Sabi or velvety Prelude to a Kiss, but keep in mind that the Asian-colonial munchies and swing jazz music only improve upon the drink.
What to do in Tel Aviv as a solo traveller
Getting a taste of Tel Aviv on two wheels is just one of the immersive experiences you’ll have when you book Culture Trip’s week-long tour of Israel.
Stay safe, stay happy
Despite infrequent conflict to the south, Tel Aviv is a safe place for solo tourists, including LGBTQ travelers. Public transportation is safe, though hitchhiking is not recommended. Walking around more populated areas of the city at night is relatively safe – but it’s important to be vigilant when returning to your hotel from clubs or bars.
Getting around Tel Aviv as a solo traveller
You won’t need a private car to take in the sights. Taxis are plentiful in Tel Aviv, and rideshares like Uber are available – but prices won’t be as low as in Western countries. Shared taxis called sheruts will lower the cost a little while giving you a chatty ride. Seeing the city on two feet or pedalling on two wheels is easiest, as the city’s grid structure and bike lanes are effortless to navigate. Keep in mind that public transportation will stop for 24 hours during Shabbat (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday).
You don’t need to feel lonely when travelling solo in Israel’s seaside city. Join Culture Trip’s seven-day tour of Israel, where you’ll explore the history of Jerusalem and uncover the evolution of Tel Aviv alongside a small group of travelers who love exploring as much as you do.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Kapilkumar Ingle.
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