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Dizengoff Square | © J. Paysan/WikiCommons
Dizengoff Square | © J. Paysan/WikiCommons

The Top Things To See And Do In Tel Aviv

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Updated: 11 April 2017
Whether you are visiting Tel Aviv or someone is visiting you there, expectations are high when it comes to what to see and do. Tel Aviv is a non-stop city, full of energy and vibrant culture. Here’s a list of things you can do, see, eat and drink around town.

The Beach

You must spent at least a day along the coast on Tel Aviv’s beautiful sandy beaches. It may just look like one really long beach, but really, there are 16 different beaches lining Tel Aviv. Head down to the beach and soak up the rays, or, after a long day of activities, grab a couple of drinks and watch the sunset from the sand.

Visit Jaffa 

Jaffa is Tel Aviv’s ancient port city and is located in South Tel Aviv. Jaffa is the world’s oldest port, and was the entry point into Israel for many years. Eventually, Jaffa became overpopulated. The Jews began to build outside of Jaffa, creating other nearby neighborhoods and eventually, an area abundant in history. Try a free city tour or check out the flea market, the port, or the great restaurants hidden along the little streets.

Explore Shuk HaCarmel

Check out Tel Aviv’s largest food and vegetable market, which is located right in the heart of the city. The vendors will try and catch your attention as you walk down the busy streets. Indulge in some of the freshest delicacies in the city, or choose to dine at an authentic restaurant.

Spend a day at the Port

Head on up to North Tel Aviv and enjoy the active and cultural Port. The Port is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops. By day, it is a place for activities, full of runners and children playing, and at night, it turns into a hotspot perfect for a night out or a romantic rendezvous.

Tel Aviv Port | Courtesy of israelphotogallery/flickr

Tel Aviv Port | Courtesy of israelphotogallery/Flickr

Tel Aviv Art Museum

As one of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions and the largest museum in Israel, the Tel Aviv Art Museum houses a large variety of works, including local, international, modern and contemporary pieces, as well as photography, prints, drawings, and Old Masters’ paintings.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art |Courtesy of Amit Geron

Tel Aviv Museum of Art | Courtesy of Amit Geron

Stroll through Neve Tzedek

Located in South Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa.  Neve Tzedek attracts many visitors due to its Oriental architecture, narrow streets, cobble stone roads, and many boutiques. The neighborhood might be old and full of history, but the energy in this quaint neighborhood is young and vibrant.

Go on a tour of the Bauhaus buildings

Tel Aviv is sometimes known as the ‘White City’ in honor of the white Bauhaus buildings which dominate the city’s architectural landscape. In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed Tel Aviv’s White City a World Cultural Heritage site, because it holds the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings anywhere in the world. Take a guided tour of the Bauhaus buildings in English – they start at 10 am every day.

Visit Nahalat Binyamin

Every Tuesday and Friday, Nahalat Binyamin, a popular street, hosts a lively and artistic market. Full of handmade crafts, jewelry and designs all for purchase, the massive range of items (created by over 200 artists) are perfect gifts to buy for your friends and family. As Israel’s largest arts and crafts market, it’s a spot you won’t want to miss.

Dine like a local 

Make sure you stop and have some good local cuisine. Miznon, located on King George Street, always has a line of locals waiting to dine on their delicious pita treats. If you are looking for some of the best falafel and hummus in town, check out Hakosem. Sit outside and indulge in their warm falafel dipped in creamy hummus.

Miznon | © Sydney Goldberger

Miznon | © Sydney Goldberger

Explore Sarona Market 

Sarona Market is Tel Aviv’s new gourmet food hall. Open since 2015, Sarona Market has 91 shops, stalls and restaurants that feature both local and international food. Head over to Sarona for a drink or a bite to eat, and when you arrive, scout out what you’d like to try. We recommend a shwarma sandwich or maybe homemade pasta from little Italy, followed by a waffle tower or Israeli halva for dessert.

Waffle Skewers with dark, white and milk chocolate drizzle | Courtesy of Frost

Waffle Skewers with dark, white and milk chocolate drizzle | Courtesy of Frost

Happy hour

Happy hour is a part of the Tel Aviv lifestyle, so you should try and participate. Many people gather with friends and enjoy a classic buy-one-get-one-free deal. Many bars along Dizengoff, King George and Rothschild advertise their deals on their windows.

11 Beers on tap | © Beer Bazaar

11 Beers on tap | © Beer Bazaar

Visit HaTachana Train Station 

The space between Tel Aviv Beach and Neve Tzedek is home to Tel Aviv’s oldest railway station. HaTachana was originally built in 1892 to run between Jaffa and Jerusalem, and today, the renovated station functions as an entertainment complex and hosts many boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and daily events. This is a cool place to hang out during the day and dine at night.