Why you should visit Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is a small city and most landmarks can be reached within a five-minute walk. The Tel Avivian’s are young, creative, positive and inspiring people and look like they have just stepped off a catwalk!
The food is outstanding and the beach inviting. But before heading for the beach spend some time with a local guide to really get under the skin of Tel Aviv's creative energy.
A tour of Tel Aviv invites you to understand its radically modern history and founding visionaries. You will see some of the city’s earliest neighbourhoods – which today luckily happen to be some of its prettiest – and visit Independence Hall, Rothschild Boulevard and other places of note. Tel Aviv is a UNESCO world heritage site for its Bauhaus architecture - keep your eyes peeled throughout the city and get some background at the Bauhaus Centre. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, for which Roy Lichtenstein created a giant two-panel mural, is a must for all culture vultures.
- Orientate yourself to gain a sense for the place by walking or biking the interior on a 'green bike'.
- Visit the White City - a World Cultural Heritage site, and witness the outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century.
Tel Aviv’s entire coastline is made up of beaches. Each beach has something special. Witness the game of Matkot, played on the Israeli beaches since the 1920’s.
Organise a picnic in Tel Aviv- with its beaches, squares and green boulevards. Walk to Independence Park for the views of the sea.
Take in the city’s vibe with a stroll along Rothschild Boulevard, stopping along the way to grab a coffee.
Be adventurous with street food. Try the burekas at Levinsky market.
One of National Geographic's top ten beach cities for 2013, don't forget to pack your swimmers.
Our Travel Experts "must do" when in Tel Aviv.
No visit to Tel Aviv would be complete without visiting the ancient city of Jaffa, which is utterly unmissable. It is one of the oldest ports in the world and its history includes a gamut of colourful figures from ancient Pharaohs to Napoleon. Ancient Jaffa and modern Tel Aviv are fascinating to tour together because of the contrasts.
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Food and Markets
Israeli food is, in essence, fusion food – a mix arising from the many different immigration waves into Israel from North Africa, Iran and Iraq, Eastern Europe, and even Latin America. Tel Aviv is also home to several wonderful markets which foodies will love to visit on a culinary tour. Tel Aviv’s most famous three foodie markets are the Carmel Market, which is a classic Israeli market selling fruit and veg, regional culinary specialities, and souvenirs; Levinsky Market, which is famous for its spices and teas; and Sarona Market which is a cutting edge, modern take on the traditional market.
Café Hafuch, is Israel’s answer to Cappuccino. In most places, you will receive the same coffee regardless of if you tell them Hafuch or Cappuccino, but these days you just say Hafuch, and you also make sure they make your Hafuch exactly as you want it.
Israeli Hummus is the best Hummus, and you use it as a universal spread or dip for various foods. For the best ice cream check out Anita, in Neve Tzedek.
Try Sabich - a fabulous Iraqi import, brought to the holy land by the mass of 1950s Iraqi immigrants. It consists of pitta brimming with fried aubergine, roasted egg, tahini, and spicy amba sauce. Great street food can also be found at traditional humus houses and the Yemenite kitchens around the Carmel Market area.
Don't miss wandering through the beautiful neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, replete with brightly painted houses, talented artisan jewellers and local fashion designers.
HaBimah Square is a favourite spot in Tel Aviv. It is endowed with large modern sculptures and a beautiful sunken garden surrounded by shallow steps - perfect perching territory to watch the world go by as you bask in the sun.
Adjacent to Tel Aviv is the ancient port of Jaffa. Now more widely known for the Jaffa flea market, which is a great place to head for in the summer. The fish restaurants here are particularly good. Why not stroll around the cobbled streets of this recently renovated area.
Did you know?
There is free wifi throughout most of the city. If you are meeting with a Tel Avivian, expect them to be late, fashionably late! Expect to meet a dog - at least every second person in Tel Aviv has one dog or more. Soldiers dressed in uniforms and carrying their weapons around with them is a common sight everywhere in Israel. These are not soldiers on duty, but simply people who are doing their three years of mandatory army service, and who has to store their army weapon at home, meaning they have to carry it with them to and from the army base.
When to go to Tel Aviv
With most destinations in Israel, the weather really does determine the best time of year to visit because the summer gets very, very hot. Therefore, we would advise travelling to Tel Aviv in the cooler months between November and March. Even though winters can be wetter, it is not unusual to have 20 degrees and back to back sunshine.