As Israel’s liveliest city starts to gain recognition on the international tourism scene, now is a great time to visit for travellers seeking an authentic experience. Here are a few things to see and do when exploring the city.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Culture vultures shouldn’t miss this museum, which is to Tel Aviv what the MET is to New York. Opened in 1932, it’s one of Israel’s most important cultural establishments. As its name suggests, the museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, and is home to works by Chagall, Picasso and Miro.
Bask on one of the seafront beaches
Thanks to its ideal location on the Mediterranean coast, visitors to Tel Aviv can indulge in a lazy afternoon stroll along the seafront or stretch out on one of the city’s various sandy beaches. Banana Beach and Alma Beach are particularly recommended.
The balmy climate makes Tel Aviv the perfect city for leisurely lounging, with its pleasantly warm springtimes and long hot summers.
The full name of this Israeli city is Tel Aviv-Yafo, Yafo being the Hebrew name for Jaffa. Jaffa refers to the oldest part of the city, which is one of the world’s most ancient ports, due to its location on the spice trade route from the East. This historic part of town is a must-visit to soak up the atmosphere of its diverse heritage and Islamic influence and to explore the history of its civilizations.
With its stunning white city walls and picturesque old town, the neighbourhood is evidently popular with tourists. Jaffa is all the more symbolic since it’s a place where Jewish, Muslim and Christian populations live side by side.
Bars and clubs on Rothschild Boulevard
Nicknamed “the bubble” for its laid-back atmosphere, seemingly oblivious to the geopolitical situation in the region, Tel Aviv is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The city streets are peppered with cafés and restaurants. For an authentic experience, head to Rothschild Boulevard.
This chic boulevard is home to a wealth of bars and clubs offering an authentic taste of Israeli nightlife. Those on tight budgets can enjoy music from the many artists who give impromptu concerts in the street. Otherwise, go with the flow and follow the young crowds heading to the boulevard’s many bars and clubs.
Trendy Neve Tzedek
Neve Tzedek is a fashionable and well-to-do district of Tel Aviv. The neighbourhood has a village-like feel and is the most chic and expensive part of the city. Travelers with a boho spirit can lose themselves among the neighbourhood’s streets of low-rise houses painted in joyful colours while soaking up the area’s folky, artistic vibes. Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighbourhood built outside of the old city and the ancient port of Jaffa.
Fans of street photography and mouthwatering food photos should head to the city center for an authentic foodie experience. Carmel Market is packed with foods of all kinds, with fruit, vegetables and more. It’s a great place to sample some of the local specialties, such as falafel and shawarma. The market is open every day except Shabbat.