Old Jaffa is the oldest part of Tel Aviv with romantic streets, old churches, and old stone buildings. The rich history behind this part of town is what gives it an irresistible charm and makes visitors fall in love with its atmosphere. Walk around or spend a few hours at some of the best restaurants in the city.
One of the most popular museums in Tel Aviv, the Museum of Art hosts an ever-changing selection of excellent exhibitions. With a permanent display at departments for Israeli and contemporary art, design and architecture, and even photography, the museum truly has something to offer any visitor.
According to Greek mythology, Andromeda was tied to one of the rocks somewhere along the shore and offered to a sea monster. She was rescued by Perseus, and the two later went on to go get married. The rock Andromeda was once chained to is, as the legend goes, still here today.
If you would like to see one of the most amazing areas of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek is the place for you to go. Famed artists and writers used to live here. Today, Neve Tzedek preserves much of its historical charm and is a great neighbourhood to explore all while dining at authentic restaurants and dropping into colorful shops.
The Hayarkon Park is the perfect place if you want to get away from the busy streets of the city. It's located just right outside of downtown Tel Aviv and is highly popular with residents for its facilitates and scenic areas. World-renowned musicians (from The Rolling Stones to Justin Bieber) have performed here at different points in time.
If your are looking to escape from the bustling streets of the city, Meir Park can be a great choice for you. Sit down and have a cup of coffee in the cafe or stop by at the park's playground if you're visiting with kids. It's a wonderful, central green spot for everyone to enjoy nature for a little while.
Al-Bahr Mosque is the oldest mosque in Old Jaffa. People arriving by boat used to enter the city via Jaffa's old port. To take in the view of the city's historic center, use the mosque as a vantage point and enjoy the panorama. Al-Bar Mosque is located right on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.
Suzanne Dellal Center is a dance and theatre show space with an inviting open-air garden, a venue popular with both locals and visitors. The Center boasts an ever-changing offer of professionally staged performances, so do check the website for schedules when you're in town.
Just outside of the city you can bump into the largest number of animals in a safari park in the Middle East. Gorillas, hippos, lions and elephants are just some of the 1600 species of animals waiting for you! Don't miss the chance to visit this place if you are in town!
The heart of Old Jaffa, Kikar Kedumim is an ancient central square and an essential stop for anyone touring the city. With the city port on one side and Old Jaffa streets on the other, Kikar Kedumim is the perfect departure point for a Tel Aviv city tour. Do not miss its centerpiece fountain, as well as souvenir shops and eateries in the area.
Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center is a local cultural institution that aims to promote mutual understanding between different sub-groups of the local population - religious or otherwise - via hosting events and lectures. The building itself, with its two bulky towers, is a sight to behold.
Right outside of Tel Aviv is a place where you are welcome to take a closer look at the sky and to all of its stars. Givatayim Observatory also offers educational lectures and courses for children and adults. The friendly staff will help you get answers to all of your questions about the cosmos and skies.
Hatraklin Bistro Meat & Wine is a place for meat-lovers. If you are looking for the most outstanding steak in town served by friendly staff in an amazing atmosphere, this is a place worth trying out. The wine is excellent as well, and the selection makes for excellent pairing.
Haj Kahil offers a large variety of delicious meals for both meat eaters and vegetarians. The establishment specializes in Palestinian and broader Middle Eastern cuisine - order a selection of small plates to try a variety of flavours at once. Please mind that no alcohol is served.
An exciting open kitchen and unusual (yet very successful) flavour combinations are the two things diners at Shila- Sharon Cohen's Kitchen & Bar may well expect when headed here for an evening meal. Convenient location in the city's centre completes the package.
Sumesa is an all-around excellent kosher restaurant consistently delivering meal offerings of superb quality. Tuck into juicy cuts of meat cooked to perfection, and follow up with a decadent dessert. Located next to the Dimol Mall, which makes it a great after-shopping dinner location.
La Repubblica di Ronimotti is located right in the heart of Lev Ha'ir district. Stop by to have breakfast, lunch or even dinner at La Repubblica - separate menus are available for each meal of the day. Cuisine served is refined Italian, featuring familiar classics and refreshing new finds.
Zepra is Tel Aviv's fine dining - the upscale restaurant serves an Asian-inspired menu for lunch and dinner, and lays special emphasis on attentive service and forging a welcoming atmosphere. Portion sizes are modest, so do keep this in mind if looking to satiate a substantial hunger.
You'll never look the same way at hummus again after a brief stop at Abu Hasan, an eatery serving hummus and hummus only, with a side of bread and fresh chopped onion. Do not despair if securing a spot inside proves too complicated - the eatery is incredibly popular, and patrons often spill out onto the street.
This bar's premise attracts locals and tourists alike - all food and drink (including alcohol) comes at a fixed price of 6 New Israeli Shekels - that's about 1.5 US Dollars (as of March 2017), which is a bargain hard to beat. The concept is borrowed from a chain of Cofix stores operating on the same basis.
Mila is the right place to go if you'd like to take advantage of a 1+1 happy hour special in the area of Dizengoff. Every day from 17.00 to 21.00 - the happy hour period - the bar gets fully packed with customers, the crowd spilling out from the bar's insides onto the street. Serves food alongside drinks.
A fun night out with excellent drinks and friendly staff is what Dizzy Frishdon has to offer. It's divided into 3 different bar areas, in- and outdoors. Spending your night out in this lounge-bar is not only fun but an entire experience - locals and visitors are known to mingle here freely.
Carmel Market, or Shuk Ha'Carmel as the locals call it, is a place where you can find locals Tel Aviv do their everyday shopping. The market has become an attraction for tourists as well, but it is lovely for everyone just to take a walk through the market, shop for breakfast, find your favourite fruit or drink some freshly made juice.
Jaffa Flea Market has a lot to offer for those who decide to visit. Take a walk around the flea market - right in the middle of Jaffa - and find something for yourself among all the antiques and handmade products they have on offer. Even after the market is closed, it is nice to hang out in the restaurants and cafes just around the corner.
Shuk Hanamal is the place to go to shop fresh ingredients for your breakfast - or even better, have your breakfast here. There are tons of shops, cafes and restaurants along the side of the market where tourists can sit down and take a break while chilling and have some champagne.
Sarona has an indoor market where you can find a huge variety of shops and restaurants. It is a little green island of peace in the middle of the busy city of Tel Aviv. Walking around the market area you will find cheese stands, break counters, a butcher and a lot more treasure to lighten up your day.
Ben Gurion Airport is the main international airport serving Tel Aviv, located 19 km to the southeast of the city. To travel to the city centre from the airport you can use the national bus company called Egged bus. There are two locations where you can take the bus from. One is the Airport City and the other is the Ben Gurion Airport - inbound and outbound terminals. The second way to travel from the airport is by train. Israel Railways operates the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station, located in the lower level of Terminal 3. The train goes to the north-west of Tel Aviv, Haifa and other destinations in the north, south-east to Modi'in, or south to Beersheba via Lod, Kiryat Gat and Lehavim. The journey to Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station takes around 18 minutes. The taxi service from the airport is provided under the supervision of the Israel Airport Authority. Passengers are recommended to avoid the use of non-authorized taxi services. The taxi station are located in front of the Terminal on Level G, near the exit through Gate 01.
In order to enter Israel, you must have a passport, which has to be valid for six months after the date of entry and throughout your stay. If you hold an Israeli passport, you will be required to present it upon arrival. Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel, which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a pre-arranged visa. The list of countries in the PDF document linked below specifies visa requirements for each country.
The best months to visit Tel Aviv are March through April and September through November, as spring and fall bring reasonable and pleasant temperatures as well as the lowest prices. Moreover, during this period you will avoid the tourist crowds, so you can fully enjoy outdoor cafés and markets. However, if you are heading to Tel Aviv for your summer holidays, then May to August is your time. The sun is bright and warm and the Mediterranean is perfect for a swim, but remember to book at least two months in advance, as this is the peak tourist season.
Bus transport: The main public bus company that operates in Tel Aviv is called Dan and the national bus operator is Egged. Tickets and Fares: There are discounts for children, senior citizens and the disabled. You can either buy single rides, monthly subsections or an all-in-one public transportation pass. Tickets and passes can be obtained on the bus or at central bus stations. Rail transport: Tel Aviv-Yafo has four train stations, all of which are situated along the Ayalon highway. All trains to Tel Aviv-Yafo stop at all four stations. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (also known as Arlozorov), or "Hashalom" which is located in a large shopping mall.