Travel Guide: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is Israel’s cultural and commercial capital. Named the "Mediterranean Capital of Cool". The city which never sleeps is a center for nightlife, cuisine, culture, and liberalism. Sandy Mediterranean beaches, UNESCO recognized Bauhaus architecture, world-renowned galleries and museums, top restaurants and bars in the Middle East put Tel Aviv in our top 3 most livable cities!
Food & Drink
- Claro; • An incredible restaurant with a large space that has indoor, air-conditioned patio and outdoor seating options. Housed in a cavernous stone Templar building with an "industrial-chic" dining room, Claro has a beautiful and unique ambiance. Farm-to-table food with a famous short rib tortellini with onion cream.
- HaBasta • Best described as "from market to table", the menu dishes change daily depending on the market produce. The mezes are amazing and the Israeli wine selection is one of the best in the city. The atmosphere is buzzing at all hours as the restaurant is located in one of the corners of the Carmel Shuk, Tel Aviv's largest market.
- Pastel • Pastel has award-winning design with three distinct areas: a lofty dining room, a terrace with views of the museum’s sculpture garden and the sequestered ‘cocoon’ bar.
- Bellboy • At BELLBOY, we aspire to surround ourselves with beauty and wisdom, this is why you might find our approach to people, food and drink slightly out of the ordinary. We don't care how long it takes us, we're going somewhere beautiful. Redefining the bar experience since 2014
- Imperial Craft • An upscale hotel bar featuring incredible craft cocktails and colonial decor. Named Best Bar in the Middle East, we ended up at this bar on more than one occasion so we could try all the amazing cocktails on the menu.
- 7to1 Lab • 7to1 Lab is a new bar on the Tel Aviv scene, specializing in futuristic cocktails. Seats in the cocktail lab are located around the bar, where you watch the bartenders mix original cocktails such as Bananavardier or Sneakers Manhattan, two of our favourites on the menu.
- Carmel Market • The Carmel Market (the Shuk Hacarmel) is the largest market, or shuk, in Tel Aviv. It’s a vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing to spices, and fruit to electronics. We visited this market daily, either for a bite to eat at HaBasta or Bar Ochel, getting fresh produce for Shabbat dinner, or passing through for the lively atmosphere.
- Jaffa's Flea Market • In contrast to the Carmel Market, Jaffa Flea Market is an eclectic mix of stalls & shops selling clothing, furniture & home goods, plus cafes & bars. The market is well positioned too, located in the city's Old Port and steps away from the beautiful beaches and coastline.
- Sarona Market • The Sarona Market is a culinary centre in the city. The market features local producers of spices, cheeses, meats, and imported delicacies around the world. There are also over 40 eateries inside, with some of Israel’s most popular chefs.
Other Food & Drink
More Food • Bar Ochel (located in Carmel Market), Dede Florentine, HaKosem (good falafel), Gabby's Goodies, Old Man & the Sea, Port Sa'id, M25, Hummus Ve'shut, Taquera, Saluf & Sons, Kalamata (views), Cafe Noir, Vitrina, Hummus Abu Hassan, Shiomo & Duron Hummus, Hummus Abu Dabi, Jasmino (Late night/after bar food), Farma Cultura
More Drinks • Wine Truck Israel, Mondo 2000 (rooftop), Cappella, Josephine Baker, Mooshoo, Spicehaus & Double Standard, Library bar at The Norman Hotel, 223, Phi, BuXa
Coffee Shops • Cafe Trumpeldor, Nahat Coffee, Cafe Puaa, Elkalai, Tamara juice bar, Bucke Cafe, Boutique Central
Activities & Attractions
- Beaches in Tel Aviv • The Tel Aviv beach stretches along the whole western edge of the city. 14km of coatsline with white sand and blue water, and over 300 days of sunshine. We noticed the beaches in Tel Aviv offer something for everyone between surfing, yoga, sunbathing, sports, and restaurants.
- Bike the city • Biking lanes connect the entire city, and bikes can be rented at pretty much every corner in town. Head to the beach front and follow the bike lane north to Dizengoff or south to Old Jaffa.
- City tour in Tel Aviv • If you want to get to know the city better, go for a walk around the city. Dizengoff to Old Jaffa, Bauhaus architecture on Rothschild Boulevard, street art in Levontine neighbourhood, Carmel Market, or the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. We found this the best way to appreciate the cultural life of the city!
Other Attractions (parks, museums, art galleries, other)
Day Trips • Selina Ramon for desert glamping, Rosh HaNikra (a Kibbutz north of the city), Farma Cultura (organic farm), Israeli wineries, Golan Heights, Haifa, Nahariyya
Museums & Art Galleries • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Bauhaus Museum, Bialik House, ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, Eretz Israel Museum, Gutman Museum, Rubin Museum
Dizengoff, Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Jaffa, Kerem HaTeimanim, Lev Ha’ir (White City, Bauhaus & Rothschild blvd)