Fast foodFalafel is still the number one fast food in Israel and you can find falafel in every corner of Tel-Aviv. Sabih is the brother of the falafel: it is served exactly as the falafel, in pita bread and with salads, but instead of the falafel balls, it includes slices of grilled eggplant and a boiled egg (A very nutritious and healthy dish). Visit the page, about the Best Falafels in Tel-Aviv.
Other Israeli fast-foods you should try while in Tel-Aviv: Humus, Tehina, Malawah, Burekas and Jahnun. By the way, all are vegetarian dishes.
Here are "Burekas", they are filled with white cheese:
It is estimated that 8% of the population in Israel is vegetarian,
which makes Israel second only to India in that respect. Vegetarians
don’t eat animals, Vegans also don’t eat animal products (eggs &
milk). Why should you know about it? First because being vegetarian is
great (read my Vegetarian
page), second because during your visit in Israel you will
that the restaurants are much more friendly to vegetarians compared to
other countries like France or Spain for example. Let’s say that in
Europe a menu in a restaurant offers 5 types of salads, it is probable
that 4 out of the 5 will contain some kind of meat or fish, in Israel
it will be the opposite: 4 out of 5 will not contain any meat.
Also the Israeli fast food is vegetarian.
Visit the page, about the Vegetarian options in Tel-Aviv.
But if you are a carnivore, don’t worry, still most of the people in Israel are like you :
Salsa DanceIf you don't already dance salsa, you should start right away. Look at this page to see some explanations about the different Salsa styles. Although Tel-Aviv is not a very big city in worldwide standards, there are still enough Salsa clubs so that you can dance every day of the week, it is very popular. On the week-ends you can choose among several clubs.
Watch this Video of a Rueda demo in a Salsa club in Tel-Aviv.
Popular Israeli Dance
If you insist on authentic Israeli dance, there is in Israel what
is called "Rikudei Am" which stands for popular Israeli dance. This
dance is for everyone and for every age, you just need to learn the
steps for each song. You can see people dancing (and also participate)
every Saturday at the Gordon beach(See
Map). In the hot months it is in the
evening and in the rest around noon .Be careful of fat Israelis who
spin rapidly with stretch hands.
Watch this Video of Rikudei Am at Gordon Beach.
Tel-Aviv MetroIt still doesn't exist, but finally construction has started in 2015. If everything goes well, a first line will be ready in 2022 (that's what the company says).
While in Tel-Aviv, just take the bus to move in town. See the Transport page.
Because it seems that a metro system is not going to be built in
Tel-Aviv during our era, and since a real motorcycle requires holding a
license, insurance and an expensive maintenance, people in Tel-Aviv
found the perfect way of transport, the electric bike. With an electric
bike you can ride on the road and on the sidewalk, it is quiet, cheap
and perfect for Tel-Aviv weather and size. As a tourist, you can rent
one in some shops.
If you want to go outside of Tel-Aviv you can use trains, there
are several stations in town(See Map).
There was once a joke that the trains
exist in Israel only in order to show it to children but now it is
quite useful in order to go to several destinations. Haifa in the
north, for instance is served very well by the trains, also the
international airport. On the other hand it is not good for reaching
Jerusalem because the journey takes almost 2 hours compared to 50
minutes by bus. The train also doesn´t reach Eilat in the south.
There are a lot of them in Tel-Aviv and the service is quite efficient,
Unfortunately, not all taxi drivers are honest. Taxi drivers are known
to cheat even locals, so just imagine what they can do to tourists. So
if you care about the price, just pay attention: make sure the driver
is making the taximeter run at the beginning of the journey and ask a
receipt at the end.
Central Bus Station
The huge station building is located at the south of the city and it
includes a mall(See
on Map). Sadly the station and its
surrounding are quite
neglected. There are lots of foreign workers who live in this area so
you can find in this mall grocery stores with products from the
Philippines, India, Nigeria and other exotic places. There are also
buses in this station, they go to all destinations in Israel, including
Eilat. There is also another central bus station in Tel-Aviv, located
at the north of the city, it is smaller. To go to Jerusalem you can use
bus company)-Internet Site
Ben-Gurion International Airport
If you come to Tel-Aviv, you will probably pass through the airport
which is located 21 Km from the city(See on Map).
You can be sure you are at the
right airport if you see many balloons stucked in the ceiling of the
arrival hall. The balloons are there because Israelis are getting
excited when they expect relatives who were a long time abroad (1 day)
and they wait for them with presents and balloons. When there are too
many of them in the ceiling, the airport maintenance are getting them
down. To go to the airport you can use the train, it is just a 15
Ben Gurion Airport-Internet Site
If you are really bored, you can watch planes landing and taking off from Tel-Aviv, in real time, by visiting the site FlightRadar24.
El-Al is the Israeli national company and its symbol on flightradar is ELY (you can click on an any airplane to get info).
Other Israeli companies : Arkia (AIZ), Israir (ISR)
Important Note : El-AL planes are religious, they are at rest during Shabbat.
Love parade- Gay parade
Each year there is a love parade in the streets of Tel-Aviv with the
participation of the main city night clubs. It looks like this:
The "Reading" ChimneyReading is not just a regular chimney, it is the Eiffel tower of Tel-Aviv, it is an Icon. From time to time the painting is changing and it has different night illuminations, depending on the occasion. The chimney is part of the Reading electric power plant. Just a few years ago there was smoke coming from there, but not anymore, the plant has switched to clean energy. You can use the chimney, to easily locate the port entertainment area. (See Map)
White Night EventAs if Tel-Aviv was not partying enough, in the last years the city has adopted the French "white night" event in which there are music shows and other activities all night long. Event usually held in July.
Video of a short Trip from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem
Russian CultureThe last big wave of immigrants that came to Israel was from Russia.
Today, about 20 percent of Israel's population, consist of people who were born in Russia. The Russian culture influence is all around: there are Newspapers, Radio and TV stations, Restaurants and Spectacles, all in Russian.
SoldiersIf for some reason you are attracted to Israelis in uniform, do know that soldiers are part of Tel-Aviv scenery. Soldiers are especially abundant in the bus and train main stations at the week-end, when they go and return to their bases.
WaitersWaiters and waitresses in Israel are usually young people in their twenties, either students or just after the army service, saving money in order to do a big trip around the world. The tips in Israel are around 15% of the bill.
Kaosan roadThis is not Tel-Aviv, this is the Kao-San road in Bangkok-Thailand, the backpackers street and this is where most of the young Israelis are going after they have saved money working as waiters in Tel-Aviv (or another job).
The army service is tough in Israel, it lasts 3 years for the men and 2 for the girls, so it became quite a custom to do a big trip after the army, a trip that can last 1 year.
MatkotThis ball game is the real national Israeli sport. Matkot is very popular at the beaches and there are so many couples playing it that it can get annoying for the ones who are looking for a little bit of tranquility. It is very difficult to find a quite place on the week-ends at Tel-Aviv beaches.
Watch this Video of Matkot game at Tel-Aviv Beaches.
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More on Tel-Aviv in this site :
- Frequently Asked Questions about Tel-Aviv - Weather, Feasts, Costs...
- Tel-Aviv Tour - How is Tel-Aviv, get the feeling of the city.
- What to Visit in Tel-Aviv - Beahes, Walking streets...with maps.
- Where to Stay in Tel-Aviv - Potential zones to look for a Hotel.
- Tel-Aviv Transport - About the Buses, Trains... with maps.
- Tel-Aviv Maps - Google maps with points of interest for tourists.
- Tel-Aviv Photos - Nice photos of the city.
- Tel-Aviv Interenet and Phoning - Pre-Paid card, how is the Internet...
Jerusalem - What to Visit in Jerusalem (old city, city center...)
If you liked this tour of Tel-Aviv, see also the tour of Bangkok, and especially the Khaosan Survival Guide (the Backpacker's famous street) and the tour of Barcelona.
Visit - What to Pack ? - the Visual List that will help you not to forget things before your trip.
See my Vegetarian page. Why be Vegetarian ? What to eat ?
See my Salsa Dance page. Salsa main Styles. Why Dance Salsa ?
Listen to basic Words In Spanish , Words in French , Words in Hebrew
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