Tel-Aviv - What to Visit ? What to Do ?

If you are going to spend a few days in Tel-Aviv, you are very, very lucky because you don't need to visit anything. There are no "Must See" places in Tel-Aviv and you can just enjoy life. Think of it like you have just finished high school exams and you can go to the beach.

Here is a list of things you can Do and places to Visit in Tel-Aviv :

Walk in the Nice Streets of Tel-Aviv

Look at the following Google Map, I have highlighted the main streets which are nice and interesting for walking in Tel-Aviv :

View Tel-Aviv - nice main streets in a larger map
    streets tel aviv
  • Along the beach promenade and in the Yarkon park (the purple line on the map)
  • The elegant streets in the south of Tel-Aviv : around Rothschild boulevard and Shabazi street (the green line on the map)
  • The commercial streets like Dizengoff (the blue lines on the map)
  • Old Jaffa in the south (green mark on the map)
  • The Tel-Aviv port in the north (an anchor symbol on the map)
  • Tel-Aviv old City Hall (Pink mark on the map)

Go to the Beach

beach tel aviv The beaches of Tel-Aviv are an important part of the city's life, they are like Copacabana and Ipanema for the Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro.
There is a long promenade along the beaches with hotels and restaurants, maritime sports (surf, windsurf, catamaran...), volley ball, dancing events and a lot of Matkot noise.
If you are like most humans (in term of temperature sensitivity), you can enter the water of the sea from May to November.
July and August are extremely hot in Tel-Aviv, it's hard to walk under the sun (and even to stay at the beach at some hours). It's nice to walk along the promenade at sunset.
See this video : Bike ride along Tel-Aviv beaches.

Beaches, North part of Tel-Aviv :

  • Metzizim beach : It is called Metzizim because of a famous cult movie from the seventies. The beach has a form of a bay and it is located near the Tel-Aviv port.
  • Religious beach, the Separate beach : During week days, some days are reserved for women and other days for men. At Saturday, it is normal.
  • Dog Beach : In this part of the beach dogs are allowed. Watch this video.
  • Hilton beach, the north part, Gay beach : Near the Hilton hotel. It is known as a beach with many Gays and Lesbians.
  • Hilton beach, the south part - Surf beach : A lot of Marine sports
Click map to enlarge:
beach map tel aviv

Beaches, Central part of Tel-Aviv :

  • Gordon beach : In front of Gordon street. The first beach after the Marina. The beaches in this part are large and open (unlike the bay style of the beaches to the north).
  • Frishman beach : In front of Frishman street.
  • Bograshov beach : In front of Bograshov street.
  • Jerusalem beach (Allenby beach) : Buses have a stop close to this beach.
  • Banana beach : Nice atmosphere on Fridays.
  • Drum beach : A very short bay in which drums are being played on Fridays.
Click map to enlarge :
beach map tel aviv

Beaches, South Part of Tel-Aviv :

  • Charles Clore beach : With a view over old Jaffa. People are usually arriving by car to this beach.
  • Honey beach : The closest to Jaffa, no lifeguard, "Wild style".
Click map to enlarge :
beach map tel aviv

How to arrive to the beaches of Tel-Aviv :

If you are a tourist and staying in Tel-Aviv, your hotel is probably at a walking distance from the beaches. Most hotels are either on the promenade or at a parallel street like Yarkon or Ben-Yehuda.
If you are coming by bus from somewhere, most of the buses don't have stops right on the beach but in parallel streets like Dizengoff, then you have to walk a little. Don't worry, Tel-Aviv is not that big. Some buses have a stop in front of Jerusalem beach, bus number 66 for example. On Saturdays, there are minibuses on the 66 line.

Rent a Bike and Ride along the Beaches, Yarkon Park and Tel-Aviv Boulevards

Biking tel aviv Tel-Aviv is a great city for biking, there are bike paths all over the city and the weather is warm most of the year without much rain.
It is easy to rent a bike in Tel-Aviv, there is the Tel-O-Fun service which is a public rental system allowing you to take a bike in one station and bring it back in another. You can pay for the service with an International credit card.
You can also rent a bike in a private shop or in some hotels (the bike shops are usually located in the streets parallel to the beach).
Look at the following map, you can see where it is great to ride (click to enlarge) :
bike map tel aviv
The best is to ride along the beaches and in the Yarkon river park. The path for biking along the beaches is about 16 Km. If you go to the south you will pass Tel-Aviv, pass Jaffa and arrive to Bat-Yam promenade. (between Jaffa and Bat-Yam there is still a short distance without bike path, you will need to ride beside the streets).
If you go to the north, you can almost arrive to Hertzelia with the bike path.
See this video of a bike ride from the Yarkon park and along the beaches.

Take a Tour on the Touristic Bus , Walking Tour, Segway

segway tel aviv If you don't want to be alone, you can take an organized Segway tour or a Walking Tour. There is also a Touristic Bus service in Tel-Aviv, it is not as developed as the ones existing in Europe, it seems there is only one bus (I'm pretty sure it is the same one passing every hour), but it is convenient in order to be guided through the city.

Visit the Yarkon Park

yarkon park The Yarkon park is located in the north of Tel-Aviv. Most of the park is just a narrow green zone along the Yarkon river and you can still see the roads on both sides (I mean, this is not the Amazonas).
A very pleasant park, in my opinion.
Activities :
  • Rent a boat on the river or in the lake (the lake is in the right part)
  • Ride a rented bike
  • Visit a Botanic garden (near the lake) or the Tzapari (A bird zoo, near the lake).
Click on the Map to enlarge: yarkon park map tel aviv

Go shopping in one of the Malls, Markets, Commercial streets or Leisure areas.

Look at the following map :

View Tel Aviv - Commercial Centers in a larger map

Malls in Tel-Aviv:

Dizengoff center tel aviv
  • Dizengoff Center : The most central and cool mall, you can't miss it if you are walking in the center of Tel-Aviv. On Fridays there is a food market with hot ready plates to take away. See video
  • Azrieli Center (Azrieli towers) : The second big mall of Tel-Aviv. It is not located near the beach but near the Ayalon highway. Still, you can get there by walking or with a short bus ride. There is an observatory at the 50 floor of the building.
  • Gan-Ahir mall : Near the municipality building (Rabin square). This mall has mostly exclusive shops and is not as popular as Dizengoff Center and Azrieli.
  • Opera building : Located right on the beach. Mostly closed, shops are not active anymore.

Malls in the suburbs of Tel-Aviv:

  • Arena Center, Hertzelia city : Hertzelia is the first city to the north of Tel-Aviv. Arena mall is located on the Marina of Hertzelia, The Marina is a nice place to visit at night, there are pubs and restaurants, yachts and the mall. The mall has mostly exclusive shops.
  • Ramat Aviv Mall : Ramat-Aviv is a quiet northern suburb of Tel-Aviv. The mall has a mix of exclusive and popular shops.
  • Ayalon Mall, Ramat-Gan : Ramat-Gan is the first suburb to the east of Tel-Aviv. Ayalon was the first big mall built in Israel. Now, it is just another mall.
  • The malls of Rishon Letzion city : Rishon Letzion is a southern suburb of Tel-Aviv and it has plenty of malls. In fact, Rishon Letzion is dubbed the mall city of Israel.

Markets in Tel-Aviv:

  • Arts & Crafts bazaar in Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian street : It is located in the very center of Tel-Aviv and it operates on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Acarmel market : Mainly a food market but it sells also cheap clothing. Operates every day, except Saturdays.
  • Flea market in Jaffa : Operates mainly on Fridays. There are also trendy cafés at this market.

Commercial streets and commercial zones in Tel-Aviv:

  • The streets : Dizengoff, King George, Allenby, Eben Gvirol have plenty of small shops.
  • Old Jaffa : The port area, the hill and the flea market. On the hill there are art galleries.
  • Tel-Aviv port : Between the cafés, there are also some stores.
  • Kikar Amedina (the "State square") : It is a very big rounded square and it has mainly exclusive shops.

Leisure areas with shopping in Tel-Aviv:

  • Atahana : It means "station" in Hebrew and it was once (before the days of Tel-Aviv) the train station from Jaffa to Jerusalem. There are shops in the place, cafés and restaurants. Also active at night.
  • Sarona : A new entertainment area with shops, cafés and restaurants.

Take a View of the city from the 50 floor of the Azrieli towers.

malls tel aviv Tel-Aviv is becoming a city of many skyscrapers. In the Azrieli towers there is an observatory deck with view over the city. The entrance is from the Azrieli mall.
See it on the map of Tel-Aviv shopping.

Visit a Museum

Look at the following Map :

View Tel-Aviv museums in a larger map

There are two places quite special and easy to reach, located right in the center of Tel-Aviv, in Rothschild boulevard :
museum tel aviv
  • The Independence hall  (16, Rothschild blv) the place where the state of Israel was declared.
  • The Hagana museum (23, Rothschild blv) a museum related to the Jewish fighting organizations before the creation of Israel.
There are more museums about the Jewish fighting organizations and they are located just in the heart of Tel-Aviv (marked in blue on the map) :
Etzel museum (38 King George Street), Museum "Etzel in 1948 year" (Charles Clore park, on the beach on the way to Jaffa), Lechi Museum - Beit Yair (8 Avraam Shtern Street, in Floretin area), Israel Defense Forces History Museum (near Atahana entertainment complex, near the beach on the way to Jaffa)

But, the biggest two museums in Tel-Aviv are :

Tel-Aviv Museum of Art (27, King Shaul street)
Eretz Israel Museum - Ancient cultures of Israel (2, Lebanon street, Ramat-Aviv suburb, north of Tel-Aviv)

See a list of all the museums in Israel and Tel-Aviv.

One day trip outside Tel-Aviv to : Jerusalem and Haifa cities

jerusalem Jerusalem is at just 65 Km from Tel-Aviv (with the highway). The fastest way to arrive to Jerusalem with public transport is by taking the Bus from one of the two bus central stations of Tel-Aviv. The journey takes about 50 minutes. Once you arrive to the central station of Jerusalem you can use the light train to get to the city center and the old city (about 15 minutes). 
By Train - In these days a new railway is being built between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem but it will take a few years to be operational, for now there is an old railway with nice scenery but the journey takes almost 2 hours and you arrive to another part of Jerusalem (Malka mall).
Haifa is at 100 Km from Tel-Aviv and the best way to get there is by train, it takes one hour. The train has several stations in Tel-Aviv. Once you arrive to Haifa by train (Haifa Center Station), you can take the funicular (Carmelit) to climb the mountain. There are also buses from Tel-Aviv to Haifa, of course.

Sit in a Café

cafe tel aviv Sounds obvious, right ? but this is what locals do, and there's no reason you should be different. There are many cafés in Tel-Aviv: Some belong to big chains and some are local cafés but they all have Wi-Fi (and coffee).
Bring your laptop or tablet, the Wi-Fi is free. Not only it's free but in most cases there is no password needed. Then, you can write a blog about Tel-Aviv.
If you don't want to surf Internet, just watch the people (and dogs) passing.
Some characteristics of Tel-Aviv cafés :
  • They are called cafés, but in fact they are restaurants. They serve light meals like omelets, sandwiches and salads.
  • Most of the coffee chains have waiters and they are not self service (like Starbucks), only the Aroma chain is a full self service café.
  • There are quite a lot of Vegans and Vegetarians in Tel-Aviv and so the food in the cafés is Vegetarian friendly.
  • Here is a list of the coffee chains in Israel : Aroma, Arcafe, Café Café, Landwer, Loveat, Elite, Hillel, café Joe.

Tel-Aviv by Night

Look at the following Google Map. The nightlife "hot spots" are marked with purple shapes. These areas have a big concentration of bars at night.

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Hot Spots for Tel-Aviv Nightlife:

nightlife tel aviv
  • Tel-Aviv Port : The port has no boats, but the place has become a sophisticated leisure area with cafés, shops, restaurants, bars and some dancing clubs.
  • Yermiahu-Dizengoff junction : It is the north of Tel-Aviv, a quiet residential area and there are here bars and cafés, animated at night. Also some Humus restaurants.
  • Aharbaha street : This street has a concentration of bars and some dancing clubs. The cinematheque is nearby.
  • Rothschild-Allenby junction : This is probably the best and biggest area for Tel-Aviv nightlife. You will find here a lot of places to party at night. The nearby streets are full of bars, including Rothschild boulevard.
  • Florentin area - The south of Tel-Aviv,  a lot of bars, a student feeling.
  • Old Jaffa - Elegant cafés on the hill.
Also these two entertainment areas (with a yellow mark on the map):
  • Atahana - An entertainment area, also live at night.
  • Sarona - An entertainment area, also live at night.
Elegant streets, live at night (orange line on the map) :
  • Rothschild boulevard
  • Shabazi street
Street with "Sleazy bars" (red line on map) :
  • Allenby street
Live streets (blue line on map) :
  • Dizengoff, Bograshov, Even Gvirol

Dancing Clubs

Many places are a combination of Bar with just a small dancing floor, you can find these kind of places a little bit everywhere in the areas mentioned before.
Big dancing clubs tend to be in industrial zones, "Haoman 17" around Florentin, for example. 

Go-Go bars

You will not be able to ignore the many leaflets on the floor of Tel-Aviv.
Yes, there are Go-Go bars in the city, a famous one is in Kikar Atarim, at the Koloseum building, beside the beach.

Salsa dancing In tel-Aviv

The main clubs are: Havana club near the Azrieli towers (Igal Alon street, 126) and The Complex (Karlibah street, 2).
Start from these places and ask the regular dancers about more places to dance (it changes).
You can look at the Salsa Power site for more places, but it is not necessarily updated, so before you go to a place, try to phone or look at the website or ask people, because from time to time a place closes.
In Tel-Aviv you can dance Salsa almost every day of the week. The evening usually begins around 22:00 with a lesson of one hour in many levels and just after comes the party. Going to Salsa in Israel is a good way to meet people and if you can't dance Salsa, simply join the beginner level group.
In summer time, there is Salsa dance in some of the bars on the beach, but you’ll have to ask people because each year it happens in different places and different days. One of the places is Shalvata, another one is Honey Beach.

What to do with Kids in Tel-Aviv

kids tel-aviv First you should realize that Israel is a country with many children and babies (the fertility rate in Israel is higher than in western countries). So, if you are travelling with kids, you will not feel different, and you can enter with your kids in restaurants and cafés without inconvenience. To keep your kids busy and happy in Tel-Aviv you can take them to :
  • The beach and swimming pools.
  • Water parks - the most central one is the Meymadion in the Yarkon park (Yeushua park). Another is Shfayim, in a kibutz north of Tel-Aviv and there is Yamit 2000, south of Tel-Aviv in the city of Hulon.
  • Tel-Aviv Malls, they are air-conditioned and some of them have special playgrounds for kids.
  • The Azrieli towers have an observatory deck at the top floor and a 3D movie.
  • The Yarkon park - you can rent there a boat on the river, visit the Tzapari (a small zoo) and a botanical garden.
  • Rent bikes, there is Tel-O-fun, the public service and there are also private shops.
  • Visit the Safari (big Zoological park) in Ramat-gan (a short bus ride), there are organized tours with a "kid train" for those who don't come with a car.
  • In the port of Jaffa, there are short boat tours.
  • If you are willing to go out of town : Mini Israel is an attraction with replica models of Israeli sites and regions.
  • Travel to Jerusalem by train - with the old rails it takes almost two hours but the scenery is nice between Bet-Shemesh and Jerusalem.

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