A stroll down Rothschild Boulevard
Wander down Tel Aviv’s most beautiful tree-lined boulevard and embrace the classic Bauhaus architecture. You’ll feel like the ultimate Tel Avivian. With everything from charming cafes and lively late night clubs to historical museums and endless charming places to sit and relax, Rothschild Boulevard is the perfect central Tel Aviv spot to explore. We’ve got the low-down on the must see sights along the infamous street.
A hipster’s guide to Florentine
Tel Aviv is the ultimate hipster destination. The hip secular city is at the center of Israeli art and culture, making it the perfect place for Urbanites to cultivate their creativity. Whether in the form of street art, vegan eating, or booming underground nightlife, Tel Aviv is rife with young hipsters looking to chill outside the mainstream. While Neve Tzedek has the vintage clothing and boutique stores part down, if you want in on the true “too-cool-for-school” experience, head to Florentine in south Tel Aviv. With our hipster’s guide to Florentine, you’ll be able to oggle at Israel’s first street art gallery, eat surprisingly authentic mexican food, check out Levinsky street and market, and stay at some funky hostels.
Sarona Market picnic picks
Not sure what to do in Tel Aviv this weekend? Sarona Market offers all the goodies that foodie dreams are made of. This ‘au courant’ urban market stretches over 8,700 meters and hosts over 90 shops, including organic produce stalls, delicious bakeries, fromageries and eateries by Israel’s top chefs. With this unique guide to a food-lover’s essentials, you’ll never want to leave the market. But, the day is still young. Grab your perfectly packed picnic basket and dine in the Sarona Compound or head off for a day of family fun at the beach or Park HaYarkon.
Ten free things to do in Tel Aviv
In today’s capitalist world, we've become accustomed to the notion that nothing is really free. Well, we are here to challenge this concept. Here are our top things to do in Tel Aviv that are completely and utterly free of charge. Take a walk in the enchanting Yarkon Park and feed the animals in the animal corner, dip in the Mediterranean sea and play some beach volleyball at the sandy courts on Gordon Beach, or head over to the Tel Aviv port for a beautiful sunset stroll. For more attractions (not all free though) visit our top Tel Aviv attractions or go big with our long list of things to do in Israel.
A day at Hayarkon Park
The summer days of sand come and go, but the park is here to stay. Although beach season attracts tourists and locals to the Mediterranean coastline like bees to honey, the colder weather tends to scare them off. Hayarkon park, however, is magnificent in its own colorful way year round. Wake up early, hit up Sarona market to pack a picnic of delectable speciality snacks, then head over to Tel Aviv’s Central Park. From zoos and bird safaris to waterslides, paddle boats and every activity in between, Hayarkon Park is a family’s dream!
The latest in Tel Aviv blogs
7 tips to enjoy Tel Aviv like a local
Eat an Israeli breakfastStart your Tel Aviv day at Manta Ray, a stone’s throw from the sea. Locals visit for the stellar house-made meze—mosaics of Israeli salads plus fresh seafood. 7 Kolfman St (+972-3-517-4773, mantaray.co.il) Manta Ray© Avi Ganor Find the best hummus Ok, we found it for you. Abu Hassan wins our vote for the best hummus in town— super-creamy and as authentic as it gets. By 3pm, everything is gone—all gone. 1 Ha-Dolfin St, Jaffa Abu Hassan © PR Sit in a fabulous café Lounging in cafés is part of the Tel Aviv scene, and Rothschild 12 masters the combination of cozy and hip. Ideal for observing the colorful characters of the city. 12 Rothschild Blvd (+972-3-510- 6430) Anatoli Michaelo Party...hard Tel Aviv's hot spot Kuli Alma is so much more than a night club or a bar. A hub for music, food, art and culture, this all encompassing experience features DJs pumping out electric beats, house, hiphop and live musical acts. 10 Mikveh Israel St (+972-3-656- 5155, kulialma.com) Kuli Alma© Ben Palhov Play matkot This trendy paddleball game has been the country’s quintessential beach pastime since the 1920s. Give it a shot at one of the beautiful Tel Aviv Beaches. Playing Matkot© Sutterstock Drink Arak Sip this popular anise flavored drink at Haminzr bar, just off the Carmel market. Known for its chill vibe and energy, Haminzar is the perfe
Africa Unite: a glance at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's exhibit, 'Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism'
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art's latest exhibition 'Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism' is a porthole into the works of African artists expressing their hopes for the future – hopes that are both personal and collective, often drawing on, or defined by, the pain of their pasts. If you think that you’re a novice to Afro-Futurism, you may be surprised — does Beyonce’s 2016 visual album Lemonade ring any bells? One of Lemonade’s main, if not the main theme, is examining the pain of the African American community, both past — with references to the slave trade — and present —confronting the direct gaze of black mothers whose sons have been slain by the police. Throughout the album, Beyonce fantasizes a idyllic future, specifically for black american women, drawing on a key characteristic of Afro-futurism best explained by author Ytasha Womack: looking at the future through a black cultural lens. The exhibition’s curator, Ruth Direktor, brings a striking, direct glimpse into the power of African creativity when defining themselves, with moments of joy, ensuring that even art novices will leave the exhibition with a lasting impression. For those more familiar with Afro-Futurism, Direktor has brought the genre closer to home, featuring works created in Israel. These reflections on Little Africa, composed of a growing community of immigrant workers and asylum seekers from Africa, in south Tel Aviv, express the merging of African and Israeli cultures. © PR
The foodie corner: the best of Shuk HaCarmel
The bustling outdoor market, beginning on the corner of Allenby and King George, pulls passersby in with its wafting smells of freshly baked bread, aromatic spices, and a myriad of merchants selling everything from Dead Sea salt scrubs to Purim costumes. At the entrance, clothing, jewelry and knickknacks quickly transition into a foodie haven. The choices are endless: za’atar brushed pitas, oversized studded bagels, towers of gummy candies, and chunks of stacked halva (sesame confections) are all on display. Merchants’ stalls brim with farm-fresh yellow, red and watermelon cherry tomatoes, full-bodied oranges, scarlet strawberries and plump citrus fruit. What’s more are the recent culinary stalls that have popped up with made-to-order delicacies to grab-and-go and the landmark specialty markets vending that special sauce you’ve been looking for everywhere else. © PR For the home-cook and ingredient-obsessed, look no further than Mizrach Maarav – East West Market (17 HaCarmel St). This corner shop brings together every condiment from around the world. Get your Sriracha on, with rows of Asian sauces, noodles of all kinds, and sushi accoutrements. All does not end here as the aisles are filled with nostalgic foods from all over the world. Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes, liquid smoke (for adding smoke to dishes), taco shells, and exotic canned juices – the homesick can find just about any imported product here. For a quick Israeli fast food fix, l
Bookworms will fall in love with these Tel Aviv bookstore cafes. The upbeat urban pace of Tel Aviv is undeniable. Sometimes, it’s nice to slip away from the noisy streets and into a quiet café or maybe a bookstore for some solace. Can’t decide which? You don’t have to with these bookstores that double as cafés. The Little Prince With an atmosphere as whimsical as the children’s book it’s named after, The Little Prince (‘Hanasich Hakatan’ in Hebrew) is the perfect place to grab a book, sit down and read away the afternoon while sipping on mint tea. With a huge selection of second-hand books at low prices, it’s no wonder their enchanting outdoor terrace is teeming with writers and literature lovers. On top of the impressive collection of Hebrew and English books, The Little Prince also hosts book launches, cultural events, and sporadic jazz performances. 19 King George St (03-5253632) Bookworm This bookstore café currently has two branches in Tel Aviv and features a wide array of subjects from fiction, arts, and culture, to philosophy and poetry. Keeping up with the White City’s hipster vibes, Bookworm (‘TolaatSfarim’ in Hebrew) also promotes independent authors and zines.Though the majority of their reading material is in Hebrew, scattered among the shelves are a handful of English titles for those traveling intellectuals. Buy a book, pick up a pastry and ‘cafe hafuch,’ and escape into the wonderful world of literature. 9 Rabin Square (03-5298499); 7 Maze St (
Gaffigan is coming to Tel Aviv. Are you ready?
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will be performing for the first time in Israel with his ‘Fully Dressed’ 2017 world tour. Who wouldn't want to listen to jokes about fattening food and a house full of Catholic children? 2016 will probably go down as one of the worst years the entertainment world has known, but on the flip side, it was an amazing year for those who make their careers out of frustration and depression - psychologists, drug dealers and, of course, comedians. Equipped with irony, sarcasm and lack of basic sensitivity, stand-up comedians have a way of making despair seem a little more comfortable. The Golden Age of stand-up did not pass over Israel with the arrival of world renowned comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK and more. As a country that really needs a break now and then, it was only a matter of time until the delicious candy that is Gaffigan would pay us a visit. © PR The Emmy Award-winning comedian, Grammy nominated actor, New York Times bestselling author and father of five is a different kind of talent. Gaffigan is a clean comedian, one that promises to make you feel really bad about yourself without completely destroying you. His humour about fatherhood, food and daily life comes out in 'Mr. Universe' and 'Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed', which brought him two Emmy nominations, his two best-selling books: 'Dad is fat' (2013 #5 bestseller), 'Food: a Love Story' (2014 #3 best-seller list), his guest roles in numerous series and more. Only last
Tel Aviv Nightlife
The hottest clubs on the Tel Aviv nightlife scene
It’s not a myth. Tel Aviv’s known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ for a reason. From a booming Tel Aviv nightlife bar scene to a collection of one-of-a-kind cocktail bars, you’d be silly to call it an early night in the White City. If bars aren’t your thing, and neither is the alternative Tel Aviv nightlife, and you’re looking to shake that tail feather to Israel’s hottest DJs, we’ve rounded up the best clubs in Tel Aviv for your dancing pleasure. From the glamorous spots down by the Tel Aviv Port to after hours establishments just steps from Rothschild Boulevard, you’ll leave the clubs just in time to cure those drunchies with some greasy Tel Aviv street food or hungover Israeli breakfast. When it comes to Tel Aviv nightlife, you have to give into the FOMO. After all, you can sleep when you’re dead.
Tel Aviv nightlife: five hidden speakeasies
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but Time Out Israel has rounded up the finest five speakeasy bars in Tel Aviv. Step out of your comfort zone and into the roarin’ jazz age at these hidden bars where the art of mixology is no joke. When you’re sick of the Lonely Planet tourist traps and looking for a more exciting evening out, why not dive into the coconut infused “Pearl Diver” at the Louisiana themed French 57 or rock out to Moonshine’s “Woodstock,” made with beet-infused bacardi moonshine and other distinct fruit flavors. You don’t need to bob your hair or put on a flapper skirt to enjoy these whimsical bars. All you need is a thirst for discovery that’s itching to be quenched.
The best rooftop bars in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Drinking is fun. But drinking on a rooftop is exponentially more kickass. It feels like summer even when it's not and having a view to gaze out at makes it so much better. Thankfully, Tel Avivians and Jerusalemites alike love to get their drink on atop buildings with the Mediterranean Sea or the Old City Walls as their backdrop. If wine is your undisputed drink of choice, head to the miles of vineyards in the Golan Heights where Israeli wineries offer a taste of local history, culture and vino. The major party animals, though, will want to stick to the White City where Tel Aviv's nightlife is nonstop and the words 'last call' do not exist.
Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City
Israel’s cultural capital is renowned for many things, but it only takes a weekend in the White City to recognize its two main local pastimes: beach and booze. As the sun starts to set, Tel Avivians migrate from the shores of the Mediterranean to the streets of Dizengoff, Rothschild, Hayarkon and Allenby for happy hour cocktails before a big night out on the town. Choosing from the wealth of fantastic bars in Tel Aviv can be overwhelming, so we’ve drunk the city dry looking for the best cocktail bars around. Here’s our insider’s guide to Tel Aviv nightlife: the top cocktail bars in the White City.
The best eats in Tel Aviv
Get your falafel and sabich fix with our Pita Pocket Picks
After just one flavourful bite of greasy grub from these falafel and sabich establishments, you’ll be singing, “I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine” from the rooftops. Walk down the busy streets of Tel Aviv any time of day and you’re bound to pass at least ten shops serving up Israeli street food. With so many options, how do you weed out the authentic street eats from the tourist traps? By following our helpful guide to pita pocket paradise. We’ve scavenged the city far and wide in search of the juiciest chickpeas, crispiest eggplant, and perfectly hard boiled eggs in Tel Aviv. The lines may be long at famous Tel Aviv restaurants like Frishman Sabich and Falafel Gabay, but with good reason. Grab some free pickled vegetables and some patience because we promise you, these spots are well worth the wait.
The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv
Israel has some of the finest tomatoes in the world, so it’s no wonder they are a daily dietary staple. From raw to slow cooked, Israelis have mastered making the most of their abundance of this fresh produce. Enjoy it in its full glory while also getting your fill of protein and energy revving spices by treating your taste buds to a warm pan of shakshuka for a traditional Israeli breakfast experience. If it’s your first time, be ready to come back - no one eats shakshuka just once. If you want to try it at home, head up to the closest market, or for different budget meals, take a look at our list of best street food in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Bet you can't eat just one.
The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants
While 'being vegan' has become a trendy identifier in the last few years, the local Tel Aviv vegan restaurant scene actually has the chops to back up the goods. Thanks to Israel's climate and varying landscapes, harvesting tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables are a slam dunk and diners get to reap the benefits. These vegan and vegetarian hotspots are here to help make our Israel a vegan-friendly Israel. Looking to cook up a storm in your own digs? Take advantage of the local offering and head to one of Israel's markets for a vegan foodie shopping adventure. Whether out and about or cooking from home, don't forget to wash down that tofu with a nice glass of Israeli wine.
The best Tel Aviv restaurants
There are so many cool things to do in Tel Aviv. There are the beautiful sunny Tel Aviv beaches, and the non-stop crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene, but the true secret of the city lies in its thriving culinary scene. With many delicious restaurant options that it's painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. Well, we've done the leg work. Here are our top picks of the best Tel Aviv restaurants. If you've already tackled the Tel Aviv foodie scene, head south to the White City's little sister and enjoy the best Jaffa restaurants and street food. Or, if Tel Aviv was merely a short pitstop on you're crosscountry adventure, the best chef restaurants in Israel offer fine dining from the Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south, east to west. Check out our list of the best Tel Aviv restaurants from A to Z.
The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv
Israeli breakfast is a rite of passage for those visiting Tel Aviv and whether you head to a place that sticks to the classics (eggs, chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a range of house-made spreads) or veers away from the norm with options like shakshuka, bourekas or jachnun, we guarantee you'll be tied over for the rest of the day. So, If you’re looking for some serious a.m. fuel, turn to these Tel Aviv restaurants and you will not be disappointed.
Tel Aviv's top fashion picks
Shopping in Tel Aviv: the best fashion boutiques
Fashionistas from all walks of earth swarm the busy Tel Aviv streets year round on a hunt for fierce fashion. While the less versed travelers are drawn to big shopping malls and smaller markets that test out their haggling skills, the real magic takes place inside the city’s boutiques, which house cutting edge Israeli and international designers. From the hip Showroom on Rothschild Boulevard to designer digs on Dizengoff, shopping in Tel Aviv has never been so popular. That’s why we’ve come up with a personalized style guide to the best fashion boutiques in Tel Aviv to fulfill your shopaholic needs. Leave the cash at home, this trip will need some serious platinum.
The top Israeli wedding dress designers
There’s nothing more picture perfect than a White wedding in the White City. Any day of the week, you’re bound to stumble upon a wedding ceremony or sunset wedding photo shoot just by walking along the sandy shores of one of Israel’s beaches. When the words “Israeli wedding designer” pop up, we often think of the greats, like Berta Bridal. However, there are many aesthetically captivating and popular bridal gown designers like Inbal Dror and Israel’s “Project Runway” winner, Alon Livne, who do not require a reservation two years in advance. It’s worth a trip to the Middle East just to check out these handpicked studios. Come to the Holy Land, take in the sights, sample some great food, shop ‘til you drop, and try on some breathtaking dresses. If there’s a place to find the one and have some fun, this is it.
Fierce and fabulous Israeli fashion designers
Though internationally known for its wedding dress designers, Israel’s fashion scene stretches far beyond chiffon and tulle. From Maya Negri to project runway winner Alon Livne, Israeli fashion designers are making their mark in the industry as they dream up new collections and seasonal styles that don’t require a reservation. With elegant evening wear, casual flare, and accessories to match, step into the boutiques of these top Israeli fashion designers to get a taste of their artistic genius.
The best Israeli jewelry designers
The Israeli shopping scene is more than just big-name shopping mall chains and a network of manic markets. Though your guidebook will surely direct you towards Mahane Yehuda or the infamous Dizengoff center, what it won’t tell you about is the up-and-coming community of Israeli jewelry designers bursting onto the scene. Scattered around Israel, with a majority along the pedestrian-heavy Dizengoff street (in central Tel Aviv) and Shabazi street (in Neve Tzedek), are a number of innovative artists crafting handmade, customized earrings, rings, bracelet, necklaces and accessories. We’ve got the inside scoop on where to find the best Israeli jewelry designers—the ones who put the ‘jew’ in jewelry.
Art in Tel Aviv and around
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Gracing the walls of this museum are Israel’s most comprehensive collections of modern, contemporary, and Israeli art. The museum boasts an impressive collection of the old masters, diverse temporary exhibitions, displays of photography, design & architecture, a performance hall, and a beautiful, calming sculpture garden to wander around or relax in. When visiting, don’t miss the newest addition to the museum, the Herta and Paul Amir Building, which was designed by professor Preston Scott Cohen. Built around a spiraling, 90-foot high atrium, the Herta and Paul Amir Building is an architectural wonder. The interior space provides a unique setting for the display of contemporary art, a center for architecture, and a gallery.
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art addresses a multitude of genres, including painting, photography and architecture with a special emphasis on installation and digital media. Four exhibitions are held each year, comprising 50 solos showcasing the work of veteran and up-and-coming artists and their relation to current events.
Petach Tikva Museum of Art
The Petach Tikva Museum of Art mentors young artists while giving veterans who haven't had their works exhibited in a museum the chance to shine. Even though it was opened back in 1964, the museum has a young spirit and aims to question traditional conventions and break down boundaries between different artistic mediums. As well as housing exhibitions, the museum fosters dialogues through artist meetings, lectures, and interdisciplinary conferences.
MoBY: Museum of Bat Yam
The greater Tel Aviv-Jaffa metropolitan area is scattered with galleries and museums. Among these are the Museums of Bat Yam. The MoBY is separated into three spaces operating in the heart of Bat Yam: the David Ben-Ari Museum for Contemporary Art (main building displaying temporary exhibits, community programs and academic conferences), the Rybak House and the Sholem Asch Museum (home to the MoBY’s permanent collection). From addressing globalism in “The Kids Want Communism” to an exhibition featuring the works of local Bat Yam artists, the three-museum complex will surely captivate the most curious art enthusiasts.
Design Museum Holon
Meticulously curated exhibits display the utmost of thoughtful and esteemed contemporary works. Famed architect Ron Arad's winding spiral of modernity encompasses one of Israel’s most stand-out venues for progressive art and design. A short drive from downtown Tel Aviv, it's definitely worth the visit.
The hottest hotels in Tel Aviv
Top boutique hotels in Tel Aviv
From a two minute jaunt over to the happening Rothschild Boulevard to breathing in the aromatic chaos of Jaffa's Flea Market, our handpicked boutique hotels are set in the heart of Tel Aviv and Jaffa's major hubs. Including specialty amenities, classic Israeli breakfasts, designer decor and the city at your doorstep, each of these hotels in Tel Aviv offers their own distinctive style sealed with a Tel Avivian stamp of approval. If other destinations are on your itinerary, check out our guides to the best Dead Sea hotels, best Jerusalem hotels and best Eilat hotels for the creme of the crop of where to stay.
The best Tel Aviv hotels
Take your plush pick of seaside views or Bauhaus cityscapes from the top Tel Aviv hotels. Scattered all over the city's grid, options like the Norman hotel make for maximum fun and convenience as a home base while out and about in the city. Creatures of comfort can have their cake and eat it too at the best hotel restaurants in Tel Aviv, where literally just going downstairs makes for an all-star meal. And for those travelers chomping at the bit to discover the whole country - our roundup of the best hotels in Israel will have you taking advantage of the Galilee's fresh mountain air and the Negev's mystical desert vibes.
A budgeter’s guide to Tel Aviv hostels
Traveling in Israel can be expensive, especially in the non-stop city that calls for non-stop spending. Whether you’re looking to save your shekels for the shuk or you’re a culture buff and want to spend your hard-earned cash dollars on Tel Aviv’s incredible museums and concerts, staying at one of these affordable accommodations is key. With our budgeter’s guide to Tel Aviv hostels, you’ll even have the chance to take part in free events and late night activities hosted by the hostels themselves.
The best hotel restaurants in Tel Aviv
You'll never run out of options when it comes to recommended restaurants in Tel Aviv. But, if convenience is paramount or time is of the essence, look no further than the in-house dining accommodations at these prominent hotels, like the infamous Norman. Staying in for a bit may just give you the boost you'll need to properly take advantage of the Tel Aviv nightlife later on. You might even get a second wind, in which case the best Tel Aviv street food will fit the bill and you'll have covered all your bases.