7 perfect people-watching spots in Tel Aviv

They say it’s not polite to stare, but the people of Tel Aviv are, without a doubt, the best show in town
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Classic sightseeing? Uh, yeah sure, but what really makes this city sizzle is the people, and fall is prime people-watching season. Now that Tel Avivians are free to roam the streets moist-free, you’re invited to take a seat, observe the hustle and bustle of city life, and watch the locals do their thang.

Crane your necks...

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Café Castel
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Restaurants

A coffee kiosk near you

Tel Aviv is a city on-the-go and the streets are full of little coffee huts where public benches and picnic blankets can be your table-for-one. Fave coffee kiosks: We Like You Too (Café Habima) and Rothschild Coffee Spot. Who will you be watching? In the AM: Freelancers + their laptops and moms on mat leave + their baby strollers. In the PM: Large groups of trendy locals and dog owners.

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Habima Theater
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Theater, Performing arts space

Habima Theater

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More specifically, Habima’s wooden stairs or famous tree. Both spots will award you front row seats to two completely different scenes. Who will you be watching? On one side – hyper kids and their exhausted parents, on the other – young startup employees, punctually attending happy hour at Robina Bar.

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Port Said
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Attractions, Religious buildings and sites

The Great Synagogue

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The Great Synagogue area is a well-known stranger-spying location due to its many outdoor culinary hotspots (Port Said, Thai in Har Sinai, Santa Katarina…). The must-visit area where the local artsy elite brush shoulders. Who will you be watching? Trendy foodies and hipsters, as far as the eye can see.

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Park Hayarkon
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Attractions

Park Hayarkon

Israel’s very own Central Park boasts a picture-perfect people-watching backdrop. Go full tourist and rent a boat to sail across the Yarkon River. Who will you be watching? Dog lovers and owners, hot joggers and even hotter TRX instructors. 

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Rothschild 12
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Bars, Café bars

Rothschild 12

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This celeb-magnet eatery takes the cake for its prime location. With tables facing the busy boulevard, the street-walking traffic can easily become the most interesting part of the night. Who will you be watching? Fashion mavens and power walkers.

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The Carmel Market
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Carmel Market

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Go for the fresh veggies, stay for the crowd. The colorful mix is enough entertainment for hours. Who will you be watching? Loud and amusing merchants, trendy expats and travelers.

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Bars, Café bars

Teder

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Retro, ironic, too cool for school ... there’s a thousand ways to describe Teder’s groupies, and none of them do the eclectic scene justice. Who will you be watching? The bearded, the tattooed, the eyeglass-wearing skaters and their acolytes decked out in vintage garb.

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