Tel Aviv is a vibrant young city on the Mediterranean coast. Its White City area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003, and in 2012 Israel’s second largest city will host a year of culture. The word “boring” just doesn’t feature in the residents’ vocabulary.
The city has something for everyone when it comes to entertainment, and with more than 20 museums and a thriving bar and restaurant scene, visitors quickly feel at home.Tel Aviv’s old harbour, which was a working port until 1965, is one of the city’s greatest attractions and a place for locals and tourists to relax and soak up the atmosphere at any time of day or night.
Yargon Park, Tel Aviv’s largest public recreation zone, contains botanical gardens, a water park, numerous artificial lakes and an aviary.
The various sports facilities are perfect for anyone who wants to keep fit during their break, and a stroll through the park should feature on any visitor’s itinerary.
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Where should I go out in Tel Aviv? It only takes a second to look up the options on the internet from the comfort of one of the city’s ubiquitous cafés. But the list of potential candidates is never ending. So, where are the best places to go out at night?
The old harbour, which is now home to a bustling bar and restaurant scene, is packed with bars and clubs for young people. Lehmann Brothers (HaTa´arocha 3) and cult jazz club Shablul (Hangar 13) are among the most popular hang-outs and party hotspots.
Meanwhile at the Blaumilech bar (32 Rothschild Blvd) comfy sofas set a relaxed tone for a night out to remember. Patrons can chill out as they watch the hustle and bustle unfold in front of them on the architecturally striking Rothschild Boulevard as well as nearby Allenby Street. Lounge music and low lighting create an exclusive atmosphere.
And if that’s not enough, you can always see out the night in style at HaOman 17 (88 Abarbanel St), one of the newest – and most popular – clubs in the country. Big name Israeli and international DJs headline here at some of the nation’s best party nights. The club is at its busiest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from around 1am.
Tel Aviv has excellent restaurants to suit every budget. Messa (19 Haarbaa St) is one of the city’s most popular eateries. Diners sit together with other guests on long wooden benches – over seafood, meat and passion fruit tiramisu it doesn’t take long to get to know your neighbours.
Mul Yam (70 Ibn-Gabirol St.) is said by many to be the best restaurant in the whole of Tel Aviv – and whether that is true or not, Mul Yam’s fresh fish dishes are always in a class of their own. Thanks to its location close to the beach, this eatery is always a great place to drop in for a good meal.
No trip to Israel would be complete without a plate of falafel. Hakosem (1 Shlomo Hamelech St.) is the first place to go for authentic falafel and sabich dishes. This excellent restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Fancy doing some shopping at street markets and trying your hand at a spot of haggling? Then you won’t be disappointed, as Tel Aviv’s markets have something for everyone. The Harbour market (Fridays only) and the Nahalat Binyamin art market (Tuesdays and Fridays) are among the most popular choices. At the latter you can stock up on ceramics, jewellery, toys, books, homemade lampshades and hand puppets. Meanwhile, the memorable experience is added to by street performers, artists, clowns and soothsayers.
At Carmel Market the scent of ripe fruit and freshly baked bread hangs in the air. The numerous beautifully arranged stalls sell everything from meat and fish specialities to fresh cut flowers. The tables themselves groan under the weight of the fresh produce, while exotic spice blends and nuts can be bought by the scoop direct from the sack.
But if you prefer to do your shopping in a traditional store then Tel Aviv has plenty of those too. The city’s largest shopping centre is located in the ground floors of the three towers that make up the famous Azrieli Centre. The top floor restaurant offers sensational views of Tel Aviv.
The Dizengoff Center is a shopping mall located at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street. Shoppers will find everything they would expect of a well stocked international mall, as well as a number of speciality stores.