The central area, Tel Aviv, Jaffa and Herzliya, is full of attractions and things to do with children, as a whole family, as a couple or alone.
The multi-faceted Tel Aviv is recognized as the cultural capital of Israel and contains some of the most famous points of interest in the Holy Land.
The Eretz Israel Museum, Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv seashores and a variety of fascinating places in the White City that will provide you with an adrenaline-filled urban vacation. On this page, we have a selection of the leading, most popular attractions to the special hidden gems for you to explore and be enchanted by the effervescent Tel Aviv.
Leading Attractions in Tel Aviv
Before we dive into the world of experiences, sights and culture that the White City has to offer, we've put together for you the top attractions in Tel Aviv that you simply can't miss.
In every major city in the world there are attractions, which if you haven't visited, you can't “check them off” and say you were there: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York or Big Ben in London. Tel Aviv is no different from the largest cities in the world and here too you can also find top attractions – those that if you have not experienced them, you cannot really say that you have visited in Tel Aviv.
Old Jaffa and the Jaffa Port
In order to get to know Tel Aviv, is recommended to start with the city adjacent to it and its oldest part – Old Jaffa. You can join one of the local tours or tour by yourself. There are many places not to be missed on your trip: walk along the ancient and narrow alleys, such as the Zodiac Alley with its artists’ shops, sit in one of the cafés around Kadumim Square and the Zodiac Fountain, visit the Summit Garden and its Faith Statue, look out over Andromeda’s Rock and modern Tel Aviv, or visit St. Peter’s church and see the wealth of decorations there. Of course you should go down to the Port of Jaffa which today is used mainly for fishing boats, and where on the shore there are cafés, galleries and shops.
After the tour among the ancient alleys, you should continue to another spot that must not be missed: the Clock Tower and the square around it – the beating heart of Jaffa. The nearby flea market is a great place to relax from your walk with a good pita from the Abulafia bakery, or a steaming cup of coffee from one of the area's cafés. In the area of the flea market, don't miss out on one of the new attractions in Tel Aviv – The Jaffa Express. Travel around the Old City of Jaffa by a virtual train – a magical journey through time with virtual reality.
After visiting ancient Jaffa, it is time to move on to the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of Jaffa – the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. A tour between the small, special homes in the neighborhood captures the unique creative atmosphere that prevails here. Over the years, many artists have lived there and made their mark on it. Cultural centers such as the Suzanne Dellal Center and the Nahum Gutman Museum, named after the painter and writer who lived in there, contribute greatly to the neighborhood and its special character. Suzanne Dellal often hosts festivals and music performances. A significant slice of Tel Aviv's history is hidden in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Here you can find the house of Aharon Chelouche, the founder of the neighborhood and that of Israel Rokach – one of the city’s first mayors, who built a magnificent residence here. The ruins of Reano’a Eden – the silent movie theater which was the heart and head of the new neighborhoods’ pride – Neve Tzedek and thereafter, Ahuzat Beit which in later years became Tel Aviv. Here there was a school for boys and a school for girls, who were educated in two different languages. Since the lessons at the girls’ school were taught in Hebrew, many such as Nahum Gutman or Moshe Sharett, Israel's second prime minister, were educated in the girl’s school rather than at the boys’.
Another famous house in the area is the Abulafia House where Shai Agnon lived in his youth. The Arab assistant who adopted the name before leaving the family home, later opened a bakery in Jaffa that is known to this day. Besides a tour of Susan Dellal and the picturesque alleys of the neighborhood, you should sit down for coffee, have an ice cream, look for celebrities and to top it all off, take in the old Jaffa Railway station complex with its many cafés and restaurants.
The Carmel Market and Nahalat Benjamin
You can't talk about Tel Aviv’ attractions without mentioning the Carmel Market and Nahalat Binyamin. The Carmel Market is a Mini Israel experience of the human landscape here. The people and the stalls may not be reduced in size or puppet-like, but they represent the various shades of Tel Aviv society. Alongside traditional candy stands, you can discover trendy and special street food stalls and a few meters from a “Five to a Dollar” houseware store, you can find artist’s crafts for sale on stalls that open up every Tuesday and Friday on the adjacent Nahalat Binyamin pedestrian mall. In the evenings, the bustling marketplace becomes a vibrant center of nightlife with bars and pubs and all their customers. The market has existed since the 1920’s and is one of the important milestones in the development of the White City.
Rothschild Boulevard and the HaBima Plaza
Rothschild Boulevard, the main avenue in the financial heart of Tel Aviv, was a center for many political figures and historical events, including the State's Declaration of Independence. The boulevard is one of the first five streets in the city. Since the 1990’s, the boulevard has been undergoing renewal and many of the old building are being replaced by high-rise buildings and business towers. Some of the houses are being preserved, especially those in the Bauhaus style that characterized construction at the time: white houses with open balconies, large windows and a flat roof that was meant for all the neighbors. The center of the boulevard includes a promenade where you can walk around and enjoy the preserved homes, lovely gardens along the avenue, the first kiosk in Tel Aviv, Nachum Gutman's Tel Aviv History Mosaic, the Independence Hall Museum, the home of Meir Dizengoff – Tel Aviv's first mayor, and the Museum of the History of the Hagana. At the end of the avenue is the Arts Plaza, also known as the HaBima Plaza, which is surrounded not only by the National Theater but also Heichal HaTarbut (also known in English as the Charles Bronfman Auditorium), the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion and Gan Yaakov. Over the last years, the plaza has undergone a serious upgrade, which includes benches and seating areas, game boards and a garden with flowers and trees, with classical music playing throughout the day.
Dizengoff Center – the New and Renewed Spirit
There are attractions in Tel Aviv that may be better-known or are more central – such as the preserved Templar neighborhood, the Sarona Market or the Yarkon Park, which is an attraction for every nature lover and urban sports enthusiast in the city. However there are no attractions in Tel Aviv that embody the spirit of the city like Dizengoff Center does. Don't be confused, this is not just another shopping mall – although it has everything you will find in such a shopping center – a host of shops and brands, cafés and restaurants. Dizengoff Center hides a different worldview – a young spirit and innovation, values and preservation, openness and acceptance. On the rooftop of Dizengoff Center is the Center for Urban Sustainability: a greenhouse for growing vegetables using a hydroponic method, a biodynamic bee center, a butterfly garden and other urban sustainability initiatives. The Center supports direct employment and the cultivation of local communities, and works towards energy efficiency and turning the center green. The mall itself has many activities for the public – lectures and workshops, minimal-cost courses and various events such as dog meetings or a horror maze. And there's even a special app to help you not get lost around the Center!
Nightlife in Tel Aviv: After Sunset Attractions
In Tel Aviv, the action doesn’t stop with nightfall. The city that never sleeps has a bubbling nightlife that includes countless entertainment venues – from dark bars to neighborhood pubs, exclusive restaurants and clubs with strict entry policies, noisy parties and late night shows. There are many things to do in Tel Aviv, but from all the attractions that this varied city has to offer, its nightlife constitutes a leading focus of attraction for both tourists and the locals.
Pubs and Bars
Ijo & Babet – a cocktail bar with excellent bar food on Dizengoff Street. The place has possibilities for all clienteles – hamburger lovers and vegans, cocktail fans and hardcore drinkers, with a young and lively atmosphere with pleasant service.
Spicehaus – right next to Ijo & Babet, another excellent cocktail bar. A trendy atmosphere and creative cocktails are characteristic of the place.
Abraxas – a bar / restaurant on Lilienblum Street, that has succeeded in only one year to become one of the hottest places in the city. After connecting up with Eyal Shani from the restaurant next door, and having decided to do away with plates in favor of serving on paper, the bar becomes alive after 10pm and by midnight, the place is packed with revelers with good music, flowing alcohol and dancing.
The Shablul Jazz Club – a place where you can always find hot jazz shows from Israel and from abroad – a small and intimate club with excellent alcohol and music. Better to eat before coming here for the evening’s desert.
Another veteran performance club in Tel Aviv is the Tsuzamenbar, which lately moved to a new location at 3 Raanan Street. Every day there is a happy hour here between 18:30 – 20:00, and every Monday, there bar holds an open-mike evening. On the other days, you can relax with the house cocktail and listen to music or a stand-up appearance.
The Barby Club – the home of Israeli musicians – a veteran appearance club in Tel Aviv that gives both young and veteran performers a stage to appear on, with shows of all styles and types.
The Zone – another appearance club that offers the best local music shows.
Nighttime Shows for a Jaffa Summer
If we are already talking about nightlife in Tel Aviv, we must mention the summer shows that take place in Jaffa – Jaffa Nights in the Pisga Garden and Kedumim Square, Pishpesh Laila in the Flea Market and Tuesday Groove at the Greek Market – entrance is free, the atmosphere is one of a street-performers festival, stalls, coffeehouses and restaurants all around – and everything without air-conditioners under the open sky.
Another nighttime attraction in the area of the Flea Market is an evening of magicians and comedians, served up after a tasty dinner at 11 Olei Zion Street.
Lecture at the Bar
Tel Aviv nightlife does not start or end with alcohol – Lecture at the Bar is a series of lectures that is meant to bring Academia and the rest of humanity together. Over a glass of cold beer, you can be impressed by the philosophies of Spinoza and Nietzsche, get to know the secrets of documentary films and dive into research on fields such as cognitive science or business administration.
One of the veteran institutions of Tel Aviv’s nightlife – the Tzavta Club – is the home of Israeli culture. Plays, music shows, stand-up and launch parties – all these can be found here. Its central location opposite the Cameri Theater and next to Ibn Gvirol Street allow you to continue your night by visiting one of the near-by bars or finishing off the evening with a nighttime meal at close-by restaurant.
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Our top recommendations for beaches in Tel Aviv
When people are asked which attractions in Tel Aviv must not be missed, something that always comes up in the answer is – the sea. Instead of choosing a single wave, let’s have a look at the whole shoreline and cover all the possible ways to have fun along the Tel Aviv beaches. At all the Tel Aviv beaches there is free Wi-Fi, and all the Tel Aviv beaches have the “Blue Flag” international standards symbol, given to beaches that meet high standards in the fields of environmental education and information, quality of the water, environmental management, safety and services. But what they mainly have is fun, sand and blue sea.
The Cliff Beaches
The Cliff Beach – the northern-most beach in Tel Aviv, is divided into two: the North Beach and the South Beach. The sandstone type of cliff that is characteristic to this area is displayed here in its full glory. These beaches are less suitable for families but those looking to see or be seen, or want a romantic sunset on an orderly beach with an inviting café down the slope – can find it all here. On these beaches there are volleyball courts and on the North Beach there are even hot showers.
Tel Baruch Beach
Slightly south of the Cliff Beach is located the Tel Baruch Beach, which has been seriously upgraded over the past years. Here a promenade and a bridge have been built, through which you can reach the Tel Aviv Port. Like on most of the Tel Aviv beaches, it is forbidden to light bonfires on the beach area, but there is a space set aside for barbeques that includes lighting, tables and a place to disposed of your coals when you are done. Another area of the beach is set aside for dog owners where (and only there) the dogs can be let loose. There is also a section of the beach for sea sports – surfing, kayaking and kite-surfing.
Adjacent to the south side of the Tel Aviv Port is the mythological “Peepers Beach”, which comes from the cult film starring Uri Zohar (1972). The beach has also had a serious upgrade over the past years, and there you can find hot showers, showers for babies, volleyball and other sports courts that are illuminated at night, a beach library for borrowing books, a games corner with chess, backgammon and checkers boards. All this is accessible to handicapped persons, including audio directions using the Step Hear application. Peeper’s Beach is a great beach for finding celebs.
The Religious Beach (Nordau Beach – or the Separate Beach)
South of Peeper’s Beach is the Nordau Beach. During weekdays, it serves the city’s religious population: on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, entrance is for women only; on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, entrance is for men only. On Saturday, the beach is mixed and is mainly used by young people.
Gordon Beach is to be found south of Atarim Square. One of the widest beaches in Tel Aviv. If you are looking for an international atmosphere, this is the place to find it, since this is the preferred beach for tourists visiting Tel Aviv. In addition, the city’s elderly population also likes this beach due to it being adjacent to the Gordon swimming pool, the salt-water pool. As at Peeper’s Beach, here too there is a lending library for those visiting the beach, and there are also courts for volleyball and other sports that are illuminated at night. In addition, in this area there are memorials for the refugee ship “Tiger Hill” and the “Voice of Peace” ship, which broadcast radio programs opposite this beach. The beach is adjacent to the Tel Aviv Marina, where there is also a diving school. For athletes, there is also a professional scale on the beach. An additional attraction in Tel Aviv is the dance floor on the beach, which comes alive with folk dancing every Saturday evening. On Sunday and Wednesday evenings, there are also Pilates lessons on the beach.
The French Beach – The Frishman and Bograshov Beaches
These urban beaches are adjacent to the promenade. The principal language heard here on the Frishman Beach is French, and due to their proximity to the promenade and the hotels, they are attractive to many tourists. On the Bograshov Beach there are also hot showers and lockers for storing objects, and there is also a memorial to the “Altalena” immigrant ship.
The Jerusalem Beach
Next to the Opera House is the Jerusalem Beach, or as it is better known – the Racquet Beach. If you came without a racquet, you should come with protection against flying balls. This is a wide beach with easy parking, and the southern part of it is dedicated to Kite Surfing.
Recommended Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Another thing that Tel Aviv is known for is its culinary scene - you can't talk about attractions in Tel Aviv without mentioning the restaurants that crowd the city and the huge range that awaits you on every corner. There is something for everyone here – popular worker’s restaurants alongside upscale chef restaurants, market stalls and hidden culinary gems. Vegans have also influenced the local scene and they no longer are forced to settle for extras alone. Three recommendations for the best places are here before you!
Bana - for the Vegans among us
You can't talk about restaurants in Tel Aviv without talking about the vegan option. There are quite a few vegan restaurants, which offer a host of choices – Ethiopian or Indian restaurants, those specializing in vegan sushi and even some that will offer you burgers or pizza based on pure vegetarianism. A recommended, stable vegan restaurant in Tel Aviv is the Bana Restaurant which was opened by a pair of chefs – Dan Arvatz and Chanoch Shechter, both students of Chef Eyal Shani and graduates of his restaurants. The restaurant offers an up-to-date, changing menu, based only on vegetarian dishes. With no substitutes, no compromises and with very little processing. Burnt eggplants, fresh gazpacho from orange cherry tomatoes, caramelized peaches or roasted mushrooms – you won’t leave here hungry. We recommend sitting in the restaurant’s amazing courtyard.
- Location: Nachmani 36, Tel Aviv
- Opening Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 12:00-23:00, Fridays: 10:00-23:00, Saturday: 11:00-23:00, closed on Sundays.
Beta Café - a Chef Restaurant with a Soul
What started out as a small neighborhood coffee shop, became a chain of unique chef restaurants in Tel Aviv and the surrounding area when the chef Ayelet Latovich joined the business. Each has a personal touch and a relaxed atmosphere. The branches are located in quiet neighborhoods between green trees, with plenty of space that allows small children to run around freely. The menus are meticulous, ensuring a balance and harmony that appeals to a wide audience of omnivores and vegans, couples and families, those avoiding gluten and carrot cake lovers. The food is of high quality and fresh, the environment is relaxed and the atmosphere is calm. A combination of Galilean, Persian and Southern Italian culinary influences creates a unique and delicious culinary language. In the restaurant you will find breakfast menus alongside lunch and dinner menus, all with a personal touch. You shouldn't pass up a hot sardine sandwich, or short pasta with superb sausages, green beans and lots of lemon. As part of the unique touch, the restaurant also offers an “after-birth pot” service – quality food deliveries to the home that come to nourish and make life easier after birth and in general, for the new mother and all the other family members.
- Location: Brodetsky 17, Tel Aviv
- Opening hours: Sundays through Fridays, 08:00-23:30, Saturdays: 09:00-23:30
Greco - Open a table in front of the sea, as in Greece
Tel Aviv restaurants specialize in many kitchens – Japanese, Romanian, Indian, Brazilian, Spanish and also Greek. A recommended Greek restaurant sits in the north of the city in the Azorei Chen neighborhood, with a large terrace open to the sea. The menu is authentic Greek that has been adapted to Israeli cuisine – and in Greece as in Greece the tapas dominate: Skorthalia and Tzatziki, Taramasalata and Tirokafteri, salads, gyros and souvlaki, dolmas, fava or spanakopita - if you don't understand a word of this, the dishes are accompanied by explanations. Feta and honey, olive oil and oregano dominate the wonderful flavors that bring Greece right to your plate. Fish and seafood dishes, vegetables and seasoning, and wonderful Greek breads – with and without the cheese filling typical of the mountains.
- Location: Uri Zvi Greenberg 25, Tel Aviv
- Opening hours: Sundays through Thursdays, 12:00-24:00, and Saturdays,10:00-24:00
Museums in Tel Aviv: Soak up some culture in the big city!
Tel Aviv, the urban and vibrant city of Israel is also known for its many cultural centers. Indeed, there are quite a few attractions in Tel Aviv that include enrichment, culture and art. You can pop over to the Museum of Plastic Art and be impressed by various exhibitions, go to the house where a local artist lived and worked and which today serves as a museum for his creations, visit one of the museums that tell the history of the Israeli people and the military organizations that operated in Israel over the years, or to the Museum of Nature that glorifies flora and fauna. The Eretz Israel Museum, which includes various exhibitions on a wide range of topics, is also among the list of museums in Tel Aviv that are worthwhile visiting when you have a few hours to spare.
The Tel Aviv Art Museum
When talking about museums in Tel Aviv, the two most prominent are the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Eretz Israel Museum. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has permanent and changing exhibitions: paintings, sculptures, photographs, performance art, drawings, architecture and more. The focus is on contemporary art, with among the permanent collections is a selection of works by leading artists such as Mark Chagall, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Piccaso, Nahum Gutman, Jackson Pollock and more. The Tel Aviv Museum plaza contains environmental sculptures and is an attraction by itself.
The Eretz Israel Museum
Muz”a, or the Eretz Israel Museum, is located in the north of the city, north of the Yarkon River. Like many Tel Aviv museums, it is a museum not just about plastic art - it is a multidisciplinary museum that exhibits Israeli culture from the past and the present. The Eretz Israel Museum is one of the three largest museums in Israel, spread out over an area of approximately 200 dunams. Spread out through the heart of the museum are ancient artifacts, including mosaics, winepresses, flour mills and millstones for olive-oil production, along with a planetarium offering performances that reach for the stars. Among the permanent exhibitions in the museum can be found collections of glass and copper vessels, as well as pavilions showing handicrafts from the past, folklore and coins. The changing exhibitions are very varied: from proud Israeli art to the history of sandals, tattoos and picnics, and even dinosaurs and escape rooms.
Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Tel Aviv’s museums don't just revolve around plastic art. Like the Eretz Israel Museum, Beit Hatfutsot, or by its full name the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot revolves around the people and cultures that make up the Israeli mosaic. If the Eretz Israel Museum focuses primarily on the geographical area of Israel, Beit Hatfutsot encompasses the Jewish people from all its various diasporas and cultures: the connection between Jews and other peoples in the different diasporas and the development of Jewish identity. Information is transmitted by various means: music, surnames and family trees, pictures and videos.
Nahum Gutman Museum
In one of the houses in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, the first Jewish neighborhood outside the walls of Jaffa, lived three roommates: Yosef Aharonovich, Deborah Baron and Yosef Haim Brenner – an editor and two writers. At that time, the house was used as the editorial offices of the "Hapoel Hatzair" newspaper. After the marriage of Aharonovich and Baron, the house became known as the authors’ house, being used as a meeting place for many Tel Aviv writers. Years later the house was neglected and a demolition order was almost issued for it, but then it was decided to preserve it. The building that underwent renovation and preservation, was joined by a collection of the works of Tel Aviv artist Nahum Gutman. These were donated by his family and the Nahum Gutman Museum was opened there. Here there are permanent exhibitions of Nahum Gutman's works and changing exhibitions by other artists, who conduct together with the artist's works a complex dialogue between different times and perspectives.
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