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.
The Gay Traveler’s Guide to Tel Aviv: Sea, Attractions and a Colorful Parade
Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, and as a result, it often stars on many tourist websites with a connection to this. Lines of parties, pubs with impressive attendance by gays, beaches and a municipal center for the gay community, under the sponsorship of the city administration. During the month around the gay-pride parade, the city gets into high gear: more parties, more tourists and many more activities and attractions directed at this community.
Tel Aviv Gay-Pride Parade – a “Must Attraction” for the Whole Community!
As already mentioned, there are not a few attractions in Tel Aviv that are directed at the gay community, but the cherry on the pie is, without a doubt, the Tel Aviv Gay-Pride Parade, which is at its peak, includes more than 100,000 participants. The parade takes place every year at the beginning of June, and though it is not the only parade in Israel, it is beyond a doubt the largest, most colorful and best known of them all, and not only on a local scale. In addition to the parade itself, the whole city is decked out in rainbow colors, and many businesses fly the gay flag in solidarity with the community. So what will you find in the Tel Aviv parade? Trailer trucks with dancers, insane music, drag-queens in their full glory and not a few children. At the starting line of the 2018 Gay-Pride Parade, there was even a playground for the community’s children.
The parade starts from Ben-Zion Boulevard and ends at Charles Clore Park: it begins with performances and stands and ends with an enormous party with top artists. The parade date is not random, it marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, out of which grew the Gay Rights organizations around the world. This date is important, but the sun doesn’t take this into account. June in Tel Aviv is hot – really hot! Among all the tourists, the parties and the parade itself, the sun also makes a contribution and since the parade starts at noon, it is very important to be well supplied with sun-screen, lots of water and a hat is also recommended. Fans and water pistols are also very welcome.
A variety of unique lines and parties in Gay Tel Aviv
There are many giant parties and bars in Tel Aviv where you can meet new people and find out what is happening in the city. We will note three outstanding examples among them: in 2019 the Inta Lounge bar in Yaffo was opened, DTM (Don’t Tell Mom) which recently opened in the Florentine neighborhood, and Shpagat on Nachalat Binyamin, which except for Wednesdays, is meant mainly for men. If you are looking for an entertaining evening in an oriental Yaffo atmosphere, the Inta Lounge could be the ideal place for you.
In addition, there is no lack of parties for women in Tel Aviv, and there are several outstanding lines: the Kit-Kat in Florentine puts on a lively dance party every Thursday, and at Saban Alban, next to Nahalat Binyamin, there is a party every Monday. Saban Alban is the largest and most crowded line of parties. The place opens at 20:00, but to really see and be seen, you should arrive starting at 23:00 or even later. If you are more interested in talking and less about dancing, you should visit the Shpagat Bar, where Wednesdays are devoted to women.
Several places in the city are identified with the gay community, and perhaps the most central location, where you can receive information concerning coming activities, is the Gay Center in the heart of Gan Meir. Come and get information and enjoy a little quiet from all the hustle and bustle at the café. Take a breath, since the best parties end in the early hours of the morning!
Tel Aviv Beaches – the Leading Attraction among the Gay Community
All the Tel Aviv beaches are a special attraction among many tourists and Israelis alike, but some beaches are especially liked by the gay community. The Hilton Beach is considered to be Tel Aviv’s Gay Beach and is definitely the best-liked among the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv. This beach has earned an international reputation and was recently ranked first among the best gay beaches in the world (!) by Newsweek. The Hilton Beach is located close to the center of what is happening in Tel Aviv, and there, you can find all the Who’s-Who of the gay community. Weekends during the hot seasons are incredibly crowded, and for those who prefer more relaxed entertainment, it is recommended to go on weekdays.
At the northern end of Hilton Beach, you can find the “Dogs Beach,” which is meant to provide a solution for those that want to spend free time with their dogs at the seaside. This beach attracts many singles, both straight and gay. The part of the Hilton Beach that is more identified with the gay community is located north of the breakwater.
Nightlife in Tel Aviv: After Sunset Attractions
In Tel Aviv, the action doesn’t stop at 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 interest 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 clientele – 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, has succeeded in only one year in becoming 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 10 pm. By midnight, the place is packed with revelers with good music, flowing alcohol and dancing.
The Shablul Jazz Club – where you can always find hot jazz shows from Israel and abroad–is a small, intimate club with excellent alcohol and music. Better to eat before coming here for the evening’s dessert.
Another veteran performance club in Tel Aviv is the Tsuzamenbar, which lately moved to a new location at 3 Ra’anan Street. Every day there is a happy hour here between 18:30 – 20:00, and every Monday, their 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 – is 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.
Night-time Shows for a Jaffa Summer
Suppose we are already talking about nightlife in Tel Aviv. In that case, we must mention the summer shows that take place in Jaffa – Jaffa Nights in the Pisga Garden and Kdumim 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 meant to bring together Academia and the rest of humanity. 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 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 nearby bars or finishing off the evening with a nighttime meal at the close-by restaurant.
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