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10 Best Things to Do in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel - 10 Best Things to Do

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Tel Aviv is a fantastic city, with wonderful sunny weather almost all year round. Considered by many as one of the best beach cities in the world and a top LGBT destination, Tel Aviv is a terrific place to travel to. Great beaches, lovely "White City" architecture, lively markets, delicious food, friendly people, and superb nightlife - are among the few virtues that make Tel Aviv so fabulous.

This guide will take you to Tel Aviv's top hotspots, navigate your way in the must-see attractions, and will show you the 10 best things to do in this splendid city.
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10 Best Things to Do in Tel Aviv
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Tel Aviv Port
  Tel Aviv Port
10:00-11:00
4.6
Tel Aviv Port reveals to its visitors a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. Except for the scenery, the Port also serves as a popular outdoor recreation complex to the joyous of the city's residents. It contains fashion, sport, and design shops and hosts enjoyable all-family events and shows. As one of the local's favorites, the Port has a sassy culinary scene that includes fantastic restaurants and the HaNamal & Farmers Market.
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Independence Park
  HaYarkon St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
11:00-12:00
4.6
Lovely Park with a splendid view of the Mediterranean. Inaugurated in 1952, Gan HaAtzmaut (Independence Park) includes green lawns, Mediterranean vegetation, and a beautiful mosaic ornamental pool. It surrounds the Hilton hotel and also includes a few memorials, a Muslim cemetery, statues, a playground for the children, and walking trails. The park receives mythological statues from the gay community since the late 1970s where it becomes a favorite place for gays socializing and cruising. In 2009 the park undergoes a massive renovation and the gay community abandons the place but it is still considered a milestone in Israel's LGBTQ history.
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Frishman Beach
  Frishman Beach, Israel
4.6
Located near vivid Frishman Street, this sunny beach is one of the most loved by knowledgeable beachgoers. Frishman is very close to many hotels and especially to Dan Hotel which its colorful façade makes Frishman very hard to miss. The rays of light brighten the tranquil turquoise water and the beach's natural beauty grows even stronger during sunrise and sunset. This natural beauty together with its central location makes Frishman a top vocational destination. It is highly accessible by public transportation, has volleyball nets and plenty of culinary options around. Therefore, the place is a magnet not only for the locals but tourists too. As such, Frishman is a perfect spot for a fun picnic right next to sociable locals and tourists from all over the world.
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Bialik Street
  Bialik St 27, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
15:30-16:30
4.5
Entrancing street, almost hidden and relatively short but full of elegance, character, history, and alluring international style architecture. The large collection of remarkable eclectic style and Bauhaus buildings from the early 20th century makes Bialik Street an inseparable part of the "White City". The street is home to many art and architectural institutions such as Beit Ha'ir (old Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality building), Bialik's house, Rubin Museum, Bauhaus Museum, The Felicja Blumental Music Center, and The White City Center.
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Carmel Market
  Carmel Market, Tel Aviv-Yafo
17:00-18:00
The Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) is one of the most vibrant markets in Israel and Tel Aviv's main market. It offers plenty of deliciously fresh food alongside a colorful bazaar of clothes and accessories. Its central location turned the Carmel area into foodies and sociable Tel Avivian's favorite with tasteful restaurants and cafés. The Market is also within a walking distance from Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall. An open space that brings together more than 200 artists who offer a wonderful collection of unique art artifacts, every Tuesday and Friday.
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Neve Tzedek
  Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
19:00-20:00
The picturesque Neve Tzedek established in 1887 and was the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jaffa's walls. Its alluring architecture, old city magic, and tranquil atmosphere turn Neve Tzedek into one of the most mesmerizing places in Israel.
As a leading force at the Tel Aviv-Yafo creativity scene, the neighborhood is home to many historical and cultural attractions as HaTachana (Old Jaffa Train Station), Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre, Nahum Gutman Museum of Art and Shimon Rokach House.
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Florentin
  Florentin, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Located in southern Tel Aviv, the industrial area which used to be a blue-collar neighborhood is one of the trendiest places in Israel today. Full of young people, Florentin has a sprightly and vibrant nightlife with great clubs, chic bars, fine restaurants, and inviting cafés. Its calmer and easygoing atmosphere, colorful street art, unique boutiques, and galleries also add a strong presence of bohemian spirit.

The main streets are Florentin Street and Vital Street which came to life during the nights. During the day, the bustling Washington Boulevard and Levinski Market are another way to understand this lovely neighborhood charm.
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Rothschild Boulevard
  Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
17:30-18:00
Begin at Neve Tzedek and end at HaBima Square, Rothschild Boulevard is a microcosm of Tel Aviv. Appealing, exciting, tempting, and full of flashy clubs, restaurants, cafés, fashionable people, and jovial events. As one of the very first streets of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard is abundant with classic Bauhaus and International Style architecture. Therefore, it is part of the White City which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Named after the philanthropist Edmond James de Rothschild, this nonstop Boulevard received an iconic status since its establishment. The Boulevard is shaded by many trees and has plenty of sitting areas, a playground, and even a library during the summer. Bounteous with elegant buildings and remarkable institutions, Rothschild Boulevard is definitely one of Tel Aviv's highlights.
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Habima Square
  Tarsat Ave 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
17:00-17:30
4.5
Officially called The Orchestra Plaza (Kikar HaTizmoret) but best known as HaBima Square, the Square is a cultural arena like no other in Israel. The Square hosts Israel's national theater HaBima, the prestigious performances auditorium, and home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Heichal HaTarbut (Culture Palace), and The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, and Ya'akov's Garden.

Connected to the exciting Rothschild Boulevard and ebullient Dizengoff Street, HaBima Square is large and wide, modern, with a flourishing garden and delightful reflecting pool. The creative design fit very well with the White City vision of Tel Aviv and attracts many locals and tourists.
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Sarona Visitor Center
  Aluf Albert Mendler St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
15:30-16:30
4.6
A European village alike in the heart of a modern area, that exhibits the Templers life and work. At the complex, you can find a museum dedicated to the Templers' history, unique Templers' olive press, underground tunnel, and antilia well. Originally established in 1871, the colony underwent a complex conservation process.

It was re-opened in 2014 as a splendid park with preserved Templers houses. Most of the reconstructed houses become beautiful stores, restaurants, or galleries. The place offers many recreation options, large enclosed gourmet food named Sarona Market, wide squares, a small playground for children, and many seating areas.

Attractions' Tickets


It is recommended to buy tickets to the main attractions in advance. Not only because they are very popular but also due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

We provide an option to buy tickets via GetYourGuide which offers the best prices with free cancellation.

Top LGTBQ Destination


Crowned by many as the top gay-friendly city in the world, Tel Aviv is a great supporter of the LGTBQ community. As a liberal, an open-minded city with accepting residents, governmental assistance, municipal facilitation, and a fabulous Pride parade - Tel Aviv is a gay paradise. Here you will not find any "gay quarter", gays are simply everywhere and the community visibility is indisputable. Load and clear, active, and vocal, the LGTBQ community has a large representation in the city population, cultural life, and sensational Tel Aviv nightlife. Tel Aviv is firmly loyal to the LGTBQ community and the LGTBQ community hugs the city in return.

Buses & Travel card


Tel Aviv is highly accessible by public transport and most of the public transport relies on buses which usually arrive between 5 to 15 minutes during weekdays from 5 AM to midnight. Several night lines operate during the night, but on Shabbat (Friday afternoon until Saturday night), there is no public transport and you may use other alternatives as taxicabs and service taxis.

It is not possible to pay directly to the driver. Therefore it is highly recommended to buy the smart card (Rav Kav) which allows you to get daily, weekly or monthly passes, or use designated applications.

Public Transportation Information


Train customer service: 08 - 6831222 or *5770, fax for hearing impaired: 08 - 6261693
Dan customer service: 03 – 6394444 or *3456
Egged customer service: 03 – 6948888 or *2800

Tipping in Israel


In restaurants and cafes, it is acceptable to leave a 10-15% tip if you are satisfied with the service. You may pay the bill with a credit card, but the tip should be in cash.

VAT Refund


The Value Added Tax (VAT) in Israel is 17% and tourists may receive a VAT refund if they stand in the requirements the Israeli Tax Authority and Ministry of Tourism set.

All information can be found at the Ministry of Tourism:
Ministry of Tourism Website
Phone: (+972) 37280123
email: vat.info@milgam.co.il

Ben Gurion Airport


Ben Gurion Airport information: 03 - 9755555