Best things to do in Tel Aviv
Updated: Dec 12, 2021
Tel Aviv's stunning beaches, excellent restaurants, vibrant nightlife, intriguing museums, fantastic shopping, and spectacular scenery contribute to the city's greatness. However, there is much more. Allow yourself to be swept away by the sea, sun, and hummus (we understand it's a challenge! ); otherwise, you'll be remiss not to visit the city's other great attractions. To assist you in planning your stay, we've compiled a list of the most incredible things to do in Tel Aviv.
Walking tour of the city
Like any city in the world, we always recommend hitting the pavement on day one! A city tour is always a terrific way to get a sense of what Tel Aviv is all about. A nice walking tour will include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Habima Square and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Rabin Square and the Rabin Memorial, Reading, the ancient power plant, Rothschild Boulevard, and even the beaches and shoreline. Some other wonderful ways to get a feel for the city is to take a bike or Segway tour of Tel Aviv.
One of Tel Aviv's oldest neighborhoods, Neve Tzedek has developed into a fashionable center of fashion boutiques and cultural institutions. Grab a cone at Anita — one of the best ice cream shops in the city – and lose yourself in the area's lovely alleyways, stopping at art galleries along the way. Dallal is an excellent lunch spot. Take a private tour with a local guide to get a sense of the neighborhood's other side. Visit small HaTachana market shops, savor traditional Israeli cuisine, immerse yourself in Tel Aviv and surrounding Jaffa's history, and meander through Neve Tzedek attractions.
Old Jaffa was formerly a separate city until Tel Aviv expanded and swallowed up Jaffa, which is today considered a part of Tel Aviv. It's one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, with charming ancient buildings, twisting alleyways, and stores.
It's a trendy neighborhood well-known for its wine bars, flea markets, and Ottoman-era landmarks. Each day, a free Jaffa walking tour is offered; you may then explore more of this adorable neighborhood on your own.
Yes, surfing in Israel! Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is one of the best spots to surf in the country. There are some more popular spots close to the city centre, like Hilton Beach and Maravi beach, as well as some larger and more consistent waves all year round, just north in Herzliya. If you continue north, you will also be able to make a day trip out to Netanya and Caesarea, along with Haifa.
There are countless surf school in the country that offer one-on-one, group or private surf lessons or courses with experienced instructors. Tel Aviv is the most popular because it is a little more clammer with sheltered waters, which is great for beginners.
Tel Aviv has some of the most vibrant nightlife in the Middle East, you will just need to decide on how you would like to spend the evening. Some options could be as simple as a Gold Star Beer and a Falafel on the beach whilst watching the sunset, meeting a few new people on an organised pub crawl, fine dining with a glass of red wine at one of the cities most exclusive restaurants, cocktails at a laid back rooftop terrace or a couple of shot or arak at a nightclub, before dancing the night away until the early hours of the morning. No matter what your flavour is, you will never have a dull night in Tel Aviv.
HaTachana, as it is known in Hebrew, opened in 1891, making it the Middle East's first train station. It has been renovated as a compound with boutique boutiques and stylish eateries in Neve Tzedek. Take a look at the weekly events, including everything from sunset yoga to Israeli art and craft fairs.
Tel Aviv White City was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 for its exquisite Bauhaus architecture. Sir Patrick Geddes, the architect, introduced this design throughout the city in the 1930s and 1940s. The architects who created the structures were committed to egalitarianism and socialist ideas, as evidenced by the buildings' flat roofs, which were conceived as common areas for the residents. Only a few hundred of Tel Aviv's original 4000 Bauhaus-style buildings have been repaired.