Tel Aviv - a city that never sleeps: Sites
Rothschild Boulevard, one of the most beautiful avenues in the city is characterized by its unique architectural style. The west side of the boulevard expresses the style popular in the early years of the 20th century.
As you continue east you can see more and more significant buildings designed in the International Style (Bauhaus).
Carmel market, extending from bustling Allenby Street, offers a colorful mix of food and clothing at attractive prices – a visit is highly recommended.
Binyamin Pedestrian Mall
Binyamin pedestrian mall adjacent to Carmel Shouk hosts craft fair every Tuesdays and Fridays. The area is filled with artists selling their wares to the many shoppers seeking gifts and bargains.
Not too far from Binyamin pedestrian mall is Shenkin Street, a street full of stores, coffee shops, and restaurants offering a range of options for relaxation and enjoyment.
Tel-Aviv’s historic City Hall, located at Bialik Square is beautiful and carefully restored. Today it serves as a museum of the history of Tel Aviv.
City Hall, Bialik Square (03-525.3403)
Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 17:00; Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 14:00
The White City
The "White City" – a term used for a region of the city rich in Bauhaus architecture - covers Allenby Street to the south, Begin and Ibn Gabirol Streets to the east, the Yarkon River to the north and the sea to the west.
Tel Aviv offers many examples of these structures, and while you’re at it you should get to the Bauhaus Museum (21 Bialik, 03-620.4664).
The area known as the "City Center" is the area that extends from King George to Arlozorov. One of its focal points is Dizengoff Center, a popular shopping center that covers corner of King George and Dizengoff. A few minutes' walk north of there is Dizengoff Square, which hosts the "Dizengoff Creates" art fair (Mondays Noon to 20:00, Fridays 09:00 – 16:00). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays there is a second hand Fair celebrating antiques and vintage. (Tuesday and Thursday 14:00 – 22:00, Friday 08:00 – 17:00)
Ben – Gurion House
The former home of the first Prime Minister, David Ben - Gurion, is now a museum. It shows the extensive library of Ben - Gurion, and personal effects and other items depicting his history.
Sderot Ben - Gurion 17, 03-522.1010
Jaffa’s history spans thousands of years and is mentioned in the Bible several times.
The Old City of Jaffa is a treasure trove for visitors: historic sites, museums, fine restaurants, bars, a newly renovated antique center, a flea market, upscale apartment buildings, and more. Jaffa, no doubt, is experiencing a period of prosperity, and is gradually reshaping the unique landscape of Tel Aviv
Clock Tower - Clock Tower Square
The clock tower, in the center of the square named after it, is the best-known landmark of Jaffa. The clock tower was built at the beginning of the 20th century, and its completion marked the thirtieth year of the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
Artist Quarter - Old Jaffa
The pretty, narrow, winding alleys, each named for one of the 12 astrological signs, make up Jaffa’s artists' quarter. The quarter was founded in 1961, when the Israeli government and the municipality decided to build a residential complex for artists. Writers, painters, and architects were invited to buy houses there, which gave the district its elegant, artistic atmosphere
A short distance from the Old City of Jaffa is the Flea Market, bustling with specialty stores and small cafes. Here you will find a selection of authentic antique furniture, second hand clothes and other items.
The old Jaffa port, offers a vast selection of restaurants, rugged character, and an authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere. Decommissioned as a port in 1965, when it was replaced by the main port of Ashdod port, near the center of the country. In recent years Jaffa port has seen several upgrades and renovations, and has developed into a major tourist, recreation, and sports attraction all the while maintaining its unique character.
Neve Tzedek is one of the most fashionable (and expensive) areas of Tel Aviv. Many buildings there have been restored, while maintaining the original architectural style of the area. The beautiful combination of modern design and old charm makes up this unique enclave, which attracts many artists.
The historic train station located in across from the beach and adjacent to Neve Tzedek, was recently renovated and restored into a complex of lively cafés, bars, restaurants, fashion boutiques, design shops, and jewelry stores. Tastefully renovated old buildings lend the place a magical atmosphere.
Herbert Samuel Street (between Jaffa and Neve Tzedek)
The Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater
The complex that now serves as the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater was built in 1908 - as a school campus for "Lovers of Zion" School for Girls, and the Alliance School for Boys. After standing unused for decades, the campus was refurbished and became the home of Israel's leading center for dance: Suzanne Dellal.
Yehieli 5, Neve Tzedek
Guttmann Museum of Art
The museum is housed in a beautifully restored antique building. Admire the author, illustrator, and painter who described Tel Aviv’s inception in his works.
Rokach 21, Neve Tzedek, 03-510.8554
Tel Aviv Port
The old port of Tel Aviv has reawakened, and is today a busy area for commerce, entertainment, and leisure. When walking around it today one finds it hard to believe that only a few years ago the harbor was deserted, a victim to time and neglect. A comprehensive rehabilitation program has made it a pleasant attraction that combines shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
A little history – Tel-Aviv Port was founded on 1936, when it christened a Yugoslavian cargo ship. Two years later the first immigrants arrived, and for the next three decades the port continued to serve as one of Israel’s. But in 1965 its operations were ceased in favor of the new and larger Ashdod Port.
In 2001, the restoration program began, which turned it into a lively attraction.
Hayarkon Park is an eye catching, verdant area, covering both sides of the Yarkon River. There are plenty of entertainment and relaxation options: you can rent a small boat and sail the lake, rent a bike and ride along the Yarkon River, or take a refreshing walk along the banks
Tel Aviv's culture treats the beach as an independent entity. The Tel Aviv beaches stretch along the city, and in the summer they are bustling with activity day and night. The beaches are packed with tourists and locals flooding the area to enjoy the sea and sun.
Metzitzim Beach was recently renovated and has become the favorite beach for the twenty-something crowd. The Mythological kiosk is no longer there, but in its place is a lovely bar. The food is not bad at all, and there are seats scattered along the sand. Metzitzim Beach is a short walk from Tel Aviv’s ample restaurants and bars.
Nordau Beach – the religious beach
At Nordau Beach men and women do not interact: they are assigned separate days. Women have exclusive access on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, while the men have Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. On Saturday, when the religious are celebrating the Sabbath, the beach is open to both sexes.
Gordon Beach is full of loud music and beach chairs and sunbathers – go to Gordon beach on the weekend, and you will find yourself surrounded by the diverse Tel-Aviv locals, who worship the sun.
Banana Beach is near Chinky Beach and the Dolphinarium. While it might not compare to them in terms of beauty, it does offer a great view in all directions - west to the sea , south to Jaffa , and north to the modern hotel strip and rich vistas of Tel Aviv.
A relatively isolated public beach hidden under the huge Hilton Hotel, this beach is especially loved by surfers and handball players, and has its own sports facilities. This is a nice clean beach, and during the week it tends to be more relaxed and less crowded than the main beaches.
Chinky Beach – Drummers Beach
Friday, late afternoon, people take in the Shabbat with drumming circle on the beach, as the sun sets in the backdrop. Participants include percussionists and amateur musicians of all levels and ages, and the surrounding crowd joins with the dance and clapping – it’s quite a sight to behold.
Eretz Israel Museum
The museum's impressive permanent exhibits include glassware, coins, mosaics, and artifacts from several periods, alongside the Planetarium, which provides an exciting experience for children.
Haim Levanon 2, Ramat Aviv, 03-641.5244
Beth Hatefutsoth - Museum of the Jewish People
Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Jewish people spans the unique story of the Jewish people throughout the ages and throughout the world. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts, along with Jewish music, documentaries and photographs. Audio guides are available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew at the entrance ticket to the museum.
Tel Aviv University Campus, Gate 2, Klausner Street, Ramat Aviv
03-7457800 Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:00 – 16:00, Wednesdays 10:00 – 18:00, Fridays 09:00 – 13:00, closed on Saturdays
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Tel Aviv Marina
Aside from being a dock for boats and yachts, the marina serves as a hub for water sports, including surfing clubs, scuba diving, sailing, and more. The local restaurant will provide you with a Mediterranean style culinary experience.