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Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem), and the largest metropolitan area. It is on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo , and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo , to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities. Tel Aviv is home to most foreign embassies.

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Tel Aviv is a big place, and these listings are just some highlights of things that you really should see if you can during your visit. The complete listings are found on each individual district page alongside many more things to see in each district.

Attractions by area


  •    Tel Aviv Port. a commercial area in Northern Tel Aviv with bars and nightclubs in Yarkon River Peninsula next to the Yarkon Park.
  • Yarkon park (also called "Ganey Yehoshua"), Along "Rokach" street, and partially along the streets: "Bechor Sheetrit", Raoul Wallenberg, and "Habarzel". Tel Aviv's central park along the "Yarkon River". The park is streched from Tel Aviv's port in the West to negibouring city Petah Tikva. The park goes along the Yarkon River(Hence its name). The park passes next to "Tel Aviv University" train station, the "Luna Park", Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, Hi-tech and commercial zone of "Ramat Hachayal" ("HaBarzel" Street), and is also close to "Ayalon" mall", Ramat-Gan stadium
  •    Tel Aviv University. Israel's most lavish and beautiful university campus in Northern Tel Aviv


  •    Rabin Square. The biggest public square in Israel and site of PM Rabin's assassination in 1995 is in Central Tel Aviv
  •    Habima Square. A public space in the center of Tel Aviv, which is home to a number of cultural institutions such as the Habima Theatre, the Fredric R. Mann Auditorium and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art in Central Tel Aviv
  •    Azriely Observation (מצפה עזריאלי), in the roof of Azriely Center (by Tel Aviv Hashalom train station),  03-6081990, 03-6081179. Watch the entire Tel Aviv area from 200 meters high, at the 49th floor of the Azriely mall (Round tower). Also in the Observatory are the "2C" bar and restaurant. 15-22 NIS.
  •    Dizengoff Centre, Dizengoff 50,  03-6212400. Israel's most iconic shopping centre with a very lively food market every Thursday and Friday, Central Tel Aviv
  •    Rothschild Boulevard (Rothschild Street). a lot of Bauhaus architecture, restaurants and cafes in Tel Aviv's prettiest street, Central Tel Aviv
  • Shore Promenade (also called Tel Aviv beah promenade or "Shlomo Lahat" promenade).


  • Neve Tzedek - an historical part of town with art galleries and restaurants, Southern Tel Aviv
  • Florentin - a former working class neighborhood, now a bustling commercial zone keeping the working class character, Southern Tel Aviv


  • Old Jaffa (יפו העתיקה). Jaffa is a must see for any visitor to Tel Aviv. This is the reputed point where Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a big fish. It is also one of the oldest ports in the world. Nowadays the port holds various shops, restaurants and events. See the Jaffa port website. Nearby is Jaffa´s famous Flea Market
  • Jaffa's Railway Station a historic outdoor shopping area, Jaffa

Museums and Exhibitions

  • Eretz-Israel Museum ((Land of Israel Museum)). in Northern Tel Aviv
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The biggest art museum in Central Tel Aviv
  • Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Beit HaTefutsot בית התפוצות). located in Tel Aviv University in Northern Tel Aviv
  • Bialik Square - a beautiful Bauhaus Square including the following museums:Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv in Central Tel Aviv, Bialik House, The Museum of Town History, Rubin Art Museum
  • Gutman Art Museum at Neve Tzedek
  • Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Northern Tel Aviv. including Tel Aviv Luna Park Amusement parks.

Jaffa Port

Church of St. Peter

Gordon Beach

Charles Clore Garden

Azrieli Center

Frishman Beach

Carmel Market

Shalom Meir Tower

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre

Habima Theatre

Hatachana Compound

Rabin Square

Tel Aviv City Hall

Dizengoff Square

Old Tel Aviv Port

Hilton Beach

Dizengoff Centre

Yarkon Park

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Alma Beach

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About Tel Aviv


The smallish gulf of Jaffa was the site of a fortified port town for at least 4000 years. During the 19th century the town’s population grew from about 2,500 (1806) to 17,000 (1886). The old city walls could no longer contain the population, and they were destroyed in the 1870s. New, more spacious neighborhoods started to appear.

Tel Aviv (meaning literally "Hill of Spring") itself was founded in 1909 by a group of distinguished Jewish residents of Jaffa. They envisaged a European-style garden suburb, with wide streets and boulevards. Leaving Jaffa wasn’t, however, only a question of an upgrade in lifestyle. Moving out of the Arab-dominated town also represented their belief in the Jewish national movement, their belief in Zionism. Before being a city, Tel Aviv was one of the many titles of Herzl's utopian Zionist book - The Old New Land. Setting out with a grand vision, the 60 Tel Aviv founders started out by building the first mid-eastern urban center with running water, no small wonder in that part of the world in 1909.

Tel Aviv grew steadily under Ottoman law until WWI. By the end of the war the British took over the Holy Land: an event the Jewish community saw as encouraging, while the Muslim community viewed it as a turn for the worse after Islamic rule. It was also the site of many Palestinian villages and was seen to be a creation of imperialist rule seeing as it was developed as a symbol of a returning diaspora many Palestinians had never known in the countless generations they'd lived there. In May 1921, an Arab mob attacked a Jewish immigration center, killing dozens of Jews. Another group broke the windows of stores in the Jewish street in Jaffa, and a mob armed with knives and sticks made its way towards Tel Aviv. Before 1921 most Jews worked and lived in Jaffa; after the attack ,thousands of the 16,000 Jews of Jaffa moved north to Tel Aviv. The suburb had become a city and within a decade, Tel Aviv had become the center of culture, commerce and light industry for the entire Jewish population of the country as well as the British soldiers. 1938 marked the opening of Tel Aviv port, an important milestone in the end of its dependency on Jaffa. By this time, Tel Aviv was already the biggest city in the country, with 130,000 residents. After Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Jaffa became a district of Tel Aviv and the city's name was officially changed to Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Today, Tel Aviv-Yafo represents the heart of a thriving, Israeli metropolis - the greater metropolitan area comprises a number of separate municipalities with approximately 3.1 million people living in a 25 km long sprawl along the Mediterranean coast - with around 392,700 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself making it the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem(760,800 inhabitants). Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon, Rehovot and Herzliya are the other major cities in the coastal area commonly known as Gush Dan.

Whilst Jerusalem is Israel's capital city, where most government departments are located, Tel Aviv and its satellite cities form the economic and cultural center. It is known as "the city that doesn't stop" and indeed you will find that the nightlife and culture are on around the clock. In summer it is not unusual to see the beach boardwalk bustling with people at 4AM and the clubs and bars usually pick up around midnight until morning, giving Tel Aviv a well deserved reputation of being a party town. It is the pinnacle of secular life in Israel.

In July 2003 Tel Aviv-Yafo was declared a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site for the many "International" style (also known as Bauhaus after the German school it originated from) buildings built in the city during the 1930s-50s. As this style emphasized simplicity and the white color, Tel Aviv is also called the White City.


Tel Aviv lies alongside the Mediterranean coastline. With few exceptions, all points of interest for tourists are in a rectangle defined by the sea to the west, the Yarkon River to the north, the Ayalon highway to the east, and Salame Road to the south. This rectangle is separated into two long strips by Ibn-Gvirol Street, starting from the Yarkon River and changing its name to Yehuda Halevy. Most of the attractions are in the west of these strips.

Tel Aviv developed from south to north. To the south-western corner of the rectangle you will find old Jaffa. To its north, is the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jaffa, Neve Tzedek (meaning "Oasis of Justice"). To Neve Tzedek’s east is Florentin, a 1920s light-industry quarter founded by Jews from Salonika in Greece that in recent years has turned into a trendy neighborhood for young people, albeit one with a large population of older and poor people; and then the Central Bus Station area, now home to foreign workers from around the world.

To the north of Neve Tzedek is "Kerem Ha'Temanim" (the Yemenite Vineyard), a crowded but picturesque neighborhood dating to the early 20th century and east and north of here lies the city center, a chiefly residential area built in the 1920s and 1930s, where the majority of Bauhaus ("International") style architecture is to be found. Further north and east, the "old north" (not to be confused with "the north" on the other side of the Yarkon), is a more spacious residential area built during the 1940s and 1950s.

Tel Aviv residents often speak of a north-south divide in Tel Aviv-Yafo. The north is usually associated with a continental, chic, and suburbanite lifestyle centered around Kikar haMedina and "Ramat Aviv". To the south, the city takes on a more working-class and eastern, albeit evermore trendy, urban feel. A crude divide would be that all neighborhoods north of the Yarkon River are considered "north"; the area between the sea in the west, Ayalon Highway in the east, Yarkon River in the north and Salame Street in the south is considered "central" Tel Aviv. The area south of Salame Street is generally south Tel Aviv, and Jaffa lies to the South-West. North Tel Aviv is generally more residential and family-oriented; central Tel Aviv is the hipper-younger area with many single people and couples in their 20s and 30s; south Tel Aviv is a rapidly gentrifying area with a mixed population - from older working-class people to artists to migrant African workers.

Tel Aviv is likely the most liberal city in Israel and in the Middle East - as it is no less liberal than Western Europe's liberally-inclined major cities. It has a bustling civil society and is home to many activist movements and NGOs. Its residents tend to have liberal attitudes towards gay and lesbian rights, and, in fact, Tel Aviv hosts the largest gay pride parade in Israel (the only country in the Middle East where homosexuality is not considered illegal). It is also a destination for gay Palestinian refugees, unable to pursue their lifestyle in the Palestinian territories. With its liberalism comes a dose of sophistication and some will say detachment, and Tel Aviv is often dubbed "The Bubble" or "Medinat Tel Aviv" ("The State of Tel Aviv") by residents and non-residents alike. Some ultra-Orthodox Israelis have even dubbed the city a modern day "Sodom and Gomorrah", due to its hedonistic lifestyle.


There’s a lot to do in Tel Aviv. For the biggest selection, check out the individual district articles. These are some of the highlights.

  • The Beach. A visit to Tel Aviv isn't complete without a dip into its fantastic beach scene which is at its best in summer, especially during Friday afternoons, when crowds of buff beachgoers converge to take in the Brazilian drums, the smell of barbecues, the thwock, thwock of "matkot" as the sun sets. In early summer be careful as there may be jellyfish in the water. Ask the lifeguard or locals about the current conditions.
  • A craft fair is held in the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian zone in Central Tel Aviv

Amusement and water parks

  •    Luna Park Tel Aviv, Rokach Avenue (Use Tel Aviv university train station). Not open every day. Check specifically. Tel Aviv's main amusement park. While the rides it has to offer are no competition to ones that can be found in other countries, it should still be considered for a visit by thrill-loving tourists, especially families with kids, since the park has a large amount of child-friendly rides. The park has two roller-coasters. It is located very close to the Meimadyon water park. the amusement park is located in the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center. 105 NIS, discounts for many local credit cards - ask your Israeli friends.
  •    Meimadyon, Rokach Avenue (Use Tel Aviv university or Bnei-Brak train stations),  03-6422777. A large water-park very close to Luna Park Tel Aviv. It offers a varied selection of water-slides, both for thrill seekers and for children. During summer vacations the lines get fairly long, so it is recommended to try and visit the park at a time other than summer vacation. Park is also close to Ayalon shopping mall in Ramat-Gan. 105 NIS, discounts for many local credit cards - ask your Israeli friends.
  •    Superland. Amusement park within an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. It is in the city of Rishon LeZion and is often visited by people from Tel Aviv seeking better thrills than the ones at Luna Park Tel Aviv. While it has fewer rides, the rides it has to offer are often bigger and built more for the thrill seeker in the family. The park has two rollercoasters.
  •    Yamit 2000. a water-park within a half-hour bus ride from Tel Aviv, located in the nearby city of Holon. It is a large water-park, parts of which are enclosed in a building. The park operates 364 days a year(it is closed on Yom Kippur). During the winter when there is low attendance, or cold/rainy weather, many of the park's slides(usually the outdoor ones) open on rotation, whereas during warmer days with higher attendance all the park's attractions are operational. The park is both child and thrill-seeker friendly.

Performing Arts

Tel Aviv has the widest selection of performing arts in Israel.

Fans of classical music might enjoy Israel's Philharmonic Orchestra [2] and the New Israel Opera [3].

The Barby (52, Kibutz Galuyot st., 03-5188123), and the Goldstar Zappa (24, Habarzel st., 03-6499550) present Israeli (and sometimes foreign) rock daily.

For more alternative and indie music with occasional jazz shows and electronic parties, head to Levontin 7 [4] named after its street address or The OzenBar [5].

Tmuna Theater (8, Shontsino st., 03-5629462) alternates between local acts, both famous and unknown, and fringe theater productions in Hebrew.

Dance can be enjoyed in Suzanna Dellal Center in Neve Tzedek [6].

Theater is mostly performed in Hebrew, naturally, but English interpretation is available is some of the shows for extra-fees in Habima National Theater (03-6295555) and HaCameri Municipal Theater [7].

Fans of jazz can find great shows at the Shavlul club in the Tel-Aviv harbor, with jam sessions every Monday at 10:30 PM [8]


  • Football (European football - soccer) - The most popular sport in Israel. Tel Aviv has 3 major football clubs that are usually in Ligat Ha'al (Top division):
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv'.
    • Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    • Bnei Yehuda. Represents the "Hatikva" neighborhood.
  • Basketball - While not as famous, Basketball is a much more successful sport in Israel in European caliber.
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv. The most successful club in Israel and one of the best in Europe, dominating the Israeli basketball league with over 40 championship seasons and 5 European titles.
    • Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    • Hapoel Ussishkin. A Club founded by Hapoel Tel Aviv supporters frustrated by the management of their former team.

The match between Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv is a major event in the city as the teams are as huge rivals as they come.

  • Martial arts - Good martial arts clubs abound ranging from modern fitness craze sports to traditional ones.
    • Akban Academy. Combat oriented Ninjutsu and MMA
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv Judo club. Good solid dojo
    • 'BJJ tel aviv - Brazilian branch [9]


Tel Aviv hosts many festivals and events. Something is going on almost every weekend so make sure you're updated!

  • White Night Festival. This annual event, usually taking place late June or early July, is a celebration of Tel Aviv's White City's proclamation as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and organized by Tel Aviv's municipality. During the "White Night", cultural institutions, as well as commercial ones, are open to the public all night long, and many special events take place.
  • Tel Aviv Fashion Market. A highly recommended biannual event (Winter/Summer) where Tel Aviv's top clothing designers show and sell their stuff. Focused on urban clothing.
  • Night Flea. Every August, Jaffa's burgeoning flea market is active all through the night on weekends, with special events, shows and exhibitions taking place.
  • Docaviv, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. Tel Aviv's International Documentary Film Festival. Every year in May, Docaviv presents the most innovative, provocative and important documentary films of the year from around the world.
  • The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Celebrating gender diversity. Happening in June.
  • The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. One of the world's most important student film festivals. Happening in late May.
  • Ta'am Ha'ir, HaYarkon Park. 18:00-22:00. "Taste of the City", an annual 4-day food fair, which takes place in Hayarkon Park at the beginning of summer (late May of June). Top restaurants present and sell samples of their finest dishes for special prices.


Tel Aviv has an amazing variety of restaurants for every taste. There are plenty of fast food restaurants, both international and local which offer Israeli food. One can get a decent meal, including felafel or hummous (Try Mshwawsha on Bugrashov St. and Abu Hasan in Yafo) on every street corner, for less than $7.

You can also eat a toast, sandwich or some other snack at one of the cafes around the city. Many fruit juice parlors are around.

Cordelia, Catit, Raphael and Messa are considered to be Tel Aviv's most elegant restaurants, serving gourmet and unique plates, inspired both by local and foreign cuisine although not kosher. There are many good kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv including Lilliot, Meatos, Bruno and of course 2C which although pricey, offers gourmet food with amazing views of the city as its located at the very top of the Azrieli round tower.

Finally, Tel Aviv's ice cream parlors offer much more than basic flavors, as the taste buds are eclectic and strive for new flavors, such as Halva, poppy seed, and even a touch of alcoholic liqueurs in the ice cream (Try these places: Vaniglia, Iceberg, Gelateria Siciliana, Dr. Lek and Aldo).

  • Tel Aviv Sea Port.
  • The Salon 8 Maavar Yabok ($$$$$ but worth it)
  • Whitehall [], 6 Mendele st. (opp. Dan Hotel), 03-5249282. Open every day 12PM-12AM.
  • Noa Bistro Provides its guests with both a visual and a culinary experience.
  • Sub Coch Milega. 22 Ha-Mashbir Street (Florentin), 03-6813412 - Popular budget Indian restaurant. One of the best places in Tel Aviv for vegetarians.
  • The 11th Floor Restaurant, Crown Plaza City Center Hotel, Azrieli Towers, Tel Aviv (Azriely). Breakfast: Sunday – Friday: 6:30 am – 10:30 am.. The 11th Floor Restaurant has views of the cityscape of Tel Aviv.

The spacious restaurant features parquet flooring and extensive use of white, brown and mustard. In line with the restaurant’s design, also the dishes served from the kitchen are surprisingly creative. The combination of style, excellent food, top-class service and views from above afford the restaurant the ambience of the finest New York restaurants. Chef Eitan Mizrahi has created an outstanding kosher menu.

  • Dixie (Totzeret Ha'aretz st.), 03-696-6123 One of the first restaurants in Tel-Aviv famous for being open 24/7, serves American food, including steaks, hamburgers and an excellent side-dish named home-fries.


Tel Aviv is called "The city that never stops" by tourists and locals alike. It has a wide range of pubs, bars, clubs and it is known worldwide for its nightlife. The entire city is crawling with nightlife attractions and you would actually have to work pretty hard to find yourself further than 500 meters away from a place to have a drink. People from all the surrounding region come to Tel Aviv to have a drink or a party so on weekends traffic is hectic at late hours and finding a parking spot is somewhere between hard and impossible (so sticking to cabs is not a bad idea). Buses stop running at sundown on Friday and only start again after sundown on Saturday, so if you go out on Friday night you may find yourself forced to take a cab if you cannot walk! But any day is a good day to party in Tel Aviv, not just the weekends.

New places are opening and closing every day and the "hottest spots" change every couple of months, so no internet guide will be able to direct you to the hippest place (even though some may try). Many places in Tel Aviv have minimum age limitations that vary from 18+ to 30+. Usually the limitation is different between males and females and while some spots may be flexible others will be as strict as possible.

Israel has no unique drinking culture so any place with any self-respect will have the entire world wide alcohol selection available, from Wine and Beer to Tequila, Arak, Vodka, Whiskey and Cognac. One of the most popular drinks is the local Goldstar beer and at the moment (2010) the Arabic drink, Arak (it means "sweat" in Arabic) is all the rage in pubs and bars.

Even though the entire city is full of spots to hang out, there are a few places that have an unusual amount of pubs/clubs:

  • Tel Aviv seaport (Namal) - Located at beach side to the west of the Yarkon Park right between Tel Aviv center and north is the old seaport. The entire place is full of clubs, pubs and restaurants right next to each other door by door. Notable places: TLV Club, UpTown, Erlich, Shalvata, Seabreeze, Whiskey a gogo and more. Very busy in weekends during the summer and on warm days during the rest of the year, as this area attracts people from all around the city and the wider Gush Dan area.
  • Dizengoff - Ben Yehuda St. - The north ends of these streets are full of chic bars that are packed almost every day with a 22+ crowd. Sometimes it's just hard to breath there. Notable: Friends, Bergman, Rosa, Yermiyahu.and "223" bar for more of the new york speak easy cool spoot
  • The Boardwalk (Tayellet) - The entire beach area from the seaport in the north to Jaffa in the south is full of mainly cafes, restaurants and bars. Some are normal open bars while others actually spread to the beach with tables on the sand. This is the more "touristy" area of Tel Aviv's nightlife scene, that the "real Tel-Avivians" try to avoid.
  • Allenby St. - Going from the Beach to the west all the way to the south-east of Tel Aviv, Allenby is one of the longest streets in the city. The western area is full of mainly pubs and dance-bars, not the hippest clubs but stable places that have been there for years and are occasionally full of tourists. Allenby Street may sometimes feel a bit dodgy but fear not. It's cheap but mostly not recommended to eat.
  • Lilinblum - Levontine - Nahlat Binyamin st. - A few streets around the east side of Allenby with many trendy pubs with an extremely sophisticated crowd, and many dance bars that range from the bluntly commercial to the leftfield indie. Any arrivals to this area will ensure a good drink. Notable: Shesek, Lima Lima, Atara, Betty Ford, Bordel, Flame, Academia, Abraxas, Minus one and more.
  • Ha'Masger - Ha'Rakevet St.' - Mainly a clubbing area for Tel Aviv's younger crowd (18-19) with huge clubs and dance bars. Notable: Dome, Vox and more.
  • Florentin - Mostly small neighborhood bars for a cool fun night out in a chic area in Tel Aviv. Most spots in Florentin appeal to the artsy and indie crowd. Florentin has a "rugged" appearance, especially at night, but it is totally safe. Notable: Hudna (Abarbanel street), Comfort 13, Haoman 17 and all the little places on Florentine st. and Vital st.
  • King George-Tshernechovsky (HaMelech George) - in the close to Shenkin st. upper side of King George you can find some alternative cafes and bars, like "Geatzel Shapira" on Almonit lane and "little prince" which is the center of the young poetry revival movement that connected to "Maayan" poetry magazine and others interesting poetry or art fanzines. On Tshernechovsky, not far from there, there are several cafes and cheap restaurants. close to Dizengoff Center, you can find "Bacho" cafe, a nice place with too-artistic atmohphere, "Hakosem Falafel" and the "Yemen Falafel", both recommended.
  • Ibn Gvirol - A lately very developed pubbing area with some of the coolest pubs in Tel Aviv. During the day appeals to the many lawyers and businessmen working in the area. Notable: 2 clubs - Vila Sokolov and Landen, and the pubs-restaurants Dorothy Gale, Brasserie and Liliroz.
  • Habarzel (Ramat Ha'Chayal) - Located at the north near the rich neighborhoods. This area has been developed to accommodate the vast high-tech industry around it, so one can expect somewhat commercialized and rather upscale spots. Notable: Leo Blooms, Molly's, Frame, Sushi Samba, Giraf, Black, Segev Express, Moses, Max Brener.
  • Karlibach - A new clubbing area with pubs growing in every corner. Notable: ZiziTripo, Hachatul Ve'Hakelev.

  • tepale', 87 king george,  972-50-3337095. A true Israeli experience !! Cheep.

Famous Tourists Spots

  • Mike's Place, 86 Herbert Samuel (Next to American Embassy). An American style bar located right by the American embassy that features live music every night of the week. Also features outdoor seating in the more pleasant weather, pool table and televised sporting events. Mostly Anglo 20-30 something crowd, very good bar with several kinds of beer on tap.
  • Molly Bloom's Irish pub, 2 Mendele St.. The first Irish pub in Tel Aviv. The pub has a great atmosphere and reasonable prices, and is quite busy on weekends. Also, it's close to the hotels. Usually hosts many people from the UK and from the Republic of Ireland.
  • The English Bar (Allenby st. near the beach). A UK based sports bar and if you happen to end up there during a Premiership game, you're in for a native UK experience.
  • Mendalimos, Hayarkon 102 (infront of the Dan Hotel),  +972-508-464462, e-mail: An Israeli pub and dance-bar. This is where a lot of the locals go to just to grab a beer or to enjoy the nightlife scene. Vintage design indoors, alongside outdoor balcony in which all the most important sports games are broadcast. Trendiest music from abroad and Israel.
  • Dancing Camel Brewing Company, Hataasiya 12 (corner Hamasger,  +972-3-624-2783, e-mail: Tel Aviv's only microbrewery and Israel's oldest continually operating microbrewery. Featuring 16 types of hand-crafted beers brewed on premises. Always an interesting seasonal beer or two (try the Golem - an Iced IPA at 11.3% on tap every full moon). Bar extends into the brewery so you can sit only a few feet from the copper brewhouse. Live Blues on Monday nights, Jazz on Tuesday nights. During Football season enjoy Sunday night football every week. Nice mix of Anglo-Israeli crowd; highest rated beer destination in Israel on

Tel Aviv Gay Scene

Tel Aviv is home to the leading gay community in Israel and all of the Middle-East, and is a very friendly city towards gay people. The most popular gay bar in the city is the "Evita" on Yavneh street. There are many gay clubs and parties. Some of which have been running for several years already (Shirazi's FFF line, which is currently taking place in the 'Haoman 17' club. The electro 'PAG' line). Others are changing from time to time. There is also a gay accommodation (see the Sleep section).

There is a gay beach in the city, next to Hilton Hotel (the gay beach called "Hilton Beach"). It is full of young gay Israelis, especially in the weekends. Next to Dizengof Center you may see gay couples walking freely all day long.


The Tel Aviv club scene is comparable to those in most European capitals. Top international DJs regularly perform in Tel Aviv, with clubs constantly vying to outdo each other with ever more extravagant parties. Up to date English language party listings are readily available online.

The biggest and newest club (mimicking New York's Roxy) in the city is Haoman 17 (Florentin quarter).

Other fantastic clubs are TLV, Dome (gay; Offer Nissim is the resident DJ), Vox, Powder and the "indie" Cafe Barzilay and Studio 46.

Rock clubs, include Barbie Club, in Kibutz Galuyot St, or the Zappa Club, in the northeastern neighbourhood of Ramat haChayal, among others, host concerts almost every night of the week.

Billiards (pool) clubs, include Gypsy on Kikar Atarim (Atarim plaza) in Hayarkon St.

Dance clubs

Salsa clubs

  • Galina Club. Saturday afternoon and the local club scene is buzzing. 6PM the doors will open. Outside deck is huge and located in front of the sea. Inside the DJ is blowing the roof in pure Galina style. The queue is long so best come early on the weekends. Prices are not cheap.


Coffee shops have been an inseparable part of the Tel Aviv cultural lifestyle ever since the city was founded, as cafés were always the favorite hanging spots of the local bohemia. It is therefore no surprise that Tel Aviv boasts many cafés, which can be found everywhere in the city, offering aromatic Italian Espressos and Capuccinos (called "Hafukh", meaning upside-down, in Hebrew). Espresso-bar, Cafeneto, Café-café and arcaffé are some of the local chain-cafés. Aroma's the biggest among them. Feel free to spend hours in a coffee shop - no one will slap the check on your table or require you to order more stuff.

Bohemian 'Puah' (located in the Jaffa flea market), Café Noah, Chic 'Le Central' (Rothschild Av.), and 'Tolaat Sfarim' (Rabin Sq.) are recommended for their very distinctive and Israeli café-drinking experience.



Tel Aviv's markets are the best show in town, and they're bustling all day long. A Middle Eastern mélange of tastes, scents, sounds, colors – and lots of people.

  • The Carmel Market - fruit and vegetables, and also candy, clothing, toys, cellphone accessories, kitchen gadjets
  • The Flea Market - antiques markets in Old Jaffa.
  • The Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall - arts and crafts; located a few yards east of the Carmel Market
  • Creative Artists Fair
  • Antiques and Secondhand items fair
  • Levinsky Market in Florentin — the best place in Tel Aviv to buy spices, dried fruits, and different kinds of legume. This small market is stretched along Levinsky Street in southern Tel Aviv, between Hertzel and Ha-Aliya streets, ten minutes of walking from the Central Bus Station.
  • Hatikva Market in HaTiqva — a good place for Jewish-Iraqi cuisine, in the south-eastern "Hatikva" neighbourhood.


Israel has the highest ratio of shopping mall sqm per capita, in the world. As malls are good places to catch some air-conditioning in the hot Israeli climate, they have quickly become a preferable place of entertainment for the locals. The variety is usually mid-range, mainstream, with both international and local brands.

Tel Aviv has 6 major malls.

  • Azriely Center, the biggest shopping mall with attractions, Dizengoff Center, the first mall and Gan Ha'ir are located in the center.
  • Ramat Aviv mall is a slightly more upmarket than your usual mall located in the north.
  • Central Bus Station is a huge, mostly bargain stores mall located in the south.
  • Ayalon mall is a mall located in the northern point of Ramat Gan, bordering with Tel Aviv. It has a large variety of stores and a big movie theater north.

Shopping Streets

The air-conditioned malls threaten to destroy the concept of shopping streets, but some of the more special ones still survive.

  • Most of the shopping streets can be found in the center

Dizengoff Street is popular with the shoppers as the street is peppered with numerous specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the sprawling Dizengoff Center Mall. One of the cities best second hand clothing shops can be found at the corner of Dizengoff and Frishman Streets in the covered passageway. It's called Daffodil 11, and the shop sells modern, trendy clothing at unbelievably low prices. Second-hand clothing shops are getting very popular in Tel Aviv and you'll find them scattered all over the city.

Shenkin St. is one of the most popular streets in Tel Aviv, either for shopping or just for a coffee or light lunch.

The street is full of shops and cafés, some more expensive and some less. Many Israeli designers have small shops there, whether as groups or if they are successful, their own private place. Whether you are looking for a smart suite or presents for your children, you will have a wide selection on this street.

Daffodil 11 101 Dizengoff Hod Passage, Tel Aviv

If you're lucky enough to be in Tel Aviv in February or August, you can find the city's most talented designers gathered together in one place with the best of their collections on display – and for sale. Twice a year, for three days each time, a giant fashion fair called City Designers' Market is held in Tel Aviv. Whatever you do, don't miss this colorful carnival of cutting-edge fashion!

Books and music

The country's widespread Steimatzky and Zomet Sfarim chains are a good source for current books. Almost every shop has at least a selection in English. Allenby St. has a number of second hand bookshops, most sell (and buy) English books. For music, check out Tower Records shop in the opera tower, on the corner of Alenby and Herbert Samuel. For the more alternative crowd, Krembo Records in Shenkin Street and Third Ear on King George Street will satisfy your needs.

  • Sipur Pashut book shop. - Founded in 2003 by Neve Tzedek residents, the Sipur Pashut Book Shop is counted among Israel’s outstanding, independent bookshops. Sipur Pashut holds a vast English collection. For more details [10]

Art, Craft, Judaica, Jewelry

Gordon Street is famous for its art galleries. Ben-Yehuda Street has several Judaica\Jewelery\souvenirs shops. You can buy jewelry from Michal Negrin, a world-famous Israeli designer, in her shops at the Azriely mall and on Sheinkin st. The prices are much better than abroad. For more original crafts and Judaica, try the Nahlat Binyamin craft market mentioned above.

List of Art Galleries:

Raw Art Gallery [11] which is in the southern part of Tel Aviv. 3 Shvil Ha'Meretz Street, Building 8 , 4th Floor. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6832559

Gordon Contemporary art by local artists. [12] 95 Ben Yehuda Street. Tel-Aviv ,Israel. +972-3-5240323

Sommer Young contemporary art by Israeli and international artists. [13] 13 Rothschild Blvd. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-5166400


Antiques Shops:

Egozi Gallery Gallery and an auction house for art and antiques. [14] 35 Shaul Ha'Melech. (America bldg, near the Tel Aviv Muesuem) Tel Aviv. Israel +972-3-5277282

Palestine 8 Oley Tzion- in the Jaffa Flea Market, Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6812581

Ziva Tal Antique Shop 207 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-5275311

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