Tel AvivTel Aviv, alongside Jerusalem, is one of the two most popular tourist destinations in Israel, as well as the economic and cultural centre of the country. The seaside location makes Tel Aviv an appealing summertime destination, and its reputation for lively nightlife and a burgeoning cultural scene explains it being dubbed the 'city that never stops'.
The CityIn dramatic contrast to the nation's capital, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv isn't a city steeped in its historic past. Instead, it is a living, breathing urban centre, one that boasts burgeoning cultural, culinary, and nightlife scenes. Made up of several starkly different neighbourhoods, Tel Aviv has something to offer for the history-lover and the hip young traveller curious about modern Israeli culture. One of the city's oldest areas — the Ottoman-era Jaffa — is now as old as three millennia, and entices visitors with ancient buildings, biblical artefacts, and a still operational, charming fishing port. Another neighbourhood to be written into any visitor's route is the Neve Tzedek. Stroll around the charming streets of one of Tel Aviv's oldest parts (the first Jewish neighbourhood to appear outside the city walls), and sit down for a slow meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes. The famous Bauhaus buildings, Tel Aviv's so-called 'White City', do not occupy an area of their own, but are scattered throughout the entire town. Tel Aviv also enjoys a breezy coastal setting on the Mediterranean, with kilometres of beaches.
Do & See
While many come to Tel Aviv for the city's gorgeous beaches and unstoppable nightlife, there is much more to see and do. Explore a combination of historical sights and attractions with cutting-edge art galleries and boutiques, the city's look ranging from modernist Bauhaus buildings and millennial architecture in Jaffa.
With a seemingly never-ending selection of places to eat, ranging from fine dining to street food, Tel Aviv is one of the region's best culinary cities. Daring chefs push the envelope when it comes to fusing tradition with innovation in the city's top restaurants, while street stalls take quick, cheap and delicious to whole new levels.
Cafes play an important role in the life of the locals of Tel Aviv. These are the places where they go not only to catch up with friends or family but to do business, too. Talented baristas serve up expertly-prepared coffee, and decadent desserts are abundant. Be sure to try some local baked goods and bread.
Bars & Nightlife
Tel Aviv is known as the party capital of the Middle East, and for good reason. The seaside location and pleasant climate mean that beach parties go on until dawn, and world-class clubs, bars and music venues draw huge crowds all year.
Shopping in Tel Aviv is ubiquitous and eclectic. From designer fashion by local and international brands, to second-hand and vintage clothes, to antiques and local delicacies — this city has it all. Markets make up one of the most essential parts of everyday life in Tel Aviv, and should not be missed, both for the experience and the great finds.