Things to Know
Sitting on the shores of the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is often referred to as "The Miami of the Middle East", "The city that never sleeps" and "Party capital of the Middle East". Doubtless, these attributes make up a big part of Tel Aviv’s appeal, however, beyond its endless sandy beaches, fashionable promenade, young trendy atmosphere and liberal character, you will find that the city that gave birth to the modern nation of Israel is also home to a plethora of cultural attractions. From the stunning “White City” and the Old Port of Jaffa to the lively streets of Neve Tzedek and the wonderful promenade, Tel Aviv caters to the culture buff and the thrill seeker alike - a true metropolitan city with an air of perpetual renewal that is sure to captivate all those who visit.
Things to See
Eretz Israel Museum
Comprised of more than fifteen buildings and spread across a beautiful campus in the Ramat Aviv district of Tel Aviv, this stunning multidisciplinary museum exhibits the Israeli culture of the past and present.
Originally known as the Dizengoff House, this is the location where the Israeli Declaration of Independence was singed on May 14, 1948. It now functions as a museum dedicated to the signing of the Israeli Declaration of Independence and to the history of Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Tel Aviv museum of Art is Israel’s largest art museum. It houses an impressive collection of local and international art that includes permanent as well as temporary exhibits.
Nachum Gutman Museum of Art
Located in Neve Tzedek and housed in the historical Writer’s Home, this art museum showcases the works of celebrated Israeli artist Nahum Gutman as well as that of other artists from the field of contemporary art.
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art
Tucked away inside the beautiful Gan Yaakov park, the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art features ever changing exhibitions that showcase a diverse range of fields and practices in Israeli and International contemporary art.
Design Museum Holon
An architectural icon located in the suburb of Holon. It houses a rotating exhibition of international furniture, products, and industrial designs and its goal is to help visitors gain a deeper appreciation of design and the role it plays in our lives.
St. Peter’s Church
Featuring a tall brick façade and a soaring bell tower, St Peter’s church is the largest and most distinctive building in Old Jaffa. It was built in 1894 and it also contains the remnants of St Louis’ citadel where it is said that Napoleon stayed in 1799 during the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria.
Things to Do
Spend a day in Jaffa’s Old City and Its Port
Jaffa is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean basin and its ancient port is simultaneously one of the oldest ports in the world and also the place from which the modern city of Tel Aviv has sprung. Delightfully antique and atmospheric, today Jaffa is a maze of stores and cafeterias that will often become enveloped by Jaffa’s flea market. Enjoy wandering through its narrow alleys, take in the beautiful architecture, and find yourself a spot in one of the local restaurants to sample some delicious local cuisine.
Discover the Trendy Neve Tzedek
Neve Tzedek may be the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv but as is often the case with this city of contradictions, it is also one of its trendiest districts. With a laid-back atmosphere and a quirky architectural style that is telling of the neighborhood’s artistic heritage, Neve Tzedek is home to a number of art galleries, fashion boutiques, luxurious restaurants, excellent wine bars and cozy cafeterias. While you’re in the area, don’t miss out on the remarkable Nachum Gutman Museum of Art.
Treat Yourself to Some Local Flavors
Beyond its reputation of being the party capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv is also famous for its rich and diverse culinary scene. Getting lost in its food markets is a great way to explore this side of Tel Aviv and with several different markets around the city you will be spoilt for choice! The food markets of Carmel, Levinsky and Sarona are a great starting point that will pretty much cover all the bases regardless of whether you are looking for something informal like food stands and lunch trucks or a more upscale experience at a restaurant.
Experience the Local Nightlife
If it is the excitement of an evening out in a foreign country that you are looking for, Tel Aviv surely won’t fail to impress you. Spread throughout most parts of the city you will find anything from dimly lit wine bars to thumping open-all-night clubs with DJs spinning their tracks well into the wee morning hours. The square surrounding the Great Synagogue on Allenby Street is a popular nightlife hotspot and a great place from where to start your evening.
Escape the Noise in Park HaYarkon
Located in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, the enormous Park HaYarkon is to Tel Aviv what Central Park is to New York. Boasting extensive lawn areas, sport facilities, six gardens, a water park, and two outdoor concert venues, this is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tel Aviv and enjoy some quiet time amidst peaceful nature.
Hit the Beach
An attractive beach on a small bay that is popular among locals and visitors alike. Visit between Sunday and Thursday to avoid large crowds.
Type: White sand, organized.
A sandy beach with a laid-back atmosphere and a distinct bohemian character.
Type: White sand, organized.
Southern end of the promenade