What to do in Tel Aviv

 

RESTAURANTS

Tel Aviv is a cosmopolitan city, as reflected in its restaurants and cafés. Cuisines of all types – Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, vegetarian, and so on – are available in the city. Fans of Otam Ottolenghi will also want to sample local Israeli and Palestinian specialities. If you wish to find a restaurant to suit your taste, check out the following site:

http://www.restaurants-in-israel.co.il/SearchResults.aspx?name=&area=9&city=1&FType

  

MUSEUMS AND SITES

 

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Visiting Hours:

Sunday: Closed

Monday, Wednesday: 10:00-18:00

Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00-21:00

Friday: 10:00-14:00

Saturday: 10:00-18:00

http://www.tamuseum.com/en/default.aspx

 

Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People

Visiting Hours:

Sunday- Wednesday: 10:00-19:00

Thursday: 10:00-22:30

Friday: 09:00-14:00

Saturday: 10:00-15:00

Carefully view visiting hours for each exhibition

http://www.bh.org.il/default.aspx

 

Eretz Israel Museum

Visiting Hours:

Sunday-Wednesday: 10:00-16:00

Thursday: 10:00-20:00 (the ethnography and folklore display is open until 16:00)

Friday: 10:00-14:00

Saturday: 10:00-16:00

http://www.eretzmuseum.org.il/e

 

ACTIVITIES AND PLACES OF INTEREST

The Tel Aviv Promenade

This bustling promenade, which stretches from Jaffa in the south to Independence Park in the north, is perfect for strolling along the seafront, enjoying amazing sunsets, taking stunning photos, and enjoying a coffee or a meal in one of the many cafés or restaurants along the way. There is a separate lane for biking enthusiasts.

The Carmel Market and the Nachlat Binyamin Artists’ Fair

The Carmel Market, which is situated on Allenby Street, offers a feast of scents and colors. It is open every day except Saturday. Nearby on Nachlat Binyamin Street, you can visit the Artists’ Fair, which is held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Neve Tzedek

This is the old part of the city of Tel Aviv, close to the Carmel Market. Neve Tzedek is a unique neighborhood, known for its beautiful houses, artisan boutiques, and cafés, as well as the Susanne Dellal Center, Chelouche House, Nachum Gutman Museum, and more.

Hatachana (The Station)

The Station is located south of Neve Tzedek, just before Jaffa.

Two centuries ago, the railway line between Jaffa and Jerusalem was established here. The first railway line between Asia Minor and Egypt, it replaced the camel as the means of conveying heavy cargos over long distances. Today, the Station complex occupies some 20 hectares and contains 22 painstakingly restored buildings from various periods. Find out more at

http://www.hatachana.co.il/Home

 

Jaffa (Yafo)

One of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited for over 3,000 years, Old Jaffa offers tourists a wealth of interesting sites including the Old Port with its new promenade, art galleries, the flea market, and a huge green park with grassy slopes leading down to the sea.

Cycling

More and more bicycle lanes are available to people who want to explore Tel Aviv by bike. You can rent green bikes from highly visible locations all over the city. Find out more at https://www.tel-o-fun.co.il/en

 

Bookstores

 

Little Prince (HaNasich Hakatan)

A wide variety of books in Hebrew, Russian, French, Spanish, and a whole room of books in Engliah. There is also a cozy tree-shaded courtyard where you can have coffee while reading, share a drink with friends, or snack. 19 King George Street. +972-3-525-3632

Lotus Books

Known for their collection of out-of-print titles. 101 Allenby Street. +972-3-566-3630.

Robinson Books

One of the oldest and best-known bookstores in Tel Aviv, in existence since 1889. 31 Nahalat Binyamin Steet. +972-3-560-5461.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Here are some useful websites:

The public bus transportation operator in Israel:

http://www.egged.co.il/HomePage.aspx

The public bus transportation operator in the Tel Aviv area:

http://www.dan.co.il/english/

Israel Railways:

http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/Homepage.aspx

Taxis – All the taxi ranks in Tel Aviv (Hebrew site):

http://www.callmonit.co.il/all_taxies/tel-aviv.html

Car rental by the hour:

http://www.car2go.co.il/giv/index.php?lang=en

 

SECURITY

Visitors to Israel are often understandably concerned about security. While the danger of terrorism has been and continues to be real, the same is unfortunately true of a number of European and North American cities, including Paris, Brussels, and London. At the same time, Israeli security efforts are comprehensive and the overall terrorism rate is low. As a consequence the major threat to visitors in Tel Aviv are the same as those in any large modern city—primarily theft and assault—and the precautions one would adopt in, say, New York City, are precisely the ones to adopt in Tel Aviv.

 

GENERAL

For more information about Tel Aviv:

http://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/eng/visitors/Pages/VisitorLobby.aspx?tm=3

In order to find your way around Tel Aviv, check the map on the following site:

http://www.placesonline.com/asia/israel/tel_aviv/map.asp