Whether you are living in Tel Aviv or just visiting, you’ve probably asked yourself more than once: what should I do today? Lucky for you, you are in a city that is full of things to do! Celebrate Tel Aviv at its full potential with our recommendations for Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv! (Photo credits: Elli Mazkevich)
GO TO THE BEACH
The Tel Aviv promenade (Tayelet) and beaches are a great place to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and the vibrant atmosphere of the city. The promenade stretches for about 5 kilometers (3 miles) along the coastline, from the Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa. It is a wide, paved walkway with plenty of space for people to walk, run, bike, or skate. There are also benches, public art installations, and playgrounds along the way. The beaches along the promenade are some of the best in Israel. They are clean, sandy, and well-maintained. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months, and there are also a variety of water sports and activities available. Read our guide for the Best Beaches in Israel.
EAT IN ONE OF TEL AVIV’S DELICIOUS RESTAURANTS
Tel Aviv is a foodie paradise, with hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger, a decadent brunch, or a Chefs meal, you’ll find it all here. We’ve done the hard work for you, creating lovingly curated guides to all the best restaurants in town. So sit back, relax, and let us take you on a culinary journey through Tel Aviv. Check out our Food and Drink page.
GO TO A PARTY, MEETUP OR A CONCERT
There are always great events going on in Tel Aviv like top parties to meet some people, hi-tech meetups to learn from the best, best international and local concerts for every taste, food events to enjoy top gastronomy or incredible cultural highlights. Always stay updated of Tel Aviv’s best events, check out our Events Page. And with amazing music venues like Barby, hipster hangouts like TEDER and Kuli Alma, and cool little local bars on every corner, it is hard to have a bad night out in Tel Aviv, read our Guide for the Best Bars and Clubs in Tel Aviv to find the best spots!
Rothschild boulevard is one of the main parts of Tel Aviv, located in the center, it’s the IT place of the city! This iconic boulevard is lined with beautiful Bauhaus-style buildings, trendy restaurants, hip cafes and one of the main cultural centers – Habima Square. It’s the perfect place to stroll, people-watch, and soak up the energy of the city! Don’t forger to explore the nearby Shenkin Street, a small but packed street of shops and restaurants, a small, but packed street of cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Check out Secret Tel Aviv Map to find all out favorite places nearby!
EXPERIENCE ISRAELI MARKETS
Tel Aviv is a city that is full of life and energy, and nowhere is this more evident than at Shuk HaCarmel and Nahalat Binyamin Street. Shuk HaCarmel is a sensory overload in the best way possible, here you can find everything from fresh produce and spices to clothing and souvenirs. Nahalat Binyamin Street is a pedestrian-only street that is lined with art galleries, boutiques, and cafes. The street is also home to the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Fair, which takes place every Tuesday and Friday. Find more Shopping Streets and Malls in our Guide!
WANDER THROUGH JAFFA
Jaffa was once the main port of entry to the Land of Israel, and it is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Jonah set sail for Tarshish. Jaffa is a must-see for any tourist. One of the most popular attractions in Jaffa is the Flea Market, it’s a great place to find antiques, souvenirs, and other unique items. Another must-see is the Jaffa Port, where you can find fresh fish, cool shops or take a boat tour! Finally, no visit to Jaffa would be complete without exploring the Jaffa Old City, where you can discover hidden gems, such as the Suspended Orange Tree and Wishing bridge.
VISIT TEL AVIV PORT AKA NAMAL
The Namal (hebrew for Port) is one of the most popular places amongst tourists, and for a good reason! The beautiful port is filled with activities for the whole family, popular restaurants, an infamous Shalvata club, a food market and all kinds of shops, this is a great place to find sportswear and sports gear in general, cheap outlets of big brands, as well as home decor and high-end shops with international brands. Most of the restaurants and shops are open on Saturdays.
TAKE A WALK THROUGH HAYARKON PARK
It’s hard to believe that less than 100 years ago Tel Aviv was just sand dunes. Of all the amazing things that have been built in this time, one of the most amazing has to be HaYarkon Park – a green oasis in the middle of this hot chaotic city. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, take a quick visit to the park and breath in the fresh air. It is perfect for many different activities – running, working out, walking around, having a picnic, getting lost in nature and even watching a concert! Check out more about what Park Hayarkon has to offer. And find all the Best Parks in Tel Aviv in our Guide.
CHECK OUT OLD GERMAN VILLAGE – SARONA
Sarona is located in the heart of Tel Aviv, just a short walk from the Rothschild Boulevard and the Azrieli Center. No visit to Sarona would be complete without sampling the delicious food from the Sarona Market. After lunch, explore the restored Templar buildings, which now house a variety of shops, art galleries, and cafes. In the evening, enjoy a drink at one of Sarona’s bars. And don’t forget to explore the park, where you can relax in the shade of the trees or take a bike ride along the winding paths.
DISCOVER TEL AVIV’S TRENDIEST NEIGHBOURHOOD – NEVE TZEDEK
Neve Tzedek is Tel Aviv’s bohemian quarter, with vintage boutiques, art galleries, and trendy cafes. The main drag, Shabazi Street, is a shopper’s paradise, with everything from high-end designer labels to quirky one-of-a-kind finds. But Neve Tzedek is more than just a place to shop. It’s also a great place to people-watch, sip coffee, and soak up the atmosphere. Our to-go places there: the best bakery Alexander, Dallal restaurant, and Suzanne Dellal center for Dance and Theater.
GET A TASTE OF HIPSETR’S PARADISE – FLORENTIN
Florentin is a hipster’s paradise, the streets are lined with funky cafes , buzzing bars, and graffiti-covered walls. You can find everything here from cool cafes (like p.o.c. cafe) to the best Mexican restaurant Mezcal, and there is always something going on, day or night. We recommend you to take a Graffiti tour (check some of them here) to see the whole beauty of this neighborhood! Also you can also explore the Levinsky Shuk, open-air market with food stalls, spice shops, and more.
TALE A STROLL THROUGH DIZENGOFF STREET
Dizengoff Street is a popular shopping and dining destination. Start your day with some shopping at Dizengoff Center and many boutiques and department stores along the street. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the many cafes or restaurants for a delicious meal. And when the sun goes down, the street comes alive with its vibrant nightlife scene, there are bars and clubs to suit every taste. The main part of Dizengoff is it’s square with a beautiful fountain in the middle, around the square you can find great cafes (like Nahat Coffee), restaurants (Tandoori, La Shuk, Cafe Cucu, Anastasia), and iconic street food Sabich Frishman and Yashka.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIXED AT MUSEUMS
Tel Aviv is a city that loves to learn. From its world-renowned museums to the smallest museum in the world, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant metropolis. Whether you’re interested in the history of the Jewish people, the art of the Middle East, or the modern state of Israel, you’ll find a perfect museum at our Guide to the Best Museums in Tel Aviv.
DIVE INTO TEL AVIV’S ART SCENE
Tel Aviv is a city on fire! In recent years, it has undergone a cultural and art revolution, with new galleries and museums opening up all the time. One of our favorites is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which houses a world-class collection of paintings by top artists, as well as rotating temporary exhibitions. For an interactive experience, take a guided tour or a workshop, or wander the streets of Florentin to see some of the city’s best street art. Read our guide for the Best Art Museums and Galleries in Tel Aviv.
WATCH A PLAY AT ONE OF TEL AVIV’S BEST THEATERS
Tel Aviv is a theater lover’s paradise. From the iconic Habima Theater to the small Tmuna Theater, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re into classic plays, musicals, or avant-garde theater, you’re sure to find something to your taste. And with English subtitles available at many theaters, you don’t have to worry about missing out on a great show. Check out our guide for Best Theaters in Tel Aviv.
CATCH A NEW MOVIE
With so many great films hitting the screen, we’ve created a guide to the Best Cinemas in Tel Aviv to catch a movie in Tel Aviv. We’ve divided them into three categories: Commercial Cinemas, Indie Cinemas, and the Out-of-Town Multiplexes. And if you’re looking for showtimes, just Google “cinema listings Tel Aviv” and you’ll be all set.
PLAN A BIT OF SHOPPING
Tel Aviv’s shopping scene is growing by the minute! Each day new stores open their doors with amazing designs and unique products. From high-end designer boutiques to quirky vintage stores, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re looking for a bargain, don’t forget to check out the city’s many markets. Check out our Guide for the best Shopping in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is the perfect place for a family holiday! As any parent will understand, holidays can be challenging, and to help you pass the time, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite kid-friendly activities in the city. From the beaches to the museums, the parks to the playgrounds, we’ve got you covered, check out our Top things to do with kids in Tel Aviv Guide!