Resort

Israel,
Tel Aviv

Introduction

Gritty and confident, Tel Aviv is building on its reputation as a European city perched on the corner of the Middle East. With an explosion of technology start-ups, Tel Aviv is quietly becoming an unlikely incubator of innovation. Founded in 1909, the city is the world’s only Hebrew metropolis but is increasingly looking to internationalise itself.

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Essentials

  1. Your best public transport option is the “sherut” - mini-vans that ply the city’s main arteries picking up and dropping off passengers on request.
  2. Tel Aviv’s 14km of coast is its crown jewel and – weather permitting – a dip in the sea is a must.
  3. Israeli wines are becoming world-class. Wineries of note include Recanati, Dalton, Yarden and Binyamina.
  4. The newly-opened section of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art puts the city on the global stage of architecture, and deserves a thorough visit.
  5. The recently renovated Old Train Station at Jaffa’s northern edge is a one-stop shop for local fashion, design and food. Avoid the weekends, though the Friday Organic Market is worth a visit.

Two-hour tour

  • Bauhaus Foundation Museum

    21 Bialik Street

    +972 3620 4664

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  • Peres Center for Peace and Ajami Neighborhood — Massimiliano Fuksas’ sea-front structure is an elegant melange of shimmering concrete and glass.

    132 Kedem Street, Jaffa

    +972 3568 0680

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  • 49th floor of the round building, Azrieli Towers — Panoramic view of the city ( and a good lunch at the 2C restaurant).

    132 Menachem Begin Road

    +972 3608 1990

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Alma Hotel

    23 Yavne Street

    +972 3630 8777

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  • Dependable chain

    David Intercontinental Hotel

    12 Kaufman Street

    +972 3795 1111

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  • Premium

    Hotel Montefiore

    36 Montefiore Street

    +972 3564 6100

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    The Brasserie

    70 Ibn Gvirol Street

    +972 3696 7111

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    Puaa

    Jaffa Flea Market

    +972 3682 3821

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  • Sunset cocktails

    Kalamata

    10 Kedumim Square, Jaffa

    +972 3681 9998

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  • Dinner with friends

    Shila

    182 Ben Yehuda Street

    +972 3522 1224

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  • Big celebration dinner

    Zepra

    96 Igal Alon Street

    +972 3624 0044

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  • Drinks after dinner

    Gastropub Yehuda HaLevi 58

    58 Yehuda HaLevi Street

    +972 3560 5027

  • Late dinner

    Mizlala by Meir Adoni

    57 Nahalat Binyamin

    +972 3566 5505

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Café Sheleg

    44 Geula

    +972 3510 1710

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  • Lunch with friends

    Rustico

    15 Rothschild Boulevard

    +972 3510 0039

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  • Dinner for two

    Toto

    4 Berkovits Street

    +972 3693 5151

  • Late drinks

    Har Sinai

    2 Har Sinai

    +972 3560 6406

Reading

  • Bookshop

    The Book Worm

    7 Mazeh Street

    +972 3535 7907

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Bauhaus Center

    99 Dizengoff Street

    +972 3522 0249

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    HaMashbir

    Dizengoff Center, Dizengoff Street

    +972 3622 7444

  • Something for the kids

    Made in TLV

    HaTahana, Old Train Station, Jaffa

    +972 3510 4333

  • Something for someone you love

    Olia for premium, Israeli-made olive oil and olive oil products

    73 Frishman Street

    +972 3522 3235

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  • Something for yourself

    Shlush Shloshim Cermaics Co-Op

    33 Shabazi Street

    +972 3510 6067

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Transport

  • Public transport — Tel Aviv is the hub for Israel’s elaborate public transport system - where its main national and local bus networks converged with the nation’s increasingly expanding train lines. Within the city itself, short-term travellers should skip buses in favour of reasonably priced taxis while the nearby Jerusalem, Haifa or the Dead Sea are easily reached by the Egged Bus Line (egged.co.il). Trains (rail.co.il) are best for rides north to high-tech Herzliyah, Haifa and down south to Beer Sheva, while journeys from Ben Gurion International Airport are easiest via taxi.

  • Rent a bike — Tel Aviv’s new public bike-sharing scheme offers cycles by the day or hour at locations city-wide.

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Fitness

  • Good gym

    Cybex

    Tel Aviv Hilton, Independence Park

    +972 3520 2222

  • Good running route — Tel Aviv's Mediterranean-front Tayelet (promenade) is flat, well-paved, scenic and now extends from the well-heeled north to its bohemian south. Expect to clock in a good 10km each way.

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