Tel Aviv


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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  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


  • 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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  • Fast breakfast

    The Brasserie

    70 Ibn Gvirol Street

    +972 3696 7111

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  • Leisurely breakfast


    Jaffa Flea Market

    +972 3682 3821

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  • Sunset cocktails


    10 Kedumim Square, Jaffa

    +972 3681 9998

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  • Dinner with friends


    182 Ben Yehuda Street

    +972 3522 1224

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  • Big celebration dinner


    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


    15 Rothschild Boulevard

    +972 3510 0039

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  • Dinner for two


    4 Berkovits Street

    +972 3693 5151

  • Late drinks

    Har Sinai

    2 Har Sinai

    +972 3560 6406


  • Bookshop

    The Book Worm

    7 Mazeh Street

    +972 3535 7907

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  • 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


    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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  • 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 ( Trains ( 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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  • Good gym


    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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