Tel Aviv lies alongside the Mediterranean coastline. With few exceptions, all points of interest for tourists are in a rectangle defined by the sea to the west, the Yarkon River to the north, the Ayalon highway to the east, and Salame Road to the south. This rectangle is separated into two long strips by Ibn-Gvirol Street, starting from the Yarkon River and changing its name to Yehuda Halevy. Most of the attractions are in the west of these strips.
Tel Aviv developed from south to north. To the south-western corner of the rectangle you will find old Jaffa. To its north, is the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jaffa, Neve Tzedek (meaning "Oasis of Justice"). To Neve Tzedek’s east is Florentin, a 1920s light-industry quarter founded by Jews from Salonika in Greece that in recent years has turned into a trendy neighborhood for young people, albeit one with a large population of older and poor people; and then the Central Bus Station area, now home to foreign workers from around the world.
To the north of Neve Tzedek is "Kerem Ha'Temanim" (the Yemenite Vineyard), a crowded but picturesque neighborhood dating to the early 20th century and east and north of here lies the city center, a chiefly residential area built in the 1920s and 1930s, where the majority of Bauhaus ("International") style architecture is to be found. Further north and east, the "old north" (not to be confused with "the north" on the other side of the Yarkon), is a more spacious residential area built during the 1940s and 1950s.
Tel Aviv residents often speak of a north-south divide in Tel Aviv-Yafo. The north is usually associated with a continental, chic, and suburbanite lifestyle centered around Kikar haMedina and "Ramat Aviv". To the south, the city takes on a more working-class and eastern, albeit evermore trendy, urban feel. A crude divide would be that all neighborhoods north of the Yarkon River are considered "north"; the area between the sea in the west, Ayalon Highway in the east, Yarkon River in the north and Salame Street in the south is considered "central" Tel Aviv. The area south of Salame Street is generally south Tel Aviv, and Jaffa lies to the South-West.
North Tel Aviv is generally more residential and family-oriented; central Tel Aviv is the hipper-younger area with many single people and couples in their 20s and 30s; south Tel Aviv is a rapidly gentrifying area with a mixed population - from older working-class people to artists to migrant African workers.
Tel Aviv is likely the most liberal city in Israel and in the Middle East - as it is no-less liberal than Western Europe's liberally-inclined major cities. It has a bustling civil society and is home to many activist movements and NGOs. Its residents tend to have liberal attitudes towards gay and lesbian rights, and, in fact, Tel Aviv hosts the largest gay pride parade in Israel (the only country in the Middle East where homosexuality is not considered illegal). It is also a destination for gay Palestinian refugees, unable to pursue their lifestyle in the Palestinian territories. With its liberalism comes a dose of sophistication and some will say detachment, and Tel Aviv is often dubbed "The Bubble" or "Medinat Tel Aviv" ("The State of Tel Aviv") by residents and non-residents alike. Some ultra-Orthodox Israelis have even dubbed the city a modern day "Sodom and Gomorrah", due to its hedonistic lifestyle.
Tel Aviv's (and Israel's) main entry point for the international traveler is Ben Gurion International Airport[url=http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/BenGurion/]](referred to by its Hebrew initials Natbag by locals). The airport comprises all the usual amenities expected from a traditional international airport and contains one of the world's largest duty-free shopping malls for an airport of its size. The airport is the hub for a number of airlines, most notably El Al. It's also one of the most secure airports in the world, given its location.
Even though the airport is called TLV it's not actually in Tel Aviv, but rather 15km away in the town of Lod. A further 20 minute drive is needed to get to Tel Aviv. This trip can be done by train, or taxi from Ben Gurion airport. There is no bus or sherut taxi to Tel Aviv from Ben Gurion.
By train: The train offers good connection to many parts of the country, including the city of Tel Aviv, with a single-ride ticket to the city for only ₪16. The station in the airport is not well signed, but ask anyone and they'll point you in the right direction. Access to the station is from Level G in Terminal 3, one level below the arrivals hall. Buy a ticket from the cashier or from an automatic machine, and use it to enter the platform area. Keep the ticket for use to exit the electronic gate at your arrival station. Trains to the stations in the center of Tel Aviv leave from platform 2, heading for Nahariya.
The train service operates around the clock on weekdays, with 2 trains per hour (as of Dec 2014 they leave at :05 and :35) most of the day and one per hour at night. On weekends and Jewish holidays, from Friday afternoon till Saturday evenings, it doesn't operate (As of November 2007, the last departure from the airport on Friday is at 14.37, the first departure on Saturday at 19.35. During day-light saving time trains start 2 hours later on Saturdays). Trains stop at all four Tel Aviv stations, with the exception of late night trains that stop only at Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor station.
The stations are, in order of arrival from the airport: Tel Aviv HaHagana (8 minutes travel), Tel Aviv HaShalom (13 minutes), Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor (18 minutes), Tel Aviv University (25 minutes).
For most travelers, HaShalom or Merkaz/Savidor would be the place to disembark.
Most stations are suitable for non-Hebrew speakers, nonetheless, passengers will often be glad to assist.
By taxi: Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this is the most comfortable and of course, expensive way to reach the city center, with a typical ride price of around ₪140 to 175 NIS. If you travel with a friend or two, it can be a good idea to share a taxi. It is not inappropriate to sit in the front seat in taxis in Israel. It is obligatory by law to use the taxi meter, unless agreed otherwise by the passenger and driver, and a typical ride to the city center should not take more than 15-20 minutes, without heavy traffic. Be sure not to accept fix-priced rides with taxi drivers unless you're sure of what you are doing; you will always end up paying more than you could have had you asked to use the meter.
Tel Aviv has another airport, Sde Dov [url=http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/SdeDov/[/url]](SDV). This is a primarily domestic airport, with frequent flights to [[Eilat[/url]] [url=http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/Eilat/]](ETH) and Rosh Pina (Galilee) [http://www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Airports/RoshPina/[/url] (RPN).
Tel Aviv is the hub of the country's modern network of freeways. The city is easily accessible from Ben Gurion Airport via the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv freeway (freeway 1), from the north by Tel Aviv-Haifa freeway (freeway 2), as well as from Beer-Sheva and the southern parts of the country (freeways 4 and 20). Freeways' speed limit varies between 90km/h and 100km/h. On other intercity roads the limit is 80km/h. On urban roads the default speed limit is 50km/h.
The city is divided west-east by the Ayalon Freeway (freeway 20), which is the main artery of the city. It is best to avoid commuter traffic in and out of Tel Aviv and its surrounding cities during rush hours (Sunday to Thursday, 7:00-9:00 and 17:00-19:00); especially to be avoided is the entrance to Tel Aviv via Ayalon Freeway in morning rush hour, as it is one of the most busy freeways in the world. Also, it is important to note that Israeli drivers are considered aggressive in comparison to their Western European or North American counterparts. Signage is is in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Navigation is difficult without GPS, and parking is expensive and scarce. If possible, avoid using a private car in Tel Aviv and use public transportation.
Israeli highway police are strict and speed limits (+10% unofficially) and driving laws are strictly enforced. All in all, driving conditions in Israel are much better than in the rest of the Middle East, though accident rates are considerably higher than in North America or Western Europe. That said, Israel boasts one of the world's lowest traffic related deaths: only 11.6 deaths per 100000 vehicles annually (in the U.S.A the rate is 15 deaths per 100000 vehicles annually).
Parking in Tel Aviv is very hard to find, and proves to be a challenge even for the locals. Parking lots are available, but expensive (usually around ₪25-30 an hour), and can also be full around busier times (i.e., a parking in a central area could be full on a friday night, when everybody in the area goes out to eat and drink in the city). "Ahuzat Hahof" operates many of the city's parking lots and is owned by the municipality. Rates there are usually lower and the lots are better maintained. A particularly handy parking lot is that of "Habima square" at the end of Rotschild avenue (entrance from Huberman st. or Sderot Tarsat). Parking in the street (if you can find one) is allowed where there is no marking (grey) for free, where there is blue and white marking ("kachol-lavan") for an hourly fee (cheaper than lots) generally between 9-17 (street signs indicating that are usually just in hebrew, use locals since parking policy is difficult to understand even for "non-Tel-Avivian" Israelis), and there are no parking meters, meaning you need to get parking cards to put in your window in advance (usaully in a kiosk). Paying via cell-phone is also possible using the app "Pango +". This tip also applies to the rest of Israel. Also, some areas of blue-white are reserved for locals with a zone sticker at certain times of day. It is forbidden to park where there are red and white markings, though sometimes only in certain hours, as indicated by signs (but those are usually in hebrew only as well). The inspectors in Tel Aviv are everywhere and merciless, beware as you can get a fine of ₪100-500! Parking in a handicapped parking place is punishable by a fine of 1000₪. There are generally more parking spaces in the south and the north (north of the Yarkon river that is) than there are in the center. As parking is Tel-Aviv is a rather expensive mess, it is advisable to avoid coming into the city with a car.
The New Central Bus Station in southern Tel Aviv ("Tahana Merkazit") offers routes servicing most locations in Israel. It is located within a short walking distance of the HaHaganah Train Station. The building, which is a combination of shopping mall and bus terminal, is more than a bit confusing - in fact, it is almost unmanageable for the infrequent visitor; tourists might want to avoid it and instead take buses destined for the 2000 Bus Terminal (see below). The station also lies in the poorest area in Tel Aviv and its surroundings should be avoided at nighttime. Nevertheless, most inter-city bus lines depart from platforms on the north wing of 6th floor, except for buses to Galilee (Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona etc.) which are on the south wing on 7th floor (accessible by escalator from 6th floor). Most urban lines to Tel Aviv and its suburbs are on the north wing on 7th floor (which isn't connected to the south wing of the same floor), with several lines on 4th floor which is actually at street level (those are popular city lines no. 4&5, and 44&46 to Bat Yam via Yafo).
The Egged bus #405 from Jerusalem leaves about every 20 minutes, starting at 5:50 AM and ending at 23:45 PM, from Jerusalem CBS and arrives at Tel Aviv CBS. It takes 56 minutes and the fare is ₪20 (Dec 2011). Bus #480 leaves about every 10 minutes, starting at 5:45 AM with the last bus at 23:45 PM, for Arlozorov. It takes 1 hour and costs ₪19. Frequency Decreases at around 20:00.
Several urban lines stop outside the station building on Levinski street (north side of the station), and some others a block away to the west on Har Zion street. Sherut taxis depart from Tzemach David street outside the east side of the station.
Check the electronic boards in departure halls for info on destinations, platforms and coming-up departures. If this doesn't help, ask at the information booths (Chances are that the person there would hardly speak English). For most intercity and some suburban lines you should go to Egged booth on 6th floor. Metropoline, a company which operates service to Beer Sheva (and destinations enroute), also has an info booth on that floor (on the right from Egged booth), although it's usually inactive.
For most bus lines within the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv you should go to the Dan info booth on 7th floor (they also handle info on lines operated by Kavim).
Several intercity and many metropolitan destinations are also served from the more user-friendly 2000 Bus Terminal (AKA Arlozorov terminal), next to Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor Train Station. It is a good place to make connections between train and bus, and there are information desks. North-bound buses stop at Namir Road alongside this terminal, but at peak times they might be full when they get there.
Most south-bound buses stop at Holon Junction. The above warning is also valid there.
In general, buses follow the Fourth Commandment ("Remember the Sabbath day"), stopping on Friday afternoon, and only resuming service Saturday after sunset. Some services, however, may start earlier on Saturday afternoon. Minor services may not resume until Sunday morning.
Tickets can be bought from the driver, or from the ticket counters in the main stations. For information, call 03-6948888, or *2800 from any phone within the country, [url=http://www.egged.co.il/].]A daily bus service is also available to and from [[Amman[/url]] through the King Hussein Bridge. Call the operator (04-6573984) for details.
Israel Railways +972-3-5774000, [url=http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx]]operate train services within Israel. Train service has improved significantly during the last decade or so, and today they are a fast and comfortable alternative to buses for many destinations. Train services connect Tel Aviv to [[Haifa[/url]] and [wiki=2a5ae1622349ba86e2ed626205e99cdc]Beer-Sheva[/wiki], as well as numerous smaller towns whilst a direct train line connects Tel Aviv to Ben-Gurion airport.
Note that the train ride to Jerusalem follows the 19th century path, and this scenic route is worth taking at least once, even though taking the bus on the modern highway takes half the time. A new high-speed line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is currently being constructed, with eventual travel time of only 28 minutes.
Trains do tend to be crowded during rush hours, especially on Sunday morning, when soldiers return to their bases and students to their universities. Train service also stops on Friday afternoons, and resumes on Saturdays after sunset, in observance of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat).
Tel Aviv has four train stations, all along the Ayalon highway. All trains to Tel Aviv stop in all four stations. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (a.k.a. "Arlozorov" and officially named "Savidor"), or "Hashalom" (located next to a large shopping mall). "Tel Aviv Ha-Hagana" Station is close to the New Central Bus Station, but buses to most destinations in Tel Aviv and intercity buses (including to Jerusalem and Haifa) also leave from the terminal outside "Tel Aviv Merkaz" ("Arlozorov") train station.
Tel Aviv has a modern, regular, cheap and widespread bus network run mostly by Dan [http://www.dan.co.il/english/]. Bus services start at 05:00 and stop at midnight, though some of the lines stop earlier, so do check. There are night buses that run until 4:00 (Thursday and Saturday nights all year, and in addition Sunday to Wednesday nights during the summer).
The app "Moovit" is of great help - displaying real time arrival time and a trip planner.
Single tickets within the city and the close suburbs (Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Bney Brak, Givatayim, Petah Tikva, Kiryat Ono) cost ₪6.90. Rides to northern suburbs (Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, Kfar Saba, Ra'anana) cost ₪10.90. A daily pass called "Hofshi-Yomi" is also available, and cost less than the price of three rides. Note that this ticket is only valid from 9:00. There is also the new Rav-Kav chip card (free signup at Central bus or train station required) whose "e-wallet" can be charged up by paying a lump sum of your choice on buses, and resulting in a 20% discount on each ride. Free transfers within 90 minutes are available when paying with the chip card. Monthly tickets are also available and offer cost savings per ride. People visiting the city for longer periods would find the Hofshi-Hodshi (monthly travel card) the most economic transport ticket.
Tickets can be purchased either at the driver of any bus line, or at the New Central Bus Station. Exact change is not necessary, but a driver may refuse payment by notes of ₪100 or ₪200.
Suburban lines are operated by numerous companies. Multi-ride tickets are not exchangeable between companies, but the chip card e-wallet is common to several companies in greater Tel Aviv. The main companies are Dan, Egged, Metropoline and Kavim (by that order).
The most popular bus route in the city is bus route number 5, which connects the Central Bus Station (departure from 4th floor, westernmost platform) in the south with the Central Train Station. It goes through Rotschild Boulevards, Dizengof Street (Including the Dizengof Center Mall), Nordau Boulevard, Pinkas/Yehuda Maccabi Street and Weizman Street or Namir Road.
The number 4 bus is also convenient. It runs north from the Central Bus station through Allenby road and Ben Yehoda street.
Another popular bus route is number 18, connecting the Central Train Station with the southern neighbourhoods of Jaffa and Bat-Yam. It also has a stop at Rabin Square.
Other than these lines, Tel Aviv has more than 400 Intra-city lines. Many buses start/finish their ride at the CBS or the 2000 terminal ("Arlozorov terminal"). Most buses are suburban buses and drive to adjacent cities where they finish their ride. Other important terminals are Reading terminal, Carmelit terminal and to a lesser extent Atidim terminal, Ezorei-Hen terminal, University train station terminal and Kiryat Hinukh Terminal.
Like most Israelis, the bus drivers in Tel Aviv speak and understand some English, and in some cases will kindly answer questions about the destination of their bus and let you know when to get off. Unfortunately, others are much less willing to help, offering responses so curt as to be misleading. In these cases, it is recommended to ask for help from a friendly-looking fellow passenger.
Do not forget the Sherut Taxis. These minibuses run about the same route as nr. 5 and 4 buses. They cost about the same as the bus, and they run on Shabbat too. You pay when you have found your seat, by passing the fare to the man next to you whom will pass it along to the driver. Neat! if you sit up front be prepared to pass money to the driver and the change back to the passenger.
They run along Namir road to the CBS too.
You can hail a taxi ("mo-NIT", מונית) in the street or call one (with extra surcharge). Taxis are obliged to give you a metered ride unless you settle for a price, so insist that the driver use the meter ("mo-NEH" in Hebrew, pronounced like the painter "Monet"), unless you are sure what the price to your destination should be. And no, the meter is never broken. A local ride without meter should be ₪20-30 in the downtown core, and up to 50 or 60 to the immediate suburbs. If you go for a price fixed in advance, haggle with your driver a bit, you can generally knock a few shekels off the price. Cutting a deal in advance is especially recommended on Friday night and Saturday, when there is a surcharge. Plus, if you get stuck in Tel Aviv's notorious traffic, you won't sit there watching your money tick away. Hakastel taxi service, phone +972-3-6993322, Palatine +972-3-5171750 or Shekem +972-3-5270404 (add ₪3.30 charge for the call).
In addition to normal (called "special") taxis, there are 6-12 person van-sized taxis that supplement some bus routes ("sheh-ROOT"). This alternative is often faster, slightly cheaper, and more frequent than taking a bus, and they operate 7 days a week. If requested, the driver will stop outside the designated bus stops.
Such service is available on bus routes no. 4, 5 (but note that these taxis don't reach the train station), 16, 51 and 66.
Given Tel Aviv's flat and coastal geography, mild weather, and a growing number of bicycle paths throughout the city - bicycle travel in Tel Aviv is an ideal way to get around. Several shops through out the city offer bicycle rental, and cheap Chinese made bicycles can be purchased for several hundred shekels on longer stays. A relatively new service, called Tel-O-Fun lets you rent a bike in Tel Aviv. Tel-O-Fun offers two thousand bikes for rent, at rental stations across the city, in a simple and convenient manner using a credit card.[url=http://www.tel-o-fun.co.il/en/]Tel-O-Fun[/url] An [url=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=217055915024812561560.0004a210aa035126c0f85&msa=0]English language Google map[/url] of docking stations is available. Be sure to lock your bicycle at all times and don't leave it outside at night, even proper locks get cut by electric cutters in under 15 seconds. A free location-based iPhone app ([url=http://telobike.citylifeapps.com]Telobike[/url]) shows stations and real-time information.
in [wiki=a3430db6d295d7431c40082d632d1d95]Northern Tel Aviv[/wiki]
* The biggest art museum in [wiki=b8daefd0b39a34014d87ccf7f0b9d038]Central Tel Aviv[/wiki]
* located in Tel Aviv University in [wiki=a3430db6d295d7431c40082d632d1d95]Northern Tel Aviv[/wiki]
*Bialik Square - a beautiful Bauhaus Square including the following museums:Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv in [wiki=b8daefd0b39a34014d87ccf7f0b9d038]Central Tel Aviv[/wiki], Bialik House, The Museum of Town History, Rubin Art Museum
*Gutman Art Museum at Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv's Art Gallery District : A stone's throw from the famous Dan Tel Aviv hotel and Frishman beach, you will find the largest concentration of galleries in Tel Aviv. On Ben Yehuda street (North of Frishman) you will find the Bruno Gallery, the Eden Gallery, and Jojo Gallery. On Gordon street you will find the Stern Gallery. With a 20 minute walk you will run into more than 20 art galleries and are sure to find interesting works from Israeli artists. On Frishman, you will find some antique stores and Dylan's Art Cafe which promotes up & coming artists, and you relax for a meal and coffee in the garden.
Luna Park Tel Aviv is Tel Aviv's main amusement park. While the rides it has to offer are no competition to ones that can be found in other countries, it should still be considered for a visit by thrill-loving tourists, especially families with kids, since the park has a large number of child-friendly rides. The park has two rollercoasters. It is located very close to the Meimadyon water park.
* The Meimadyon is a large waterpark very close to Luna Park Tel Aviv. It offers a varied selection of waterslides, both for thrill seekers and for children. During summer vacations the lines get fairly long, so it is recommended to try and visit the park at a time other than summer vacation.
* "Superland" is a name of an amusement park within an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. It is in the city of Rishon Letzion and is often visited by people from Tel Aviv seeking better thrills than the ones at Luna Park Tel Aviv. While it has fewer rides, the rides it has to offer are often bigger and built more for the thrill seeker in the family. The park has two rollercoasters.
* "Yamit 2000" is a waterpark within a half-hour bus ride from Tel Aviv, located in the nearby city of Holon. It is a large waterpark, parts of which are enclosed in a building. The park operates 364 days a year(it is closed on Yom Kippur). During the winter when there is low attendance, or cold/rainy weather, many of the park's slides(usually the outdoor ones) open on rotation, whereas during warmer days with higher attendance all the park's attractions are operational. The park is both child and thrill-seeker friendly.
Tel Aviv has the widest selection of performing arts in Israel.
Fans of classical music might enjoy Israel's Philharmonic Orchestra [url=http://www.ipo.co.il/]]and the New Israel Opera [url=http://www.israel-opera.co.il/[/url].]
The Barby (52, Kibutz Galuyot st., 03-5188123), and the Goldstar Zappa (24, Habarzel st., 03-6499550) present Israeli (and sometimes foreign) rock daily.
For more alternative and indie music with occasional jazz shows and electronic parties, head to Levontin 7, named after its street address or The OzenBar [http://www.third-ear.com/ozenbar[/url].
Tmuna Theater (8, Shontsino st., 03-5629462) alternates between local acts, both famous and unknown, and fringe theater productions in Hebrew.
Dance can be enjoyed in Suzanna Dellal Center in [wiki=e4f4439c96de1c2f50ae2f7c97fc0c43]Neve Tzedek[/wiki] [url=http://www.suzannedellal.org.il/view_page.aspx?p=76].]
Theater is mostly performed in Hebrew, naturally, but English interpretation is available is some of the shows for extra-fees in Habima National Theater (03-6295555) and HaCameri Municipal Theater [http://www.cameri.co.il/eng/menu.asp[/url].
Football (European football - soccer) - The most popular sport in Israel. Tel Aviv has 3 major football clubs that are usually in Ligat Ha'al (Top division):
**Maccabi Tel Aviv'[http://www.maccabi-tlv.co.il/EnglishArticle.aspx?aid=EngMain]
**Hapoel Tel Aviv[http://www.hapoelta-fc.co.il/DefaultEng.asp]
**Bnei Yehuda[url=http://www.bnei-yehuda.com/]]- Represents the "Hatikva" neighborhood.
*Basketball - With growing popularity, Basketball is a much more successful sport in Israel in European caliber.
**Maccabi Tel Aviv[url=http://www.maccabi.co.il/Default.asp?language=english#[/url]]- The most successful club in Israel and one of the best in Europe, dominating the Israeli basketball league with 41 national cup titles,50 championship seasons and 6 European titles,the last of them won at May 18th,2014.
**Hapoel Tel Aviv[http://www.hapoelta.org.il/[/url]
**Hapoel Ussishkin [url=http://www.hapoeluta.com/]]- A Club founded by Hapoel Tel Aviv supporters frustrated by the management of their former team.
The match between Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv is a major event in the city as the teams are as huge rivals as they come.
*Martial arts - Good martial arts clubs abound ranging from modern fitness craze sports to traditional ones.
**Akban Academy - Combat oriented Ninjutsu and MMA [url=http://www.akban.org/[/url]]
**Maccabi Tel Aviv Judo club - Good solid dojo [http://www.efind.co.il/Detailed/27107.html[/url]
**'BJJ tel aviv - Brazilian branch [https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9776164900]
Tel Aviv hosts many festivals and events. Something is going on almost every weekend so make sure you're updated!
* This annual event, usually taking place late June or early July, is a celebration of Tel Aviv's White City's proclamation as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and organized by Tel Aviv's municipality. During the "White Night", cultural institutions, as well as commercial ones, are open to the public all night long, and many special events take place. The city is packed at that night and pubs and clubs are difficult to enter.
* A highly recommended biannual event (Winter/Summer) where Tel Aviv's top clothing designers show and sell their stuff. Focused on urban clothing.
* Every August, Jaffa's burgeoning flea market is active all through the night on weekends, with special events, shows and exhibitions taking place.
* Tel Aviv's International Documentary Film Festival. Every year in May, Docaviv presents the most innovative, provocative and important documentary films of the year from around the world.
* Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Celebrating gender diversity. Happening in June.
* One of the world's most important student film festivals. Happening in late May.
* "Taste of the City", an annual 4-day food fair, which takes place in Hayarkon Park at the beginning of summer (late May or June). Top restaurants present and sell samples of their finest dishes for special prices.
Tel Aviv's markets are the best show in town, and they're bustling all day long. A Middle Eastern mélange of tastes, scents, sounds, colors - and lots of people.
*The Carmel Market - mostly fruits and vegetables
*The Flea Market - some antiques
*The Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall - located behind the Carmel Market
*Creative Artists Fair
*Antiques and Secondhand items fair
* Levinsky Market in [wiki=3e6bd2f32ab17d5457c1d9d1c53af4ba]Florentin[/wiki] - the best place in Tel Aviv to buy spices, dried fruits, and different kinds of legume. This small market is stretched along Levinsky Street in southern Tel Aviv, between Hertzel and Ha-Aliya streets, ten minutes of walking from the Central Bus Station.
* Hatikva Market in HaTiqva - a good place for Jewish-Iraqi cuisine, in the south-eastern "Hatikva" neighbourhood.
* Farmers' Market in Tel Aviv ports on Fridays.
Israel has the highest ratio of shopping mall sqm per capita, in the world. As malls are good places to catch some air-conditioning in the hot Israeli climate, they have quickly become a preferable place of entertainment for the locals. The variety is usually mid-range, mainstream, with both international and local brands.
Tel Aviv has 6 major malls.
* Azriely, the biggest mall, Dizengoff Center, the first mall and Gan Ha'ir are located in the [wiki=b8daefd0b39a34014d87ccf7f0b9d038]center[/wiki].
* Ramat Aviv mall is a slightly more upmarket than your usual mall located in the [wiki=a3430db6d295d7431c40082d632d1d95]north[/wiki].
* Central Bus Station is a huge, mostly bargain stores mall located in the [wiki=82cde6c3d61ff18d6c47e2e714654739]south[/wiki].
* Ayalon mall is a mall located in the northern point of Ramat Gan, bordering with Tel Aviv. It has a large variety of stores and a big movie theater [wiki=a3430db6d295d7431c40082d632d1d95]north[/wiki].
The air-conditioned malls threaten to destroy the concept of shopping streets, but some of the more special ones still survive.
*Most of the shopping streets can be found in the [wiki=a764de6ac4a170e853e048296b3b6ba6]center[/wiki]
Dizengoff Street is popular with the shoppers as the street is peppered with numerous specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the sprawling Dizengoff Center Mall. One of the cities best second hand clothing shops can be found at the corner of Dizengoff and Frishman Streets in the covered passageway. It's called Daffodil 11, and the shop sells modern, trendy clothing at unbelievably low prices.
Second-hand clothing shops are getting very popular in Tel Aviv and you'll find them scattered all over the city.
Daffodil 11 101 Dizengoff Hod Passage, Tel Aviv
If you're lucky enough to be in Tel Aviv in February or August, you can find the city's most talented designers gathered together in one place with the best of their collections on display - and for sale. Twice a year, for three days each time, a giant fashion fair called City Designers' Market is held in Tel Aviv. Whatever you do, don't miss this colorful carnival of cutting-edge fashion!
The country's widespread Steimatzky and Zomet Sfarim chains are a good source for current books. Almost every shop has at least a selection in English. Allenby St. has a number of second hand bookshops, most sell (and buy) English books. For music, check out Tower Records shop in the opera tower, on the corner of Alenby and Herbert Samuel. For the more alternative crowd, Krembo Records in Shenkin Street and Third Ear on King George Street will satisfy your needs.
* - Founded in 2003 by Neve Tzedek residents, the Sipur Pashut Book Shop is counted among Israel’s outstanding, independent bookshops. Sipur Pashut holds a vast English collection. For more details [http://www.sipurpashut.net/english.asp]
Gordon Street is famous for its art galleries. Ben-Yehuda Street has several Judaica\Jewelery\souvenirs shops. You can buy jewelry from Michal Negrin, a world-famous Israeli designer, in her shops at the Azriely mall and on Sheinkin st. The prices are much better than abroad. For more original crafts and Judaica, try the Nahlat Binyamin craft market mentioned above.
List of Art Galleries:
Raw Art Gallery [url=http://www.rawartint.com]]which is in the southern part of Tel Aviv. 3 Shvil Ha'Meretz Street, Building 8 , 4th Floor. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6832559
Gordon Contemporary art by local artists. [url=http://www.gordongallery.co.il[/url]]95 Ben Yehuda Street. Tel-Aviv ,Israel. +972-3-5240323
Sommer Young contemporary art by Israeli and international artists. [url=http://www.sommergallery.com[/url]]13 Rothschild Blvd. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-5166400
Chelouche Gallery for Israeli and international contemporary artists, located in the "Twin House"- a 1920's historical bulding. [url=http://www.chelouchegallery.com/[/url]]7 Mazeh Street. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6200068
Egozi Gallery Gallery and an auction house for art and antiques. [http://www.egozigallery.com/[/url] 35 Shaul Ha'Melech. (America bldg, near the Tel Aviv Muesuem)
Tel Aviv. Israel +972-3-5277282
Palestine 8 Oley Tzion- in the Jaffa Flea Market, Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6812581
Ziva Tal Antique Shop 207 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-5275311
An American style bar located right by the American embassy that features live music every night of the week. Also features outdoor seating in the more pleasant weather, pool table and televised sporting events. Mostly Anglo 20-30 something crowd, very good bar with several kinds of beer on tap.
* The first Irish pub in Tel Aviv. The pub has a great atmosphere and reasonable prices, and is quite busy on weekends. Also, it's close to the hotels. Usually hosts many people from the UK and from the Republic of Ireland.
* A UK based sports bar and if you happen to end up there during a Premiership game, you're in for a native UK experience.
* An Israeli pub and dance-bar. This is where a lot of the locals go to just to grab a beer or to enjoy the nightlife scene. Vintage design indoors, alongside outdoor balcony in which all the most important sports games are broadcast. Trendiest music from abroad and Israel.
* Tel Aviv's only microbrewery and Israel's oldest continually operating microbrewery. Featuring 16 types of hand-crafted beers brewed on premises. Always an interesting seasonal beer or two (try the Golem - an Iced IPA at 11.3% on tap every full moon). Bar extends into the brewery so you can sit only a few feet from the copper brewhouse. Live Blues on Monday nights, Jazz on Tuesday nights. During Football season enjoy Sunday night football every week. Nice mix of Anglo-Israeli crowd; highest rated beer destination in Israel on ratebeer.com.
* Tel Aviv's first and finest all Israeli beer bar. Located at the heart of the bustling Carmel market, The bazaar is a street bar and a beer store. Seat down relax from the noisy market and try one of their 90 kinds of Israeli beers, including their own house brew on tap. There's great beer food, hot dogs and tapas and you can take away a sixmix - a sixpack of mixed beers of your choice. Great place.
Tel Aviv is home to the leading gay community in Israel and all of the Middle-East, and is a very friendly city towards gay people. The most popular gay bar in the city is the "Evita" on Yavneh street. There are many gay clubs and parties. Some of which have been running for several years already (Shirazi's FFF line, which is currently taking place in the 'Haoman 17' club. The electro 'PAG' line). Others are changing from time to time. There is also a gay accommodation (see the Sleep section).
There is a gay beach in the city, next to Hilton Hotel (the gay beach called "Hilton Beach"). It is full of young gay Israelis, especially in the weekends. Next to Dizengof Center you may see gay couples walking freely all day long.
The Tel Aviv club scene is comparable to those in most European capitals. Top international DJs regularly perform in Tel Aviv, with clubs constantly vying to outdo each other with ever more extravagant parties. Up to date English language party listings are readily available online.
The biggest and newest club (mimicking New York's Roxy) in the city is Haoman 17 (Florentin quarter).
Other fantastic clubs are TLV, Dome (gay; Offer Nissim is the resident DJ), Vox, Powder and the "indie" Cafe Barzilay and Studio 46.
Rock clubs, include Barbie Club, in Kibutz Galuyot St, or the Zappa Club, in the northeastern neighbourhood of Ramat haChayal, among others, host concerts almost every night of the week.
Billiards (pool) clubs, include Gypsy on Kikar Atarim (Atarim plaza) in Hayarkon St.
:*Block Club, 157 Shlomo (Salame) St, ☎ +972 3 5378002, [url=http://www.block-club.com/].]Usually open Thur and Fri nights and featuring big name international DJs weekly.
:* Hazira Club, 45 Itzhak Sadeh St, ☎ +972 3 5623456 (Tue, Thur, and Sat, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM, on Mon about 50% line dancing 30% ballroom dancing, 20% salsa).
:* Bailatino Club, 29 Karlibach St, [http://www.bailatinoclub.co.il/[/url] (entry is a little difficult to find - its on the other side of the building) ☎ +972 3 6240186 (Su,Tu,W, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM, Fridays no classes and starts at 12:30AM). Entry is ₪40 in both places and each day has a different style of Salsa music. There are other dance clubs with Latin/Brazilian music once a week.
* Galina Club. Saturday afternoon and the local club scene is buzzing. 6PM the doors will open. Outside deck is huge and located in front of the sea. Inside the DJ is blowing the roof in pure Galina style. The queue is long so best come early on the weekends. Prices are not cheap.
Coffee shops have been an inseparable part of the Tel Aviv cultural lifestyle ever since the city was founded, as cafés were always the favorite hanging spots of the local bohemia. It is therefore no surprise that Tel Aviv boasts many cafés, which can be found everywhere in the city, offering aromatic Italian Espressos and Capuccinos (called "Hafukh", meaning upside-down, in Hebrew). Espresso-bar, Cafeneto, Café-café and arcaffé are some of the local chain-cafés. Aroma's the biggest among them. Feel free to spend hours in a coffee shop - no one will slap the check on your table or require you to order more stuff.
Bohemian 'Puah' (located in the Jaffa flea market), Café Noah, Chic 'Le Central' (Rothschild Av.), and 'Tolaat Sfarim' (Rabin Sq.) are recommended for their very distinctive and Israeli café-drinking experience.
New hotel located close to the New Tel Aviv port.
Dedicated to beach culture with 43 rooms designed with a vivacious, open air quality directly facing the Sea, the beach and the harbor
* A modern, chic gay townhouse hotel in the central neighbourhood of Tel Aviv - five minutes walking from the beach, five minutes walking from the gay scene.
* A modern, chic hotel in the trendy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek.
*Offers a fully equipped b&b gay guest house with bedrooms that are built in a great apartment on the third floor in the center of Tel Aviv - a different part of the gay guest house in Tel Aviv (Pink House TLV) - but this one offers in a shared apartment (Private unit, private bathroom).
* Boutique Hotel, steps from the Tel Aviv beach and the beachfront promenade.
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* Sea-front hotel with Israel's largest conference centre.
* The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which have cable television, free wireless Internet access, and a mini fridge. Some of its amenities are library, high-speed Internet access, and tour and booking assistance.
* Restored from an ancient movie theater, 5 min from the beach, 5 min from the city center, at Dizengoff.
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* Shalom Hotel & Relax, 216 Hayarkon St, ☎ 972-5425555, [url=http://www.atlas.co.il/shalom-hotel-tel-aviv/]]Redone-much different than the modest hotel of the 1970s.
* Renovated in 2012 located by the beach, free WiFi, internet stations in the lobby, personal safes, minifridges in the rooms. Most of the rooms offer sea view.
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Influenced by the unique spirit of Tel Aviv Jaffa and the market atmosphere, the hotel design features works of art that express the magical feeling of the city.
The hotel has 44 rooms, many with balconies overlooking the market's surroundings.
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* Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv suits life in the big city with its espresso bar open 24 hours a day, Pacific Bistro gourmet and sushi bar restaurant and trips to Neve Tzedek and the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre.
* Beach-fronting hotel with a unique, colourful facade. Ever popular with visiting celebrities.
* Beachfront apart hotel with largest outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Spacious suites for family for vacation on the beach.
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* A boutique hotel near Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv .
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