The Perfect Urban Escape
Tel Aviv is perhaps the world's most surprising urban destination. Facing the sea, it is much more modern than expected and more
progressive than imagined. It's a sophisticated world-class city that never sleeps, and with its fine weather and urban assets,
you really don't want to stay indoors.
With inventive restaurants and shops, beach bars, nightclubs, and the warm Mediterranean waters at your feet, there is an
admirable energy in this city. Considering the political and cultural tensions in this part of the world, you would think
the last thing Tel Avivians would do is party. But they do, and they sure know how to.
As a cultural and commercial capital, it is also multicultural and open-minded, with a young population creating a city
bursting with creativity and style. Neighborhoods are gentrifying and neglected buildings are being preserved,
particularly in the Old Jaffa district and Tel Aviv Port. Elsewhere, in between the World Heritage Bauhaus
architecture and ultramodern skyscrapers is a city buzzing with a strong café scene and club culture.
Tel Aviv offers a unique experience while displaying a little of New York and Miami attitude. This is truly a
city for escapism and enjoyment. Who'da thought?
Top 10 Sights and Attractions
- A stroll through the winding lanes of historic OLD JAFFA.
- Stopping at a café and trendy shopping in SHEINKIN STREET.
- The World Heritage Bauhaus architecture of the White City.
- TAYELET PROMENADE and its Mediterranean beaches.
- Eating and drinking by the sea in TEL AVIV PORT.
- Shopping in the DIZENGOFF district.
- The contemporary art in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
- The culture and history of Israel on display in the Eretz Israel Museum.
- The streetlife in NAHALAT BINYAMIN and CARMEL MARKET.
- A daytrip to JERUSALEM.
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Tel Aviv has an easy-going café culture. Cafés act as second homes to sit outside and enjoy the usual good weather while meeting friends or reading the newspaper. In addition to their coffee they also have their light meals, and are usually just steps away from the beach (you'll also discover your favorites down the trendy Sheinken St.) For fuller meals, the more recent high-end restaurants offer refined cuisines and spaces where you no longer simply expect falafels or hummus, but artfully presented dishes with international flavors. Tel Avivians are proud of their new and sophisticated restaurant scene, flocking to the latest hotspots as soon as they open. Some don't survive the new competition, while others are inspired by it and try hard to keep things interesting.
Tel Aviv has several shopping areas which include streetside markets and designer boutiques. Shopping is a great way to soak up the city's streetlife and exuberant atmosphere, although doing it indoors at the malls is an equally popular activity among Tel Avivians. Dizengoff Center is the favorite shopping mall, with national brands opening their flagship shops there, as the building is located in the city's main commercial street. Another fashionable mall is the Opera Tower Mall, in a good central location and with a variety of shops.
The trendiest street is Sheinkin, known for its cafés but also for shops that are popular with the youngest and hippest crowds. Those who enjoy markets should not miss the flea market in Old Jaffa and Carmel Market for its stalls of fresh produce and cheap clothing.
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