Tel Aviv Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Tel Aviv

Amateur historians generally rebuff Tel Aviv's high-rises in favor of Jerusalem's ancient monuments. But don't dismiss TA too hastily: Amid sun-soaked beaches and a thumping bar scene, you'll find several significant attractions. Spend a few hours roaming the cobbled streets of Jaffa. Meanwhile, the creamy walls of the White City stand as a tribute to the Jewish architects who fled Nazi Germany. Tel Aviv's collection of world-class museums, including the renowned Diaspora Museum, provides the information you need to make the most out of your neighborhood wanderings. But make sure to allot yourself some downtime. A nap on one of its beaches or a bike ride along the Tayelet will help you become acquainted with Tel Aviv's fun-loving personality.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated March 19, 2018

  • #1
    The Tayelet
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    It's easy to see why walking and biking are the preferredmodes of transportationhere: With a 3-mile-long beachside boardwalk to cruise, taking a taxi or a bus just feels like a missed opportunity. Tel Aviv's Tayelet–a pedestrian-only street–runs along the Mediterranean from theOld Tel Aviv PorttoJaffa, offering bikers and strollers spectacular

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  • #2
    Neve Tzedek
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    Sitting about halfway between downtown Tel Aviv andJaffais Neve Tzedek, one of Tel Aviv's original settlements. Composed of beautifully restored houses, boutique shops, thriving cafes and trendy art galleries, this neighborhood is undeniably one of the city's most beautiful areas. Recent visitors described Neve Tzedek as Tel Aviv's SoHo and

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  • #3
    Jaffa
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    #3 in Tel Aviv
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    This ancient city located just south of Tel Aviv can trace its roots back to the Bible. Jaffa is said to have been named for Noah's son, Japhet, who constructed the beautiful city walls and winding corridors after the Flood. And it is from here that Jonah embarked on his

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  • #4
    Old Tel Aviv Port
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    #4 in Tel Aviv
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    From the 1930s to the 1960s, the Old Tel Aviv Port acted as Israel's primary gateway to the sea. Day in and day out, ships brought merchandise to Israel's shores from all over the Mediterranean, as Israeli exports increased. Since the port closed in the '60s, major revitalization efforts have

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    Beaches
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    The city boasts 16 beaches, all of which have clean toilets and outdoor showers, and most also offer indoor showers and changing rooms.

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  • #6
    Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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    The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel's premier artistic institutions, housing works from the 16th century to the present. Boasting drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography, this museum exhibits pieces from both local and international artists. Since 1932– when the museum was founded by Tel Aviv's first mayor– the museum

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  • #7
    Nahalat Binyamin Market
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    Every Tuesday and Friday, the NahalatBinyamin Pedestrian Mall in downtown Tel Aviv is taken over by more than 200 outdoor stalls, displaying everything from glassware to jewelry to local crafts. The historic market is the largest arts and crafts market in Israel. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this popular shopping

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  • #8
    Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel)
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    Sandwiched between Allenby Street to the north and HaKovshim Park to the south, the buzzing Carmel Market is the largest open-air marketplace in the city. Here, crowds converge on stalls that sell everything from colorful spices to knock-off sunglasses. This is a great place to stop for picnic supplies before

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  • #9
    Palmach Museum
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    If you're interested in Israel's military history, don't miss the Palmach Museum. Located just a short walk from theEretz Israel Museum, this compact facility walks visitors through the origins of the Palmach, an elite part of the Hagana paramilitary organization. The Hagana was established in 1920 by the Jewish community

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  • #10
    Beit Hatfutsot (The Diaspora Museum)
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    This isn't just a museum; in 2005, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed a law declaring Beit Hatfutsot the center for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world. This beautiful facility traces the history of the Jewish people and spotlights the constant evolution of the faith and culture worldwide. Exhibits

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    White City
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    Design aficionados won't want to miss the opportunity to wander this pearly neighborhood in central Tel Aviv. Extending from Allenby Street to the Yarkon River, this district–now a UNESCO World Heritage site–earned its nickname, the "White City," from the cream-colored walls of its Bauhaus architecture. This building style is based

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    Eretz Israel Museum
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    If you're curious about how Tel Aviv came to be, a visit to the Eretz Israel Museum is a must. This facility showcases historical artifacts discovered in Tel Aviv, as well as a planetarium. The museum comprises several pavilions, each housing a different category of findings, like glasswork, ceramics, fabrics

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  • Joseph Bau House
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