A Guide to Tel Aviv
It’s hard not to love Tel Aviv. From the pristine beaches to the world-renowned clubs to the innovative culinary scene there is something for everyone. I’ve visited twice in the past year and cannot wait to start planning my trip back.
Where to Stay in Tel Aviv
Levontin St 21, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6511604, Israel
Looking for a social, trendy, and central place to stay? Look no further than Abraham Hostel. I cannot say enough positive things about Abraham. I called this incredible place home during my recent trip to Tel Aviv and loved how close it was to restaurants, sites, and bars. Be sure to have a drink in the Abraham Hostel Bar and make sure you check out the rooftop.
65, Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Located in the center of everything, Hotel 65, is a great base for a weekend in Tel Aviv. Hotel 65 is known for sleek & stylish rooms and has a wonderful cafe on site.
Things You Must See in Tel Aviv
I could spend a week wandering around the quaint streets of Jaffa. I LOVE absolutely everything about this neighborhood. The streets of Jaffa are lined with cozy restaurants, treasure-filled flea market, galleries, and more boutiques than my wallet can handle. This lovely little neighborhood is also rich in history and is one of the oldest parts of Tel Aviv. Spend at least an afternoon wandering through the streets.
The life of any coastal city is its beach and Tel Aviv has an incredible beach. Spend a peaceful morning walking (or jogging) on the promenade along the beach if you weren’t out too late the night before. If you’re feeling adventurous take surfing lessons or go sailing.
HaCarmel St 42, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The Carmel Market is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours sampling local food, sipping on pomegranate juice, and people watching. Unlike other markets I’ve visited, the Carmel Market is low key - there are no shouting vendors or people grabbing at tourists.
The street art in Tel Aviv is incredible, particularly in the trendy Florentin neighborhood. Besides street art, Florentin has great restaurants and laid-back bars. Stop here in the afternoon to take in the street art and stay for a happy hour & a bite to eat.
Where to Eat & Drink in Tel Aviv
Ha-Dolfin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
For the best hummus in Tel Aviv head to Abu Hassan in Jaffa. Everyone told me to go here (friends, cab drivers, random people in shops) and I was not disappointed. Bring your appetite because the portions are large and you won’t want to let any hummus go to waste.
Retzif HaAliya HaShniya St 101, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Both times I visited Tel Aviv my first meal was at The Old Man & The Sea. The salads - all 23 of them - are incredible and it remains one of my all-time favorite restaurants.
Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
There are endless great food options in Tel Aviv, but Port Sa'id is not a place you will want to pass up. Stop in here for a delicious Mediterranean meal and a lively atmosphere.
HaYarkon St 66, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Trying to decide where to start your night out in Tel Aviv? Look no further than Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar. This speakeasy-style cocktail bar has a unique and fun menu and a laid-back atmosphere.
Rothschild Blvd 31, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6688301, Israel
Looking for great drinks and to meet new people? Stop in Buxa. There is dancing, art, and cool people - what more do you need?
Shadal St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
If you’re looking for a fun bar with dancing you’ve found your place. It’s also conveniently located within a couple blocks of Abraham Hostel.
How to Get Around Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is an easy city to get around. My favorite mode of transport is walking, but there is a great bus network, Uber, cabs, and Bird (scooters).
If you are flying into Tel Aviv it can be tricky to find a cab that is not going to rip you off. The cheap metered cabs can be hard to find since there are multiple areas that you can get cabs from. They are located on the second level of the airport (by the rental car desks).
Day Trips from Tel Aviv
Touring the West Bank was one of the most enriching travel experiences I’ve had. I usually hesitate to do a guided tour, but I absolutely loved the Best of the West Bank Tour by Abraham tours. Abraham attracts an adventurous and curious traveler which made for a great group to spend the day with. We took a bus from Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv and met our bus driver at Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem. Our guide grew up in Bethlehem, had a background in history, and could trace his family back 2000+ years. It was incredible to learn about the West Bank from his unique perspective. On our tour, we passed through the Palestinian side of Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho, the Baptism Site, and Bethlehem. If you do one day trip from Tel Aviv I cannot say enough great things about this tour.
Jerusalem is just a short bus ride away from Tel Aviv and well worth the day trip. The main sites you will want to see in Jerusalem are Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The Western Wall, Temple Mount, and the Jewish Quarter. Lines for many of the sites can be long so I recommend going on a weekday if possible (keep in mind the weekend in Israel is Friday/Saturday). To get the most of your time in the city, opt to do a free walking tour and don’t forget to tip your guide.