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Tel Aviv (Hebrew: תל אביב, Arabic: تل أبيب) is the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem), and has the largest metropolitan area. It is on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo (תל אביב-יפו), and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo (English: Jaffa, Arabic: يافا Yafa), to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities. Tel Aviv is home to most foreign embassies.

Tel Aviv is known as the most liberal city in Israel, and one of the most gay friendly cities in the world. Came to be known as “The Miami Of The Middle East” by some American travel magazines, the city is one must be destination in your trip to Israel.

Districts

Tel Aviv is a rapidly growing city in the midst of an exciting transition from medium-sized urban center to bustling international metropolis. Its booming population, energy, edginess and 24-hour life style give the city a cosmopolitan flair comparable to few other cities in this part of the world.

Tel Aviv is not really divided into districts, but rather into over 50 different neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are really distinctive areas with different cultures (e.g. Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Ramat-Ha’Chayal), while others are simply indicating a geographical area. Tel Aviv grew mainly from the south to the north so the further you go to the north you will encounter newer buildings and wealthier communities.

  • North – The wealthiest district of Tel Aviv and one of the wealthiest in entire Israel stretches from the north side on the Yarkon River. These neighborhoods have very few things in common with the rest of Tel Aviv and are partially treated as Tel Aviv’s suburb rather than a part of the city. The entire district is very green in comparison to the rest of Tel Aviv and contains some big and important sites such as Hayarkon Park, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv University, and more.
  • Center – The city’s center contains “The Heart of Tel Aviv” and “The old north”. The main metropolitan area of the city contains tourists attractions and shopping areas. This is Tel Aviv as most people know it nowadays. The central area is confined by Allenby Street from on the south and the Yarkon river from the north.
  • South – The original District of Tel Aviv contains the first neighborhoods that constructed Tel Aviv. It is the poorer district of Tel Aviv but has been developing noticeably while conserving its style and history as many of its neighborhoods have become young and trendy. It is also home to many foreign workers and refugees from south-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Jaffa — (Yafo in Hebrew, Yaffa in Arabic) is one of the world’s oldest ports. It was here that the prophet Jonah started the journey that left him in the belly of the big fish. It was also here where Peter the Apostle received a vision marking a significant ideological split between Judaism and Christianity (Acts 10).

Understand

The smallish gulf of Jaffa has been the site of a fortified port town for at least 4000 years. During the 19th century the town’s population grew from about 2,500 (1806) to 17,000 (1886). The old city walls could no longer contain the population, and they were destroyed in the 1870s. New, more spacious neighborhoods started to appear.

Tel Aviv (meaning literally “Hill of Spring”) itself was founded in 1909 by a group of distinguished Jewish residents of Jaffa. They envisaged a European-style garden suburb, with wide streets and boulevards. Leaving Jaffa wasn’t, however, only a question of an upgrade in lifestyle. Moving out of the Arab-dominated town also represented their belief in the Jewish national movement, their belief in Zionism. Before being a city, Tel Aviv was one of the many titles of Herzel’s Zionist utopia – The Old New Land book. Setting out with a grand vision, the 60 Tel Aviv founders have started out by building the first mid-eastern urban center with running water, no small wonder in that part of the world in 1909.

Tel Aviv grew steadily under Ottoman law until WWI. By the end of the war the British took over the Holy Land. An event the Jewish community saw as encouraging, while and the Muslim community viewed as a turn-for-the-worst from the previous Islamic ruler. In May 1921, an Arab mob attacked a Jewish immigration center, killing dozens of Jews. Another group broke the windows stores in the Jewish street in Jaffa and a mob armed with knives and sticks have made his way towards Tel Aviv. Before 1921 most Jews worked and lived in Jaffa, after the attack thousands of the 16,000 Jews of Jaffa moved north to Tel Aviv. The suburb had become a city and within a decade, Tel Aviv had become the center of culture, commerce and light industry for the entire Jewish population of the country as well as the British soldiers. 1938 marked the opening of Tel Aviv port, an important milestone marking the end of its dependency on Jaffa. By this time, Tel Aviv was already the biggest city in the country, with 130,000 residents. After Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Jaffa became a district of Tel Aviv and the city’s name was officially changed to Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Today, Tel Aviv-Yafo represents the heart of a thriving, Israeli metropolis – the greater metropolitan area comprises a number of separate municipalities with approximately 3.1 million people living in a 25 km long sprawl along the Mediterranean coast – with around 392,700 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself making it the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem(760,800 inhabitants). Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon, Rehovot and Herzliya are the other major cities in the coastal area commonly known as Gush Dan.

Whilst Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city where most government departments are located, Tel Aviv and its satellite cities form the economic and cultural center. It is known as “the city that doesn’t stop” and indeed you will find that the nightlife and culture are on around the clock. In summer it is not unusual to see the beach boardwalk bustling with people at 4AM and the clubs and bars usually pick up around midnight until morning, giving Tel Aviv a well deserved reputation of being a party town. It is the pinnacle of secular life in Israel.

In July 2003 Tel Aviv-Yafo was declared a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site for the many “International” style (also known as Bauhaus after the German school it originated from) buildings built in the city during the 1930s-50s. As this style emphasized simplicity and the white color, Tel Aviv is also called the White City.

Orientation

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 (one of the few countries in the Middle East where homosexuality is legal). 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.

Climate

Tel Aviv has a very mild Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit the city is summer when the average daytime temperature in August, the hottest month, is 30.2°C (86.4°F). The average high is 32°C (90°F) and the temperature variation between day and night can be as low as 4°C (39.2°F). Heat waves rarely affect the city and the record high is 46.5°C, which was recorded, surprisingly, in May 1916. Winters are actually as warm as Cairo. Nighttime lows are around 10°C (50°F) and daytime highs in 17°C (63°F). Cold waves are extremely rare and the record low is -1.9°C (28.6°F), in February 1950 when the only snowfall in the city’s history also occurred.

Get in

By plane

Tel Aviv’s (and Israel’s) main entry point for the international traveler is Ben Gurion International Airport (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.

Even though the airport is called TLV it’s not actually in Tel Aviv, but rather 15km away from it, closer to the town of Lod. A further 20 minute drive is needed to get to Tel Aviv. This trip can be done by train, shuttle, or taxi from Ben Gurion airport.

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 ₪13.50 (March 2017). Access to the station is from Level G in Terminal 3, the same level as Arrivals – when you get out of the gate just walk left and follow signs. Buy a ticket from the cashier or from an automatic machine, and use it to enter the platform area. Keep the ticket to exit the electronic gate at your destination 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 April 2019 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 (12 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. All 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 (the higher fare applies at night time until 5:30am, an additional surcharge applies for each suitcase and a third passenger). 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, and the average journey time to the city should be around 20-30 minutes without heavy traffic. You should notify your taxi driver in advance if you’d like to pay by credit card. It is obligatory by law to use the taxi meter, unless agreed otherwise by the passenger and driver. A list of fixed fares from the airport to anywhere in Israel is available on digital kiosks by the taxi stand, or you can ask the taxi wardens. If you are traveling during rush hour or to the northern quarters of Tel Aviv asking for the fixed fare may cost you less than the meter. But generally in Israel, prefer not to accept fixed-priced rides with taxi drivers unless you’re sure of what you are doing; you may end up paying more. An alternative to airport taxis are taxi hailing apps such as Gett and Uber, however you may end up waiting longer and paying the same. The cheapest way to travel back from Tel Aviv to the airport via taxi is with Hadar taxi company, which offers discounted flat rates of ₪110 during the day and ₪120 at night, as long as your pick up address is residential and not a hotel. Order your taxi at least 2 hours in advance by calling 03-9711103 or 03-9391111, or online.

By bus: From 1st April 2019 there’s a new bus line, number 445 of a company called Kavim. It runs both ways from Terminal 3 and 2 (not 1) in the airport to Central Tel Aviv, Kerem Hateymanim district, and the beach hotel district on Ben Yehuda street. It costs 13 shekels (3$). The line is 24h around the clock (on 9:00, 10:00 etc) but like most of the public transportation in Israel, it stops between Friday after 16:00 and Saturday before 21:00 (at the winter time). It takes 26 minutes from Terminal 3 in the airport to (and from) Rothschild street. It’s the cheapest way to get to the city, and best if you need to get to Ben Yehuda area or Kerem Hateimanim, but the train is more comfortable and seems faster especially on the hot traffic jams hours (morning and afternoon). You can pay by Rav-Kav card or cash, with shekels, to the driver.

By shuttle: Flo Shuttle operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with guaranteed departure shuttles on the hour, every hour, in both directions (from Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv, and Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport). The service picks up from all hotels in Tel Aviv and costs $17 per person.

Tel Aviv has another airport, Sde Dov (SDV). This is a primarily domestic airport, with frequent flights to Eilat (ETH) and Rosh Pina (Galilee) (RPN).

By car

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.

By bus

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 are not pleasant 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. A daily bus service is also available to and from Amman through the King Hussein Bridge. Call the operator (04-6573984) for details.

By train

Israel Railways +972-3-5774000, 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 and Beer-Sheva, as well as numerous smaller towns whilst a direct train line connects Tel Aviv to Ben-Gurion airport.

A new high-speed line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is available and as of 2020 (but does not pass through Tel Aviv University station yet).This journey should take around 30 minutes and is the fastest way to go between the two cities. This line runs twice an hour and is expected to run four times an hour in the near future. A train ride to Jerusalem that follows the 19th century path is also available but is relatively infrequent and you must change trains at Beit Shemesh station , this scenic route is worth taking, even though taking the bus on the modern highway will take half the time and taking the high speed line will get you there even faster.

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.

Get around

By bus

Tel Aviv has a modern, regular, cheap and widespread bus network run mostly by Dan. Bus services start at 05:00 and stop at midnight, though some 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). Suburban lines are operated by Dan, Egged, Metropoline (Hebrew) and Kavim (Hebrew). Note that the majority of public transportation in Israel does not run on the Sabbath, beginning on Friday afternoon until Saturday evening.

Single tickets within the city and the close suburbs (Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Bney Brak, Givatayim, Petah Tikva, Kiryat Ono) cost ₪5.90. Rides to northern suburbs (Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, Kfar Saba, Ra’anana) cost ₪9.30.

Rather than paying the driver in cash on each bus ride, you can buy a public transit smart card called Rav-Kav. This card can serve and an e-wallet, offering a 25% discount on the bus fare. You can charge it with ₪30/ ₪50/ ₪100, and receive ₪37.50/ ₪62.50/ ₪125. In addition, paying with a Rav-Kav allows you free transfers within the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area for 90 minutes. Alternately, you can use the card to buy a day-pass for ₪13.50, a 7 day pass for ₪64 or a monthly pass for ₪213. If purchased at a train station, you can buy a flexible 30-day pass.

A personal (photo card) Rav-Kav can be obtained free of charge at bus terminals and train stations, and requires filling out a registration form. You can also order a Rav-Kav online for free and have it shipped to your address in Israel here. A personal Rav-Kav means that if you lose your card, you can transfer your balance to a new card. Alternatively, an ‘Anonymous’ Rav-Kav can be purchased at the bus terminals and train stations, or directly from the bus driver for ₪5. However, ‘anonymous’ cards do not bear the same fares and discounts you get with a personal Rav-Kav if you are a pensioner.

The card can be recharged in the above locations, or from the convenience of your NFC-enabled Android smartphone, with the official Rav-kav app For more information on the Rav-Kav and pricing, see here

Several mobile apps will prove helpful for planning your commute, offering real time data and a trip planner. Moovit, EfoBus and Google Maps are some that you should consider.

The most popular bus route in the city is bus 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 yellow minibuses run about the same route as nr. 5, 4 and 16 buses. They cost the same as the bus (2019: ₪5.90 on a regular day; on Shabbat 7 and after midnight 8 Shekels), and they run on the Sabbath too. They may not stop unless you flag them down, which you can do anywhere along their route – not just at a bus stop. You pay when you have found your seat, by passing the fare to the person in front of you who 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.

By taxi

You can hail a taxi (“mo-NIT”, מונית) in the street or call one (with extra surcharge). Downloading the Gett Taxi app, will guarantee a predetermined price without having to haggle and look for a taxi in the street. Tipping is not needed. 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.

By bicycle

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.

The city operates a bike-share program called Tel-O-Fun which offers thousands of bikes for rent from stations all across the city. You can register for the bright-green bike share program at the computer terminal at the rental stations, with any international credit card. You can chose to sign up for a single-day pass (₪17 on weekdays, ₪23 on weekends and national holidays), a 3-day pass (₪48) or a 7 day pass (₪70). Once you have your pass, renting a bike is free, so long as you return in to any station within 30 minutes. 10 minutes later, you can then rent a bike again for free. Keeping a bike for more than 30 minutes at a time will cost an additional ₪6 or up to ₪4,500.

In addition, Chinese bike sharing service Mobike is also offering hundreds of bicycles across the city. Unlike Tel-O-Fun you can pick up a Mobike bicycle where available and drop it off anywhere in the city. The service is operated through the Mobike app (iPhone / Android).

Several hotels and bike shops throughout the city offer bicycle rentals, and cheap Chinese made bicycles can be purchased for several hundred shekels on longer stays. 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. When cycling, prefer bike paths where those exist. If you cycle on the road, obey all traffic signs and rules. If you cycle on the sidewalks, yield to pedestrians.

By car

While driving in Tel Aviv is generally less recommended given the impossible street parking, the City introduced a car sharing scheme called AutoTel. It allows you to rent a car by the minute, one way (that is, pick up and return in different locations), and park for free in dedicated street parking anywhere in the city. The entire registration and rental process is done via the AutoTel app (iPhone / Android), and using the service is considerably cheaper than taking a taxi. There is no subscription fee for the first month (you only pay for the minutes you drive), which makes the service appealing to tourists.

See

Tel Aviv is a big place, and these listings are just some highlights of things that you really should see if you can during your visit. The complete listings are found on each individual district page alongside many more things to see in each district.

  • Old Jaffa (יפו העתיקה). located in Jaffa is a must-see for any visitor to Tel Aviv. This is the reputed point where Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a big fish. It is also one of the oldest ports in the world.  edit Nearby is Jaffa´s famous Flea Market
  • Rabin SquareThe biggest public square in Israel and site of PM Rabin’s assassination in 1995 is in Central Tel Aviv 
  • Azriely Lookout (מצפה עזריאלי), (by Tel Aviv Hashalom train station). Watch the entire Tel Aviv area from 200 meters high in Central Tel Aviv
  • Tel Aviv Port – a commercial area in Northern Tel Aviv with bars and nightclubs
  • Jaffa’s Railway Station a historic outdoor shopping area, Jaffa
  • Dizengoff Centre – Israel’s most iconic shopping centre with a very lively food market every Thursday and Friday, Central Tel Aviv
  • Rothschild Boulevard – a lot of Bauhaus architecture, restaurants and cafes in Tel Aviv’s prettiest street, Central Tel Aviv
  • Neve Tzedek – an historical part of town with art galleries and restaurants, Southern Tel Aviv
  • Florentin – a former working class neighborhood, now a bustling commercial zone keeping the working class character, Southern Tel Aviv
  • Tel Aviv University – Israel’s most lavish and beautiful university campus in Northern Tel Aviv.
  • Joshua Gardens – Tel Aviv’s central park, Northern Tel Aviv
  • Shore Promenade, Central Tel Aviv
Museums
  • Eretz-Israel Museumin Northern Tel Aviv
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The biggest art museum in Central Tel Aviv 
  • Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Beit HaTefutsot בית התפוצות). located in Tel Aviv University in Northern Tel Aviv
  • Bialik Square – a beautiful Bauhaus Square including the following museums:Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv in Central Tel Aviv, Bialik HouseThe Museum of Town HistoryRubin 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.

Do

There’s a lot to do in Tel Aviv. For the biggest selection, check out the individual district articles. These are some of the highlights.

  • The Beach. A visit to Tel Aviv isn’t complete without a dip into its fantastic beach scene which is at its best in summer, especially during Friday afternoons, when crowds of buff beachgoers converge to take in the Brazilian drums, the smell of barbecues, the thwock, thwock of “matkot” as the sun sets. In summer be careful as there are jellyfish sometimes, ask the lifeguard or locals if there are any that day. When there are swarms of jellyfish (quite common at summer time), it’s advisable to stay on the beach and keep clear from the water. Even if one isn’t stung by a jellyfish, the water is full of small stings which cause slight burning sensation.
  • A craft fair is held in the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian zone in Central Tel Aviv
  • Delicious Israel, +972525699499. Delicious Israel’s culinary tours of Tel Aviv (and Jerusalem), bring visitors on a journey through the history of Israeli cuisine through tastings, cooking workshops and private Shabbat dinners. The company’s expert culinary guides are passionate about showing off the character-filled off the beaten path gems that you may otherwise miss.
Amusement and water parks
  • 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.
Performing Arts

Tel Aviv has the widest selection of performing arts in Israel.

Fans of classical music might enjoy Israel’s Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Israel Opera.

The Barby (52, Kibutz Galuyot st., 03-5188123), and the Goldstar Zappa (24, Habarzel st., 03-6499550) present Israeli (and sometimes foreignrock 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.

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 Neve Tzedek.

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.

Sports
  • 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’
    • Hapoel Tel Aviv
    • Bnei Yehuda – Represents the “Hatikva” neighborhood.
  • Basketball – With growing popularity, Basketball is a much more successful sport in Israel in European caliber.
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv – 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
    • Hapoel Ussishkin – 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
    • Maccabi Tel Aviv Judo club – Good solid dojo
    • BJJ tel aviv – Brazilian branch
Festivals

Tel Aviv hosts many festivals and events. Something is going on almost every weekend so make sure you’re updated!

  • White Night FestivalThis 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. 
  • Tel Aviv Fashion Market. A highly recommended biannual event (Winter/Summer) where Tel Aviv’s top clothing designers show and sell their stuff. Focused on urban clothing.
  • Night FleaEvery August, Jaffa’s burgeoning flea market is active all through the night on weekends, with special events, shows and exhibitions taking place. 
  • DocavivThe Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. 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. 
  • The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film FestivalThe Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Celebrating gender diversity. Happening in June. 
  • The Tel Aviv International Student Film FestivalThe Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street. One of the world’s most important student film festivals. Happening in late May. 
  • Ta’am Ha’irHaYarkon Park18:00-22:00“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. 

Learn

  • Tel Aviv University – One of the largest universities in Israel, situated in Ramat Aviv.
  • Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College – A smaller college in Tel Aviv.

Buy

Markets

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 Florentin — 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.
Malls

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 center.
  • Ramat Aviv mall is a slightly more upmarket than your usual mall located in the north.
  • Central Bus Station is a huge, mostly bargain stores mall located in the south.
  • 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 north.
Shopping Streets

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 center

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!

Books and music

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.

  • Sipur Pashut book shop– 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. 
Art, Craft, Judaica, Jewelry

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 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. 95 Ben Yehuda Street. Tel-Aviv ,Israel. +972-3-5240323

Sommer Young contemporary art by Israeli and international artists. 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. 7 Mazeh Street. Tel Aviv, Israel. +972-3-6200068

Antiques Shops:

Egozi Gallery Gallery and an auction house for art and antiques. 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

Eat

Tel Aviv has an amazing variety of restaurants for every taste. There are plenty of fast food restaurants, both international and local which offer Israeli food. One can get a decent meal, including felafel or hummous (Try Mshwawsha on Bugrashov St. and Abu Hasan in Yafo) on every street corner, for less than $7.

You can also eat a toast, sandwich or some other snack at one of the cafes around the city. Many fruit juice parlors are around.

Taizu, Toto, Shila and Messa are considered to be Tel Aviv’s most elegant restaurants, serving gourmet and unique plates, inspired both by local and foreign cuisine although not kosher. There are many good kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv including Lilliot, Meatos, Bruno and of course 2C which although pricey, offers gourmet food with amazing views of the city as its located at the very top of the Azrieli round tower.

Finally, Tel Aviv’s ice cream parlors offer much more than basic flavors, as the taste buds are eclectic and strive for new flavors, such as Halva, poppy seed, and even a touch of alcoholic liqueurs in the ice cream (Try these places: Iceberg, Gelateria Siciliana, Dr. Lek, Vaniglia and Aldo.

  • Dixie (Totzeret Ha’aretz st.), 03-696-6123 One of the first restaurants in Tel-Aviv famous for being open 24/7, serves American food, including steaks, hamburgers and an excellent side-dish named home-fries.
  • Happy Hours TLV. Happy Hours TLV is a directory mapping business lunch specials and Happy Hours deal, which offer a substantial discount over regular prices and can be found in almost all Tel Aviv’s restaurants, including high-end chef restaurants.

Drink

Tel Aviv is called “The city that never stops” by tourists and locals alike. It has a wide range of pubs, bars, clubs and it is known worldwide for its nightlife. The entire city is crawling with nightlife attractions and you would actually have to work pretty hard to find yourself further than 500 meters away from a place to have a drink in the city center. People from all the surrounding region come to Tel Aviv to have a drink or a party so on weekends traffic is hectic at late hours and finding a parking spot is somewhere between hard and impossible (so sticking to cabs is not a bad idea). Buses stop running at sundown on Friday and only start again after it is completely dark on Saturday night, so if you go out on Friday night you may find yourself forced to take a cab if you cannot walk! But any day is a good day to party in Tel Aviv, not just the weekends.

New places are opening and closing every day and the “hottest spots” change every couple of months, so no internet guide will be able to direct you to the hippest place (even though some may try). Many places in Tel Aviv have minimum age limitations that vary from 18+ (as required by law) to 30+. Usually the limitation is different between males and females and while some spots may be flexible others will be as strict as possible.

Israel has no unique drinking culture so any place with any self-respect will have the entire world wide alcohol selection available, from Wine and Beer to Tequila, Arak, Vodka, Whiskey and Cognac. One of the most popular drinks is the local Goldstar beer and at the moment (2010) the Arabic drink, Arak (it means “sweat” in Arabic) is all the rage in pubs and bars.

Even though the entire city is full of spots to hang out, there are a few places that have an unusual amount of pubs/clubs:

  • Tel Aviv seaport (Namal) – Located at beach side to the west of the Yarkon Park right between Tel Aviv center and north is the old seaport. The entire place is full of clubs, pubs and restaurants right next to each other door by door. Notable places: TLV Club, UpTown, Erlich, Shalvata, Seabreeze, Whiskey a gogo and more. Very busy in weekends during the summer and on warm days during the rest of the year, as this area attracts people from all around the city and the wider Gush Dan area.
  • Dizengoff – Ben Yehuda St. – The north ends of these streets are full of chic bars that are packed almost every day with a 22+ crowd. Sometimes it’s just hard to breath there. Notable: Friends, Bergman, Rosa, Yermiyahu.and “223” bar for more of the new york speak easy cool spoot
  • The Boardwalk (Tayellet) – The entire beach area from the seaport in the north to Jaffa in the south is full of mainly cafes, restaurants and bars. Some are normal open bars while others actually spread to the beach with tables on the sand. This is the more “touristy” area of Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene, that the “real Tel-Avivians” try to avoid.
  • Allenby St. – Going from the Beach to the west all the way to the south-east of Tel Aviv, Allenby is one of the longest streets in the city. The western area is full of mainly pubs and dance-bars, not the hippest clubs but stable places that have been there for years and are occasionally full of tourists. Allenby Street may sometimes feel a bit dodgy but fear not. If you are under 18, it’s advisable to search for a drink here rather than Dizzengof. It’s cheap and the food is safe to eat at most places (use your discretion).
  • Lilinblum – Levontine – Nahlat Binyamin st. – A few streets around the east side of Allenby with many trendy pubs with an extremely sophisticated crowd, and many dance bars that range from the bluntly commercial to the leftfield indie. Any arrivals to this area will ensure a good drink. Notable: Shesek, Lima Lima, Atara, Betty Ford, Bordel, Flame, Academia, Abraxas, Minus one and more.
  • Ha’Masger – Ha’Rakevet St.’ – Mainly a clubbing area for Tel Aviv’s younger crowd (18-19) with huge clubs and dance bars. Notable: Dome, Vox and more.
  • Florentin – Mostly small neighborhood bars for a cool fun night out in a chic area in Tel Aviv. Most spots in Florentin appeal to the artsy and indie crowd. Florentin has a “rugged” appearance, especially at night, but it is quite safe. Notable: Hudna (Abarbanel street), Comfort 13, Haoman 17 and all the little places on Florentine st. and Vital st.
  • King George-Tshernechovsky (HaMelech George) – in the close to Shenkin st. upper side of King George you can find some alternative cafes and bars, like “Geatzel Shapira” on Almonit lane and “little prince” which is the center of the young poetry revival movement that connected to “Maayan” poetry magazine and others interesting poetry or art fanzines. On Tshernechovsky, not far from there, there are several cafes and cheap restaurants. close to Dizengoff Center, you can find “Bacho” cafe, a nice place with too-artistic atmohphere, “Hakosem Falafel” and the “Yemen Falafel”, both recommended.
  • Ibn Gvirol – A lately very developed pubbing area with some of the coolest pubs in Tel Aviv. During the day appeals to the many lawyers and businessmen working in the area. Notable: 2 clubs – Vila Sokolov and Landen, and the pubs-restaurants Dorothy Gale, Brasserie and Liliroz.
  • Habarzel (Ramat Ha’Chayal) – Located at the north near the rich neighborhoods. This area has been developed to accommodate the vast high-tech industry around it, so one can expect somewhat commercialized and rather upscale spots. Notable: Leo Blooms, Molly’s, Frame, Sushi Samba, Giraf, Black, Segev Express, Moses, Max Brener.
  • Karlibach – A new clubbing area with pubs growing in every corner. Notable: ZiziTripo, Hachatul Ve’Hakelev.
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Famous Tourists Spots
  • Mike’s Place86 Herbert Samuel (Next to American Embassy). 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. 
  • Molly Bloom’s Irish pub2 Mendele St.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. 
  • The English Bar, (Allenby st. near the beach). 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. 
  • MendalimosHayarkon 102 (infront of the Dan Hotel), +972-508-464462 (yairneumann11@gmail.com). 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. 
  • Dancing Camel Brewing CompanyHataasiya 12 (corner Hamasger, +972-3-624-2783 (info@dancingcamel.com). 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 meters 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. 
  • BEER BAZAAR Carmel marketRambam 1(corner Carmel street, +972-3-504-9537 (beerbazaar.il@gmail.com). Sun to Fri 10 am – 19 pmTel 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 LGBTQ+ Scene

Tel Aviv is home to the leading LGBTQ+ community in Israel and all of the Middle-East, and is a very friendly city towards the LGTBQ+ community. 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 LGBTQ+ Israelis, especially in the weekends. Next to Dizengof Center you may see LGBTQ couples walking freely all day long.

Clubbing

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.

Dance clubs

  • Block Club, 157 Shlomo (Salame) St, +972 3 5378002. Usually open Thur and Fri nights and featuring big name international DJs weekly.

Salsa clubs

  • 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, (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.
Cafés

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.

Sleep

Tel Aviv has a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping and backpacker hostels right up to luxury 5-star hotels. The main area for a short term stay is in the center with a big hotels strip on the beach and many accommodation options all around. The center should be your default place to stay. Some places can also be found in the south and will usually be cheaper (except the David Intercontinental).

Another option to cut expenses a bit is to sleep in the nearby towns instead of actually staying inside Tel Aviv. This is a very common practice for young Israelis that want the Tel Aviv lifestyle without the Tel Aviv cost. The most common options are Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Holon and Givatayim.

Mid-range
  • Port Hotel Tel-Aviv (boutique hotel in tel aviv), Yermiyahu 4 , Tel-Aviv03-5445544. just 5 minutes’ walk from Tel Aviv’s most popular beaches, Port Hotel offers a roof terrace with panoramic views across Tel Aviv and the sea. 
  • Embassy Hotel Tel-Aviv (boutique hotel in tel aviv), Hayarkon 74, Corner of Shalom Aleichem 5 Tel-Aviv03-6799999. Boutique hotel near the beach. 
  • Yam Hotel – an Atlas Boutique Hotel (boutique hotel in tel aviv), 16 Kaf Gimel Yordei ha-Sira St, Tel Aviv,635081803-5425555. 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 
  • Pink-TLV Gay townhouse33 Alshekh st., 63427, 054-4592255. 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.  Brown TLV25 Kalisher st., 65165, 03-717-0200. A modern, chic hotel in the trendy neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek. 
  • Center Gay B&B16 Bar Kochva street97236338333. checkin: 1000; checkout: 1200Offers 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). 50€.
  • Artplus Hotel35 Ben Yehuda St03-797-1700. Boutique Hotel, steps from the Tel Aviv beach and the beachfront promenade. 
  • SEA NET HOTEL TEL AVIV (SEA NET HOTEL TEL AVIV), 6 Nes Ziona Street, Tel Aviv 6390408, +972-3-5171655 (fax+972-3-5171656). The Sea Net Hotel is situated perfectly for easy accessibility to the business and entertainment centres of Telaviv, successfully combining the charm and ambience of a “boutique style” hotel. 
  • Comfort HotelBen Yehuda 38, +972-3-6020122. All rooms are equipped with 32-inch LCD TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, high speed internet connection, iron and ironing board. Some of its facilities and services are computer station, designated smoking area, 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle, laundry service and concierge service. Rates start at 100.00 USD.
  • Sea Side Hotel20 Trumpeldor, 49250(+972) 3620 0513. 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. Rates on official website start at USD 80.00
  • Prima Tel Aviv (Prima Tel Aviv), Prima Tel Aviv, 105 Hayarkon St.Tel Aviv 61032, Israel,, Fax: 972-3-7604464 (Prima Tel Aviv is located on the sea shore promenade of the city of Tel Aviv.), 972-3-520666. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00Prima Tel Aviv is a 4 star, boutique hotel in Tel Aviv and located across from the beach. 80$-200
  • Hotel Marina Tel Aviv Official Site (Hotel Marina Tel Aviv), Marina Tel-Aviv Hotel, 167 Hayarkon St. Tel Aviv 61032, Israel,, Fax: 972-3-5211770 (Marina Hotel Tel Aviv is located on the sea shore promenade of the city of Tel Aviv.), 972-3-5211777. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:0080$
  • Shalom Hotel & Relax, 216 Hayarkon St, 972-5425555, Redone-much different than the modest hotel of the 1970s.
  • FlatMingo house (FlatMingo ApartHotel), hevrat Shass+972544286202 (). House with garden for rent for holidays in Tel Aviv, in Neve Tsedek neighborhood, at few steps to the beach. 
  • Prima City Hotel Tel Aviv (Prima Tel Aviv), 9 Mapu Street Tel-Aviv, Israel, Fax:972-3-5246250. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00Prima City Hotel Tel Aviv is located in the heart of Tel Aviv and offers 106 rooms, free Wi-Fi access and more 80$-200
  • Rimonim Tower Ramat Gan Hotel1 Krinitzi Street, Ramat Gan 52453, (fax+972-3-7544445). Business Hotel in Tel Aviv, ideally located in Ramat Gan, close to Tel Aviv’s business district, and perfect for businessperson or tourist visiting Israel’s central area. The hotel offers 98 rooms with business services 

Contact

Most coffee shops and fast food places have free wifi, however, some Israeli hotels (usually the big chains) can have extremely expensive Wifi service, but others do have free Wifi, checking the websites can provide you with more information. Taking your computer or mobile device to a cafe may be the more inexpensive route.

Prepaid SIM Card in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Prepaid SIM Card Israel (Prepaid SIM Card Israel), Allenby 20 (Prepaid SIM Card Israel), 035167776 (support@pcworks.co.il, fax035171175). 09:30 – 21:00Israel sim card is important for the people who don’t want to pay for roaming, who want to use internet when driving around Israel and for secure connection. Provide an local store and online platform for sim cards top up, with a leading telephone operators in Israel and Israeli sim card for starter pay as you go plans. If you are a tourist or businessman/businesswoman and you come to Israel, you may need help. You will find yourself in need for a good Israeli prepaid sim card that will offer you the features and help that you may need. 

Internet Cafe in Tel Aviv

  • Internet Cafe Tel Aviv (Internet Cafe Tel Aviv), Allenby 20 (Internet Cafe, Computer Usage, Office Services, International calls, Phone Rental, SIM cards and Charging and etc.), 035167776 (pcworks4@gmail.com, fax035171175). 09:30 – 21:00Internet Cafe, Computer Usage, Office Services, Printing, Scanning, Fax, International calls, Phone Rental, SIM cards and Charging, Accessories for mobile phones and computers and etc. 

The DigiMarCon Difference

Business and marketing professionals have a lot of choice in events to attend.
As the Premier Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition Series worldwide
see why DigiMarCon stands out above the rest in the marketing industry
and why delegates keep returning year after year

Global Event Series

DigiMarCon is the Largest Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition series in the world, with annual events held in all continents (North America, Latin America, Europe, UK, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa) in 13 countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Singapore, India, United Arab Emirates and South Africa), across 33 cities (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Honolulu, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Dubai, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore and Sao Paulo). All DigiMarCon Events can be attended in-person or online. Wherever you are located there is a regional DigiMarCon event nearby you can attend.

5-Star Luxury Event Venues

DigiMarCon Conferences are held in top luxury 5-star event venues across the world such as; Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, Olympic Stadiums, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and Wynn, JW Marriott, Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental, The Westin, Renaissance, Hilton, Conrad, W, Sheraton, Loews and Sofitel Hotel properties. Discount hotel room rates at each venue hotel means no hassle getting to and from the venue each day.

Extensive & Memorable Networking Experiences

Building relationships matter! At DigiMarCon Conferences we have more networking breaks on our program than others. On average there are 8 Networking breaks at each event giving delegates ample opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere to meet others over the 2-days at the event; from 1-hour round table networking luncheons to 3-hour dinner receptions. These networking breaks are set in picturesque locations to facilitate memorable experiences while fostering new relationships. Such experiences include enjoying cocktails and the Sunset over the Pacific Ocean on a private Ocean Terrace in Santa Monica, to being on the Sydney Olympic Stadium playing arena at night enjoying cocktails under the lights, to dining at the 360 Revolving Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto for a Dinner Reception, enjoying cocktails on a private promenade overlooking Times Square in New York City, or having fun at the Dazzles Night Club onboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for a Farewell Party, etc.

Industry Thought Leaders from Leading Brands

DigiMarCon Keynotes, Panels and Master Classes are facilitated by the foremost thought leaders in the industry, from celebrity social media influencers to CMO’s from the largest Fortune 500 company brands that are disrupting the digital marketing, media and advertising industry, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Adobe, eBay, Netflix and more. All presentations are pitch-free, and include actionable takeaways, case studies, strategies and tactics, ready to be applied when back in the office.

Premium Comfortable Meeting Spaces

At DigiMarCon Conferences you are never ‘left in the dark’…. literally, in a large room far away from the stage and speakers, crushed in tight theater seating, without even a table, while sitting in the dark. At DigiMarCon all delegates have premium meeting space in luxurious ballroom well-lit spaces, with comfortable seating with table enabling delegates to use their laptop to take notes with ample charging facilities onsite in a comfortable space to learn and thrive. All tables are situated close with direct view of the stage.

Value for Money & Generous Discounts

DigiMarCon Conferences are affordable to attend, from single-day event passes up to two-day VIP options at a fraction of the cost of other industry events. We offer significant discounts for early bird registrations. Additionally, on top of time-limited discount pass rates, because budgets are tight, we want to make sure all groups have a chance to attend DigiMarCon. For government employees, students, academic, startups, non-profit organizations and teams, we offer generous discounts off the prevailing registration price.

Collaborative Learning & Audience Participation

Attend DigiMarCon and you become part of the show! DigiMarCon Conferences tap into the talent of the room, drawing from the knowledge and experience of the professionals in the audience. All DigiMarCon events include regular interactive question and answer sessions with speakers and the audience ideal for collaboration, audience polls, along with ice-breaker and group exercises, steered by charismatic Emcees.

Meet the Speakers in Person

DigiMarCon Conferences put you right up and close with the speakers giving you the opportunity to meet these social media influencers which you follow in person. Speakers are never hidden in private speaker rooms away from the audience, they are in the auditorium sitting right beside you and participating.

Exceptional Customer Service

Attending a conference is a well-researched decision. There are many factors to consider such as location, time, venue, cost, speakers, content, etc. At DigiMarCon our results-obsessed Customer Service team are at your service before, during and after the event to help with your needs. It’s at the core of what we do — it drives our business. Offsite, we are ready to assist you via phone, ticket or chat. Onsite at our Conferences, friendly DigiMarCon staff serve as your hosts. They welcome your input and are happy to assist you.

TECHSPO Technology Expo

At all DigiMarCon Conferences is the co-located exclusive event TECHSPO Technology Expo, which showcases the new generation of technology and innovation, including; AdTech, MarTech, Internet, Mobile and SaaS technologies. Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for the better. Unlimited Access to TECHSPO Technology Expo is included with all DigiMarCon passes.

On Demand Library Access

DigiMarCon All Access & VIP Passes include a 12-month on demand access to hundreds of hours of DigiMarCon speaker keynotes, panels and master class presentations from recent DigiMarCon Conferences, including videos, slide decks and key takeaways, available on demand so you can watch what you want, when you want.

The Largest Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising Community

Attendees of DigiMarcon Conferences gain membership to an exclusive global Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Community of over 500,000 worldwide subscribers to our award-winning digital marketing blog and over 100,000 members to the International Association of Digital Marketing Professionals (visit https://iadmp.org). This global community comprises of innovators, senior marketers and branders, entrepreneurs, digital executives and professionals, web & mobile strategists, designers and web project managers, business leaders, business developers, agency executives and their teams and anyone else who operates in the digital community who leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing. We provide updates to the latest whitepapers and industry reports to keep you updated on trends, innovation and best practice digital marketing.

Safe, Clean & Hygienic Event Environment

The events industry has forever changed in a world affected by COVID-19. The health and safety of our guests, staff and community is our highest priority and paramount. The team at DigiMarCon is dedicated to ensuring a great experience at our in-person events, and that includes providing a safe, clean and hygienic environment for our delegates. Some of the key areas we have implemented safe and hygienic measures include;

  • Limiting Venue Capacities to allow for Social Distancing
  • Health and Safety Protocols
  • Safe Food and Beverages and Food-handling
  • Sanitation Stations with Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes Dispensers
  • Sanitation and Disinfection of Common and High-Traffic Areas
  • Physical Distancing Measures Between Attendees
  • Social Distancing Room and Seating Configurations
  • Non-Contact Thermal Temperature Scanning

Hybrid Events: Attend In-Person or Online

DigiMarCon has always been industry leaders of the Hybrid Event experience for years (a hybrid event combines a "live" in-person event with a "virtual" online component), no one needs to miss out on attending our events. Each DigiMarCon Conference can be attended in-person (with a Main Conference, All Access or VIP Pass) or online (with a Virtual Pass) giving attendees a choice for the experience they want to have. Attending virtually by viewing a Live Stream or On Demand enables participation by people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. If you would like to meet the speakers, network with fellow marketing professionals at refreshment breaks, luncheons and evening receptions, check out the latest Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech and SaaS technologies providers exhibiting then it is highly recommended to attend DigiMarCon in-person. As the largest Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference series with events in 33 international cities worldwide, across 13 countries, there is bound to be a DigiMarCon Event near you to attend in-person if you can.

High-Profile Audience From Leading Brands

DigiMarCon Conference Series is the annual gathering of the most powerful brands and senior agency executives in your region. The Sharpest Minds And The Most Influential Decision Makers - Together for Two Days.

Who Attends Our Conferences
Brands • Agencies • Solution & Service Providers • Media Owners • Publishers • Entrepreneurs • Start-Ups • Investors • Government • Corporates • Institutes of Higher Learning