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Best things to do in Tel Aviv-Yafo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“This mall have everything, from known brands to unique designers, food market on Fridays and art exhibitions from time to time.”
196 locals recommend
College Library
“This architectural gem of a museum houses some of the finest art collections in the Middle East, from classic to contemporary. Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAM) to see the works by local Jewish-Israeli artists as well as leading international artists such as Jackson Pollock, Kandinsky, Monet, Dalí, Rodin, Van Gogh, Klimt and Picasso. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAM) opened even before the state of Israel was established. In 1932, the first mayor of the city, Meir Dizengoff, established the museum in his home on Rothschild Boulevard. The museum’s present-day Main Building on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard opened in 1971 and houses the permanent collections. See local art from the 20th century onwards in the Department of Israeli Art. The Department of Modern and Contemporary Art showcases international works from the mid-19th century onwards. Find eye-catching works in the Department of Prints and Drawings and the Department of Photography. Of course you can’t miss the Old Masters Department, with outstanding works from the 16th to the 19th century. Last but not least, the Department of Architecture and Design will inspire you to think outside the square. Thinking outside the square is exactly what the American architect Preston Scott Cohen did when he designed the museum’s futuristic wing, the Herta and Paul Amir Building. Light streams in from the central light well, drawing in Tel Aviv’s sunny character. Its two floors above and three floors below ground level are full of inspiring artworks, so you could spend all day in this wing alone. Apart from admiring art and architecture, also come to TAM to listen to concerts and lectures in its auditorium, see international cult movies in its cinema and attend creative workshops and art classes. The Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden and Nata's Garden are the museum’s creative outdoor spaces. Also visit the ever-changing social and political modern art exhibits in the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion on Tarsat Street, included in your ticket price. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is located in the city center and can be reached by public transportation. The museum is open daily, except Sundays. TAM stays open until late on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Guided tours in English are available.”
132 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Neve Tzedek is today a real oasis in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. The magnificent buildings are all individual, and a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood is a great way to spend some time. Shabazi Street is the main street through Neve Tzedek and, like many of the smaller side passages is lined with boutiques, galleries, and craft shops. The Suzanne Dellal Center is Tel Aviv’s dance center with a superb piazza and interesting gardens, whilst popular cafe Suzanna shouldn’t be missed. Shops in Neve Tzedek are unique. The small, narrow streets are home to small unique boutiques, design shops and other fascinating shops which you could even think are not shops. Restaurants and cafes in Neve Tzedek offer the full range of food that Tel Aviv has become known for. There is something magical about sitting out in the shaded courtyard of an Oriental style building with the sea breeze cooling you, enjoying a great light meal… What’s near to Neve Tzedek HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s Old Railway station is a short stroll from Neve Tzedek on the Mediterranean Coast The neighborhood of Florentin offers one the chance to see a less regenerated version of Neve Tzedek which is now the hottest Tel Aviv nightlife area. Also, be sure to check out our introduction to Tel Aviv and our guide to other things to do in Tel Aviv ”
206 locals recommend
Beach
“This is the largest beach in Tel Aviv. The food is their unique selling proposition. Very tasty! It is the HQ French during high holidays”
113 locals recommend
Park
“In the eastern part of HaYarkon Park lie the Rock Garden and the Tropical Garden. The Rock Garden in HaYarkon Park is one of the largest of its kind in the world at 10 acres. Showcasing Israel’s geological diversity with poetic descriptions for the amazing rocks which are displayed, the rock garden also features over six acres of cacti, 3,500 species of plants, and some fantastic views across the HaYarkon Park’ lake. The five-acre Tropical Garden in HaYarkon Park is home to a rain forest-like micro-climate with a tiny lake home to swans, fish, and beautiful orchids and vines. HaYarkon Park also features a bike-rental center. Biking in HaYarkon park is easy because of the flat, accessible trails, and is a great way to see the park, and as an activity to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tel Aviv which is only minutes away. Also within HaYarkon Park is one of Israel’s largest water parks (complete with water slides, a wave pool and a toddlers’ pool), a bird sanctuary and petting zoo.”
110 locals recommend
Theater
“Habima Square (also known as The Orchestra Plaza) is a public major space in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, which is home to a number of cultural institutions such as the Habima Theatre, the Culture Palace, and the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art. The square is at the intersection of Rothschild Boulevard, Hen Boulevard, Dizengoff Street and Ben Zion Boulevard. ”
143 locals recommend
Lodging
“Amazing street market of Tel Aviv. Bustling on a Friday with amazing fresh fruit and veg, bakeries, clothing and niknaks. ”
138 locals recommend
Market
“Sarona Market was established to be the heartbeat of Israeli culinary art. On an area of 8,700 square meters with 91 shops, stalls and restaurants of all categories, Sarona Market is Israel's largest, most unique indoor culinary complex. The project was constructed by Gindi Holdings on Sarona Gardens in the heart of Tel Aviv. ”
74 locals recommend
Market
“The Carmel Market (the Shuk Hacarmel) is the largest market, or shuk, in Tel Aviv. A vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing to spices, and fruit to electronics, visiting the Carmel Market is a fascinating thing to do in Tel Aviv. The hustle and bustle, vibrant noise, colors and smells, as well as its reputation as the largest authentic Middle-Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv, all combine to make the Carmel Market a favorite place for everyone from first time tourists visiting the city, to locals who come here to get the freshest fruit and vegetables, and some of the cheapest products in the city.”
130 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“The old city is probably the most authentic experiences you can find. This unique area of Jaffa is filled with endless wonders. Fascinating history, stunning views and the best food. Wander all around the alleys of old Jaffa to discover one of the most special places in Tel Aviv.”
141 locals recommend
Flea Market
“All the area is great, you can find all sorts of bargains on the market, good food and very nice Jaffa atmosphereץ”
72 locals recommend
Market
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“Eating out can be very pricey but if you know some insiders’ places, it can be even cheaper than buying products in grocery stores. Tel Aviv is well known for its amazing street food. If you’re traveling to Tel Aviv, eating hummus has to be on your must-do list. I wanna tell you about a hummus place I discovered last summer in the heart of Shuk HaCarmel – “Hummus Magen David”. Once you’ve tried Magen David hummus, you would never compromise for industrially made hummus in supermarkets again. This place is always busy and you have to wait in line for a while but it’s worth it. All tables are shared, so feel free to grab a seat with strangers.”
136 locals recommend
Establishment
“Pharmacy + beauty & personal care products. (Located at floor -1 inside the shopping center).”
150 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“The main blvd. of TLV. The best restaurants, Burgers, Pizzas, Bars and everything you can think of - is right there.”
117 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“opens 24/7. everything is delicious here. great for dinner and late nights.”
118 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing trendy restaurant/bar with vibrant atmosphere and good Israeli/Mediterranean food ”
101 locals recommend