The City

A Travel Guide to Tel Aviv, Israel

Rebirth and rejuvenation define Tel Aviv, accurately named the “Hill of Spring” in Hebrew. Brimming with the vibrancy, colour and flavour of the Mediterranean coast, this Israeli city offers treasures of cultural heritage and out-of-the-ordinary cuisine. Sometimes compared to Manhattan, Tel Aviv’s diversity and energy attracts tourists and residents from around the world. Spend your days basking in the sun at the beach or wander the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’ve come for the nightlife in Tel Aviv, you’ll find an endless array options for buzzy cocktail bars, dancing and live music.

Sleeping

WHERE TO STAY IN TEL AVIV: The Norman

Find serenity in the centre of a metropolis at The Norman, a luxurious boutique hotel set between two white Bauhaus buildings circa 1920s. With 50 airy bespoke rooms, a rooftop infinity pool nestled between skyscrapers and an indulgent spa with signature scent products, the Norman is the perfect hotel to unwind. Like the city itself, the interior touches are multileveled and diverse in their offerings, like rich Nepali rugs woven with patterns found in Tel Aviv tile-work. Be sure to have a bite at the hotel’s recently launched restaurant, ALENA whose head chef, Barak Aharoni, has been hailed by the national media as “the new star of Israeli cuisine.”

Eating

WHERE TO EAT IN TEL AVIV: Dallal

For a classic Tel-Avivian style meal made with fresh seasonal ingredients, Dallal offers a delicious experience gastronomical experience in converted 19th century houses on the magical Kol Israel Haverim alley. One of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, the dishes are simple, yet wholesomely delicious pastas, risottos and slow cooked meats to make your mouth water. In short, the restaurant lives up to all of the translations of its Arabic name: prosperity, indulgence and a meeting place with a focal point of good food.

Best Restaurants in Tel Aviv

Popina: A gourmet French restaurant with friendly attentive staff, phenomenal plates and delicious cocktails.

Claro: A bright and spacious mediterranean restaurant housed in a preserved wine distillery, serving an innovative menu. Come for weekend brunch for a real treat.

Miznon: A wholesome eatery specialising in delicious pita wraps, sandwiches and tasty side dishes.

Seeing

WHAT TO DO IN TEL AVIV: Artport

For an authentic taste of the art scene in Tel Aviv, non-profit organisation Artport showcases the work of six emerging Israeli artists in residence at its minimalist garage-like centre. Bringing together different mediums and diverse perspectives, Artport provides a supportive environment from which talented young artists can launch their careers. Each artist is given their own gallery space, so there is plenty to see and sink your teeth into. The space also regularly hosts events and talks so ahead of your visit, be sure to check out their website to see if anything of interest is coming up!

BEST THINGS TO DO IN TEL AVIV

Bauhaus Architecture Tour: Fascinating tour taking you to remarkable examples of the Bauhaus legacy in the city.

Old Jaffa Israel: The oldest part of Tel Aviv, this ancient port city is the perfect place to spend an afternoon wandering through the narrow meandering streets.

Carmel Market: A sensory feast, Carmel Market is the largest market in Tel Aviv with stalls selling all sorts of fare, from fruit and local snacks to clothes and jewellery.

Gordon Beach: A buzzing lively beach in the centre of the city with volleyball courts, a boardwalk lined with restaurants and a glorious saltwater swimming pool.