It is not easy to describe the atmosphere that permeates this dynamic and young city (it ‘s just a little over 100 years old!), Tel Aviv is truly charming and it’s filled with young creative minds that come here to make their dreams come true. It will amaze everyone; from design enthusiasts with artworks and examples of Bauhaus architecture, to the food: Israeli cuisine comprises both Middle Eastern typical local dishes and those brought from the Jews who immigrated to Israel from all over the world. The result? A delicious mix that is not just hummus, shakshuka and falafel! Are you ready to fell in love? Then go ahead and read this travel guide to spend 48 hours in Tel Aviv and then book a flight!
WHERE TO EAT
Cafe Europa (Rothschild Boulevard 9B)
Reservations are advised, but in case you forget you can always have a drink at the bar while peeking into the kitchen to see the cooks at work. The food is delicious (the topinambur are scrumptious and they are better known as Jerusalem artichokes) and the staff is very welcoming.
Cafe Suzanna (Shabazi St 9)
If you are looking for something ultra posh then this restaurant is not for you. But if you love home cooked food and won’t mind an evocative location in the Neve Tzedek district, Suzana is just right for you.
Shuk Ha’Carmel or Carmel Market (Allenby, King George and Sheinkin streets)
Do you feel like discovering some real Israeli culture? Then you should visit the Carmel Market, open everyday except for the shabbat (Saturday). This is the perfect place for those you want to try something that is far away from the tourists’ route. A place crowded with yelling sellers and people who trade goods. Get lost in the colors, images and scents of spices and food. You’ll be able to taste delightful falafels, hummus and other typical finger food.
ART & CULTURE
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art (27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd)
A beautiful museum, even architecturally speaking, that boasts an excellent collection. IT’s the ideal place to spend a whole morning or afternoon. Enjoy the charm of a wonderful Klimt, which we believe to be as beautiful as the Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer (if not more), and other Cubist, Avant-gardist Viennese and German Expressionist masterpieces. A must-see.
Suzanne Dellal Centre (6 Yehieli Street)
Ok, it’s no secret. We’re fans of Neve Tzedek, one of the most beautiful districts of Tel Aviv. Walk through its tiny streets looking at the renovated buildings that have something magical and then head towards the Suzanne Dellal Centre, one of the best places in Israel to watch dance shows with an amazing courtyard garden. Many are the galleries, little restaurants and shops in it. Going South, you’ll find a railway station called Tachana that is used everyday as cultural center and not just that (there is other bars and restaurants and on Saturday you can enjoy some shows as well).
The best promenade, even during winter? It goes from Tel Aviv Port to Jaffa: there are 13 km of beach that make up the Tel Aviv waterfront, and each and everyone of them is fascinating. Try to spend some time in Jaffa too. It’s and ancient city known not only for its oranges and grapefruits. Another interesting walk is across the famous and super chic Rotschild Boulevard, among the uncountable white Bauhaus buildings ( Tel Aviv’s nickname, The White City is not in fact a coincidence).
WHAT TO DO AT NIGHT
Port Said (Har Sinai 5)
One of our favorites places in Tel Aviv. The atmosphere is young and informal. At night, there are usually DJ sets ranging from acid-house, jazz and old school hip hop that will make you start your night in the best possible way. You can also eat here: the cuisine is simple and features fresh ingredients and very delicious food. It’s kind of the same concept of the tapas but with Israeli food.
The Breakfast Club (Rothschild 6)
An institutional club in the heart of the city. The environment is pleasant and so is the careful electronic music selection. This place hosts world known artists.