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Top places to visit in Tel Aviv. The Quppy choice
Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the bustling metropolis of the Middle East. Even if officially Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, most institutions and embassies are located in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has about 300 days of sunshine a year, so whenever you decide to visit, chances are you’ll have nice weather! In winter, the temperature should be between 15 and 20C, while in summer you can expect 30C and higher.
Tel Aviv is a very walkable city and you can get anywhere on foot, however sometimes the distances can be long. If you are tired of walking, you can use buses, scooters or city bikes – the city is just gorgeous for all means of transport. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Tel Aviv and the picturesque streets of Jaffa make this Mediterranean destination a must-see. Here are the Quppy Team recommendations for what to see in Tel Aviv, whether you’re here for business or pleasure.
Jaffa, the Old Town
Technically a suburb of Tel Aviv, Jaffa is known for its well-preserved architecture. The ancient port of Jaffa is one of the oldest in the world and is still used by fishermen. Take time to wander the cobbled streets admiring the honey-colored stone buildings. There are many art galleries and design studios in Old Jaffa.
The Jaffa Flea Market is a good place to find vintage clothing and antiques. The market is open every day from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Friday.
This picturesque area of Tel Aviv is known for its trendy bars and boutiques. Founded in 1887, Neve Tsedek is the oldest area in Tel Aviv, not counting Jaffa. Shimon Rokach was the founder of the Neve Tsedek neighborhood, as well as a hospital and community organization. Today, the house is a museum open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Neve Tsedek has long been popular among artists and writers. Look out for the artwork scattered throughout the Shimon Rokach House, the oldest building in the area. They are made by Leah Madzharo Mints, the granddaughter of Shimon Rokach and a famous sculptor. Fans of contemporary dance will enjoy performances at the world-famous Suzanne Dellal Center. Many fashion and home goods boutiques in Neve Tsedek are located on Shabazi Street.
Every Friday, HaTachana, a former railway station on the outskirts of Neve Tsedek, hosts a farmers’ market. The Old Station also has some great restaurants and shops open throughout the week.
The Bauhaus Architecture
The White City of Tel Aviv is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for the number of white Bauhaus buildings. There are over 4,000 examples of this architectural style in Tel Aviv.
Many of the Bauhaus buildings can be found along the Rothschild Boulevard, one of the oldest streets in Tel Aviv. The Bauhaus style was popularized in the 1930s by Jewish architects who came to Tel Aviv to escape the persecution in Germany.
Tel Aviv Port
The wooden deck stretches for 9 miles, all the way to Jaffa. Known as Namal El Taviv in Hebrew, this is a popular dining spot in Tel Aviv. The former port is also known for its indoor farmers’ market, fashion stores and live music.
There are several good sea view restaurants such as Kitchen Market and Yulia TLV offering delicious seafood dishes.
Tel Aviv has many great beaches, including Gordon Beach, Hilton Beach, and Jerusalem Beach. One of the best is located opposite the colorful Dan Tel Aviv hotel.
Cross the Tayelet, or beach promenade, and you’ll find a wide expanse of white sand with giant sun loungers and a children’s playground. Go jogging or cycling and get in the Los Angeles vibe. Many locals work out on the beach using the free exercise equipment.
The statue of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, standing on his head on the beach is a bizarre sight. Originally from Poland, he was fond of yoga and often practiced it on the beach.
Head to the Carmel Market for a huge selection of spices, fruits, and vegetables. Located on the edge of Allenby Street and Magen David Square, it is also known as Shuk HaCarmel.
Shuk means market and it is the largest market in Tel Aviv. In addition to food, you will also find clothes and utensils.
The Carmel Market is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday through Friday, with stalls closing earlier on Friday.