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Port of Jaffa
Tel Aviv

From its hardcore nightlife to its ancient architecture, Tel Aviv is the epitome of urban, coastal cool. Expect wild parties, a vibrant beach scene and one of the Middle East’s most contemporary cities. Discover what this cosmopolitan city has to offer with the help of our Tel Aviv travel guide.

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Tel Aviv's mixture of boutique and budget stays make it one of the coolest beach breaks around. Running along the water, Tel Aviv's promenade, or the "Tayelet" in Hebrew, is where you'll find the city's larger hotels. Lev Ha'ir, meaning 'heart of the city' in Hebrew, is just that. Smack bang in the centre of the Tel Aviv, this area is where you'll find many of the city's iconic architecture and must-sees. It’s where you'll find the Hotel Montefiori, a small, boutique hotel in an elegant heritage-listed villa where the breakfast is worth the stay alone.

The trendy neighbourhoods of Florentin and Shapira are Tel Aviv's best-kept secrets for budget stays. The artsy area of Neve Tzedek is full of beautiful boutiques, stylish bistros, and charming Airbnbs to call home. Jaffa is the historical hub of the city and particularly bohemian. Combining new features with old-world charm, Market House in Jaffa is a stylish hotel built on Byzantine chapel ruins.

Things to do

Embrace Tel Aviv's leisurely energy by eating, drinking and dancing as the locals do. First things first, head to Cafelix for your morning coffee fix. Pick up baked goods with an Israeli twist at Dallal Bakery before wandering through one of the most strollable parts of the city, Neve Tsedek. For a morning fry-up, sample one of the city's delicious shakshukas at Shaffa Bar. Cool off in the Medditerran Sea with a trip to one of Tel Avi's most popular spots, Gordon Beach. Beat the heat and venture to Sommer Contemporary Art gallery for fantastic local artists and photographers.

Point your camera upwards along Rothschild Boulevard to capture the modernist Bauhaus-style buildings that earned Telv Aviv its nickname "The White City". For trinkets, antiques and vintage fashion, sniff out the best finds in The Jaffa Flea Market. Tel Aviv is an incredibly bike-friendly city so rent some wheels and cruise along the beach before grabbing sundowners at Esperanto Bar. See a show at the Susan Dellal Centre which puts on contemporary dance performances like nothing you've ever seen before. In the city's most talked about culinary complex, Herzl 16, you'll find plenty of eateries including the fun fusion restaurant, Disco Tokyo. Tel Aviv's nightlife scene is booming. For some of the best vibes in town, head to Kuli Alma, a cool underground bar that regularly hosts DJs and exhibitions.

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Food

Eat your way through Jerusalem by sampling all its seasonal produce. Jerusalem artichoke is a local specialty and one item you should always order. HaCarmel Market is the city's largest market, or shuk, where food stands and lunch trucks combine with coffee and cocktail bars. Falafels are a go-to all over Tel Aviv, try them at Falafel Gabay. Do yourself a favour and head to Jaffa's Abulafia Bakery for dessert, their sweet-filled pastries known as Rugelach are to die for.

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Getting around

From the airport: from Ben Gurion airport travel into the city centre via taxi, ride share, hire car or the take the train. The Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station is located on the lower level of Terminal 3 and will cost 3.50€ , taking 21 minutes to city centre.

In and around the city: a network of buses and trains operates through Tel Aviv city centre, branching out to other districts and suburbs. Note buses do not operate on the Sabbath, i.e. from Friday evening to Saturday evening. Taxis, ride share and walking are other options to get around.

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