Tel Aviv: 10 places to enjoy the city
January 1, 1970
by Alyona Gurovskaya
“Tel Aviv” in Hebrew means “a hill of spring”. It was originally built like a Jewish suburb of Jaffa city. Nowadays it’s a modern part of municipality Tel Aviv-Jaffa. You will fall in love with this city because of its unforgettable sunsets, its own style formed from dozens of different cultures and its spirit of freedom everywhere.
1. PORT NAMAL
Here bigins Tel Aviv promenade which goes through all the city up to the Old Jaffa Port. Namal is a large enterntaiment point with nice restaurants and shops, always full of people. You can take a seat right near the sea – there are no big waves in the port. In one place the ground is covered with a wooden decking and looks like a deck of a ship.
I love this place because you can always find there something new: light show on the water, ice-cream festival, street dancing – whatever you want! There are also some rest areas where you can lie in a swing-hammock drinking fresh coffee. It still remains a mystery for me how these quiet places can coexist with the night clubs and no one disturbs nobody!
2. OLD JAFFA PORT
You will see it from afar. There is a lot of really old boats with shabby sails and fishing vessels that are still in work. Some of them are used as “houses on the water”. People live on a boat and often don’t want to change their home into one that stands on the ground. They like swaying lightly on the waves, especially before going to sleep and at night. You even can rent one if you will find a host.
If you are a fan of seafood, you should try shrimps and squid that are just from the sea, fried in batter in front of your eyes.
3. JAFFA VIEWING POINT
The most fascinating view of the city you will found here. It seems like all the city is located at the bottom of the hill on which you are staying. From that place you can make the best photos, by the way ?
The center of the viewing point – “Arch of faith”. Its sculptural decoration has biblical roots and in its base are two stones from the Western wall in Jerusalem.
You have an option of making a wish passing through this arch.
4. ROTSHILD BOULEVARD
It’s a street from where the State of Israel begins. Here the Declaration of independence of Israel was signed (Sderot Rotchild, 16).
I like small coffee-points on this boulevard where you can also take a super-tasty sandwich and to seat in the center of the street looking at the peoople passing by.
5. CLOCK TOWER
The main symbol of Jaffa is situated on the square, almost on the border of Tel Aviv and Old Jaffa. Four dials of the clock are showing the local time. Two times a day the bell ring from the top of the tower and the time seems to stop.
Walking around the city you will definitely see the buildings of a very strange shapes. It’s a special architectural style called Bauhaus. On Dizengoff street there is a center of Bauhaus where you can learn more about this fancy style.
Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of such buildings worldwide. Most of them are situated in the city center and painted in bright colours. That is why Tel Aviv center is often called “the white city”.
7. JAFFA FLEA MARKET
Small picturesque shops, shopping arcades and sometimes the goods just exposed on the streets – it seems like you can find any kind of things here. You will smell the antiquity and the old times of Jaffa. Maybe you will decide to buy a pair of old chairs or a carpet. Once I bought there a vintage watch on a chain which showed 13 minutes more than it actually is, but I kept that in mind all the time. Anyway, you can just take a walk around the market – I’m sure that you will enjoy it.
8. SARONA MARKET
A large complex of small and well-designed restaurants, bars and gastronomy shops with fresh products. You can sit outdoors, the territory is covered with green lawn and all around you looks like a small village with nice wooden houses. To my mind, it’s mich better than multi-storey shopping malls.
Just best place in Tel Aviv to drink coffee or to take it to go. They also have amazing breakfasts (my favourite is Shakshuka breakfast, served with vegetable salad, olives and bread) and super-tasty and big sandwiches.
10. TEL AVIV BEACHES
Yes, dogs from Tel Aviv have their own beach! You can find people with happy dogs near Port Namal, close to the Hilton beach. The dogs here can do whatever they want: run, swim in the sea, dig holes in the sand, play different games with the people and other dogs. It’s like an island of truly dog happiness.
It’s famous mostly like a “gay’s beach”, but also have a big surfclub. So, feel free to start with you surfboards from this place.
A special beach for orthodox Jews. It is fenced from the neighboring beaches with walls and has a shedule for men and women. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday are “women’s days”, Monday, Wednesday and Friday – “men’s days”, on Saturday the beach is open for everybody.
If you want to play beach volleyball, football or other kind of sports – you are welcome here! Also near this beach you can find a modern sport center “Gordon” with a large pool which is filled with sea water.
* You can find “Aroma” in front of Gordon beach, to take a cup of best coffee in Tel Aviv an a sandwich with you and enjoy it on the beach
BUGRASHOV & FRISHMAN BEACH
These are the central beaches for the youth and for tourists.
If you are a fun of popular Israeli game “matcot” – it’s your place! Every day there are crazy matcot-players who are competing with each other. You wouldn’t confuse this sound of these impacts of the ball on the racket with something else. Show them what you can! Because Israelis think that nobody in the world can play matcot better.
The south part of Tel Aviv is always more relaxed. Usually local people come here to have a rest after a hard-working day.