Welcome to Tel Aviv, Israel!
Known as the “City that never sleeps” of Israel, Tel Aviv is a great location to spend a vacation. There are beaches to enjoy, world renowned food, and of course enjoying all of the local history that goes back to the days of Jesus. Have you ever noticed that tourists always flock to the more well-known attractions when they travel? A worldwide local, however, knows how to truly experience the city and its culture when traveling. This is an insider’s guide of some of Tel Aviv’s best local gems.
A Melting Pot of Culture
Israel, though a tiny country, is a major mixing pot of many cultures. You can find Turkish, Moroccan, Tunisian, Algerian, or even as far as Russian cuisine.
Worldwide Local Tip: One of the great neighborhoods to see is Neve Tzedek, the first truly established Jewish neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Here you can find this great little theater called Suzanne Dellal Center, which hosts the Bat Sheva dance company. If you aren’t able to catch a show, this neighborhood is a great one to just wander for the day. There are shops, cafes, restaurants, and street vendors that have beautiful and bright colors popping around every corner.
Don’t Miss Sarona
If you wanted to follow the locals over the weekend, head to Sarona. This is a major neighborhood that is mostly made up of old Templar cottages that have been refurbished. With beachside paths and unique little shops, you can see why many of the locals enjoy spending their weekends in this area.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you are going to visit only one market, you have to visit Carmel Market. This is one of the oldest markets in the city and you can find the most amazing products made locally, spices from around Israel, and of course the colors draw photographers from around the world!
Things to Do in Tel Aviv for the Shopaholic
If you are able to hit more than one market, you should visit Levinsky Market. You can pick up the best Halva (a sweet bread) in the city, and quite possibly in the country.
When you are walking around Tel Aviv you’ll see there is no shortage of stores to visit if you are wanting to pick up a few local items for your loved ones at home. One of these stores that are recommended by locals is Sind Studio. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Old Jaffa and a few meters away from the Old Sea Port, it is a great place for last-minute gifts and art/design lovers. You can find options at any budget.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you are really drawn to the hipster vibes while traveling or at home, we found the perfect place for you. Florentine is considered to be the SoHo of Tel Aviv and is undeniably the city’s hub for hipsters. Whilst soaking in the neighborhood’s edgy local vibe, you can visit Israel’s first street-art gallery or wander along Levinsky Street and market to find stores selling special Turkish, Greek, and Romanian products, where you can even find authentic Mexican food.
Spend a Day in Old Jaffa
You can’t leave Tel Aviv until you visit the historic town of Old Jaffa. With a history dating back to Ancient Egyptian times, the town is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Jaffa has not only been ruled by some of the biggest empires of all time, but it is also where many Biblical stories took place. Today, Jaffa is a major hub for artists, and you’ll find many beautiful art galleries lining the narrow cobblestone alleyways. This is also where you can find the Jaffa Flea Market, where you can pick up all sorts of vintage knick-knacks, as well as a range of great Tel Aviv restaurants and bars.
Worldwide local Tip: Tel Aviv is right on the water and is known as the “Miami of Israel,” so it stands to reason while visiting you should go to at least one of the Tel Aviv beaches. According to locals, the best beach area to visit is the Tel Aviv Boardwalk (better known as the Tayelet, which technically translates to Promenade). The Tayelet stretches all the way from the port of Tel Aviv (the Namal), in the north of the city, all the way down to Jaffa in the south, along the Mediterranean Sea. The Tayelet is a gorgeous place to run, bike, or walk, enjoying the Tel Aviv weather. And, for obvious reasons, it has the best sunset views.
Have an Unforgettable Time in Tel Aviv!
Without a doubt, you should never pass up a deal on flights to Tel Aviv Airport--this city should be on everyone’s list of places to travel to. With so many different cultures to experience, the history that has built this great city, and of course being a metropolitan and artistic haven for many traveling artists. It isn’t hard to see why you absolutely must visit Tel Aviv. Roaming the city as a worldwide local will grant you unparalleled access to its amazing sights and fascinating sounds