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While for many Jerusalem is the holy city, Tel Aviv is the modern, contemporary city, the city of culture and pleasure. Tel Aviv is a city that connects modernism, art, nightlife, food, and the sea – the Huffington Post Magazine described it aptly by saying “New York and Ibiza decided to have a child and call it Tel Aviv” .Indeed Tel Aviv is, a combination of New York’s powerful energy and the intensity of the island of parties and beautiful beaches, Ibiza. And if that doesn’t have you convinced, we believe that the following list of recommendations will do the trick.
Tel Aviv Port
Tel Aviv Port in its current form is a project that started in 2001, at which time it became a major attraction in the city for thousands of visitors. The design and location of Tel Aviv’s shore attracted many businesses, primarily restaurants and cafes. You can find there the Port Market, an organic market offering the best food delicacies in Israel, alongside cafes on the water edge, fashion stores, bars and more. In summertime, many events that are open to the public are held. From Tel Aviv Port, you can continue southward to Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda Streets, which run parallel to each other.
Ben Yehuda, Dizengoff area
In 2003, Tel Aviv was chosen to be the White City by UNESCO. This designation was given to it by virtue of the city’s many international style buildings (often referred to as Bauhaus style) featuring rounded patios, clean lines and white buildings. As a modern city, Tel Aviv is the only one in the world with a large number of buildings from this period and more than 4,000 buildings of this style are spread throughout the city. Many of them run along Ben Yehuda and Dizengoff Streets and the small streets branching out from them. Dizengoff is a charming street, filled with designer stores, bridal stores, neighborhood bars and cafes. Roam along the street, stop for freshly squeezed fruit juice at the Tamra stand on Ben Gurion Boulevard, or sit for a beer in Dizengoff Square, which is particularly crowded on Tuesday and Friday nights when an antique market is held.
Bialik Street and Bialik Square
Bialis Street, named after Chaim Nachman Bialik, Israel’s national poet, is one of the most picturesque and magical streets of Tel Aviv. Many of the buildings on the street have a historical, cultural or architectural interest related to the history of the city. At the end of the street, there is the old municipal building, which has recently been renovated to become a culture center. Walk along the pastoral street that is built as a pedestrian mall, with gentrified old buildings on either side, paying testimony to Tel Aviv’s architectural beauty. Bialik himself and Reuven Rubin, one of Israel’s most famous artists, lived on the street.
The Carmel Market
One of the more colorful places in Tel Aviv is the Carmel Market –food stalls alongside lingerie and clothing outlets, fruit and vegetable stands, loud music stands alongside gourmet restraints and bars. All with a Mediterranean atmosphere these stalls merge into a unique, fun and definitely different experience. Don’t forget to visit the market, particularly on Fridays, when the nearby artists’ market is held, which attract crowds to the area. From there you can continue to the Neve Tzedek neighborhood.
Neve Tzedek is the first official neighborhood that was built outside the walls of Yaffo (Jaffa) in 1887. The densely built neighborhood, which was initially used by the public for defense purposes later became a neighborhood for Israel’s high class. Among its pastoral streets filled with bougainvillea and colorful flowers, you can find houses from the early twentieth century that have been restored, whose beauty spills into the streets of the small neighborhood. Stop for a coffee at the Dellal pastry shop to meet residents of the neighborhood, or visit the beautiful Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel’s modern dance house.
From Neve Tzedek, you can easily cross the road to Tel Aviv’s promenade running along the sea. There, a beautiful view of Jaffa awaits you, particularly at sunset. Continue on the promenade towards old Jaffa Port, one of the world’s oldest ports, which is mentioned in the Bible. Stop to eat at one of the fish restraints or continue up the small streets of old Jaffa, a former home for many artists and seafarers.
The Flea Market and the Clock Square
From Jaffa Port, you can easily reach the Clock Square and the Flea Market, which was rebuilt about a decade ago, transforming it from a minor part of the city to one of its hottest places. Throughout the day, stalls offering antiques, furniture and jewels are open, and once they shut, the streets change character to become a leisure place for many young people. Among the buildings and little streets, many young people sit outside in the open air, eat the best of Israeli cuisine, drink cold summer wine and enjoy the great atmosphere.
Tel Aviv is full of challenges and pretty areas worth visiting. You can spend your whole vacation there alone, and we are sure that you shall find it a rewarding experience to discover the little charms the city has to offer.