Things to do in Tel Aviv

What to do in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the city that never stops, from its golden beaches and glistening high-tech office towers, to its innovative culinary and cultural scene, and vibrant nightlife. Let us show you exactly what to do in Tel Aviv to get the most out of your trip.

  1. Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  2. Explore Old Jaffa
  3. Eretz Israel Museum
  4. Museum of the Jewish People
  5. Rothschild Boulevard
  6. Habima Square
  7. Dizengoff
  8. The Diamond Exchange
  9. Florentin

Whether it’s visiting the biblical port of Jaffa, exploring the city’s incredible art and music scene, such as in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Florentin neighbourhood, or sampling Israeli life in the fashionable squares and neighbourhoods dotted throughout the capital, Tel Aviv is a fascinating place that bursts with energy and excitement. Book your next trip with these great Tel Aviv holidays.

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1. Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is home to Israel's largest collection of art from national and international artists. The museum’s collection encompasses visual arts, architecture, performance, music and theatre – it’s a great place to discover some unique artwork and learn more about Israeli culture.

While you’re there: Just outside the museum, Dubnov Garden is the perfect place to stop and reflect on the great artwork you’ve just seen.

2. Explore Old Jaffa

Jaffa is one of the world’s oldest and most enchanting cities. We highly recommend exploring its maze of cobbled paths and winding alleys. Look out for the artists’ colony, galleries and local craft shops. The city’s famous Old Port still houses local fishermen, as well as several charming quayside restaurants.

While you’re there: Don’t miss the Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, where archaeological exhibits from excavations trace the city’s development.

3. Eretz Israel Museum

The Eretz Israel Museum is the region’s most comprehensive storehouse of archaeological, anthropological, and historical findings. The complex houses an ancient archaeological site dating from the 12th-century BC. If you’re into ancient history, then don’t miss this incredible museum.

While you’re there: The museum features lectures and meetings with curators and scholars from various fields.

4. Museum of the Jewish People

Founded in 1979, the Museum of the Jewish People was a departure from conventional museums, telling the story of the Jewish Diaspora, which refers to the dispersal of Israelites or Jews from their homeland, rather than exhibiting artefacts. The core museum was recently reopened with a new cutting-edge design.

While you’re there: don’t miss the great exhibition about trailblazers of the Jewish people.

5. Rothschild Boulevard

This is a great place to witness Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture, from which it gets the name ‘the white city’. Built in 1910 over a dried riverbed, the boulevard was once Tel Aviv’s most elegant address. After decades of decline, a renovation has once again sparked interest in the area, its central promenade dotted with trees, benches, and refreshment kiosks as well as a cycle path, and its buildings embrace a mix of styles.

While you’re there: The public museum, Independence Hall, is at number 16, and is housed in the former residence of the city’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff.

6. Habima Square

This stunning square is the city’s main cultural hub, home to the Habima Theatre, the Rubinstein Pavilion and the Culture Palace. The latter is the largest concert hall in the country, and also home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. If you’re lucky enough to catch a performance, it’s definitely one of the top things to do in Tel Aviv. If not, then it’s still worth visiting the square to soak up the atmosphere.

While you’re there: The Culture Palace is an extension of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, with a focus on contemporary art.

7. Dizengoff

One of Tel Aviv’s principal squares, Dizengoff is a fashionable thoroughfare with lots to see and explore. At its eastern end, Dizengoff leads into Kaplan Street, marked by the red-slated roofs of the German Templar Colony and recently developed into a complex of stores, restaurants and a food market. This is a perfect place to sit and people-watch.

While you’re there: At the end of Kaplan is the Azrieli Center – a large shopping mall with direct access to the Shalom railway station.

8. The Diamond Exchange

Marked by high-rise buildings, the historic Diamond Exchange is one of the biggest diamond trading centres in the world. The district also has a museum, Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum, that tells the story of the world’s favourite precious stone. Enjoy learning about the ins and outs of how the diamond trade functions.

While you’re there: Nearby Yitzhak Rabin Square is home to some of Israel’s best (and most expensive) fashion stores.

9. Florentin

Florentin is a bustling, bohemian neighbourhood, with cool cafés and laid-back bars serving craft beer and playing live music. It’s also home to the Levinsky Spice Market, a great place to go for traditional Israeli cuisine. Florentin also has a great street-art scene and the streets are also lined with eclectic art galleries – exploring this thriving neighbourhood is one of the best things to do in Tel Aviv.

While you’re there: The Lehi Museum tells the story of the city’s underground resistance during British rule.

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