Interesting and uncommon stuff to do in Tel Aviv?


Sep 17th, 2014, 06:50 AM
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Interesting and uncommon stuff to do in Tel Aviv?

I’m visiting Tel Aviv with some friends next month, any suggestions on cool stuff to do besides chilling at the beach and typical tourist stuff?
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Look at the City of Tel-Aviv tourism web site; it has a lot of information and gives the addresses and hours of the tourist information offices:

Note these two pages:
1. The city offers four free walking tours every week:
2. and has a discount package for attractions, restaurants, stores, etc:

There is also a lot of information in the monthly "Time Out" magazine, Tel-Aviv edition:

The "Dan" bus company runs a "hop on-hop off" bus tour of Tel-Aviv every day (except Saturday):

You can download self-guided walking tours in Tel-Aviv to your cellphone from this website:

Old neighbourhoods:
One of the highlights in Tel-Aviv is the old "Bauhaus" neighbourhood, centered mainly along Rothschild Blvd. The city offers a free tour every Saturday morning (see above) but if that day is not convenient you have two choices:
1. A guided tour or audioguides offered by the Bauhaus Center on Dizengoff St:
2. A self-guided tour:
Click on [Tourism] and print out the brochure for each street.

Another interesting neighbourhood is Neve Zedek, which actually predates Tel-Aviv. It is located just north of Jaffa and west of Allenby.
The restored "HaTahana" Turkish railway station is adjacent to Neve Zedek (see below).

Sarona - the former Templar "German Colony" has also been restored. (see below).

The second major attraction in Tel-Aviv is the old city of Jaffa. The main sites to see are:
- the old port, now renovated.
- the Old City, above the port (churches, artist studios, etc). There is a newly refurbished Visitors Center in the main square.
- the clock tower square (Yefet Street), to the east of the Old City
- the flea market, on the east side of Yefet Street.
This web site gives a good summary:

The Jaffa Visitors Center:

"Sandemans" runs a free daily tour in Jaffa:
Note: you are expected to tip the guide.

The major museums in Tel-Aviv are:
- Jewish Diaspora Museum:
- Palmach Museum (must be booked in advance):
- Rabin Center:
- Eretz Israel Museum:
- Tel-Aviv Museum of Art:

The first four museums above are located in Ramat-Aviv within walking distance of each other.

There are many more smaller museums.
- Independence Hall (on Rothschild Blvd),
- Ben-Gurion House (on Ben-Gurion Blvd.),
- Rubin Art Museum, Bialik House, Tel-Aviv municipal museum (Bet Ha'ir) - all on Bialik St. (off Allenby, near the Carmel Market).
You can see a complete list here with visitinginformation:
Bet Ha'ir:

In the suburbs you can visit:
- Holon: the Design Museum and the Childrens Museum
- Rehovot: the Ayalon Insitute (Bullet factory) and the Weizman Institute.

There are three big outdoor markets in Tel-Aviv:
- Jaffa Flea Market (see above) - daily, except Saturday.
- Nachlat-Binyamin Arts & Crafts Fair - every Tuesday and Friday.
- Carmel Market (food, clothing, housewares, etc) - daily, except Saturday.
On Fridays there is also a large food fair in the basement of the Dizengoff Center mall (Dizengoff/King George), a small flea market in Dizengoff Circle (Dizengoff/Pinsker) and a Farmers Market in the Tel-Aviv port.

Entertainment and restaurants:
There are three sites that have been developed as entertainment areas with many restaurants, pubs, clubs, etc:
-Tel-Aviv port, in north Tel-Aviv (not to be confused with the Jaffa Port):
- HaTahana (the restored Old Turkish train station) in Neve Zedek:
- Sarona - the old "German colony", located south of Caplan St, between Namir Rd and Ibn Gvirol.
All of the old Templar houses have been restored and are now occupied by boutiques and restaurants. It is similar to "HaTachana" but with a lot of green space in the heart of the city!

If you are interested in music and theatre, look at the "Time Out" website (see above) or buy the Friday editions of the "Jerusalem Post" and the "Ha'aretz" (English) newspapers - both have extensive entertainment listings.
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