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Tel Aviv

 Tel Aviv is, alongside Jerusalem, one of the two most popular tourist destinations in Israel, as well as the economic and cultural center of the country. The seaside location makes Tel Aviv an appealing summertime destination, and its reputation for lively nightlife and a burgeoning cultural scene explains it being dubbed the 'city that never stops'.

currency

New Israel Shekel (NIS), 1 shekel = 100 agorot

phone

Police: 100
Emergency Medical Services: 101
Fire and Rescue: 102

newspaper

HaIr (The City)
Iton Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Newspaper)
Letzte Nayes/Letzte Neuigkeiten (Yiddish)
Zman Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Time)

hours

Shops: Sunday to Thursday 09:00 to 19:00
Markets: Sunday to Thursday 06:30 to 19:00

Most shops close around 14:00 on Friday.

population

414,600

info

Information center - Boardwalk booking center
46 Herbert Samuel St

Information center - Jaffa
2 Marzuk and Azar Street (Clock Tower, Jaffa)

View of Tel-Aviv city from roof cafe (Israel)

The City

In dramatic contrast to the nation's capital, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv isn't a city steeped in its historic past as much as it is a living, breathing urban center, one that boasts burgeoning cultural, culinary, and nightlife scenes. Made up of several starkly different neighbourhoods, Tel Aviv has something to offer for the history-lover and the hip young traveler curious about modern Israeli culture in equal measure.
One of the city's oldest areas – the Ottoman-era Jaffa – is now as old as three millennia, and entices visitors with ancient buildings, biblical artefacts, and a still operational, charming fishing port.
Another neighbourhood to be written into any visitor's route is that of Neve Tzedek – stroll around the charming streets of one of Tel Aviv's oldest parts (the first Jeweish neighbourhood to appear outside the city walls), and sit down for a slow meal at one of the beautiful neighbourhood's many restaurants and cafes.
The famous Bauhaus buildings, Tel Aviv's so-called 'White City', do not occupy an area of their own, but are scattered throughout the entire town. Tel Aviv also enjoys a breezy coastal setting on the Mediterranean, with kilometers of beaches beloved by both locals and tourists.

Old town and port of Jaffa and modern skyline of Tel Aviv city, Israel

Do & See

While many who come to Tel Aviv will do so in search of the city's gorgeous beaches and unstoppable nightlife, there is much more to see and do. It offers a combination of historical sights and attractions with cutting-edge art galleries and boutiques, the city's look ranging from modernist Bauhaus buildings and millennial architecture in Jaffa.

Old Jaffa

Tayelet

Clock Tower

Azrieli Towers

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Andromeda's Rock

Neve Tzedek

Hayarkon Park

Eretz Israel Museum

Meir Park

Charles Clore Park

Al-Bahr Mosque

Suzanne Dellal Center

Ramat Gan Safari Park

Kikar Kedumim

Ramat Gan Stadium

Cymbalista Synagogue

Givatayim Observatory

Shakshuka

Dining

With a seemingly never-ending selection of places to eat, ranging from fine dining to street food, Tel Aviv is one of the region's best culinary cities. Daring chefs push the envelope when it comes to fusing tradition with innovation in the city's top restaurants, while street stalls take quick, cheap and delicious to whole new levels.

Jasia Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Hatraklin Bistro Meat & Wine

Dalida

Fleamarket

Haj Kahil

Night Kitchen

Shakshukia

Shila- Sharon Cohen's Kitchen & Bar

Sumesa

La Shuk

La Repubblica

Zepra

Bakeries and traditional Middle East bread in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel

Cafes

Cafes play an important role in the life of the locals of Tel Aviv. These are the places where they go not only to catch up with friends or family but to do business, as well. Talented baristas serve up expertly-prepared coffee, and decadent desserts are abundant. Be sure to try some local baked goods and bread products, too.

Cafe Xoho

Café Louise

Cafe Puaa

Cookeez

Abu Hasan/Ali Karavan

Ha'pizza

Cafelix

Cafe Birenbaum

Port Said Restaurant, Tel Aviv, in the shadow of the Great Synogogue of Tel Aviv

Bars & Nightlife

Tel Aviv is known as the party capital of the Middle East, and for good reason. The seaside location and pleasant climate mean that beach parties go on until dawn, and world-class clubs, bars and music venues draw huge crowds all year.

Cofix Bar

HaMinzar

Mila

Le Par Derrière

Dizzy Frishdon

Kuli Alma

The Cat and the Dog

The Breakfast Club

Haoman 17

Shpagat

Bugsy

Levontin 7

Clara

Langa Club

Bellboy Bar

BuXa

Duplex Club

Silvia Bumper

Market stall with various dried fruits and nuts

Shopping

Shopping in Tel Aviv is ubiquitous and eclectic. From designer fashion from both local and international brands, to second-hand and vintage clothes, to antiques and local delicacies, this city has it all. Markets make up one of the most essential parts of everyday life in Tel Aviv, and should not be missed, both for the experience and the great finds.

Stern Gallery

Carmel Market

Jaffa Flea Market

Dizengoff Center

Levinsky Market

Shuk Hanamal

Adina Plastelina

Tel Aviv Antiques Market

M. Pollak

Maskit

Yaniv Fine Jewelry

Sarona Market

The PhotoHouse

Nahalat Binyamin Art Market

Young woman walking on the beach in Tel-Aviv

Essential Information

Airport

Ben Gurion Airport is the main international airport serving Tel Aviv, located 19 km to the southeast of the city.

To travel to the city centre from the airport you can use the national bus company called Egged bus. There are two locations where you can take the bus from. One is the Airport City and the other is the Ben Gurion Airport - inbound and outbound terminals.

The second way to travel from the airport is by train. Israel Railways operates the Ben Gurion Airport Railway Station, located in the lower level of Terminal 3. The train goes to the north-west of Tel Aviv, Haifa and other destinations in the north, south-east to Modi'in, or south to Beersheba via Lod, Kiryat Gat and Lehavim. The journey to Tel Aviv Savidor Central Railway Station takes around 18 minutes.

The taxi service from the airport is provided under the supervision of the Israel Airport Authority. Passengers are recommended to avoid the use of non-authorized taxi services. The taxi station are located in front of the Terminal on Level G, near the exit through Gate 01.

Address: Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv

Phone: +972 3 975 5555

Website: www.iaa.gov.il

Passport / Visa

In order to enter Israel, you must have a passport, which has to be valid for six months after the date of entry and throughout your stay. If you hold an Israeli passport, you will be required to present it upon arrival.
Many countries have a Visa Waiver Program with Israel, which allows their citizens to visit Israel without a pre-arranged visa. The list of countries in the PDF document linked below specifies visa requirements for each country.

Website: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf

Best Time to Visit

The best months to visit Tel Aviv are March through April and September through November, as spring and fall bring reasonable and pleasant temperatures as well as the lowest prices. Moreover, during this period you will avoid the tourist crowds, so you can fully enjoy outdoor cafés and markets.

However, if you are heading to Tel Aviv for your summer holidays, then May to August is your time. The sun is bright and warm and the Mediterranean is perfect for a swim, but remember to book at least two months in advance, as this is the peak tourist season.

Public Transport

Bus transport:
The main public bus company that operates in Tel Aviv is called Dan and the national bus operator is Egged.

Tickets and Fares:
There are discounts for children, senior citizens and the disabled. You can either buy single rides, monthly subsections or an all-in-one public transportation pass. Tickets and passes can be obtained on the bus or at central bus stations.

Rail transport:
Tel Aviv-Yafo has four train stations, all of which are situated along the Ayalon highway. All trains to Tel Aviv-Yafo stop at all four stations. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (also known as Arlozorov), or "Hashalom" which is located in a large shopping mall.

Website: www.egged.co.il/eng / www.dan.co.il/english

Taxi

Taxi-il operates all around the country.
+972 50 5266133

Taxi Aviv
+972 1 700 503 300

Taxi Ichilov
+972 03 696 7070

Post

There are post offices conveniently located all around the city.

Address: King George St 60, Tel Aviv

Phone: +972 3 528 6909

Website: www.israelpost.co.il

Pharmacy

You can find several pharmacies all over Tel Aviv, but most of them are closed on Saturdays.

Super-Pharm:

Address: 14 Weizman St, Tel Aviv

Phone: +972 03 609 0995

Website: www.super-pharm.co.il

Telephone

Country code: +972
Area code: 3

Electricity

There are a few things you should know about the electricity in Israel.
The supply is single phase 220 volts and it is at 50 Hertz. The European double plugs will work here as well, even though most of the sockets have 3 holes.

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