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Sightseeing in Tel Aviv

Apr 8, 2008  Longtime resident
2.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Tel Aviv is not Israel's premiere sightseeing city, but there's still a lot of interesting stuff to do

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Tel Aviv, Jaffa
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Palmach Museum
    Palmach Museum, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District

    This is a great museum for young and old alike, where using an audiocassette you step into the lives of a group of young men and women as they fight for Israel's independence. It's a nice contrast from a traditional museum and you have to make reservations.

  • 2. Jaffa
    Jaffa, Tel Aviv

    This ancient city at the city's southern tip is on every tourist's list and with good reason. There are great views of the city, walks in a restored neighborhood with fun stores and a funky flea market.Don't miss the Ilana Goor Museum, the gorgeous home of an artist known for her ecletic collection of objects and furniture The free walking tours of Jaffa are highly recommended.

  • 3. The Beach

    Tel Aviv may not be Israel's most historic city but it's the one with the stunning Mediterrean coastline. You can walk several miles of it along a promenade.

  • 4. Sheinkin Street/Nachlat Binyamin/Shouk HaCarmel

    Several shopping destinations together: Sheinkin Street is the answer to Tel Aviv's Greenwich Village with good peoplewatching, fun stores and restaurants; Nachlat Binyamin offers a great crafts fair twice a week, Tuesday and Friday; and the Shouk is fun for buying cheap and quality produce and listening to the vendors aggressively hawk their wares.

  • 5. Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Bet Hatefutsoth)
    Museum of the Jewish People (Bet Hatefutsoth), Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District

    It's old and perhaps in need of a facelift, but this museum still offers an excellent introduction to Jewish life around the world. My favorite section is the one with models of synagogues from around the world

  • 6. Breakfast at Manta Ray, Lunch at Lechem Erez, Dinner at Ninotchka

    Israel in general and Tel Aviv in particular has come a long way from the white bread, cucumbers and white cheese that was once standard fare. Good food has become something of an obsession and there are many places from which to choose. My favorite for breakfast is Manta Ray, a fish restaurant overlooking the beach. The brunch mezzes, bread and French toast are wonderful and the view is spectacular no matter the weather. (Request an outside table). If you've stuffed yourself for breakfast, you'll want a light lunch. I like Lechem Erez, which has several branches in the city, and is known for its designer breads. Nice sandwiches and salads for lunch. For dinner, try Ninotchuka in the south of the city where food from Georgia (no, not the U.S. state) is served up in an converted apartment. Try the Georgian wine that Stalin liked and the special mineral water (salty). The food, a little Jewish and a little Middle Eastern, also makes ample use of cilantro, ground walnuts and pomegranates.