Tel-Aviv, Israël, was ranked 21st in the 48 “Best Cities” in the world, according to a survey released by Time Out magazine. Why is the city so attractive ?
Located on the Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel. It is a real tourism Eldorado and the country’s economical and technological tremendous hub.
Blessed with perfect weather and outstanding beaches, the city is an attractive destination for anyone who has a taste for fine cuisine, fashion and architecture.
What do people like about Tel Aviv?
A vibrant city. Check. Dynamic urban population. Check. Fine restaurants. Check. In fact, Tel Aviv checks so many boxes that it becomes difficult to point out at one attraction. Maybe the sunny weather and the amazing beaches contribute in the “laid-back” vibe you sense in the city.
But don’t let that fool you into thinking that Tel Aviv is nothing more than a “farniente” spot for lazy tourists. It is definitely something more than that. As early as the 1930’s, Tel Aviv was the nest for the world famous Bauhaus design movement, which resulted in the city hosting the biggest collection of Bauhaus buildings worldwide.
Therefore, the city was awarded the World Heritage Status in 2003 by UNESCO. Today, top architecture publications such as the Architectural Digest and Conde Nast have been dedicating specials to its architecture and describe the city as a mix of old and new. Capitalizing on its unique style and design, the city has created the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, aimed to be a reflection of the design characteristics of the metropolis.
“The Mediterranean capital of cool”
“Vibrant” and “laid back” are two of the most common words you will come across when talking about Tel Aviv. The city is a melting pot of a young (and young at heart!) and international population, mixing up cultures and ideas. The result is a city that never sleeps and that has so much to offer.
This is what defines this incredible town. It keeps a constant balance between luxury and grunge, old and new, night and day: the Bauhaus buildings cohabitate with the 4000 year old seaport of Jaffa in perfect harmony. You’ll love the fashion stores with flea markets. You’ll also love the cheap (and delicious!) street food with fine dining tables. Above all, it is the distinct atmosphere that makes the city special and cool!
Visiting the city: the essentials
With so many points of interest, it is hard to recommend places to visit in Tel Aviv without taking the risk of missing out on one or two amazing spots. With that said, the waterfront will inevitably be your first stop. 300 sunny days, sandy stretches and promenades make up for a perfect day in Gordon beach, Frishman beach or Banana beach.
As far as having a taste of history is concerned, we would certainly go for Jaffa and the Yemenite Quarter for their unique atmosphere and charm. You can also have a bite at the latter as it is brimming with fresh products that won’t make a hole in your pocket!
At this point, you might be wondering where to shop. Here is a suggestion: NeveTzedek, a kind of a historic version of Manhattan (if that makes any sense) where you can find galleries and shops with pretty much any brand you are interested in.
The icing on the cake is, while shopping in Neve Tzedek, you will be able to appreciate the wonderful architecture of the neighbourhood and its charming paved alleys.