Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, with over 400.000 people calling it home. On the map you can find Tel Aviv on the west of Israel adjacent to the Israeli coastline of the Mediterranean. With 2,5 million international visitors every year, Tel Aviv is number 5 on the list of most visited cities in the Middle East and Africa. It is also called “The City That Never Sleeps” because of its 24-hour culture, popular beaches, fun bars, restaurants, cosy cafes, lively parks, numerous shopping locations and landmark neighbourhoods like Old Jaffa and Neve Tzedek. Last year Lonely Planet named Tel Aviv the third “hottest city” in the world.
Tel Aviv is also the most liberal city in Israel. It is trendy, full of action, has a big underground party scene and huge gay scene. When you will be in Tel Aviv and you are also a hipster and/or enjoy your travels to contain more than the obvious touristic activities, you are reading the right blog! Here´s a list of alternative places to go in Tel Aviv.
This is where locals go for an excellent hummus and fuul (fava bean paste). Their credibility was affirmed when a national newspaper voted their hummus the best in the country. You can find it on 45 Yirmiyahu St Little Tel Aviv .The sign is in Hebrew, so you have to look out for the Coca-Cola sign and little terrace on the street.
Minzar is a coffeehouse that has a bohemian style to it. However ths coffee house is specialized in beer. You will find this place from the main street, on 60 Allenby St Yemenite Quarter . Happy hours are from 17:00 to 22:00 hrs.
Florentin is a bit of a grungy area. You can find some of the best bars in Tel Aviv on the main street Florentin, down at the intersection with Vidal Street.
The hippest bar would be Hoodna. It has dirty couches, metal tables and live music every day.
Neve Tzedek Area
In the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv you will find art shops, galleries and book shops. At Suzanna restaurant on Shabazi street you can have a really nice dinner on a beautiful terrace under a gigantic fig tree. Neve Tzedek is also home to Tel Aviv’s famous ballet studio and some of Tel Aviv´s best restaurants.
Radio EPGB: underground Rock bar
This rock bar is literally underground and can be a bit hard to find it. This place is perfect to go to for good music on any night. Sundays are very popular and crowded nights. Any other night, you can catch a live band or 70´s disco DJ. You can expect to hear music like Radiohead, Libertines, or back to the 50´s.
Museums to visit
The Tel Aviv museum of Art, the Design Museum in Holon and the Israeli Museum of Caricature and Comics are all worth a visit!
Chilling and people-watching spots
Rothschild Boulevard, Gordon Beach and Rabin Square are excellent places to just sit down and watch the crowd that passes you.
Politics and Culture
If you are eager to learn more about the politics and culture of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. There are often video presentations, tours to the West Bank, demonstrations and lectures throughout the city. Most of them are free to join or visit Local hipsters to be found in the bars mentioned above, can tell you all about the locations and everything else you need to know as these young people are mostly very involved and passionate about it.