Tel Aviv City Guide
Tel Aviv is the cosmopolitan capital of Israel, attracting party goers looking for a lively night out in the fantastic climate of the Mediterranean. There are many fabulous restaurants serving a variety of cuisines and street side cafes perfect for chilling in whilst watching the world go by.
Budget: Giraffe Noodle Bar - Cheap noodle bar offering large portions of dishes in various Asian styles. Choose from sushi & soups for starter and try one of their tasty desserts for a fantastic low priced three course meal. Giraffe Noodle Bar Address: 49 Ibn Gvirol St., Tel Aviv - Tel: 03/691-6294.
Mid-Range: There are many mid range restaurants and cafe bars in Tel Aviv, each one serving tasty food at very affordable prices. Try Chimichanga near the Yad Eliyahu stadium for Mexican food and Margaritas, Cafe Metzada close to the sea for sandwiches, steak, salads and pasta or Orna and Ella in the city centre for home-cooked gourmet food as well as fantastic cakes and desserts.
Luxury: Mul-Yam - Considered to be Israel's first true to life Seafood and Oyster bar, this fabulous high end eatery offers a fantastic array of food which has been flown in from various corners of the globe. Located in the Old Port of Tel Aviv, what could be better than enjoying some truely wonderful food alongside the beautiful setting of the Mediterranean at this fabulous restaurant. Mul-Yam Addres: Hangar 24, Old Port, Tel Aviv - Tel: 03/546-9920.
Things To See And Do
- Azrieli Towers - giving fantastic 360 degree views of the city and beyond, this office building and mall complex is perfect for visiting for a birds eye view of Tel Aviv.
- Bialik House - charmingly restored this two-story house was the home to Chaim Nachman Bialik (1873-1934), the national poet who is considered the father of Hebrew poetry.
- Eretz Israel Museum - Located in northern Tel Aviv, this national museum is home to artifacts, ceramics and other pieces resembling the history of the city over the past 3000 years.
- Gan Meir Park - located in the centre of the city, visit the park to elax on the benches whilst watching the local wildlife flitter about in the sunshine.
- Jaffa Port - Just south of Tel Aviv is the ancient port town of Jaffa. Visit the marina area to see local fishing boats and a handful of house boats. Sample the local cuisine in one of the many street lined cafes and restaurants.
Tel Aviv is home to many cheap markets offering a variety of goods and food produce. Carmel Market is one of the most well known and is worth visiting whilst on a shopping trip in the city. Find cheap clothing stalls on the outskirts of the market and then travel further inwards to find busy and colourful fruit and veg stalls. Don't forget to barter to get the best price available!
As well as its cheap markets, Tel Aviv also offers fantastic shopping facilities for designer brands and fashionable urban clothing with influences from throughout the globe. If you fancy a spot of shopping whilst on holiday in Tel Aviv, you certainly will be spoilt for choice!
Beyond The City
There are plenty of fantastic towns and cities to explore in the region including Jerusalem and Bethlehem which of course are well known for their religious history. There are also many other activities to take part in in the area including fantastic walks, surfing and diving. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Dead Sea with attracts thousands of visitors each year to its amazingly buoyant waters.
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