Sometimes, we could all use a relaxing vacation. If you’re looking for the perfect seaside destination, Tel Aviv is your go-to city. Part sunkissed beach town part bustling metropolis, the infamous Israeli city is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to vacation. And for good reason: Tel Aviv is absolutely brimming with hip restaurants, modern art galleries, and fascinating cultural sites. Whether you spend a day or a week in The White City, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
When it comes to Tel Avivians’ favorite activity, there is no contest. Hitting up one of the gorgeous beaches along the city’s sparkling coastline is a beloved pastime of locals and tourists alike. If you want to be at the center of all the action, head over to Bograshov beach where you can enjoy some quality people-watching while you work on your tan. For a sportier vibe, check out Jerusalem beach, otherwise known as “matkot” beach, named after the popular Israeli beach sport. Just a bit further down the shore, Gordon beach is teeming with volleyball courts and athletic bathers.
Another great way to spend the day is by exploring the city’s art scene. Visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to browse its array of classical and contemporary artworks, by both Israeli and foreign artists, as well as its outdoor sculpture garden. For a more alternative option, take a street art tour and discover the funky street art of Florentin, Tel Aviv’s hipster haven.
Throughout the day, you’ll definitely want to snack at some of the city’s many tasty eateries. For the perfect lunch, hit up Miznon, where you can order a hearty pita stuffed with fillings like lamb kebabs or ratatouille with a sliced hard-boiled egg. And don’t skimp on dessert. For some of the best ice cream in the city, try the ever-popular Anita in the upscale artsy Neve Tzedek neighborhood, or Buza, a charming ice cream parlor just across the road from the luxurious TLV Fashion Mall. For an authentic Middle Eastern treat, try one of the city’s many Kanafe joints. This rich dessert is made of a delicate, shredded dough pastry and sweet cheese filling, and is soaked in a sweet syrup.
The most important thing to do is to enjoy your stay! Israelis love to have fun and party under the sun. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the sites and smells of this fascinating city. You’ll be living like a local in no time.