The Flea Market

This is where you can find anything from a dress, through fabrics, into antic tables and chairs, or maybe just a 16th century door knob. The Flea Market in Jaffa is one of the more charming places to walk around. The real day of activity is Friday, when all the shops take out their merchandise on to the street. French sofas, an old shawl, a carved oak table and pillow covers from India, Judaica, old enamel kitchenware, antic clocks and what not, you can probably find anything here.

The Bezalel Market

The Bezalel Market offers a range of clothes, shoes, bags, underwear, home appliances, and rugs from leading stores atbargain prices. There are often genuine items from well-known brand names on offer here such as The Gap and Old Navy, as well as beautiful French dresses and other treasures.

The Port Market

Come taste, smell and savor the finest cheeses, wines, sausages and meats that the fertile lands of Israel have to offer. Wander around the stalls, relax with a cup of coffee by the sea or stop by a restaurant or a food stand from the best chefs in Israel.

Dizengoff Center Mall

There is not a soul in Israel that doesn’t know Dizengoff Center Mall. Being in the heart of Tel-Aviv’s most frequented shopping area, Dizengoff Center Mall is by far the largest shopping mall in Israel and accommodates up to 1 million visitors each and every month.
The mall is named after Tel-Aviv’s first mayor, Mr. Meir Dizengoff, and has first opened its gates to the public in 1977. The mall is animal friendly and dogs are more than welcome to visit its shops along with their owners.

Dizengoff Center Mall – Uniquely Designed

Dizengoff Center Mall is one of the most uniquely designed urban structures in Israel. Its uneven avenues seem to defy logic and it is extremely easy to get lost within the mall. In order for things not to get frustrating the mall’s administration has developed its own navigation app, known as EasyDizi. It has even been said that shop owners in Dizengoff Center Mall are ordinary people who simply couldn’t find their way out and decided to set up shop to make a living.

Anything & Everything

Being the largest mall in Israel, Dizengoff Center Mall offers anything you might need, want, or be interested in. Fashion stores and outlets, computer and technology stores, music stores, health, pharma, and so on and so forth are just part of the stores you’ll find within the mall. To accommodate other tastes, it offers a movie theatre, book stores, kids’ playing areas, gyms, and even a 24 hour open indoors pool.
Alongside ordinary shops the mall houses boutique shops, such as a comic book store and a tattoo parlor, among others.

Don’t Miss out on Dizengoff Center Mall!

When in Israel you simply can’t miss out on the experience of strolling through Dizengoff Center Mall, just don’t forget to bring a map with you…

Jaffa

Old Jaffa is one of the most attractive places to tour in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. This fisherman’s port served as the main entry point to the ancient land of Israel and has retained its charm with beautiful stone buildings, narrow winding alleys, an artist’s quarter, cafes, restaurants, and shops. You can almost smell the exotic fragrances and Middle Eastern aromas of long ago.

The recommended route to Jaffa is via the Tel Aviv Promenade which begins in North Tel Aviv and follows the line of the Mediterranean all the way to the Jaffa Port. Along the way you’ll pass the skyscrapers of South Tel Aviv on your left. Like using a magic wand, you’ll move from modern Israel to the land of bygone times.

In the center of Jaffa is the Clock Square, where the clock tower stands. Built by the Turkish Sultan Abed-el -Hamid in 1906, this is the traditional starting point for tours in Jaffa. East of the clock tower is the famed Jaffa flea market. Not only can you find a myriad of treasures- both old and new, you’ll also find historic buildings of archeological significance, many of which are currently being renovated and rejuvenated.

Westward is Old Jaffa herself. Situated on a high hill that overlooks the sea and South Tel Aviv, this is a beautiful, breathtaking view. A film depicting the history of Jaffa is available for viewing at the visitor’s center located in the heart of Old Jaffa at Kikar Kedumim.

The alleys are named after the signs of the Zodiac in Hebrew and here you will find artist galleries, Judaica shops, fine jewelry, and other creations from some of Israel’s top artists. Make sure to visit some of the many ancient churches in Jaffa, which are among the most beautiful in Israel. They actively serve the city’s Christian community and open their doors for both visitors and the faithful.

Enhance your experience with a good meal or a drink at one of the many kiosks, cafes, and restaurants. On festive days and the Sabbath, Old Jaffa bustles with street artists, tourists, and other visitors. One of the most interesting sites is the Ilana Goor Museum, which is actually the home of Ilana Goor. It was formerly a Khan (hotel for visitors) and has been beautifully renovated by the artist boasting an outstanding view of
the entire area.

Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa, twenty-two years before the establishment of the city of Tel Aviv. The year was 1887, and as time went by, Neve Tzedek developed into a center of good taste and high culture. Many intellectuals and artists dwell and create in this charming neighborhood and it has become one of the more desirable areas of Tel Aviv in which to live.

A tour of the narrow lanes and colorful streets is a fabulous experience, and constant renovations seem to reveal a gem on every corner. Among popular attractions such as Shabazi Street and the Suzanne Dellal Dance Centre, you’ll find the home of Hebrew Nobel Prize winning author Shai Agnon, who lived here from 1909 to 1912. Famed artist Nachum Gutman also had a home in the area which is now a museum housing his photographs, videos, and numerous creations.

The Rokeach House belonged to the Rokeach family who were pioneers of the area. Their home has become both a museum and memorial. In addition to the variety of objects on display, you’ll find an exhibition of artist Leah Majero-Mintz, the founding father’s granddaughter; she renovated the house on her own, without the help of the authorities. On the east edge of the neighborhood stands the Shalom Tower, which was once the highest building in Tel Aviv. It still boasts a terrific observation deck from which you can take in an expansive view of Neve Tzedek, the hill of Jaffa, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Historic Train Station | Ha Tachana

After being closed and hidden from the public eye for many years, the historic train station complex located between the Neveh Zedek neighborhood and the Mediterranean Sea has been re-opened to the general public.

The site, referred to simply as “HaTachana” (“The Station”) was the nerve center and bustling main junction for commerce in the Land of Israel.

Much thought was given to the complex’s mix of businesses, as planners strived to create a place that combines history, culture and commerce – a “cultural compass” where every visitor can find his or her niche. They viewd the site as an important milestone in the city’s history and worked to make it one of the city’s most charming spots.

The complex is hosting international exhibitions, festivals, colorful markets and design events. Tours will leave from the complex to the White City section of Tel Aviv and to Old Jaffa.

Here you can find businesses and brands that have spots in the complex are Ahava, which is opening a spa and concept store, Razili designer clothing, Michal Nagrin jewelry, a tapas bar and a Tzomet Sefarim book store combined with a branch of Greg’s Coffee, based on a concept inspired by New York based Barnes & Noble.

Also you can enjoy from Quliti bars and restaurants like Regina and Viki Cristina.

So don’t forget your camera…

Dizengoff Street

Dizengoff Street has always been the embodiment of Tel Aviv street culture, and is home to Israeli fashion designers and International favorites, as well as numerous coffee shops and local bars. The northern part of Dizengoff is known for an array of exclusive name-brand bridal boutiques and brides-to-be come here from all over the country to shop for that special gown. To the east of northern Dizengoff is Basel Street.

The Basel area has become a favorite area for shopping enthusiasts in recent years, as the main circle is peppered with many chic shops in the midst of a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. Two important Dizengoff landmarks which should not go unmentioned are at the southern end of the street: the colorful fountain at Dizengoff square and the famous Dizengoff Center shopping mall. Dizengoff Square hosts a flea market every Tuesday and Friday where you can snag a unique antique or second-hand dress at bargain prices.

Dizengoff Center, located at the corner of Dizengoff and King George Streets is home to top-brand fashion, sporting goods, computing, and house ware shops, as well as book stalls, flower stores, jewelry kiosks, and much more. Visit on Thursday or Friday and make the rounds of the International Food Fair on the main level, where you can sample authentic world and Israeli cuisine in a bustling and vibrant atmosphere. After all that walking, stop by one of the delicious fruit-shake kiosks on Dizengoff, particularly the one at the corner of Dizengoff and Ben-Gurion Blvd., which is known for its interesting mixes and cool local vibe. If you want to mingle with the local celebs, check out Moving at 340 Dizengoff where you can rent your favorite DVD on the second floor. Pop back in the evening to sample some of the restaurants and late-night bars featuring live music, and enjoy the best of Dizengoff Israeli nightlife.

Sheinkin Street

Sheinkin Street which begins at the triangle junction of Allenby and King George Streets. Sheinkin is home to Tel Aviv’s bohemia and has a vibe all its own.

The street is lined with boutiques featuring some of the country’s most talented and eclectic designers as well as global brand-name fashion houses. Israeli women shop here for the wide and unique range of shoes and accessories. Sheinken is also known for its vast array of dining venues and cafes.

Take a much needed shopping break at some of the hippest and most diverse restaurants and coffee shops in Tel Aviv. You sit here to see….and be seen! A visitor to Sheinkin will be treated to a glimpse of every kind of Israeli that exists: young, old, religious, secular, punks, gay couples, Arabs, Jews, and many, many more.

Tel Aviv Beaches

The beaches that run along the Tel-Aviv shore line from north to south are inarguably the most beautiful areas of the city. The beaches of Tel-Aviv provide visitors with hot sands and lapping waters to help them to relax and cool down in the hot Israeli summer.

Each section of the beach has its own name and unique atmosphere depending on what you are looking for. Let’s start north on Herbert Samuel on the “Tayellet”. We first arrive at Gordon beach boasting Israeli dancing, the ubiquitous “matkot” (bat and ball) and some nice restaurants and cafes.

Then we get to Frishman Beach, which is a popular hang-out for young people where you can chill out with some music and the young-beach atmosphere – along with a drink or snack from the good quality restaurant situated there. Then we get to Jerusalem and Geula beaches, which are a favorite for young kids and families. If you want to be”cool” then we can stop at Metizizim Beach (literally “peeping” beach!)

There is also the beach in front of the Hilton Hotel, which are a narrow, concrete lined beach and a favorite for dogs and their owners and surfers (a strange but surprisingly compatible combination!) If you venture further north you will arrive at Tel-Aviv port which offers you dining on the beach but not much bathing, then further still, you will arrive at Tel-Baruch beach (a personal favorite of mine!)

It’s a good choice if you are looking for a quieter, more family-orientated beach, especially on Saturdays as it has been protected from development due to the proximity of the airfield.