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Tel Aviv: it’s hot (literally too…), dynamic, vibrant, tolerant and open 24/7. Whether you’re the funky girl, the hippie guy, the hipster type, the party girl, the funny guy, a nervous punk or just a typical art-loving curious nerd - there is a place for you under the bright Tel Aviv sun. Come get your fun.
If you’re under 30, mornings are probably not your favorite time of the day. Take it easy, then. Most cafés in Tel Aviv serve breakfast all day long. And who said you must have a proper breakfast anyway? You’re on vacation!
The Carmel market is the largest fresh produce market in Tel Aviv, but some of its stalls and booths are recently giving way to the coolest little coffee, hummus and various ethnic
food spots in TLV. This transformation makes it a perfect place for a late morning
adventure. You can either have your light brunch here, or just enjoy the colorful mid-orient atmosphere and get some fresh stuff for your next meal. On Tuesdays and Fridays it’s worth making a few more steps in the direction of
Binyamin street, where a lovely
crafts fair takes place. Here you can get some original gifts that are nowhere else to be found. Your friends back home will appreciate it.
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Another great thing about the market is that it’s just five minutes' walk from the
beach, where you can get some sun, take a dip, play beach volleyball or surf the waves.
Surf courses and
equipmentfor rent are available at several locations - Dolfinarium beach and Gordon beach to name two. You can also take a sup lesson or a kite-surf course while you are at it - the sea conditions are usually ideal, at least for one of them…
Lunch choices are endless. Tight budget travelers can head back to the market, or more precisely - to the neighboring allies of
Kerem Hateimanim quarter, where good hummus joints are to be found at almost every corner. Another famous hummus place is
Ali Karavan’s (AKA
Abu Hasan, 1 Hadolphin street) - perched high above Jaffa Port. It’s an old family run business only open till the last drop of hummus is sold, and most people take their share out to enjoy it over the nearby stone wall.
If you’ve already made your little exit, however, or managed to get yourself onto a decent payroll, you might want to consider a more diverse menu. Nothing too fancy, of course. Just the feel of a real restaurant serving real cooked food… In that case,
Gemma (14 Tirtza street) is the gem for you. The food is Italian, the service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. Another plus is that the surrounding streets of
Noga District are home to the some of the coolest designer shops in TLV. Check out
Gelada (8 Sgula street) for unique printed T’s, or consider an-expensive-but-ecological-and-handmade-out-of-recycled-rubber bag at
Neutra (8 Ruhama street), right across the street. The central square on Sgula street also hosts two great chill-out spots for an early afternoon coffee or dessert:
Cafelix (15 Sgula street), the cutest local roasting house serving the best cappuccino in TLV, and the
Urban Bakery (8 Sgula street) with its exquisite pastries and sandwiches.
Remember the cute art-loving nerds? You won’t find them in sleazy bars when night falls, but
Tmuna theater (8 Shonatzino street) is a great hangout for fringe fans with no language barrier,
East-West House (16 Erlich street) hosts wonderful ethnic music performances and
Suzanne Dellal Center in the picturesque
Neve Tzedek quarter is home to the boiling scene of Israeli modern dance. Try to get tickets for Ohad Naharin’s
Bat Sheva Dance Company!
Another out-of-the-ordinary option for curious souls is specialized
culture walks organized by the municipality or by private agencies - be it a
graffiti walk in
Florentin quarter or following the unique subculture of work immigrants and asylum seekers in the huge, half-deserted
New Central Bus Station in south Tel Aviv.
Florentin quarter is also a popular nightlife hub, with numerous bars, clubs and restaurants.
Hoodna bar (13 Abrabanel street) is one of the hot spots in the neighborhood, featuring leading DJ’s and underground bands. If you’re more of a party person, venture north to Rothschild Boulevard, where the
Breakfast Club at no. 6 is all but a bourgeois breakfast establishment.
And if you won’t admit to being a nerd, but still search for added value to your night drink, try one of the following hyper-cool music clubs:
Levontin (7 Levontin street) for small bands, just minutes from fame,
The Zone (13 Harechev street) for special jazz, psychedelic and world music groups, and
Barby (52 Kibutz Galuyot street) for bigger rock venues and foreign guests.
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