Tel Aviv (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ, Arabic: تَلْ أَبِيبْ يَافَا) is the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo (תל אביב-יפו), and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo (English: Jaffa, Arabic: يافا Yafa), to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities.
Tel Aviv is a rapidly growing city in the midst of an exciting transition from medium-sized urban center to bustling international metropolis. It's the city that many Israelis think of as their New York. While the comparison was once a stretch - and indeed Tel Aviv is still a fraction of New York's size - Tel Aviv's booming population, energy, edginess and 24-hour life give the city a cosmopolitan flair comparable to few other cities in this part of the world.
Tel Aviv is not really divided into districts but rather into over 50 different neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are real distinct areas with a different culture (e.g. Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Ramat-Ha'Chayal) while others are simply indicating a geographical area. Tel Aviv grew mainly from the south to the north so the further you go to the north you will encounter newer buildings and wealthier communities.
- North - The wealthiest district of Tel Aviv and one of the wealthiest in entire Israel stretches from the north side on the Yarkon River. These neighhborhoods have very few things in common with the rest of Tel Aviv and are partially treated as Tel Aviv's suburb rather than a part of the city. The entire district is very green in comparison to the rest of Tel Aviv and contains some big and important sites such as Hayarkon Park, Israel's Museum, Tel Aviv University, and more.
- Center - The city's center contains "The Heart of Tel Aviv" and "The old north". The main metropolitan area of the city contains tourists attractions and shopping areas. This is Tel Aviv as most people know it nowadays. The central area is confined by Alenby Street from on the south and the Yarkon river from the north.
- South - The original District of Tel Aviv contains the first neighborhoods that constructed Tel Aviv. It is the poorer district of Tel Aviv but has been developing noticeably while conserving its style and history as many of its neighborhoods have become young and trendy.
- Jaffa — (Yafo in Hebrew, Yaffa in Arabic) is one of the world's oldest ports. It was here that the prophet Jonah started the journey that left him in the belly of a whale and Andromeda was tied to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster, before later being saved by Perseus. It was also here where Peter the Apostle received a vision marking a significant ideological split between Judaism and Christianity (Acts 10).
The smallish gulf of Jaffa has been the site of a fortified port town for at least 4000 years. During the 19th century the town’s population grew from about 2,500 (1806) to 17,000 (1886). The old city walls could no longer contain the population, and they were destroyed in the 1870s. New, more spacious neighborhoods started to appear.
Tel Aviv (meaning literally "Hill of Spring") itself was founded in 1909 by a group of distinguished Jewish residents of Jaffa. They envisaged a European-style garden suburb, with wide streets and boulevards. Leaving Jaffa wasn’t, however, only a question of an upgrade in lifestyle. Moving out of the Arab-dominated town also represented their belief in the Jewish national movement, their belief in Zionism. Before being a city, Tel Aviv was one of the many titles of Herzel's Zionist utopia - The Old New Land book. Setting out with a grand vision, the 60 Tel Aviv founders have started out by building the first mid-eastern urban center with running waters, no small wonder at that parts of the world in 1909.
Tel Aviv grew steadily under Ottoman law until WWI. By the end of the war the British took over the Holy Land. An event the Jewish community saw as encouraging, while and the Muslim community viewed as a turn-for-the-worst from the previous Islamic ruler. In May 1921, an Arab mob attacked a Jewish immigration center, killing dozens of Jews. Another group broke the windows stores in the Jewish street in Jaffa and a mob armed with knives and sticks have made his way towards Tel Aviv. Before 1921 most Jews worked and lived in Jaffa, after the attack thousands of the 16,000 Jews of Jaffa moved north to Tel Aviv. The suburb had become a city and within a decade, Tel Aviv had become the center of culture, commerce and light industry for the entire Jewish population of the country as well as the British soldiers. 1938 marked the opening of Tel Aviv port, an important milestone marking the end of its dependency on Jaffa. By this time, Tel Aviv was already the biggest city in the country, with 130,000 residents. After Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Jaffa became a district of Tel Aviv and the city's name was officially changed to Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Today, Tel Aviv-Yafo represents the heart of a thriving, small-scale Israeli metropolis - the greater metropolitan area comprises a number of separate municipalities with approximately 1.1 million people living in a 15 km long sprawl along the Mediterranean coast - with around 360,400 in Tel Aviv-Yafo itself making it the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Bnei-Brak, Petah Tikva, Rishon LeZion, Ramat Ha-Sharon and Herzliya are the other major cities in the coastal area commonly known as Gush Dan.
Whilst Jerusalem is Israel's capital city where most government departments are located, Tel Aviv and its satellite cities form the economic and cultural center. It is known as "the city that doesn't stop" and indeed you will find that the nightlife and culture are on around the clock. In summer it is not unusual to see the beach boardwalk bustling with people at 4am and the clubs and bars usually pick up around midnight until morning, giving Tel Aviv a well deserved reputation of being a party town. It is the pinnacle of secular life in Israel.
In July 2003 Tel Aviv-Yafo was declared a cultural UNESCO World Heritage site for the many "International" style (also known as Bauhaus after the German school it originated from) buildings built in the city during the 1930s-50s. As this style emphasized simplicity and the white color, Tel Aviv is also called the White City .
Tel Aviv lies alongside the Mediterranean coastline. With few exceptions, all points of interest for tourists are in a rectangle defined by the sea to the west, the Yarkon River to the north, the Ayalon highway to the east, and Shlomo (Salame) Road to the south. This rectangle is separated into two long strips by Ibn-Gvirol Street, starting from the Yarkon River and changing its name to Yehuda Halevy. Most of the attractions are in the western of these strips.
Tel Aviv developed from south to north. To the south-western corner of the rectangle you will find old Jaffa. To its north, the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jaffa, Neve Tzedek. To Neve Tzedek’s east, Florentin, a 1920s light-industry quarter turned ultra-chic; and then the Central Bus Station area, now home to foreign workers from around the world.
To the north of Neve Tzedek is Kerem Ha'Temanim, a crowded but picturesque neighborhood dating to the early 20th century and east and north of here lies the city center, a chiefly residential area built in the 1920s and 1930s, where the majority of Bauhaus ("International") style architecture is to be found. Further north and east, the "old north" (not to be confused with "the north" on the other side of the Yarkon), is a more spacious residential area built during the 1940s and 1950s.
Israeli's often speak of a north-south divide in Tel Aviv-Yafo. The north is usually associated with a continental, chic, and suburbanite lifestyle centered around Kikar haMedina and Ramat Aviv. To the south, the city takes on a more rugged and eastern, albeit evermore trendy, urban feel. A crude divide would be that all neighborhoods north of the Yarkon River are considered "north"; the area between the sea in the west, Ayalon Highway in the east, Yarkon River in the north and Salame Street in the south is considered "central" Tel Aviv. The area south of Salame Street is generally south Tel Aviv, and Jaffa lies to the South-West. North Tel Aviv is generally more residential and family-oriented; central Tel Aviv is the hipper-younger area with many single people and couples in their 20s and 30s; south Tel Aviv is a rapidly gentrifying area with a mixed population - from artists to migrant African workers.
Tel Aviv is considered the most liberal city in the Middle East - as it is no-less liberal than Western Europe's liberally-inclined major cities. Its residents tend to have liberal attitudes towards gay and lesbian rights, and, in fact, Tel Aviv hosts the largest gay pride parade in the Middle East, and many gay Palestinian refugees live in the city. With its liberalism comes a dose of sophistication and some will say detachment. Tel Aviv is frequently referred to critically in Israel as "The Bubble", due to its hedonistic lifestyle. However, it boasts a bustling civil society and is home to many activist movements and NGOs.
Israel's main entry point for the international traveler is the newly built Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion International Airport (referred to by its Hebrew initials Natbag by locals). The airport comprises all the usual amenities expected from a first class airport and contains one of the world's largest duty-free shopping malls for an airport of its size.
Even though The Airport is called TLV it's not actually in Tel Aviv so a further 20 minute drive is needed to get inside Tel Aviv. This trip can be done by train, bus, shared taxi (Sherut) or special taxi from Ben Gurion airport.
By train: The airport train station is easily accessible at the lower level on Terminal 3 (one level below the arrivals hall). It offers good connection to many parts of the country, including the city of Tel Aviv, with a single-ride ticket to the city for only 12 NIS (roughly $3US). Buy a ticket from the cashier or from an automatic machine, and use it to enter the platform area. Keep the ticket for use to exit the electronic gate at your arrival station. The train service operates around the clock on weekdays, with 3 trains per hour most of the day and one per hour at night. On weekends and Jewish holidays, from Friday afternoon till Saturday evenings, it doesn't operate (As of November 2007, the last departure from the airport on Friday is at 14.37, the first departure on Saturday at 19.35. During day-light saving time trains start 2 hours later on Saturdays). Trains stop at all four Tel Aviv stations, with the exception of late night trains that stop only at Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor station. The stations are, in order of arrival from the airport: Tel Aviv HaHagana (8 minutes travel), Tel Aviv HaShalom (13 minutes), Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor (18 minutes), Tel Aviv University (25 minutes). For most travelers, HaShalom or Merkaz/Savidor would be the place to disembark. Note: most stations are relatively suitable for non-Hebrew speakers, nonetheless, passengers will often be glad to assist.
By bus: Egged bus no. 475 connects the airport to Tel Aviv Central bus station. Note that you need a shuttle bus from the terminal to Airport City (Kiryat Sde Hate'ufa), where you can board the bus to Tel Aviv. When you buy the ticket make sure to ask for transfer ticket (Kartis Hemshekh) that covers both segments. One way fare is 11.70NIS. The bus is slow and takes about 45 minutes to get to Tel Aviv. Including the shuttle and waiting time the journey could take over an hour. It runs from 5.10 to 22.40 on weekdays, 5.10 to 16.10 on Fridays, 18.10 to 22.40 on Saturdays (As of November 2007, weekend schedule varies by season according to sunset times). No service at night and on weekends and holidays. Unless you travel late on Friday afternoon or early Saturday evening when train is not available, you must be insane to use this bus...
By shared taxi: Locally known as Monit Sherut, the shared taxi is an easy way of traveling and is somewhat cheaper than a typical taxi. It should cost roughly 50 NIS (circa $12US) to take the Sherut to the city.
By taxi: Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this is the most comfortable and of course, expensive way to reach the city center, with a typical ride price of around 100 NIS (circa $24US). If you travel with a friend or two, it can be a good idea to share a taxi. It is not inappropriate to sit in the front seat in taxis in Israel. It is obligatory by law to use the taxi meter, unless agreed otherwise by the passenger and driver, and a typical ride to the city center should not take more than 15-20 minutes, without heavy traffic. Be sure not to accept fix-priced rides with taxi drivers unless you're sure of what you are doing; you will always end up paying more than you could have had you asked to use the meter.
Tel Aviv is the hub of the country's modern network of freeways. The city is easily accessible from Ben Gurion Airport via the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv freeway (freeway 1), from the north by Tel Aviv-Haifa freeway (freeway 2), as well as from Beer-Sheva and the southern parts of the country (freeways 4 and 20). Freeways' speed limit varies between 90km/h and 100km/h. On other intercity roads the limit is 80km/h. On urban roads the default speed limit is 50km/h.
The city is divided west-east by the Ayalon Freeway (freeway 20), which is the main artery of the city. It is best to avoid commuter traffic in and out of Tel Aviv and its surrounding cities during rush hours (Sunday to Thursday, 7:00-9:00 and 17:00-19:00); especially to be avoided is the entrance to Tel Aviv via Ayalon Freeway in morning rush hour, as it is one of the most busy freeways in the world. Also, it is important to note that Israeli drivers are considered to be rather rude and aggressive in comparison to their Western European or North American counterparts, but, The Israeli roads are modern and easy for orientation (the signposting is in English, Hebrew and Arabic).
Israeli highway police are strict and speed limits and driving laws are strictly enforced. All in all, driving conditions in Israel are much better than in the rest of the Middle East, though accident rates are considerably higher than in North America or Western Europe.
The New Central Bus Station in southern Tel Aviv ("Tahana Merkazit", officially the world's biggest bus station!) offers routes servicing most locations in Israel. It is located within a short walking distance of the HaHaganah Train Station. The building, which is a combination of shopping mall and bus terminal, is more than a bit confusing. Most inter-city bus lines depart from platforms on the north wing of 6th floor, except for buses to Galilee (Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona etc.) which are on the south wing on 7th floor (accessible by escalator from 6th floor). Most urban lines to Tel Aviv and its suburbs are on the north wing on 7th floor (which isn't connected to the south wing of the same floor!), with several lines on 4th floor which is actually at street level (those are popular city lines no. 4&5, and 44&46 to Bat Yam via Yafo). Several urban lines stop outside the station building on Levinski street (north side of the station), and some others a block away to the west on Har Zion street. Sherut taxis depart from Tzemach David street outside the east side of the station.
Check the electronic boards in departure halls for info on destinations, platforms and coming-up departures. If this doesn't help, ask at the information booths. For most intercity and some suburban lines you should go to Egged booth on 6th floor. Metropoline, which operates service to Beer Sheva (and destinations enroute), also has an info booth on that floor (on the right from Egged booth).
For most bus lines within the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv you should go to Dan info booth on 7th floor (they also handle info on lines operated by Kavim).
If you need info on other companies and can't find it on the boards, that's tough luck, because they don't bother to operate info booths...
Several intercity and many metropolitan destinations are also served from the more user-friendly 2000 Bus Terminal (AKA Arlozorov terminal), next to Tel Aviv Merkaz/Savidor Train Station. North-bound buses stop at Namir Road near this terminal, but at peak times they might be full when they get there. Ramat Aviv Junction (near Namir Road/Levanon corner) is another place where you can board buses to the north, but your chance of a vacant seat is even smaller. Most south-bound buses stop at Holon Junction. The above warning is also valid there.
In general, buses follow the Fourth Commandment ("Remember the Sabbath day"), stopping on Friday afternoon, and only resuming service Saturday after sunset. Some services, however, may start earlier on Saturday afternoon. Minor services may not resume until Sunday morning. Tickets can be bought from the driver, or from the ticket counters in the main stations. For information, call 03-6948888, or *2800 from any phone within the country, . A daily bus service is also available to and from Amman through the King Hussein Bridge. Call the operator (04-6573984) for details.
Israel Railways +972-3-5774000,  operate train services within Israel. Train service has improved significantly during the last decade or so, and today they are a fast and comfortable alternative to buses for many destinations. Train services connect Tel Aviv to Haifa and Beer-Sheva, as well as numerous smaller towns whilst a direct train line connects Tel Aviv to Ben-Gurion airport.
Note that the train ride to Jerusalem follows the 19th century path, and this scenic route is worth taking at least once, even though taking the bus on the modern highway takes half the time. A new high-speed line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is currently being constructed, with eventual travel time of only 28 minutes.
Trains do tend to be crowded during rush hours, especially on Sunday morning, when soldiers return to their bases and students to their universities. Train service also stops on Friday afternoons, and resumes on Saturdays after sunset, in observance of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat).
Tel Aviv has four train stations, all along the Ayalon highway. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (a.k.a. "Arlozorov" and officially named "Savidor"), or "Hashalom". "Tel Aviv Ha-Hagana" Station is close to the New Central Bus Station.
Tel Aviv has a modern, regular and widespread bus network run mostly by a company called Dan . A lot safer than the bad reputation it burdens, bus services start at 05:00 and stop at midnight, though some of the lines stop earlier, so do check. Single tickets within the city and the close suburbs (Bat Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan, Bney Brak, Givatayim) cost 5.50 NIS, around $1.3US (as of February 2009). Daily free-pass called "Hofshi-Yomi" is also available, and cost less than the price of three rides. Note that this ticket is only valid from 9:00. There is also 10-rides ticket (which cost the equivalent of 8 single tickets, so offering 20% discount) which could be used by several passengers. Visitors for long period would find monthly free-pass (Hofshi-Hodshi) the most economic transport ticket.
Tickets can be purchased either at the driver of any bus line, or at the New Central Bus Station. Exact change is not necessary, but a driver may refuse payment by notes of 100 or 200 Shekels.
Suburban lines are also operated by Egged (mainly to the southern suburbs) and Kavim (to Kiryat Ono region) companies. Multi-ride tickets are not exchangeable between companies.
The most popular bus route in the city is bus route number 5, which connects the Central Bus Station (departure from 4th floor, westernmost platform) in the south with the Central Train Station. It goes through Rotschild Boulevards, Dizengof Street (Including the Dizengof Center Mall), Nordau Boulevard, Pinkas/Yehuda Maccabi Street and Weizman Street or Namir Road.
Another popular bus route is number 18, connecting the Central Train Station with the southern neighbourhoods of Jaffa and Bat-Yam. It also has a stop in Rabin Square.
Like most Israelis, the bus drivers in Tel Aviv speak and understand English well, and in most cases will kindly answer questions about the destination of their bus.
You can hail a taxi ("mo-NIT", מונית) in the street or call one (with extra surcharge). Taxis are obliged to give you a metered ride unless you settle for a price, so insist on the driver using the meter ("mo-NEH" in Hebrew, pronounced like the painter "Monet"), unless you are sure what the price to your destination should be. And no, the meter is never broken. A local ride without meter should be 20-30NIS in the downtown core, and up to 70 or 80 to the immediate suburbs. If you go for a price fixed in advance, haggle with your driver a bit, you can generally knock a few shekels off the price. Cutting a deal in advance is especially recommended on Friday night and Saturday, when there is a surcharge. Plus, if you get stuck in Tel Aviv's notorious traffic, you won't sit there watching your money tick away. Hakastel taxi service, phone +972-3-6993322, Palatine +972-3-5171750 or Shekem +972-3-5270404 (add 3.30 NIS charge for the call).
In addition to normal (called "special") taxis, there are 6-12 person van-sized taxis that supplement some bus routes ("sheh-ROOT"). This alternative is often faster, slightly cheaper, and more frequent than taking a bus, and they operate 7 days a week. If requested, the driver will stop outside the designated bus stops. Such service is available on bus routes no. 4, 5 (but note that these taxis don't reach the train station), 16, 51 and 66.
Tel Aviv is a big place, and these listings are just some highlights of things that you really should see if you can during your visit. The complete listings are found on each individual district page alongside many more things to see in each district.
- Old Jaffa(יפוהעתיקה). located in Jaffa is a must see for any visitor to Tel Aviv. This is the reputed point where Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a whale. It is also likely one of the oldest ports in the world.
- Rabin Square. The biggest public square in Israel and site of PM Rabin's assassination in 1995 is located in Central Tel Aviv
- Azriely Lookout(מצפהעזריאלי). Watch the entire Tel Aviv area from 200 meters high in Central Tel Aviv
- Eretz-Israel Museum. in Northern Tel Aviv
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art, . The biggest art museum in Central Tel Aviv
- Museum of the Jewish Diaspora(Beit HaTefutsot ביתהתפוצות). located in Tel Aviv University in North of Tel Aviv
- Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv in Central Tel Aviv
- Walking tours of Tel Aviv architecture 
- See Tel Aviv with this HD virtual tours gallery. 
Again, there’s a load to do in Tel Aviv, and for the biggest selection, check out the individual district articles. These are some of the highlights.
- A visit to Tel Aviv isn't complete without a dip into its fantastic beach scene which is at its best in summer, especially during Friday afternoons as Shabbat comes in, when crowds of buff beachgoers converge to take in the Brazilian drums, the smell of barbecues, the thwock, thwock of "matkot" as the sun sets, but in early summer be careful as there are jellyfish sometimes, but if you ask the lifeguard he will probably tell you if there are any that day.
- A craft fair is held in the Nachalat Binyamin pedestrian zone in Central Tel Aviv
Amusement and water parks
Most amusement/water parks in Israel are open only on saturdays and jewish holidays.
- Luna Park Tel Aviv is Tel Aviv's main amusement park. While the rides it has to offer are no competition to ones that can be found in other countries, it should still be considered for a visit by thrill-loving tourists, especially families with kids, since the park has a large amount of child-friendly rides. The park has two rollercoasters. It is located very close to the Meimadyon water park.
- The Meimadyon is a large waterpark very close to Luna Park Tel Aviv. It offers a varied selection of waterslides, both for thrill seekers and for children. During summer vacations the lines get fairly long, so it is recommended to try and visit the park at a time other than summer vacation.
- "Superland" is a name of an amusement park within an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. It is located in the city of Rishon Letzion and is often visited by people from Tel Aviv seeking better thrills than the ones at Luna Park Tel Aviv. While it has less rides, the rides it has to offer are often bigger and built more for the thrill seeker in the family. The park has two rollercoasters.
- "Yamit 2000" is a waterpark within a half-hour bus ride from Tel Aviv, located in the nearby city of Holon. It is a large waterpark, parts of which are enclosed in a building. The park operates 364 days a year(it is closed on Yom Kippur). During the winter when there is low attendance, or cold/rainy weather, many of the park's slides(usually the outdoor ones) open on rotation, whereas during warmer days with higher attendance all the park's attractions are operational. The park is both child and thrill-seeker friendly.
Tel Aviv has the widest selection of performing arts in Israel.
The Barby (52, Kibutz Galuyot st., 03-5188123), and the Goldstar Zappa (24, Habarzel st., 03-6499550) present Israeli (and sometimes foreign) rock daily.
Tmuna Theater (8, Shontsino st., 03-5629462) alternates between local acts, both famous and unknown, and fringe theater productions in Hebrew.
Theater is mostly performed in Hebrew, naturally, but English interpretation is available is some of the shows for extra-fees in Habima National Theater (03-6295555) and HaCameri Municipal Theater .
Underground music: hardcore, punk, ska, emo, club Patiphone (Yitzhak Sade st. 32) 
- Football - The most popular sport in Israel. Tel Aviv has 3 major football clubs that are usually in Ligat Ha'al (Top division):
- Basketball - While not as famous Basketball is a much more successful sport in Israel in European caliber.
- Maccabi Tel Aviv - The most successful club in Israel and one of the best in Europe, dominating the Israeli basketball league with over 40 championship seasons and 5 European titles.
- Hapoel Tel Aviv
- Hapoel Ussishkin  - A Club founded by Hapoel Tel Aviv supporters frustrated by the management of their former team.
The match between Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv is a major event in the city as the teams are as huge rivals as they come.
Tel Aviv hosts many festivals and happenings. Something is going on almost every weekend so make sure you're updated!
- White Night Festival. This annual event, usually taking place late June or early July, is a celebration of Tel Aviv's White City's proclamation as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and organized by Tel Aviv's municipality. During the "White Night", cultural institutions, as well as commercial ones, are open to the public all night long, and many special event take place.
- Taste of Tel Aviv (Ta'am Ha'ir). Annual event in May. Located in the Yarkon Park, Ta'am Ha'ir is a huge culinary festival in which hundreds of the city's top restaurants serve specially priced dishes. The festival is free and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly for over a decade.
- Tel Aviv Fashion Market, . A highly recommended biannual event (Winter/Summer) where Tel Aviv's top clothing designers show and sell their stuff. Focused on urban clothing.
- Night Flea, . Every August, Jaffa's burgeoning flea market is active all through the night on weekends, with special events, shows and exhibitions taking place.
- Docaviv, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street, . Tel Aviv's International Documentary Film Festival. Every year in May, Docaviv presents the most innovative, provocative and important documentary films of the year from around the world.
- The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street, . Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Celebrating gender diversity. Happening in June.
- The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Shprintzak Street, . One of the world's most important student film festivals. Happening in late May.
- Tel Aviv University - One of the biggest universities in Israel, situated in Ramat Aviv.
- Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College - A smaller college in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv's markets are the best show in town, and they're bustling all day long. A Middle Eastern mélange of tastes, scents, sounds, colors – and lots of people.
- The Carmel Market
- The Flea Market
- The Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall
- Creative Artists Fair
- Antiques and Secondhand items fair
- Levinsky Market in Florentin — the best place in Tel Aviv to buy spices, dried fruits, and different kinds of legume. This small market is stretched along Levinsky Street in southern Tel Aviv, between Har-Zion and Ha-Aliya streets, ten minutes of walking from the Central Bus Station.
- Hatikva Market in HaTiqva — a good place for Jewish-Iraqi cuisine, in the south-eastern "Hatikva" neighbourhood.
Israel has the highest ratio of shopping mall sqm per capita, in the world. As malls are good places to catch some air-conditioning in the hot Israeli climate, they have quickly become a preferable place of entertainment for the locals. The variety is usually mid-range, mainstream, with both international and local brands.
- Azriely Center (aka HaShalom Mall) near Ayalon Highway - situated at the feet of the Azriely Towers and connected to HaShalom Train Station. This is the largest mall in the city and is often over crowded. Visitors can climb to the top of the mall for a nice free view of the city, or get to the observatory at the top of the Circular Tower (see in the "to do" section). There are many stores in the mall, along with a large movie theater.
- Dizengoff Center in Central Tel Aviv - The first mall in Israel, on the corner of Dizengoff and King George streets, this large mall has, in addition to the usual selection, some specialty shops, such as musical instruments, stamps, hand-held devices, hobby etc. Dizengoff Center is a local favorite due to its down-to-earth urban vibe and its unique interaction with the area around it. Make sure to check out the food market and designer cloths market taking place each Friday.
- Ramat Aviv mall in Ramat Aviv - Within walking distance from Tel Aviv University, this is slightly more upmarket than your usual mall, featuring, in addition to the usual brand selection, some designer shops.
- Gan Ha'ir mall in Central Tel Aviv - just off Rabin square, this is also an up-market oriented mini-mall.
- Central Bus Station- huge number of shops on six(!) floors, mostly familiar brands and bargain stores. This is a unique spot since it is the favorite place for Tel Aviv's large migrant workers community. It is by no means an "upscale" shopping mall, as it resembles more of an indoor market.
The air-conditioned malls threaten to destroy the concept of shopping streets, but some of the more special ones still survive.
- Kikar Hamedina - The most chic shopping area in Tel Aviv with many major designers from Israel and abroad having big prestige shops.
- Shenkin St. - A very trendy and much more lively street that has mainly clothing shops of smaller less known designers along with known brands. Also contains many coffee shops and restaurants. During Friday this street is as crowded on the sidewalk as most of Tel Aviv is on the road.
- Dizengoff - mostly north of Dizengoff is spread with many small Israeli designer shops.
- Gan Ha'Chashmal - A new center for young and hip designers that can't affort to open shops on the main streets.
If you're lucky enough to be in Tel Aviv in February or August, you can find the city's most talented designers gathered together in one place with the best of their collections on display – and for sale. Twice a year, for three days each time, a giant fashion fair called City Designers' Market is held in Tel Aviv. Whatever you do, don't miss this colorful carnival of cutting-edge fashion! More information about shopping in Tel Aviv, see shopping tips 
Books and music
The country's widespread Steimatzky and Zomet Sfarim chains are a good source for current books. Almost every shop has at least a selection in English. Allenby st. has a number of second hand bookshops, most sell (and buy) English books. For music, check out Tower Records shop in the opera tower, on the corner of Alenby and Herbert Samuel. For the more alternative crowd, Krembo Records in Shenkin Street and Third Ear on King George Street will satisfy your needs.
Art, Craft, Judaica, Jewelry
Gordon Street is famous for its art galleries. The best contemporary art gallery in Tel Aviv is Raw Art Gallery  which is located in the southern part of Tel Aviv - with free transportation. Ben-Yehuda Street has several Judaica\Jewelery\souvenirs shops. You can buy jewelry from Michal Negrin, a world-famous Israeli designer, in her shops at the Azriely mall and on Sheinkin st. The prices are much better than abroad. For more original crafts and Judaica, try the Nahlat Binyamin craft market mentioned above.
Tel Aviv has an amazing variety of restaurants for every taste. There are plenty of fast food restaurants, both international and well-known to every western tourist (such as McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Sbarro, etc.), and local which offer Israeli food. One can get a decent meal, including felafel or hummous (Try Mshwawsha on Bugrashov st. and Abu Hasan in Yafo) on a every street corner, for less than 7$.
You can also eat a toast, sandwich or some other snack at one of the cafes around the city. Many fruit juice parlors are around.
Raphael, Cordelia, Orca, and Messa are considered to be Tel Aviv's most elegant restaurants, serving gourmet and unique plates, inspired both by local and foreign cuisine.
Finally, Tel Aviv's ice cream parlors offer much more than basic flavors, as the taste buds are eclectic and strive for new flavors, such as Halva, poppy seed, and even a touch of alcoholic liqueurs in the ice cream (Try these places: Iceberg, Gelateria Siciliana, Dr. Lek and Aldo.
- Cordelia a hidden narrow in the old city of Jaffa, not far away from the flea market and the busy clock square, there is a plaza full of surprises, waiting for you. The Chef Nir Zook plaza offers an outstanding combination between culinary experience and personal hospitality to each one.  Yeffet 30, Jaffa 68039 Tel: 03-5184668, Fax: 03-5183418, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel Aviv Sea Port 
- A listing of some of Tel Aviv best Restaurants 
- Whitehall [www.white-hall.co.il], 6 Mendele st. (opp. Dan Hotel), 03-5249282. Open every day 12pm-12am. The best Steakhouse in the city with great service.
- Noa Bistro enjoys a unique, sophisticated and authentic atmosphere, providing its guests with both a visual and a culinary experience. Noa Bistro  Yeffet 30, Jaffa 68039 Tel: 03-5184668, Fax: 03-5183418, email@example.com
- Yoezer Bar Wine , 2 Ish-Habira St. Jaffa, Telephone: 03-6839115
- Abu Hasan (Ali Quarwan), 14 Shivtey Yisrael st., Jaffa, 03-6828355. Open Sunday-Friday, 7:45-14:45 only.
- Sub Coch Milega, 22 Ha-Mashbir Street (Florentin), 03-6813412 - Popular budget Indian restaurant. One of the best places in Tel Aviv for vegetarians.
Tel Aviv is called "The city that never stops" by tourists and locals alike. It has a wide range of Pubs, Bars, Clubs and anything else you might be looking for. The entire city is crawling with nightlife attractions and you would actually have to work pretty hard to find yourself further than 500 meters away from a place to have a drink. People from all the surrounding region come to Tel Aviv to have a drink or a party so on weekends traffic is hectic at late hours and finding a parking spot is somewhere between hard and impossible (so sticking to cabs is not a bad idea). Any day is a good day to party in Tel Aviv, not just the weekends.
New places are opening and closing every day and the "hottest spots" change every couple of months, so no internet guide will be able to direct you to the hippest place (even though some may try). Many places in Tel Aviv have minimum age limitations that vary from 18+ to 30+. Usually the limitation is different between males and females and while some spots may be flexible others will be as strict as possible.
Israel has no unique drinking culture so any place with any self-respect will have the entire world wide alcohol selection available, from Wine and Beer to Tequila, Arak, Vodka, Whiskey and Cognac. One of the most popular drinks is the local Goldstar beer and the Annis based Arak.
Even though the entire city is full of spots to hang out, there are a few places that have an unusual amount of pubs/clubs:
- Tel Aviv seaport - Located at beach side to the west of the Yarkon Park right between Tel Aviv center and north is the old seaport. The entire place is full of clubs, pubs and restaurants right next to each other door by door. Notable places: TLV Club, UpTown, Erlich, Shalvata, Seabreeze, Whiskey a gogo and more. Very busy in weekends during the summer and on warm days during the rest of the year, as this area attracts people from all around the city and the wider Gush Dan area.
- Dizengoff - Ben Yehuda st. - Mostly the north of these streets are full on chic bars that are full almost every day with 22+ crowd. Sometimes it's just hard to breath there. Notable: Friends, Bergman, Rosa, Yermiyahu.
- The Boardwalk - The entire beach area from the seaport in the north to Jaffa in the south is full of mainly cafes, restaurants and bars. Some are normal open bars while others actually spread to the beach with tables on the sand. This is the more "touristy" area of Tel Aviv's nightlife scene, that the "real Tel-Avivians" try to avoid.
- Allenby St. - Going from the Beach to the west all the way to the south-east of Tel Aviv, Allenby is one of the longest streets in the city. The western area is full of mainly pubs and dance-bars, not the hippest clubs but stable places that have been there for years and are occasionally full of tourists. Allenby Street may sometimes feel a bit dodgy but fear not. It's cheap but mostly not recommended to eat.
- Lilinblum - Levontine - Nahlat Binyamin st. - A few streets around the east side of Allenby with many trendy pubs with an extremely sophisticated crowd, and many dance bars that range from the bluntly commercial to the leftfield indie. Any arrivals to this area will ensure a good drink. Notable: Shesek, Lima Lima, Atara, Betty Ford, Bordel, Flame, Academia, Abraxas, Minus one and more.
- Ha'Masger - Ha'Rakevet St.' - Mainly a clubbing area for Tel Aviv's younger crowd (18-19) with huge clubs and dance bars. Notable: Dome, Vox and more.
- Florentin - Mostly small neighborhood bars for a cool fun night out in a chic area in Tel Aviv. Most spots in Florentin appeal to the artsy and indie crowd. Florentin has a "rugged" appearance, especially at night, but it is totally safe. Notable: Hudna (Abarbanel street), Comfort 13, Haoman 17 and all the little places on Florentine st. and Vital st.
- King George-Tshernechovsky - in the close to Shenkin st. upper side of King George you can find some alternative cafes and bars, like "Geatzel Shapira" on Almonit lane and "little prince" which is the center of the young poetry revival movement that connected to "Maayan" poetry magazine and others interesting poetry or art fanzines. On Tshernechovsky, not far from there, there are several cafes and cheap restaurants. close to Dizengoff Center, you can find "Bacho" cafe, a nice place with too-artistic atmohphere, "Hakosem Falafel" and the "Yemen Falafel", both recommended.
- Even Gvirol - A lately very developed pubbing area with some of the coolest pubs in Tel Aviv. During the day appeals to the many lawyers and businessmen working in the area. Notable: 2 clubs - Vila Sokolov and Landen, and the pubs-restaurants Dorothy Gale, Brasserie and Liliroz.
- Ramat Ha'Chayal - Located at the north near the rich neighborhoods. This area has been developed to accommodate the vast high-tech industry around it, so one can expect somewhat commercialized and rather upscale spots. Notable: Leo Blooms, Molly's, Frame, Sushi Samba.
- Karlibach - A new clubbing area with pubs growing in every corner. Notable: ZiziTripo, Hachatul Ve'Hakelev.
Famous Tourists Spots
- Mike's Place, 86 Herbert Samuel (Next to American Embassy), . An American style bar located right by the American embassy that features live music every night of the week. Also features outdoor seating in the more pleasant weather, pool table and televised sporting events. Mostly Anglo 20-30 something crowd, very good bar with several kinds of beer on tap.
- Clara Mega Bar. very trendy open-air mega bar located on the southern part of the Tel Aviv beach, close to the David Intercontinental hotel. All wooden deck floor with a very long bar, multiple seating areas by the sea view, or all around this huge bar. At summer times usually full of French and Belgian Tourists.
- Molly Bloom's Irish pub, 2 Mendele St.. The first Irish pub in Tel Aviv. The pub has a great atmosphere and reasonable prices, and is quite busy on weekends. Also, it's close to the hotels. Usually hosts many people from the UK and from the Republic of Ireland.
- The English Bar, (Allenby st. near the beach). A UK based sports bar and if you happen to end up there during a Premiership game, you're in for a native UK experience.
Tel Aviv Gay Scene
Tel Aviv is home to the leading gay community in Israel and all of the Middle-East, and is generally a very friendly city towards gay people. The most popular gay bar in the city is the "Evita" on Yavneh street. There are many gay clubs and parties. Some of which have been running for several years already (Shirazi's FFF line, which is currently taking place in the 'Haoman 17' club. The electro 'PAG' line). Others are changing from time to time.
The Tel Aviv club scene is comparable, if not superior, to those in most European capitals. Top international DJs regularly perform in Tel Aviv, with clubs constantly vying to outdo each other with ever more extravagant parties. The biggest and newest club (mimicking New York's Roxy) in the city is Haoman 17 (Florentin quarter). Other fantastic clubs are TLV, Dome (gay; Offer Nissim is the resident DJ), Vox, Powder and the "indie" Cafe Barzilay and Studio 46.
Rock clubs include Barbie Club, in Kibutz Galuyot Street, or the Zappa Club, in the northeastern neighbourhood of Ramat haChayal, among others, host concerts almost every night of the week. whilst billiards (Pool) clubs include Gypsy on Kikar Atarim (Atarim plaza), located in Hayarkon St.
- Cafe Barzilay  (13, HaaRechev St., 03-6878090 - what used to be part cafe part club turned into a full fledged club. Hosts various off-mainstream parties throughout the week be it techno, drum and bass, hip hop, or 80s, to sophisticated student crowds.
- Salsa clubs include Hazira Club, 45 Itzhak Sadeh Street, 03-5623456 (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM, on Mondays about 50% line dancing 30% ballroom dancing, 20% salsa). The Bailatino Club, 29 Karlibach Street,  (entry is a little difficult to find - its on the other side of the building) 03-6240186 (Su,Tu,W, classes start at 9:15PM and party starts at 10:30PM, Fridays no classes and starts at 12:30AM) Entry is 40 NIS in both places and each day has a different style of Salsa music. There are other dance clubs with Latin/Brazilian music once a week.
Coffee shops have been an inseparable part of the Tel Aviv cultural lifestyle ever since the city was founded, as cafés were always the favorite hanging spots of the local bohemia. It is therefore no surprise that Tel Aviv boasts many cafés, which can be found everywhere in the city, offering aromatic Italian Espressos and Capuccinos (called "Hafukh", meaning upside-down, in Hebrew). Espresso-bar, Cafeneto, Café-café and arcaffé are some of the local chain-cafés. Aroma's the biggest among them. Feel free to spend hours in a coffee shop - no one will slap the check on your table or require you to order more stuff.
Bohemian 'Puah' (located in the Jaffa flea market), Café Noah, Chic 'Le Central' (Rothschild av.), and 'Tolaat Sfarim' (Rabin sq.) are recommended for their very distinctive and Israeli café-drinking experience.
- A list of recommended Tel Aviv cafes including photos and sorted by areas 
More information and tips about Tel Aviv nightlife 
Tel Aviv has a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping and backpacker hostels, right up to luxury 5-star hotels.
- IYHA Tel Aviv (Israel Youth Hostel Association), 36 Bnei Dan St, PO Box 22078, Tel Aviv 62260, +972-3-5441748, Fax +972-3-5441030, , . The hostel is located near Hayarkon Park, offering easy access - by foot or a short bus ride- to the city's main cultural and tourist attractions.
- Dizengoff Beach Apartments 283 Dizengoff Street, +972-524260244, Fax +972-3-6040516, . Located in the finest area of Tel Aviv, offers deluxe one bedroom apartments and flats only a two minute walk from Israel's famous Tel Aviv beaches and its sprawling green park. Each rental apartment includes one bedroom and a well designed, modern living room. Spacious enough for a couple or for that special business trip. Each rental suite has a spectacular view of Tel Aviv and many of these rental apartments overlook the sea.
- Mugraby Hostel, 30 Allenby Street, +972-3-5102443, . Located in the heart of Tel Aviv about one minute's walk from the beach, double room from USD$40, dormitory USD$10.00. Free wireless Internet for the hostel Guests. Internet Cafe at the hostel.
- Subkuch Milega, 22 Hamashbir st, +972-3-6813412, . A complex with guest house, restaurant and bar. you can sleep in an 8-bed-dorm for 70 Shekel per night or in a private double-bed-room for 160 Shekel.
- Gordon Inn, 17 Gordon Street (on the corner of Ben-Yehuda Street), +972-3-523 8239 , . A 31-room guest house with private, family and dormitory rooms, basically but comfortably furnished. Close to the beach and with its own great little bar, open late, with cold Guinness on tap.
- HaYarkon 48 Hostel 48 HaYarkon Street, +972-3-516 8989 - located in the heart of Tel Aviv about one minute's walk from the beach, double room from USD$42, dormitory USD$10.50 with good discounts for booking ahead. 15 shekels to store luggage.
- No 1 Hostel, 4th floor, 84 Ben-Yehuda Street, +972-3-523 7807. Rates include breakfast.
- Dizengoff Suites Boutique Hotel 39 Gordon St. (Corner of Dizengoff) +972-3-5234363, Fax: +972-3-5273524,  . Dizengoff Suites is a charming boutique hotel run by a family that is eager to make your Tel Aviv hotel stay a pleasant and enjoyable one. They know Tel Aviv Yafo inside out and speak English, French, Italian and Hebrew. The hotel offers a choice of 3 suites and accommodates business travellers who seek long term Tel Aviv hotel rentals. Wireless Internet is also available.
- Cinema Hotel Tel Aviv, 1 Zamenhoff Street (on the corner of Kikar Dizengoff / Dizengoff Square), . Part of the Atlas hotel chain, the Hotel Cinema is a stylish, non-pretentious conersion of the former Esther Cinema, built in classic Bauhaus style in 1930 as one of the first cinemas in the then young city. Décor includes touches of cinema nostalgia, rooms well-appointed. Conveniently located right on Dizengoff Square in central Tel Aviv. Rates from USD$92 double room per night, breakfast included.
- Miguel Hotel, 88 Hayarkon Street ,+972-3-5107744, . A new boutique hotel in a renovated building across from the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. All rooms include a/c, TV, free tea and coffee, refrigerator and have clean and spacious bathrooms; some rooms have a sea view. Wireless internet is available at the entrance floor free of charge. At the entrance floor there is a gourmet restaurant and a high standard bar. The hotels location enables you a short walk to the beach, shopping areas and nightlife attractions. Rates from $104.
- KDA - Luxury studio apartments (5 stars) for short and long term rentals, 89 Dizengoff St (on the corner of Kikar Dizengoff / Dizengoff Square) +972-3-5241151, Fax: +972-3-5232614,  Centrally located for business and leisure, varied convention and meeting facilities. Online Reservation with instant confirmation. Overlooking the sea, close to Jaffa and Tel Aviv highlights.
- Crowne Plaza Tel Aviv, Hayarkon 145 Tel:+972 3-5390808, . Reasonably priced hotel in an excellent location. The Hotel is on the beach and a short walk from the heart of Tel Aviv.
- The Grand Beach Hotel, 250 Hayarkon St. (on the corner of Nordau and Hayarkon st) +972-3-5433333, Fax: +972-3-5466589,, .The Grand Beach hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, is your choice of Tel Aviv hotels.
In the official site you will find the best hotel rates, availability, hotel's photos, and informaton about Tel Aviv. The hotel is located across the road from the Mediterranean and a series of excellent beaches. Nearby Tel Aviv's bustling centers and nightlife. Close by are the major highways that offer easy access to airports and anywhere else you want to be in Israel. Quiet setting.
- Vital Hotel Tel Aviv, Weizman 14 weizman center, Tel Aviv +972-3-7770000, Fax: +972-3-7770020 . Vital hotel is a new luxurious boutique hotel, located at Weizmann center, in the heart of the cultural area of Tel Aviv. Adjacent to the "Opera House", the "Tel Aviv Museum", train station, Azriely center, walking distance from Dizengof center and more. For your convenience, an elevator connects the hotel with the new shopping center and cafes at Weizmann Center.
- Hotel de la Mer, 62 Hayarkon St., 36904, Tel Aviv +972-3-5100011 , Fax: +972-3-5167575, . A boutique hotel, created within an historic Bauhaus building on the famous Hayarkon Street. Overlooking the beach of the Mediterranean Sea and located in the heart of Tel Aviv. The Hotel’s ambience is characterized by the harmony with nature that is the fundamental element of the Chinese art of Feng Shui. From its entrance and public areas to the unique decor of the individual rooms, guests will relax in an atmosphere of carefully balanced color, light and art designed to assure maximum comfort.
- Center Hotel Tel Aviv, 2 Zamenhoff Street, (on the corner of Kikar Dizengoff / Dizengoff Square), . Part of the Atlas hotel chain, the Center Hotel is a completely renewed hotel. Housed in a historic Bauhaus building that has been renovated to preserve the special characteristics of the “White City“ architectural style. Rates from $70 double room per night, breakfast included.
- City Hotel Tel Aviv, 9 Mapu Street, Tel: +972-3-5246253, Fax: + 972-3-5246250, . Centrally located in the hotel tourism and business area of Hayarkon Street, near the Mediterranean beach of Tel Aviv, the City Hotel has a unique comfortable atmosphere with free parking and internet Wi-Fi access. Rates from $93 single room per night, breakfast included.
- Mercure B&P Tel Aviv, 14 Ben Yehoda St., . The hotel is situated in the center of Tel Aviv and offers spacious and contemporary 4 star accommodations. This makes it ideal for business and leisure travelers.
- Dan Tel Aviv Hotel(Dan), 99 Yarkon St., ☎ +972-3-5202552(Reservations-T.DanTelAviv@DanHotels.com, fax: +972-3-5480111), . Dan Hotel Tel Aviv is one of the shoreline Tel Aviv Hotels, lapped by the blue Mediterranean and located at the center of everything yet away from it all. For your choice, 2 Tel Aviv Hotels - Dan Hotel Tel Aviv and Dan Panorama Hotel Tel Aviv. Perfect for a sun and fun vacation, a high-pressure business trip, or a bit of both.
- Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Hotel(Dan Panorama), Charles Clore Park, Tel Aviv, ☎ +972-3-5202552(Reservations-T.PanoramaTelAviv@DanHotels.com, fax: +972-3-5480111), . Overlooking the sea, close to Jaffa and Tel Aviv highlights Stay at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv and you're close to everywhere you want to be. Cross the road and you're on the great beaches and soft sands of the Mediterranean. Take a stroll along the seafront promenade and you're in ancient Jaffa's harbor. With all the dynamic and sophisticated attractions of Tel Aviv on the doorstep, premium leisure-time facilities and dining options, it's the ideal base for a family vacation or a business trip. See Dan Panorama Tel Aviv Virtual Tour See also Video TourOf Dan Panorama Tel Aviv.
- '''Kfar Maccabiah Hotel&Suites''', Peretz Berenstein st. 7 Ramat Gan, ☎ 972-3-6715715(firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 972-3-5744678), . The new Kfar Maccabiah Hotel and Suites opened in June 2008, located in the heart of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, is set in parkland of lush gardens and lawns
- Dan Tel Aviv Hotel(Dan Tel Aviv), 99 HaYarkon Street, Tel Aviv, ☎ +972-3-5202525(Reservations-T.DanTelAviv@DanHotels.com, fax: +972-3-5249755), . Overlooking the sea, located at the center of the main beach in Tel Aviv, Dan Hotel is offering a luxury experience and gives you the opportunity to see Tel Aviv beach from your room window. Cross the road and take a swim in the wonderful water of the Mediterranean sea, walk by the ocean and enjoy the people, the coffee shops and the fresh air. Dan Hotel is a great place for conferences, business visits & family vacations. See Dan Hotel Virtual Tour See also Video TourOf Dan Tel Aviv Hotel.
- The Alexander Suites Hotel Tel Aviv, 3 Havakuk Street, ☎ +972-35452222(email@example.com, fax: +972-3-5469346), . Newly renovated and redesigned, The Alexander is an intimate boutique style hotel. Ranging from 45 sq. meters to 75 sq. meters, all suites are appointed in a European contemporary style.
- Hilton Tel Aviv(Hilton), Independence Park(northern end of Ben Yehuda Street), ☎ +972-3-5202222(+972-3-5272711), . This is the first major 5-star international hotel in the city.
- Carlton Tel Aviv(Carelton), 10 Eliezer Peri St., ☎ +972-3-5201818(firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +972-3-5271043), . One of the luxury hotels in Tel Aviv. Includes a high-tech room with many perks.
- David Intercontinental Tel Aviv, 12 Kaufman Street, ☎ +972-3-7951111(email@example.com, fax: +972-3-7951112), . One of the newest luxury hotels in the city. Often the choice for celebrities and successful businessmen
- Sheraton Tel Aviv(Yarkon Street). A high-class international chain hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean
- Center Hotel Tel Aviv, Dizengoff Square, . A new boutique hotel that is located on Dizengoff Square in city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Center Hotel is part of Atlas Hotels, a well-known hotel chain in Israel. In 2006, the historic Bauhaus building of the Center Hotel was renovated to preserve the special characteristics of "The White City" architectural style. There are 56 rooms, with an historic and cultural connection to the "The White City".
Tel Aviv remains a safe city to visit. The usual warnings regarding being alert for bomb threats also pertain to Tel Aviv - beware of suspicious packages in public places (though don't over panic), and suspicious behaviour on the part of people around you; if in doubt, report it! The local police are generally very friendly and many of the law-enforcers can speak understandable English. Also be aware of pickpockets, like in every big city, mostly in HaCarmel Market, Nachlat Binyamin market, the old and new central bus stations, the beach promenade and all of Jaffa and the flea market area. Nevertheless, regular crime rates are much lower in Tel Aviv (and in all of Israel) than in most other cities of similar size.
Security control checks are a necessary annoyance when entering shopping malls, markets the central bus station, and most hotels, cafes and restaurant. You are frequently requested to let the guards look into your bag - this is a farily common procedure. It is best not to find it offensive or intrusive, and this check shouldn't take more than 20 seconds and end with a smile and a green light. It is also best advised to carry some sort of identification documents on you at all times.
Given the amount of security checkpoints at commercial premises, the presence of military facilities and decent police patrolling, firearms carried in public by both servicemen and civilians are such an everyday occurrence that most people don't even notice them.
As buses are the best (some might say the only) way to tour the city, it is advised not to think twice before using them. Despite their reputation as "terrorism targets", the city buses remain a very safe way to travel, where reality is far different than the image most tourists would have on them. They are safe at all times of day and night, frequent, cheap, reliable and easy to handle. You can always approach the driver with any relevant question and the passengers are usually keen to assist tourists.
Though not really dangerous for tourists, it would be best advised to avoid walking parks alone at night, or visiting the southern neighbourhoods (south of Salame/Eilat Street) after dark. If necessary, a companion would be a good idea.
When going for a swim in the Mediterranean, stick to the patrolled beaches with lifeguards, marked with flags and signs - every year people drown off the Tel Aviv coast when strong currents get them into difficulties. Also, at the beginning of the summer, keep an eye out for jellyfish (called meduza in Hebrew, medusot is plural). Remember that during the months of winter, though the weather may allow a bathe, the lifeguard service is inactive (Official bathing season begin on April 18th and ends late in October).
Be mindful that Tel Aviv has a hot climate so be sure to drink a lot of water and use sunscreen.