Tel Aviv’s Top 5 Districts
Located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv is home to stunning beaches, historic attractions and a vibrant gay community. This urban centre might not be quite as culturally rich as its neighbour Jerusalem, however, there’s plenty to keep you entertained if you fancy a break from the beaches and bars.
Old Jaffa is the epicentre of the ancient town and is situated in the southern locality of Tel Aviv. It’s one of the world’s oldest ports and is said to be the location from which Johan set sail in the famous biblical story. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you head here for a religious pilgrimage. The district has recently been through a period of gentrification which has made it much more user-friendly while still retaining its charm. The narrow streets are home to multiple small shops and stalls and there’s an array of cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a refreshment or a bite to eat and watch the life in Tel Aviv go by.
The White City district is home to a gargantuan collection of Bauhaus style buildings and has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The area was developed when Jewish residents wanted to recreate the cafe culture of Europe – the result was this sublime, culturally rich district bordered by Allenby Street and the Yarkon River. A trip to the Bauhaus Centre is an excellent option for those who want to learn a little more about the history of the local area.
If the cacophony of street art which adorns the walls of Tel Aviv hasn’t quite satisfied your love for all things creative then Sarona is your district. It’s home to a large collection of the city’s museums – the most impressive of which is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. There are permanent and rotating exhibitions from world-class artists along with workshops, special events and a well-stocked library.
Tel Aviv Beach
The beach is the lifeblood of this Mediterranean capital of cool which runs for a mile along the western fringe of the city. The beach is divided into several sections, each with its own unique vibe – Hilton beach is the main gay beach. There are plenty of amenities like bars, restaurants and showers and the beach is also popular with surfers and dog walkers. The Gordon-Frishman Beach is the most centrally located in Tel Aviv and is dominated by city types who like to relax with a book and catch some sunshine on their lunch breaks.