Exploring Old Jaffa
On summer evenings, wander the picturesque byways overlooking the sea, explore galleries and antique shops, and dine at one of Jaffa’s atmospheric restaurants. By day, there’s the Jaffa Flea Market; bargain mercilessly and enjoy interesting little eateries nearby!
Each one is lively and imaginative, starting with the Diaspora Museum, the sprawling Eretz Israel Museum, and the daring Tel Aviv Art Museum. South of Tel Aviv is the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, with its impressive interactive science exhibits (great for adults as well as kids).
Brash, original designer clothes make Tel Aviv a shopaholics mecca; you’ll find the best selection on Sheinkin Street, upper Dizengoff Boulevard, and the trendy Neve Zedek neighborhood. Those who want to experience the Tel Aviv life style, and enjoy hunting for treasures, should head to the large, chaotic daily Flea Market in Old Jaffa, the Tuesday and Friday craft bazaar on the streets of Nahalat Binyamin, the eclectic Friday flea market at the Tel Aviv Port, and the Port’s daily organic Farmer’s Market.
Joining the Israeli Food Revolution
Tel Aviv is the epicenter of Israel’s foodie revolution. Dine here, and you’ll revel in the creations of chef-driven restaurants that would be the envy of London, New York, or Los Angeles, often at (comparatively) bargain prices. Even for street snacks and middle range eateries, Tel Aviv is a world-class gourmand’s paradise. Good restaurants are everywhere, and there are special zones, like the Tel Aviv Port, where they are virtually wall-to-wall.
Superb beaches, stretching from Jaffa in the south, to the Tel Aviv Port in the north, encourage locals to chill out, and they do, spending their free time on these strands swimming, people- and sunset-watching, snoozing under an umbrella, or joining in no-holds-barred game of paddle-ball. Chinky Beach at the foot of Allenby Street (also known as Drum Beach) is the site of a communal drumming circle that welcomes the Sabbath as the sun sinks into the Mediterranean on Friday evenings.