Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend. We had an eventful one full of outings and loved watching the Super Bowl last night, too. I’m excited to catch up a little today and close out my recaps of our trip to Israel that we took at the end of last year.
Below you’ll find a handful of highlights from our excursions around town that only include what I would highly recommend on a visit over. Here we go!
Tel Aviv, also known as Tel Aviv-Yafo, is located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. I had no idea how vibrant, modern, and eclectic the city is until our visit. It’s a very cool place to spend some time, and even though we were there for a week, we did not get the chance to explore it to the fullest. I joined Scott on this business trip, and we had a work schedule to attend to during most daytime hours. That said, I’m very thankful for the time that we had to get out and see what Tel Aviv is all about.
The area is knows to be a 24-hour city with a ton of late-night options. There’s beaches, clubs, food, shopping, and more. While visiting Jerusalem was a must for us, exploring as much as we could on our off-time was important to us. We love the benefits that come with traveling and really diving into the different cultures!
Most of these attractions are a short cab ride away from where we stayed in Ramat Gan. We were close enough to opt for electric scooters, too!
5 Must-See Highlights of Tel Aviv, Israel
- Whiskey Bar & Museum (Tel Aviv)
While this is just a stop for food and drinks, The Whiskey Bar & Museum was very impressive and surrounded by things to see nearby, too. It’s top on my list because it was our very first stop the night we arrived.
If you’re looking for the best pour of whiskey you’ll find in the city, this is definitely your spot as they house over 12,000 whiskeys. It’s the first Whiskey Bar Museum in Israel, and is a bar-restaurant located in Sarona’s historic Templer Tunnel. The menu includes smoked meats, vegan dishes, appetizers, and the desserts are house-made.
While I’m not a whiskey drinker, I appreciated the pours my that table got and ordered a glass of wine to enjoy with dinner. It was such a neat and unique atmosphere!
- Jaffa Port & Old Jaffa
If you don’t go out to any other area, make this your top priority while visiting Tel Aviv! It’s absolutely stunning.
Old Jaffa Port (also known as Namal Yafo) was the ancient port of Jaffa, now where the modern-day Tel Aviv has grown. It’s said to be one of the oldest ports in the world, and – notably – the port mentioned in the story of Jonah and the Whale from the Bible.
Visiting the port can be planned during the day or at night, as any time of the day will produce incredible photos. This one was taken from the Tel Aviv promenade, perhaps one of the most photographed areas.
It’s a very romantic place and takes you through architectural mazes if you choose to go up a few stories of steps while walking the shoreline.
There is a wide variety of restaurants to try, and we heard to come back another time for the Jaffa Port Food Market for great falafel and a tasty tapas bar.
- Dizengoff Street
Dizengoff Street in located in Central Tel Aviv, and is one of the city’s most iconic streets, known as the “Champs-Élysées of Tel Aviv”. It’s a popular area for daytime strolling and nighttime touristing with boutique shops, cafes, art galleries, restaurants, and wine bars.
The weather was nice enough to sit outside, and a lot of the places had outdoor seating and patios. We dined at a few places (as we visited more than once), and hopped around to different bars, as that’s what people do!
- Herzliya (Marina Herzliya)
Hartzliya is about a twenty minute drive from where we were staying, but is still in the Tel Aviv District. It’s a beachfront neighborhood and is known for its hotels, restaurants, and the largest marina in Israel.
It was like a breath of fresh air to eat breakfast by the water and check out the fancy yachts afterwards. It’s a nice area to walk by the sea, and is located right outside the Arena Mall, if you’re also looking to do some shopping.
- Rothschild Boulevard
Rothschild Boulevard is known for great people-watching, restaurants, bars, and live music. It’s a tourist attraction for sure, but for good reasons. Go for a stroll along the city boulevard, sit on a bench in front of a cafe, and enjoy the views.
We visited Rothschild Ave twice during the nighttime hours and found two spots I would highly recommend for live music. Drama is a really cool and swanky underground jazz club, and Jimmy Who? brought in the noise with a club-like atmosphere. The only thing I was mad about at the end of the night was that we had to leave and didn’t find these places sooner. So fun!
As you can probably tell, I was very impressed with the city of Tel Aviv and wish we had more time to explore it. Named “The Capitol of Cool” by the New York Times, it’s a fantastic travel destination for amazing cuisine, nightlife, culture, and more.
Thank you for reading about our trip! I look forward to sharing more travels down the road.
See ya later this week with a new workout post!