The sun-soaked city of Tel Aviv is known for its beautiful beaches, booming food scene, and internationally renowned architecture. With only 24 hours to spare, visitors may be hard-pressed to fit everything in, but this handy day trip program lays out the perfect plan for a stress-free experience.
8:00 AM: Breakfast in Neve Tzedek
Neve Tzedek is among the most beautiful neighborhoods in Tel Aviv and the best place to relax before a busy day in the city. Adjacent to Rothschild Boulevard, this small suburb-like area is brimming with restored houses from the end of the 19th century. Stroll down Shabazi Street, filled with cafés and boutique shops, and stop for breakfast at one of these trendy eateries.
10:00 AM: Wander through the White City
After breakfast, stroll Rothschild Boulevard towards the neighborhood of Lev Ha’ir. Packed full of the incredible architecture that first propelled Tel Aviv to international status, Lev Ha’ir is the city’s largest neighborhood and the location of the “White City.” Granted World Heritage status by UNESCO, the White City is an area made up of more than 4,000 buildings designed and built in the Bauhaus style.
1:00 PM: Lunchtime! Shuk HaCarmel
It’s only a few minutes’ walk to the entrance of the famous and perpetually busy Shuk HaCarmel (Carmel Market). This super fun open-air market has everything, including great street food, sweets, beauty products and souvenirs. Saunter down the main colorful street and try local delicacies such as halva (a sweet made from processed sesame seeds) or freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.
3:00 PM: A Relaxing Afternoon at the Beach
At the end of the market, hire a bicycle or an electric scooter and cycle over to the Tel Aviv Tayelet, an urban sea-front promenade stretching along the beautiful coastline. Stop for a swim or a game of matkot, a sport similar to beach tennis and an Israeli favorite. Spread a towel on the golden sand, enjoy your spoils from the market, and soak up the last of the sunshine.
8:00 PM: Dinner in Old Jaffa
After sunset, head to Jaffa, the ancient port city south of Tel Aviv. Stop to marvel at the Jaffa Clock Tower, a monument that dates to the beginning of the 20th century when the Ottoman Empire ruled the region and walk through the old fishermen’s port. Enjoy dinner at one of the many authentic restaurants in the area.
10:00 PM: Get Drinks at the Flea Market
The flea market comes alive at night when merchants close up their shops and chatty clientele fill bars tucked in small alleys. Stroll around the cobbled streets, and you might run into an occasional music gig or an open gallery night. Party through the night in one (or more) of the many hip bars in the Flea Market area, as well as the nearby bohemian Greek Market. Yes, when it comes to Tel Aviv’s nightlife, you just have to give into the FOMO. After all, you can sleep when you are back home!