My Tel Aviv Bucket List: Explore Like A Local

If you read my blog regularly you probably already know that I grew up in Israel. As an Israeli, I know Tel Aviv pretty well and it’s also my favorite Israeli city. Whenever I get a visit from friends that live abroad I take them to Tel Aviv and I get to explore the city like a tourist! Therefore, I got the idea of writing a travel bucket list for Tel Aviv’s visitors to help out those who don’t have the guidnace of locals. And who’s better to write it than an Israeli? I’ve done my best to try and make a comprehensive list divided to subjects of everywhere you need to go in Tel Aviv.

To be fair, there’s so many places to go and things to try in Tel Aviv! Myself I haven’t been to all the cafes and restaurants I wanted to try yet but I’ve got this list to slowly cross things off now.

So, without further due…

This is my complete Tel Aviv bucket list to those who want explore it like a local:

Tel Aviv Things to do

Neighborhoods to explore:

  • Neve Tzedek
  • Rotschild Boulevard
  • Dizingoff Street
  • Sheinkin
  • Kerem HaTeimanim
  • Florentin
  • Nahalat Binyamin

Markets to explore:

  • The Carmel Market
  • Jaffa Flea Market
  • Sarona Market


Tel Aviv Things to do

Dizingoff Street

Food to try & where:

  • Falafel at Hakosem
  • Cookie & ice cream sandwich at Cookeez
  • Hummus at Hummus Abu Hassan
  • Shakshuka at Dr Shakshuka
  • Sabih at Sabih Frishman
  • Shawarma at HaShomer 1
  • Burekas at Nonstop Burekas
  • Suduch at Suduch Hayarkon
  • Pizza at Tony Vespa
  • Breakfast at Benedict
  • Acai bowl at Tamara

Recommended restaurants:

  • Pokey Israel
  • Thai House
  • Fu Sushi
  • Vicky Christina
  • Suzana
  • Messa
  • Miznon
  • Hamitbahon
  • Nola
  • Cafe Noir
  • The Blue Rooster
  • Taizu
  • Topolopompo


  • Frishman beach
  • Gordon beach
  • Bograshov beach


Tel Aviv beach

Tel Aviv Beach

Bars for drinks:

  • Dizzy Frishdon
  • Rutina
  • Beer Garden
  • Concierge
  • Bellboy
  • Backy Bar
  • Suramara
  • Imperial cocktail bar
  • Room Service
  • Social Club
  • Zoo Zoo
  • Kuli Alma

Places to go:

  • Suzanne Dellal Center
  • Hatahana
  • Azrieli Tower
  • Sarona
  • Itzhak Rabin Memorial
  • Habima
  • Habima Theatre
  • Tel Aviv Port
  • Old city of Jaffa
  • Jaffa Clock Tower


Tel Aviv Things to do



  • TLV Fashion Mall
  • Dizingoff Center & Street

Recommended Hotels:


Royal beach hotel Tel Aviv

Royal Beach Hotel


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  1. August 21, 2017 / 9:06 PM

    Looks like an amazing place!


  2. August 22, 2017 / 2:26 AM

    Bookmarking in case I ever make it to Tel Aviv!

  3. August 26, 2017 / 1:48 PM

    What a fantastic guide! I’m totally bookmarking this for the future!

  4. Suze
    August 27, 2017 / 10:24 AM

    Wow so many recommendations, thanks for all these tips! Which is your favourite in each category?

  5. September 3, 2017 / 6:25 PM

    I\’ve been to Israel many times but have only been to Haifa and haven\’t had a chance to visit Tel-Aviv! I\’ll have to do a stop over in Tel Aviv and check out some of your recommendations!

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