Due to many requests, here it is finally: my list of most photogenic, Instagrammable spots in Tel Aviv! If you want some beautiful shots of Tel Aviv, make sure to check out these spots, I promise you'll love the pictures! What makes this list different from other 'top ten' lists, is that some of these spots might not be among the most famous, touristic; but have a special view or are simply very aesthetic. P.S. even if you're not an Instagram lover, you'll love these spots :)
1. Old Yafo
Because Old Yafo is the oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo (by old I mean a few thousand years old), it immediately is the most photogenic. The (still partly walled) medieval harbor town and hilltop park boasting the best views of the Tel Aviv coastline, this simply is the Instagrammable winner. Not to mention Yafo's famous flea market, which out of all Tel Avivian markets is the most 'Middle Eatern'. Don't skip Olei Zion Street there, you can take great pictures at the colorful carpet stalls. Yafo has so many photogenic spots that I will write another blog post only about where to take photos in Yafo, but a walking tour from the Market House Hotel in the shuk through Olei Zion street, to the park, then to the Yafo Tourist Center and from there to the Old Harbor will take you to 90% of Yafo's highlights. There are signs everywhere, so this little walking tour is easy to navigate.
All photos below are taken on route of this little walking tour through Yafo!
2. Cactus & Tropical Garden in Park Hayarkon
My personal favorites, the Cactus and Tropical Garden are located next to the hot air balloon in Park Hayarkon. Both are open daily from 8 to 4 PM and easy to reach by car and bus (take a bus to the Luna Park, this stop is next to the entrance to the gardens). The park is a great recreational area for Tel Avivians and always crowded, but somehow the Cactus and Tropical Garden are usually quiet, making them perfect to wander around in with a camera. This truly is a hidden gem, don't skip these when you are visiting!
Tip: in the tropical garden, walk all the wat to the back of the garden, beyond the little lake. There's a small pathway at the very edge of the park with the most beautiful lighting on a sunny day.
3. Neve Tsedek
This chique, bohemian neighborhood is known for its picturesque little streets. There are so many photogenic spots here that also this neighborhood will have its own blog post coming out soon. I can assure you, walking around in this beautiful neighborhood will get you many, many great photos! My favorite part is where Lilienblum meets Neve Tsedek at Kiosk est 1920. If you keep walking on Shar'abi street you will find countless photogenic buildings and the cutest little streets!
The restaurants and cafes are also Instagrammable (and a bit pricey) in this neighborhood. Some of my favorites are Anita (best ice cream in town), Dallal and Kiosk est 1920.
4. Frishman Beach
This iconic beach is easily spotted by the colorful Dan hotel and colorful lifeguard tower aka pop-up hotel. Also, here you find the famous 'I love Tel Aviv' beach chairs that you see all over Instagram. Do I need to say more? This is THE Instagram beach of Tel Aviv!
5. Haiku Sky Bar - Lighthouse hotel
This brand new rooftop bar on the 18th floor of Brown's latest boutique hotel has the best view in town. There simply is no bar/restaurant with a better view of Tel Aviv and the sea! The bar itself is chique, but very expensive; but the views make it all worth it! During the week, usually you can just walk in (after 9 PM) because it's not so crowded. In weekends though, make sure to contact them through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Haiku-Sky-Bar/322944304936584
Enjoy the view!
6. Levinsky market
In the Middle East, a colorful 'shuk' has to be in this list, don't you think? Tel Aviv has three markets, the Carmel Market which is the most touristic (and least photogenic), the Flea Market in Yafo, which is very Instagrammable (but already included in the number one of the list) and the Levinsky Market in Florentin. This one is the most authentic of the three and is mainly a spice and food market with lots of colorful stalls! The food experience here is the best of all markets, with freshly baked burekas (yummy carbish pastry bites) everywhere and the best drink in town: 'gazoz' at Cafe Levinsky 41. This market makes you dive into an authentic part of Tel Aviv that cannot be found in any other part of the city!
To be honest, the entire Florentin neighborhood is Instagrammable, because of it's bohemian, hipster vibes with lots of street art and quirky cafes. Make sure to walk around the neighborhood while you're visiting Levinsky market! The Levinsky market is open daily from 8 AM to around sundown, except for Saturday (Shabbat).
Sarona is a newly renovated neighborhood close to Azrieli, which originally was a German Templar Colony dating back 140 years. The neighborhood is restored beautifully, with lots of greenery, parks and an indoor food market. The restored buildings house boutique stores, artist galleries, quaint cafes, restaurants and bars. It is a popular destination in Tel Aviv and very photogenic!
8. The pier at Bograshov beach
My favorite spot to capture the sunset in Tel Aviv. This little pier on Bograshov beach has the perfect view on Yafo, the city and the sea to capture the sunset! Often there are surfers in the water, which makes for a really great shot! If you are a sunset chaser, make sure to check this beautiful spot. It's located left of the restaurant, right in front of the palm trees.
9. Tel Aviv Museum of Art
This modern ‘envelope’ building is one of the most photogenic buildings in the country. Designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen, the building itself is reason enough to visit the museum. Both inside and outside, it is incredibly aesthetic for pictures. The museum's collections itself are stunning; especially the collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, including works by Renoir, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Soutine and Chagall.
10. King Albert square
This beautiful square was named after King Albert of Belgium when he visited Israel in the 1920s. This famous square houses the Pagoda House, one of Tel Aviv's most beloved buildings! Also next to the square are the Norman Hotel and Montefiore Hotel. Both very well known boutique hotels with top restaurants. The Norman is voted among the ten best boutique hotels in the world - definitely worth a visit.
For the most Instagrammable places in Israel, see Sugar Travels' blog post!