We can all agree traveling has changed this past year due to the whole pandemic, day trips or weekend getaways in Tel Aviv look very different now from what they would used to look like. No museums, no amazing cocktails at your favorite bar, no brunches... Hopefully this will change very soon, but at the moment many of the things we used to are not possible, so what do we do when we want to have a fun day or weekend trip in Tel Aviv? Of course we have this amazing shoreline with perfect beaches and beautiful Yafo to wander around. But what other creative things can we do? Here is a little guide for you with my top ideas what to do in Tel Aviv during these times while feeling safe and responsible. Let's also not forget about the small business owners struggling these times, so I've included some wonderful locals to support!
Fun day at the beautiful Yarkon Park
Forever one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv, especially to take photos. If you think the Yarkon Park is that strip of park with the river where people mainly go to do sports or walk their dogs - think again! The best part is eastward, behind the Ayalon; here you can find this lovely palm tree forest, a lush tropical garden that makes you feel like in Bali, a cactus garden and very beautiful rock garden with rocks from all over Israel. Right next to these gardens you can go up in the hot air balloon to have the best view of the entire merkaz area and there's a giant play garden for children too.
The best part? There is a huge parking lot next to the palm tree forest and from Tel Aviv it's easy to ride your bike here. There are bathroom facilities and except for the hot air balloon, everything is free of charge. Right next to the play garden is a kiosk where you can get drinks, snacks and hot dogs. The tropical, cactus and rock gardens are not open 24/7, so make sure to check here before you plan your visit!
Picnic at Kikar Dizengoff (Dizengoff square)
Miss brunching at your favorite local coffee shop? I sure do, especially those Friday brunches! But we just have to be creative these times, so why not buy your own takeaway brunch and head over to Dizengoff square? It's definitely one of the new hotspots in the city after they've completely renovated the square and restaurants and bakeries around the Kikar have adapted their menu and offer takeaway brunches and picnic baskets. Buti and Bakery are great bakeries right on the Kikar for a quick coffee and sandwich.
But my favorite is May6 (right across from the cinema entrance) where they serve a mouthwatering brunch! I love that they are mindful to the environment and animals, using local produce, free range eggs and organic, local beef.
You can easily order on Wolt or contact them directly here . Enjoy your brunch!
Neve Tsedek city walk
One of those vibrant Tel Aviv neighborhoods that constantly seem to change - every time I'm there some streets and corners suddenly look different, which makes it such a fun neighborhood to explore! Shabazi street has some of Tel Aviv's most interesting boutique stores, like Shlomit Ofir and Badim TLV. These local businesses have just opened their doors again, so it's the perfect time to visit Neve Tsedek and support these amazing local businesses! When you're on Shabazi, you simply have to get some 'glida' at Anita - best ice cream in Israel if you ask me ;)
What is my favorite part about Neve Tsedek, is just getting lost in the tiny, colorful streets with my camera to capture all the beautiful buildings and cozy corners. Neve Tsedek street and Sharabi street are some of the most beautiful little streets. Just keep in mind that you're in a neighborhood - people live there and they most likely don't enjoy lots of noise and garbage thrown on the street, so act respectfully towards the locals please!
The perfect ending of your Neve Tsedek visit is a picnic at the nearby Charles Clore park at the beach with Dallal's picnic basket. Dallal is one of those local institutions that serves some of the best baked goods and delicious meals in Tel Aviv.
Some more fun activities in Tel Aviv
- Rent a green bike at the Namal and ride all the way to the Old Port in Yafo
- Get lost in the little streets of Old Yafo and end your visit with a coffee at Vista Cafe (at the shore next to the entrance to the Port)
- Watch the sun go down with some cheese & wine at the Independence Park
- Explore Florentin's graffiti scene and end your visit with the famous gazoz from Cafe Levinski
Where to stay?
Trieste Neve Tsedek
Luxury, bohemian style suites in the middle of Neve Tsedek with private jacuzzi and balcony and/or patio. Have you ever heard of the famous funky loft in Brooklyn, New York? This is the Tel Aviv version! Highly recommended, it's a perfect base for a Tel Aviv break.
Click here for more info and bookings!
Ruby Tel Aviv
Another urban gem, right off Rothschild Boulevard located in one of Tel Aviv's fabulous mansions. It's one of our favorite places to stay in Tel Aviv, stylish, comfortable and sparkling clean. We love that Ruby is sort of a mix between a boutique hotel and an Airbnb apartment - with four hotel rooms sharing a communal kitchen & lounge, so it's perfect for longer stays too. There's a shared garden too and some rooms have a balcony. Click here for more info!
For high-quality apartments on the Tel Aviv shore and various other locations in Tel Aviv, check out their website for more information!
They have a wide variety of apartments, from luxury penthouses right on the beach to urban studios in Florentin.
Hope this blog post was helpful for you to plan your Tel Aviv trip! Or perhaps you live in Tel Aviv and you're looking for some new activities to do? Let me know in a comment what you think!
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