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Tel Aviv Travel Guide: 4 Expert Tips For an Authentic Trip

This Tel Aviv travel guide features five of best expert tips in getting around the city. These pointers will ensure that your trip to Tel Aviv is fun and memorable. As the second largest city in Israel, Tel Aviv boasts of numerous treasures and thrilling activities for you to discover. However, some local information is not always available to tourists. This is something that we can definitely help you with!

If you’re new to the city, you’ll find the following advice particularly helpful in exploring Tel Aviv. Read on for more details and enjoy!

Go Clubbing Like a Local

The nightlife and club scene in Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant in the world. Aside from constant parties, people here really know how to have fun. If you want to immerse yourself better in the city’s bar scene, why not try underground events? For instance, if you’re a fan of hip-hop, Tel Aviv has a lot of underground hip-hop clubs you can try.

One such club is Pasáž Allenby. The name Pasáž means passage in English. Locals love this club because they feature local rap artists. It also has a nice bar that with great prices (no overpriced drinks here). The food is also above average and has a designated space for everyone to dance in. The place is almost always jam-packed with people having fun as you can see from the pictures below.

Pasaz credit Michael Shvadron (11)

Pasaz credit Michael Shvadron (8) (2)

The lights and music selection here is no doubt one of the best in Tel Aviv. It’s a fun, active ambiance always draws a lot of crowds no matter what the day is. If you’re looking to visit Pasaz, check out their Facebook page here to get to know more details!

Experience the City’s Urban Culture

Tel Aviv has a rich urban culture you definitely shouldn’t miss. One of the best ways you can experience Tel Aviv’s urban culture is through its films. Locals love going to the Cinemateque to have their movie fix. Conveniently located at the heart of different neighborhoods, many tourists often pass by this precious place. The great thing about Cinemateque is that it shows a lot of quality foreign films. You won’t just find Israeli films but indie films and documentaries as well.

If you’re the artsy type, you can check out the city’s many art galleries lined up on Ben Yehuda Street. The best thing? These galleries don’t charge for entrance. So just go ahead and visit each one to your heart’s content. The galleries there are interesting and you’ll surely find any kind of art you’re into.  If it’s abstract paintings you’re looking for, Jojo Gallery is the place to be.

One standout gallery you should visit here is the JOJO Gallery by Yosef Ahayon. He is a commissioned artist who does paintings, sculptures, and even key home furniture.  The paintings and other art pieces here are vibrant, full of life, and is very much modern. The JOJO Gallery is located along Ben Yehuda St. and is open Sundays to Thursdays from 10 am to 7 pm. To find out more details, you can contact Yosef via the gallery’s Facebook page here.

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On the musical side, you may want to visit Dizengoff Street or the Ben Gurion Boulevard. You can find a lot of free jazz performances in both places if it’s something that you enjoy. There are even a few months where foreign jazz performers are also invited to play. This is usually held on a Friday at least twice a month from March to July as well as September to October.

When in Tel Aviv, Do as Tel Avivians Do

If you’re staying for an extended time in Tel Aviv, it’s worth knowing some of the most common traits of the locals. One such common trait is their flexible sense of time. When you’re meeting up with someone at 1 pm, it’s not late until he or she has arrived past 2om. The reason for this is the overall chill, laid-back vibe of the city. No one’s in a rush to get anywhere so people take their time going in between places.

Another trait that you might notice are the local’s direct and straightforward way of speaking. Don’t be surprised if someone comes up to you complimenting how you look. Or when someone suggests that you date their son or daughter. Everyone’s really forthcoming here so if someone says “yes” or “no” to you, take it at face value.

There are also Tel Avivian expressions you’ll hear often. Words such as “sababa” or “slicha” are said a lot. This is because these words have versatile meanings. “Sababa” can mean great or cool and is often said in agreement to what the other person has said. “Slicha,” meanwhile can mean excuse me or sorry.

It would also be good for you to take note of Tel Aviv standard business days. The city’s rest day is on Saturday, which they call Sabbath. If you have a transaction to make that’s only open on business hours (such as banking), make sure to get it done on or before Friday. Many bars and grocery stores are also closed on Saturdays.

Try Off-The-Beaten Attractions and Local Food

Your visit to Tel Aviv won’t be complete without trying off-the-beaten attractions. Doing so will show you the other side of the city. One such example is to go for a day trip to the Land of the Thousand Caves. During this trip, you can explore manmade caves, visit a boutique winery, see where David and Goliath fought as well as see the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park.

Photo credit: Archeologist Tsvika Tsuk

Photo credit: Archeologist Tsvika Tsuk

If you want to try Tel Aviv’s local food and delicacies, there are many restaurants and stores that offer them. Once such place where they offer local delicacies such as fresh dates and pomegranate juice. For restaurants that offer authentic local dishes, try Dr. Shakshuka which serves up some traditional shakshuka. Another great place to try is Ouzeria. Their food offerings are of the Mediterranean type which is part of Israeli cuisine.

Be Willing to Explore More

These are just some of the expert tips we’ve compiled to help you enjoy Tel Aviv better. However, these tips are no good if you’re not willing to go out of your comfort zone and explore more. Anytime you’re in another place, it’s always good to explore the different aspects of the place so you can really get a genuine feel of the destination you’re visiting.

No matter how short or long your trip is, the important thing is to consider doing things that are not always typical for tourists for your best enjoyment!

 



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