Tel Aviv is one of the coolest cities on earth right now and is being touted as a top destination for people from all walks of life! The city is known as a foodie heaven, a beach paradise, a smart tourism model, a sports metropolis, and a startup hub, just to name a few.
During the summer months,Tel Aviv days are hot and humid. But as evening falls along with the temperature, the city comes alive!
1. Rooftop Cafes
Drinking a refreshing beverage on the rooftops of Tel Aviv is a summer tradition not to miss. The Swedish blog called The Rooftop Guide even dedicates a section to Tel Aviv’s best rooftop cafes.
Hotspots come and go, but the 2016 current summer favorites are The Speak Easy on Rothschild, Sura Mare, The Prince, Ciela, B on Top, and Brown TLV.
2. Shape Up
Outdoor fitness is popular in Tel Aviv year round. In summer, when the sun is shining and the humidity is suffocating, the only time to exercise outdoors is early morning or in the evenings. Group exercise classes in abundance are offered in outdoor spaces around the city starting at 5pm.
Fit Aviv is a one-stop guide to all things fitness in Tel Aviv (including indoor gyms). Outdoor Fitness Israel has a good selection of evening-time TRX, Pilates, or high-intensity circuit training classes at four locations throughout the city. Cross Fit Tel Aviv welcomes visitors to a nighttime workout overlooking the Mediterranean. You can even sign up for a personal training session at Krav Maga Tel Aviv, Israeli’s own martial arts!
3. Beautiful Beach Sunsets
Tel Aviv’s sunsets are memorable. With nine miles of golden sands stretching along the Mediterranean Sea, there’s ample place to find a spot in Tel Aviv to sit and watch nature perform its magic. Israelis and visitors alike share this experience as the sun sets into the sea and the non-stop city awakes.
4. Be a Mossad Undercover Agent
Like elsewhere around the world, escape rooms are hugely popular in Tel Aviv. Here’s your chance to show off your sleuthing skills and problem-solving abilities (often based on a real-life Israeli event). You’ve got 60 minutes to unravel logical and visual puzzles to crack the riddle. Most escape rooms in Israel offer English-language clues – but make sure to ask when reserving.
5. People-watch on Rothschild Boulevard
Trip Advisor’s reviews hail Rothschild Boulevard as the best people-watching spot in the city. Go for a stroll along this city boulevard, sit on a bench or at one of the many café-kiosks, and watch to your heart’s content. Rothschild Boulevard is one of Tel Aviv’s oldest and most iconic streets, and is located in the heart of the White City Bauhaus area. You’ll find dog walkers, bikers, hipsters, business-people, start-up entrepreneurs, families, and tourists enjoying this thorough fare – day and night. Summer nights along Rothschild also regularly include buskers and arts festivals.
6. Experience the Heartbeat of Israeli Culinary Art
Sarona Market is one of the city’s most popular leisure centers. While Tel Aviv Port, Jaffa Port, and Shuk Hatzafon all offer a smorgasbord of delectable Israeli foods to choose, this 8,700-square-meter marketplace is deemed “the heartbeat of Israeli culinary art.”
This complex takes inspiration from Borough Market in London, Chelsea Market in New York, La Boqueria in Barcelona, and the global Eataly chain. This is the place to taste contemporary Israel, whether you like award-winning chocolates, Mediterranean fish, fresh produce, local wines, or baked goods– many of them coming from Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, Carmel Market, Tel Aviv Port Market, Hatikva Market, Levinsky Market, and Wadi Nisnas Market in Haifa.
Sarona Gardens also includes galleries, cafes, restaurants, clothing and book stores, and open park spaces.
7. Rollerblade through the streets
Probably the most local and wild experience you can have in Tel Aviv — if you know how to keep your balance — is joining the Tel Aviv Rollers. The loosely confederated group of 150 rollerblading and roller-skating enthusiasts takes to city streets every Tuesday evening at 9:45 for a 25-kilometer wheelie tour of Tel Aviv.
8. Eat Breakfast at 2am
Whether you choose to eat dinner at 11pm or breakfast at 2am, Tel Aviv is ready for you! A handful of 24-hour eateries includes top-rated seafood kitchen Shila, popular French bistro Brasserie, breakfast heaven Benedict, The Streets, trendy European bistro Café Noir, Coffee Bar bistro, and carbohydrate dreamland Lehamim – each ready to serve you with some of the best breakfast foods in all of Israel.
Originally posted at Israel21c.