WHAT TO SEE IN TEL AVIV IN 1 DAY?
Each city has several places that best convey its spirit, showcase its culture, and tell its story. Even if you only have one day in Tel Aviv, I advise you to check out the places below to appreciate this city. Here you will find both attractions and places in which Tel Aviv's themselves like to spend time.
EARLY MORNING IN OLD JAFFA
Start the day early with a visit to Tel Aviv's main historic landmark, Old Jaffa. here you can go to the flea market located nearby (in Hebrew "shuk Hapishpeshim"). Slowly moving along the stalls, admire authentic clothes and decorations, furniture, some of which are at least a century old; haggle with vendors who seem to speak every language in the world and have a cup of coffee before continuing to the old Port.
Continue exploring the old city streets and take the perfect photos with Jaffa's famous landmarks: the floating tree, the wishing bridge, and many more.
Jaffa is one of Israel's oldest sites and has a rich and eventful history. Walk through its winding streets, enjoy the view of the sea, and be sure to stop by Tel Aviv's most famous fish restaurant, Azaken ve-Ayam (The Old Man and the Sea).
LATE MORNING IN NEVE ZEDEK
Just a few moments from Old Jaffa, walking from the clock square along the sea, take a tour to the Old Railway Station - the first train station connecting Jaffa and Jerusalem back in the 19th century, and from here continue along Shabazi Street - the central street of old Tel Aviv. You will be taken to the most picturesque area of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek. You will find many designer shops here. But even if you are not interested in fashion, you will not be disappointed: it is nice to just look at the small houses with white walls, colorful doors, and carved shutters, buried in flowers. Perhaps this is the most atmospheric place in Tel Aviv, where you can lose track of time and wander for hours.
Interested in Innovation? when you finish walking the main street of the neighborhood, you can stop by at Taglit innovation center to find out about all Israeli latest innovations!
THE CARMEL MARKET TOUR
After passing Shabazi street and exploring the old part of town, you will find yourself on one of the central streets - Allenby. From here you can take a bus or walk to the Carmel Market, another major Tel Aviv attraction. This is where you finally realize that you are in the Middle East! Sellers will loudly call buyers, there will not be crowds around, but in front of you, there will be a lot of fresh, juicy-colored vegetables and fruits, some of which you have never seen.
The Carmel market is the ultimate oriental experience especially on Fridays, this is the place where all Israeli layers come together and mix!
By the way, here you can also dine! the Carmel market offers a huge variety of local amazing foods, you can buy a combined ticket of the most recommended places to eat or just pick yourself your preferred tiny places to grab a bite.
FAIR AT NAHALAT BINYAMIN
On a parallel street of the Carmel, the market is another interesting street - Nahalat Binyamin. On Tuesdays and Fridays, there is a local craft fair. Here you can buy original souvenirs, paintings, and jewelry.
On Thursdays and Fridays, dozens of stands of various designers and craftsmen who create unique things with their own hands are lined up on Nahalat Binyamin Street. Shop here for stunning jewelry, toys, home accessories, paintings, photographs, postcards, and more. If you want to bring more than a magnet from your trip, this is the best place to find an original souvenir.
Don't forget to taste the best ice cream in town at "Arte" on this amazing 1 day in Tel Aviv.
TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Of all the museums in Tel Aviv, I consider the Museum of Fine Arts to be a must-see (located 10-15 minutes walk from Sarona). Come here to see the works of C. Monet, P. Picasso, G. Klimt, A. Matisse, V. Kandinsky, and other famous masters.
The Tel Aviv Museum regularly hosts photo exhibitions and displays installations by contemporary artists. The museum building, which reminds me personally of a spaceship, also deserves special attention.
THE PORT OF TEL AVIV - NAMAL
Spend the evening at the northern port - Namal Tel Aviv. On Saturday, when Shabbat is celebrated in Israel and most places are closed, all shops and restaurants are open here. Here you can also dine in one of the local restaurants. The most notable of these is the Kitchen Market gourmet restaurant, where you can taste exquisite dishes made from high-quality farm products. It is better to book a table in advance.
On Namal you can also ride the children on the first Hebrew carousel, and you can ride bicycles along the undulating wooden embankment, go shopping (there are many shops of European brands, for example, Replay, Levi's, Diesel), or just walk, enjoying the sea view and the salty Mediterranean air.
On Fridays, there is a farmers' fair where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, dates, local cheeses, fish, pastries, and more.
Clearly, there are many things to see in 1 day in tel Aviv, I recommend to do this walking tour on Friday or Tuesday! many people who wont to make the most out of this day will need to use the services of a private tour guide in Israel, it is good and possible to see and enjoy the city by yourself but if you want to add some spice and knowledge, a professional is the game-changer.