All About Tel Aviv's Downtown
Things To Do

By Lek Nittaya and Lek Boonlert

Israel is beginning to be recognised as one of the top travel destinations in the world. One of its most important settlements, and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, is the beautiful Tel Aviv. The city welcomes tourists all year round, so if visitors are looking for a Tel Aviv City Centre hotel, it is best to reserve the accommodation well in advance.

Tel-aviv downtown

Most visitors fly into the city, as it is home to the largest airport in the country - Ben Gurion International Airport. It is also the main airport serving Jerusalem and Haifa, which are about 60kms and 100kms away respectively. Once inside the downtown area, tourists can get around without any trouble at all.

Because the city centre is so large, it can be confusing at times, and a little bit daunting to newcomers. The following list highlights some of the more common frequently asked questions tourists usually ask.

Is the beach close to downtown Tel Aviv?

There is a beach located close to the city centre, just a few minutes from most parts of the inner city. However, tourists need to be aware that even though the beach is a great place to be on a hot summers day, it does get extremely crowded on weekends. Tourists should go early to avoid spending time finding a spot and fighting the crowds.

Can tourists shop here?

Not only can tourists shop in Tel Aviv, there is more choice in the city centre than anywhere else in Israel when it comes to retail shops and markets. The largest shopping mall to visit in the city centre is the spectacular Azreili Tower, and the DIzengoff Centre is also quite appealing. There are certain streets that tourists can shop, including Shenkin Street and Ben Yehuda Street. Don't forget about the craft fair that is held each Tuesday and Friday. It really is a tremendous activity that boasts the most electric shopping atmosphere in the city.

What about parks?

There are several parks to be found in the heart of the city, but the biggest and most visited is the Yarqon Park, located along the banks of the Yarqon River. There are so many things to do within the park, including jogging, basketball, football, and picnicking. The park also gives tourists a great spot for rejuvenating before they head back out into the bustling city.

Is there anything for thrill seekers?

Well, thrill seekers won't be able to find many things to satisfy their cravings for near death experiences in the centre of the city. However, there is a fun-filled rollerblading club that makes trips throughout the streets of the city on Tuesday nights. The club is known as the Tel Aviv Rollers, and leaves every Tuesday night at around 10:00.

What cuisine should visitors try before they leave?

Believe it or not, but the best food tourists should try before leaving the city centre is the Italian food on offer. The restaurants offering Italian food have been regarded as the best Italian menus outside the mother country. In addition, the simple and inexpensive felafel stands at almost every street corner should be experienced at least once. However, chances are tourists will keep going back for more!

Any musical performances?

The New Israel Opera is home to many wonderful performances throughout the year, including the national Philharmonic Orchestra. The city centre of Tel Aviv contains the widest range of musical performances in Israel, and should explored for several days. Most of the theatre shows are in Hebrew. However, it is possible to find English translations for most performances.

Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Tel Aviv City Centre Hotel content.
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