City Centre, the best area to stay in Tel Aviv
Finding one of the many amazing hotels will be the first thing on the itinerary as once you have sorted this out, you can really explore the city as it is extremely accessible from this neighbourhood. There are frequent buses and taxis that can transport you to different parts of the city and there are brilliant links to the Ben Gurion International Airport with many hotels offering their own shuttle buses to pick you up and drop you off. Tel Aviv is generally a safe city and the city centre is by far the safest neighbourhood, though be ready to let security guards look into your bags and possessions at markets, shopping malls, bus stations, cafes, restaurants and night clubs as they are very strict.
One of the best start points is by Rabin Square, which is the biggest public square in the country and is one of the most iconic sights of the city and is where many demonstrations and events happen and usually involves lots of people. There is a memorial in the corner of the square, which is dedicated to Itzhak Rabin who was a prime minister that was assassinated back in 1995.
Another square worth visiting is the Dizengoff Sqaure, which is elevated and therefore offers beautiful views of the city and there is a gorgeous fountain that represents fire and water as well as various statues of famous people that have lived in the city. Other things to see include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which has many artworks that focus on modern and contemporary art and exhibitions change a lot of the time. The Bauhaus Centre has detailed exhibitions on Bauhaus designs and there are a few shops where you can purchase goodies from. The Haganah Museum recounts the interesting story of the Israel Defence Force right from the start when the British were in the country right up to Israel’s independence. The museum has lots of artefacts like weaponry, uniforms and various other bits of equipment, which make for an exceptionally fascinating experience.
The city centre also contains some of the prettiest parks with the Yarqon Park being the biggest in the city and is the perfect place to let the kids lose some steam as well as doing some kind of physical activity yourself as you can play tennis, squash, football, crazy golf, basketball and cycle. The park is popular between romantic couples as well as large groups of friends, who enjoy seeing the sun go down with a drink in hand.
The main shopping streets are Shenkin, Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda, which have a diverse selection of places to check out including cloth shops, designer stores, jewellery and souvenir stores. For more upscale shops head to either the Azriely Centre or the Dizengoff Centre as they are some of the biggest in the city, which offer plenty of shopping options. You will find the best collection of restaurant, pubs and hotels along the King George street, which cater for all tastes.