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Tel Aviv Theaters

Tel Aviv Theaters

If you’re visiting Tel Aviv you should know that aside from the lovely beaches, sizzling night life and diverse shopping venues there are also several theaters well worth mentioning. This means a chance to grab a show, something which appeals to most guests staying in a boutique hotel Tel Aviv. If you are a fan of the theater, we’ve gathered for you some information about Tel Aviv’s most well known theaters, all in order to help you consider whether or not to check out what shows are being played at the time of your visit.

It is easy to find accommodation in Tel Aviv, there is no shortage of Tel Aviv hotels, and you may find that you are staying not far from a theater where a show you will enjoy is playing. Theaters in Tel Aviv show orginal Israeli productions as well as international hits and classics, including musicals. In most theaters English subtitles are provided regularly.

Habima, Israel’s National Theater

Tel Aviv is home to Israel’s national theater, Habima. Habima was founded even before Israel gained Independence. It is Israel’s most veteran theater, having been constantly active, staging high Tel Aviv theaters optimised 2 300x225 Tel Aviv Theatersquality performances, since 1912. Habima is a well respected theater which puts on a diverse array of plays, from international hits such as “the Merchant of Venice” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” to original Israeli productions which address local issues, the Israeli – Palestinian conflict among them.
Location of Habima is strategically closed for staying in Savoy Hotel Tel Aviv near the beach are within walking distance from it.
Tickets to plays at Habima range from 200 to 400 NIS, many plays feature English subtitles.

HaCameri Theater

Another Israeli theater held in high regard is the Cameri Theater. Like Habima, it too is located in a central part of the city, not far from the Azreili towers. This means that many Tel Aviv hotels are in close proximity, although guests at hotels in Tel Aviv near the beach will need to take a cab. The Cameri theater is well acclaimed for its contribution to Israel’s culture scene, many highly successful original Israeli productions . The Cameri also stages modern, international plays and musicals, tickets cost between 130 to 300 NIS.

Beit Lessin Theater

Beit Lessin theater stages plays at three different venues, all situated near the city center. This well known Israeli theater stages mostly contemporary, international productions. It also features original productions and even children’s plays. Beit Lessin theater hosts a yearly open stage festival where upcoming playwrights get a chance to have their work shown.

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Jaffa Theater

Even if your searched for” accommodation Tel Aviv” or “Tel Aviv hotels” and are staying in the city itself don’t miss out on visiting Jafa, the ancient city at the south western tip of Tel Aviv. Catching a show at the Jaffa theater is a unique experience, Jewish and Arab actors work together and put on a wide variety of plays. Tickets to plays at the Jaffa theater are relatively cheap (so far as theater tickets go), and range between 100 – 200 NIS.

Gesher Theater and Tzavta Theater

Both Gesher theater and Tzavta theater are smaller than Tel Aviv’s leading theatrical institutions but both have a lot to offer theater fans. At these theaters private theater groups put on plays which may range from avant-garde to mainstream, several hit plays from these theaters have earned international acclaim.

Tmuna Fringe Theater

True theater buffs are always on the lookout for unique productions, at Tel Aviv’s Tmuna theater such plays are exactly what you’ll find. Beside plays you can enjoy music concerts, dance shows and even poetry readings. At any Tel Aviv beach hotel the staff will gladly help you check out what’s playing at the Tmuna theater during your visit.

Running Tel Aviv

Running Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a lively, dynamic city. It is Israel’s financial center and has a lot to offer both its inhabitants as well as visitors. Tel Aviv has earned a well deserved reputation for being packed with attractions of many different kinds. There is something for everyone in Tel Aviv, runners included. If you enjoy running and are visiting Tel Aviv you will have no trouble finding routes you will enjoy using.

The Promenade and Beaches

There are many hotels in Tel Aviv near the beach. Anyone staying in the best Tel Aviv hotels enjoys easy access to the 8km promenade along the beach front.
If you plan on using the promenade as a running Tel Aviv route it is best to start your day early and run south and back north again all before 0700. Later on in the day the promenade is busy with pedestrians.

Many Tel Aviv hotels, though not right on the beach, are close to the sea. This means that you can start your jog along a city street or two and then enjoy running on the beach most of the way. Jogging along a sandy beach is something any runner should tryout, there is a stretch near the waterline where the sand is just hard enough to support your body weight but still softer than any other surface you’ve run on before. Running so close to the water has its downside. Don’t take it too hard if you get your running shoes wet.

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Yarkon Park

Park HaYarkon stretches along both banks of the Yarkon river where it flows through Tel Aviv. There are many paths in the park which make good running routes. If you’re looking for longer distance you can plan an eight mile triangular route between Tel Aviv University, Yarkon Park and Tel Aviv’s old port.
The rock garden at the eastern end of Yarkon Park is spectacular. It is one of the largest rock parks in the world. At the western end of the park there is a sports center with a 45 foot high climbing wall, rollerblading courts, trampolines and much more. If your accommodations in Tel Aviv are close enough to Yarkon park you’re all set for running routes.

Running in the City Itself

Whether as a way to sightsee the city or as a daily running route, it is possible to run along several main streets in Tel Aviv. If you are a runner and are staying in a boutique hotel Tel Aviv or any one of the hotels in Tel Aviv near the beach you can easily enjoy the 2 mile stretch along Rothschild Blvd. Running all the way to Sderot Chen and back gives you a 4 mile route.
Other routes right in the heart of the city may be near Rabin square (named after Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister who was tragically assassinated at the northern end of this square in 1995 after addressing a huge crowd at a gathering supporting peace).

Just Outside the City

You may have looked for accommodation Tel Aviv and have chosen to stay at a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv or in any of the hotels in Tel Aviv near the beach. This does not mean that you must restrict yourself to running routes in the city itself. Running in Ramat Gan park is a refreshing experience, the city of Herzelia, just to the north of Tel Aviv, has a large Marina and nice streets close to the sea which are perfect for running.
You can also head out to Ben Shemen forest, half way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where you can jog along paths in the shade of pine trees.

Unique Tel Aviv Streets

Unique Streets in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is packed full of attractions, there are parks, museums, picturesque neighborhoods, markets, beaches, cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and much more. Tel Aviv’s “white city” district is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site because of the Bauhaus architecture of the buildings in it. But getting to know a city takes more than visiting places of interest in it. If you’re visiting Tel Aviv, perhaps staying in a beach hotel or at one of the city’s boutique hotels, make sure to spend time just walking along some of its well known streets. We’ve gathered for you a list of streets well worth the stroll.

Dizengoff Street

Dizengoff street is considered to be “main street” Tel Aviv, this is not because it is the longest, the widest or the busiest but due to the fact that the city grew around the area where Dizingoff street was the main road at the beginning of the 20’th century.
This lively, interesting street is named after the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizingoff.
It is easy to walk to the north part of Dizingoff street from many hotels in Tel Aviv, including the large beach hotels as well as boutique hotels in Tel Aviv such as the Savoy and BY14. Dizingoff shopping mall is located on this street, also lined with a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Bograshov Street

Bograshov street runs east from Bograshov beach (on the promenade next to the big beach hotels in Tel Aviv) towards the city center. It ends at the corner of two other well known streets, King George and Ben Zion boulevard. You’ll find unique clothes shops along Bograshov, many considered among Tel Aviv’s trendiest. There are also great cafes and restaurants. Thanks to the proximity to the beach you may choose to eat in a restaurant on Bograshov after spending time at the sea.

Bazel Street

If you’re looking to mix with Tel Aviv’s high society, a coffee house on Bazel street is where you should go. This street connects between Ibn Gabirol street and Dizengoff street but it is altogether different from both. Apart from classy cafes, there are designer shops, book stores, travel and real estate agencies.

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Simta Almonit and Simta Plonit

These are two curious little alleys (simta means alley in Hebrew) named “Almonit” – anonymous in Hebrew, and “Plonit”- nameless or unidentified in Hebrew.
In Tel Aviv’s early days a wealthy business man wanted the two alleys named after himself and his wife, as is apparent to this day, the mayor, Meir Dizingoff, disapproved.
On the lovely alleys are great coffee shops and vintage clothing stores.

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Dr. Benyamin Zeev Herzel is known as the visionary who foresaw the founding of a Jewish State, unsurprisingly there is a street named after him in most every city in Israel, there is even a whole city called “Herzelia”. Herzel street in Tel Aviv is a mix between old and new, there are furniture shops next to stylish boutiques and tiny stores specializing in all sort of oddities, porcelain figurines or toy trains for instance.

Allenby and Tchernikhovski

The southern part of Tchernikhovski street is close to Allenby and just 10 minutes walk from most beach hotels in Tel Aviv. Tchernikhovski is packed with vintage and designer clothes stores, little bistros and coffee houses. Allenby street, lined with Bauhaus bulidings, offers a chance to hunt for bargains at discount stores, outlets and shops advertizing close-out sales.

There are many more interesting streets in Tel Aviv, Hayarkon street for instance where several Boutique hotels in Tel Aviv are located.
Tel Aviv is a city easy to walk in, take the time, wonder around and check things out for yourself.

Tel Aviv Attractions

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Tel Aviv Top Museums and Tourist Attractions

Considering that Tel Aviv is Israel’s main metropolis it is surprisingly small. Half a million people live in Tel Aviv, a city spread over an area of about 50 square kilometers (in comparison, New York’s population is over 8.5 million and its land area is almost 800 square kilometers).
Despite its humble size and population anyone visiting Tel Aviv may easily find themselves having a hard time deciding where to go and what to do,  this is because Tel Aviv is filled to the brim with attractions. We’ve gathered for you a list of things to do and places you should not miss out on when visiting Tel Aviv, including several museums, parks, unique neighborhoods, markets and more.

Whether  you’re staying in one of Tel Aviv’s beach side hotels, a boutique hotel such as the Savoy, BY14 or any other, it is easy to get out and about. Some attractions may be just a short walk away, visiting others may require hopping on a public bus or hailing a cab, there are also city bicycles for hire but no subway (although a new mass transport system is being built).

Art and Culture

There are several fascinating art museums in Tel Aviv. The most well known one is “the Tel Aviv Museum of Art” considered by many to be one of the world’s leading modern art museums. This museum is home to works by both Israeli and foreign contemporary artists, it is situated in the middle of the city and features a new wing which in itself is an architectural masterpiece (the Herta and Paul Amir building).

The Reuven Rubin museum is a must for anyone holding this great artist in high regard. Works by many other genius painters are also on display there. The Bialik museum is in close proximity, at the very house where Bialik, Israel’s national poet, lived. Here you can gain insight into life in Tel Aviv as it was decades before the state of Israel was formed. A time when there were no boutique nor beach hotels  in Tel Aviv.

Beit Hatfutsot is a fascinating museum located within the Tel Aviv University campus. Here Jewish life is chronicled over thousands of years and across the globe. Eretz Israel Museum (the museum of the land of Israel) is near, here you’ll find plenty of archeology as well as history and even a planetarium.

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Tel Aviv is recognized by UNESCO as “the white city” a world heritage site featuring unique “Bauhaus” architecture. The Bauhaus museum  is a great place to get to know this architectural style, its origins and development. After visiting this museum you’ll better appreciate Bauhaus style buildings you’ll come across while walking the streets. Some boutique hotels in Tel Aviv occupy such buildings.

The Holon Design Museum is located just outside Tel Aviv in the city of Holon. The museum building itself is an architectural masterpiece and in it are rotating design related exhibitions.

Parks and Markets

Some of Tel Aviv’s best attraction are free. Such is Park Hayarkon, stretching along both banks of Hayarkon river, park hahurshot with numerous playgrounds, Gan Meir (named after Tel Aviv’s first mayor) and several other parks spread across the city. Don’t miss out on visiting authentic, lovely neighborhoods such as Neve Tzedek, old Jaffa (one of the world’s oldest cities), the old port, Nachalat Binyamin art market, Sarona food market, the flea market and Caramel market .

A walk along Tel Aviv’s seaside promenade is a must. Stretching along Tel Aviv’s lovely, inviting sandy beaches there are numerous cafes to stop at. Many beach hotels in Tel Aviv are located at the northerly tip of the promenade, as is the lovely marina.

The above mentioned attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. At any hotel in Tel Aviv  you’ll find brochures and magazines you can use to learn more about places to visit in Tel Aviv. Israelis are friendly and many speak fairly good English so don’t hesitate to ask locals you meet for advice on how to spend your time.

Tel Aviv Markets

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Tel Aviv’s Most Exciting Markets

There are numerous markets in Tel Aviv, both indoor and outdoor ones. There are street Tel Aviv markets, flea markets, produce markets, food court markets and bustling art markets.
There are also markets which offer a fresh mix between two or more of the classic market stereotypes listed above.
Many hotels in Tel Aviv are situated within walking distance from one or more of the city’s main markets. No stay in Tel Aviv is complete without visiting some markets, for sightseeing as well as for actually buying things you need or want. Another good reason to visit a particular market is culinary, market street food is authentic and sure to set your taste buds tingling, there are also some very well known restaurants situated in or near a market.

If you’re visiting Tel Aviv, if you’re staying in one of Tel Aviv’s beach hotels or a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, don’t miss out on this city’s spectacular markets. We’ve gathered for you a list of markets well worth visiting.

Shuk HaCarmel

“Shuk” in Hebrew simply means “market”, therefore “Shuk Hacarmel” means market of the Carmel (Israel’s famous coastal mountain range overlooking Haifa bay).  This market’s name was given to it simply because it is situated right on Tel Aviv’s HaCarmel street.
A wide variety of goods are to be bought at Carmel market, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, knock-off sunglasses, sweets, spices, olives, halva and other middle eastern delicacies.
Haggling is only to be expected so go ahead and try to get the best price you can for the items you wish to buy.

Levinsky Market

Shuk Levinsky is situated in Tel Aviv’s lovely Florentine neighborhood. Some boutique hotels in Tel Aviv are to be found in its vicinity. This market consists of small shops lining levinsky street. Your senses will begin to be stimulated with the smell of spices even before you catch sight of the first store. This is a  genuine, local market, you’ll see people shopping for groceries  as well as for dried fruits and nuts, fresh spices, sweets and other delicacies. Be sure to eat at one of the bourekas stands and drink some freshly squeezed fruit juice.

The Jaffa Flea Market

The flea market located right on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa is Israel’s most well known flea market (Shuk Hapishpeshim, in Hebrew). This market has an indoor as well as an outdoor area, it is the perfect place to shop for second hand stuff and antiques but there are also jewelry shops as well as shops where hip designers sell the clothes they create.

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Sarona market offers an altogether different experience than the rest of Tel Aviv markets. This is a well designed  modern market with an extensive food court, there’s a playground for children and even grass lawns to picnic on.
It’s a bit far to walk to Sarona market from most boutique hotels in Tel Aviv, both the Savoy and BY14 included. Don’t let this fact stop you from visiting this unique market, it’s easy to get there by public bus or by cab, you can also use a “green bike” (Tel Aviv’s city bicycles for rent by the hour).

Hatachana Compound

An old train station (Tachana means station in Hebrew) was converted into an area offering a unique, urban shopping experience. There are shops as well as stalls and booths, many little food houses, restaurants and cafes. Hatachana compound in just across the street from Tel Aviv’s southern Banana beach. You can’t miss it if you walk from where the big beach hotels in Tel Aviv are located and make your way south along the promenade.

Nahlat Binyamin Artist Market

Not far from HaCarmel market there is a colorful artist market open on Tuesdays and Fridays. This is a great place to shop for gifts, handmade jewelry, hand crafted toys, and many other one of a kind items.

The above mentioned markets are in no way all which Tel Aviv has to offer, there are antique markets, many indoor markets in malls and shopping center and even a “diamond market”,  the Tel Aviv diamond exchange or diamond burse.

Tel Aviv Beach Guide

Tel Aviv Beach Guide

One of Tel Aviv’s main attractions is its 10 km plus coastal strip where the waters of the Mediterranean caress white sandy beaches. Tel Aviv beach promenade stretches along some of the most popular beaches. Several beach hotels in Tel Aviv have exits right onto the sand and most boutique hotels in Tel Aviv, the Savoy included, are located just across the road from the beach. In the following paragraphs you’ll find short descriptions of Tel Aviv’s beaches starting from the most northerly.

At every public beach in Tel Aviv there are facilities such as lifeguards (who’s working hours vary according to season of the year), changing rooms, showers, beach chair and beach umbrella rental, lockers, snack bars, cafes and more. Thanks to this, even if your hotel in Tel Aviv is nowhere near the sea, you can easily and pleasantly spend several hours or even a whole day at the beach. Still, if you plan to hit the beaches regularly,  work on your tan etc. opting for a boutique hotel that’s near the sea is a good idea, in this respect both the BY14 and the Savoy are excellent choices.

Northerly Tel Aviv Beaches

The four most northerly beaches in Tel Aviv are “Hatzuk” beach (the cliff beach), “Tel Baruch” beach, “Metzitzim” beach (peeping toms beach) and Nordau beach.
As its name suggests “Hatzuk” beach is less suitable for families, it is popular among Tel Aviv’s young adult population. The entrance fee is well worth the clean sand, well kept lawns, shaded pavilions and sport facilities.

“Tel Baruch” Beach lays beneath an impressive sandstone ridge. A sunken ship marks this beach’s southern border. A promenade leads from this beach  to the old port and a bridge over the Yarkon river. There are beach volleyball courts, an area for dogs to run free and water sport centers for surfing, kayaking, kite surfing and  windsurfing.

“Metzitzim” beach is well known in Israel thanks to a legendary film from the 1970’s where much of the action takes place on this beach. This is why It may become quite busy and is visited by many local celebs.

The last of the four northerly beaches is “Nordau” beach, a sex-segregated beach designed to allow religious people to spend time at the sea in modesty and away from the opposite sex. Women only days are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, only men may enter Nordau beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Saturdays Nordau beach is open to all.

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Hilton Beach

Perhaps the most well known beach hotel in Tel Aviv, the Hilton rises adjacent to the beach named after it. A breakwater keeps the water in this beach relatively calm even on days when surf is high. The area just south of the breakwater is great for learning how to surf, there is a surf club you can rent a surf board from and even take lessons.

Gordon Beach

Gordon beach is considered to be the most fabulous in Tel Aviv. The sand here is especially white, many tourists flock to it from beach hotels all around.
There are snack bars and the Gordon cafe. You may decide to join a Pilates workout or a folk dancing meet (every Saturday at 8pm).

Frishman and Bugrashov Beaches

These two similar beaches are at the center of Tel Aviv’s coastal strip. They are urban beaches visited by many tourists, there are cafes which come right up to the waterline and all the facilities you can wish for.

Jerusalem Beach

If you’re fond of paddle ball this is the beach for you, if not, you should probably keep away. This beach is located near the opera house which means the benefit of a convenient parking lot. In the water there is an area allocated for kite surfing.

Southern Beaches

The four beaches at the south end of Tel Aviv’s coastal strip are “Aviv” beach, “Chares Clore” beach (stretching from the abandoned dolphinarium all the way to Jaffa) and “Ajami” beach, the least organized beach in the city. These beaches are close to several boutique hotels in Tel Aviv but are also easily accessible to any who reside further away via the promenade.