Top 10 places to visit in Tel Aviv

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Neve Tzedek: This picturesque, recently restored part of old Tel Aviv offers a quiet, intimate look at the city’s first neighborhood. Home to artists and writers before falling into disrepair as the new Tel Aviv raced northward and upward, Neve Tzedek was restored to its former grandeur earlier this decade, and the artists have returned — along with galleries, cafes, boutique hotels and beautifully restored homes.

Nachalat Binyamin: Just north of Neve Tzedek, craftsmen set up on the pedestrian mall of Nachalat Binyamin on Tuesdays and Fridays to sell their wares, ranging from pottery to jewelry. Old and new mix on Lilienblum Street, which runs between Neve Tzedek and Nachalat Binyamin. Here, 90-year-old recently refurbished buildings share space with bars and restaurants that stay open late into the night.

Beach and Tel Aviv Port: Tel Aviv’s beach is the quintessential symbol of this Mediterranean city. Flanked by a row of hotels and the entire city behind it, the beach is the city’s main selling point for locals who ride its waves, jog its shoreline or bask in its sun on a daily basis. Among the best beaches: Hof Frishman and Hof Gordon. North of the beaches, a new boardwalk along Tel Aviv’s northern port has transformed a derelict area into a thriving neighborhood of restaurants, nightclubs and shops. The boardwalk is perfect for a stroll.

Old Jaffa: Old Jaffa has art galleries, mosques and even a synagogue hidden among its ancient stone alleyways. Dine on freshly caught fish in restaurants where you’re liable to be sprayed by the Mediterranean surf and watch the sun set from atop the city’s stone walls.

Museums: Three must-sees are the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, the Land of Israel Museum and the Diaspora Museum on the campus of Tel Aviv University. But don’t miss Tel Aviv’s smaller museums, including the Jabotinsky Museum and Independence Hall.

Yarkon Park: This thousand-acre urban park is Tel Aviv’s place of recreation and outdoor concerts, and the last leg of the Yarkon River runs through it.

Kikar Hamedina: This relatively spare public square is lined with designer stores. The best time to visit is during the day; at night it empties out.

Rabin Square: A gathering place for rallies, protests and demonstrations, it is also the site where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995.

Sheinkin Street and Roths-child Boulevard: Sheinkin Street in central Tel Aviv is bustling with trendy cafés, boutique clothing shops and an outdoor market, Souk HaCarmel. Not far away, tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard is divided by a garden, where yuppies walk their dogs, hipsters eat at tiny cafes and fruit stands and the elderly sit on park benches.

Azrieli Towers: The Azrieli observatory atop the Azrieli Towers, in the heart of modern Tel Aviv, offers a bird’s-eye view of Tel Aviv and the surrounding areas. You’ll see at once how big Tel Aviv is and how small Israel is, with the Samarian hills visible in the distance. At the bottom of the towers is a large shopping mall; the top features a good restaurant.