TLV time! This is part two and part one is here. Tel Aviv stretches out with many mini-neighbourhoods like Ramat Aviv and Holon, therefore you gotta check them all out! This post features different spots to check out that require a bus or extended brisk walk haha.
No city would be complete without a big park. Yarkon Park is located in the North and has all the given staples to be a great hang out space. Coffee stops, playgrounds, a lake, rowboats, trees, a mini-zoo and a giant balloon! Pack a picnic and relax in the sunshine here. During the weekdays it’s pretty empty bar some yummy mummy’s and school trips, aka the perfect time to do some reading or soak up those rays.
Just next door is the Yitzhak Rabin Centre aka a libray, research centre and museum. He was the former president of Israel until his assassination. The museum tells his life story alongside key events in the history of Israel. It is very state of the art with interactive exhibits and an audio-guide system that kicks in as you walk past certain areas (instead of the annoying button pressing it’s all automatic). I must be pretty sensitive as I got quite overwhelmed from the story. Israel has a horrific past and I think it’s important for people to learn the story here. Entry is cheap and worth a visit just for the pictures and archival videos alone.
If you head South you’ll hit Jaffa. I spoke quite a bit about this part of TLV in another post here. Apart from the Old Port area, I really like wandering the smaller streets when the markets are open. You’ll find eclectic bric-a-brac on one end of the scale with books, clothing and boot-sale realness. On the other end of the spectrum are boutique, design shops with silkscreen techniques and NY inspired crockery. The cafes are really lovely here so maybe make it an afternoon visit for some shopping and good dining.
The Design Museum Holon is a visually stunning building. The structure designed by Ron Arad really reminds me of Richard Serra as it features these giant steel ribbons intertwining. It’s a real contrast to the more stark buildings in Tel Aviv consisting of beige bricks and sandstone. The museum itself is small and when I was there featured work from one artist in its’ two gallery spaces. Jaime Hayon was displaying his work which I really enjoyed. It’s very complex but dreamlike and animated. One of my favourite pieces was the rocking horse hotdog that you can see below haha. The museum also has a fun gift shop and cafe to make an afternoon of it (you’ll be having a lot of fun afternoons).
That’s my heads up of Tel Aviv. There are other museums, shops, of course the beach and another port area! The nightlife in the city is great, as are the restaurants (which will be coming in a post in a few days).