About this place

Plan Your Visit

  • Location: Allenby Street, Tel Aviv
  • Open Times: 24/7
  • Prices: Free
  • Average Visit Duration: 1-2 hours.
  • Notes for Visitors: Since August 2023 the section of Allenby from King George St. to Montefiore St has been closed to traffic and will remain closed until approximately 2028 while the light rail is being constructed. Once completed it will become a pedestrian-friendly zone.
  • Tours: To get the most out of your time in Tel Aviv and uncover hidden gems along Allenby join a tour such as the Graffiti Tour, Culinary Tour, or Tel Aviv Walking Tour.
Any visitor to Tel Aviv will travel up and down Allenby Street numerous times during their stay. It is one of the main arteries of the city and home to several of Tel Aviv’s top attractions. This vibrant thoroughfare stretches for 2.5km from HaAliya Street in the southeast to Tel Aviv’s beachfront in the northwest. The street intersects the iconic Rothschild Boulevard and King George Street. The action never stops on Allenby! Whether it is the constant traffic, cafes, and
markets during the day, or Allenby’s pubs and clubs that come alive at night. 

What to See and Do on Allenby

Allenby Street has an eclectic mix of stores selling cheap clothing, high-end designer garments, ball gowns, shoes, and accessories. You’ll also find souvenirs, jewelry stores, and a wide selection of sidewalk cafes, and restaurants. There are historic and modern buildings along the street, including Eclectic Style, Colonial, Classical buildings, and UNESCO-listed Bauhaus buildings. Parts of Allenby are neglected while others have been renovated and preserved.

Opera Tower

At the northern end of Allenby Street is an impressive modern convention center and Opera Square. This site was home to the first Israeli Parliament and the original Israeli Opera. Both have since found new homes.

11 Allenby Street

This is one of 50 beautifully restored buildings on Allenby. The Eclectic Style building was designed by Alexander Levi and built in 1925.

Magen David Square

Six streets pass through this intersection which forms the heart of Allenby and is considered by many to be the center of the city. From here you can reach Carmel Market, Nahalat Binyamin Street, Sheinkin Street, and King George Street.

Nahalat Binyamin Street

A pedestrian street lined with restored historic buildings in pastel colors. Here you can enjoy the Nahalat Binyamin Arts and Crafts Market held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Pro Tip: Nahalat Binyamin is also famed for its street art. Join a Graffiti Tour to discover its hidden gems.

Sheinkin Street

This street has long been considered one of Tel Aviv’s trendiest bohemian streets where chic sidewalk cafes are frequented by the city’s up-and-coming artists, musicians, and hipsters! You’ll find some unique one-off clothing stores along Sheinkin.

Carmel Street

Just off Magen David Square is Tel Aviv’s most famous market -Carmel Market. The bustling market has stalls selling fresh produce, clothing, and household items. It has also earned a reputation for some of the city’s best eateries.

Pro Tip: This is the best place to discover Israeli street food. Join a Carmel Market Food Tour.

The Great Synagogue

At #110 Allenby you’ll find Tel Aviv’s iconic synagogue built in 1926, its stained glass windows are replicas of synagogue windows destroyed in the Holocaust.

Halper’s Books

In Paris, you have Shakespeare & Co. and in Tel Aviv, there is Halper’s, a second bookstore along a narrow alleyway with a maze of bookshelves piled high. 

Lederberg House

At the intersection of Allenby and Rothschild Blvd., you’ll find a fascinating building constructed in 1925. Note the ceramic murals on the exterior walls depicting Jewish pioneers working the land, Jerusalem, and a biblical quote: “Again I will rebuild thee and thou shalt be rebuilt” (Jeremiah 31:4). The murals were created by artist Ze’ev Raban of the Bezalel Academy of Arts.

Shopping on Allenby

Allenby has an eclectic mix of high-fashion luxury stores and cheap low-quality fashion stores. One area near Carmel Market has a row of stores selling evening dresses dripping with sequins, bows, and ribbons. The street is also home to souvenir stores, jewelry and accessory stores, and more. But if you want to discover the clothing stores only locals know about then take a look at the TLV fashionista's shopping guide.

Allenby Street Nightlife and Eateries

This is just a small taste of what Allenby Street has to offer after dark:

  • Giraffe - NIght and day this trendy urban kitchen is packed with people enjoying the spicy flavors inspired by East and Western cuisine.
  • Jasmino - Classic Israeli street food on another level.
  • Kuli Alma - A cool, slightly alternative bar/restaurant with live entertainment, art exhibitions, and a magical courtyard area.
  • Nilus Bar - Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail in this warm, hipster-style establishment.
  • Port Said - If you eat at one place on Allenby let it be Port Said, famously owned by celebrity chef Eyal Shani. They serve Israeli classics with innovative twists.
  • Minzar Bar - A tapas bar and restaurant at # 60 Allenby serves hearty comfort food.
  • Sputnik Bar - At #122 is this lively quirky bar/restaurant that calls itself a retro-futuristic bar.
  • Super Falafel - At #115 is one of the many street food stores along Allenby, but this one is particularly well known as having the best falafel.

History of Allenby Street

In 1909 a group of Jewish families left the protection of Jaffa’s walls to establish a new settlement along the shore. They called their new city Ahuzat Bayit, which later became Tel Aviv. In 1911, a route called The Big Street was established through the settlement. A few years later in 1914, it was paved with concrete. After World War I the street was given its current name in honor of British General Edmund Allenby.

Make-shift buildings were built along the street, and camel caravans traveled along Allenby delivering building supplies to construction sites throughout Tel Aviv. Although it was originally a busy and popular street at the heart of the new city, Allenby became run down in the 1970s-80s when the more affluent families moved to Tel Aviv’s northern suburbs.

In the 1990s the municipality made efforts to clean up Allenby. Many of the historic buildings were restored, but the efforts were never completed. Today about a third of the street’s historic structures are still hidden beneath grime and graffiti.

Pro Tip: Allenby is currently undergoing another transformation as the Tel Aviv light rail is being constructed. On completion, parts of Allenby will be pedestrian-only.

Who Was Allenby?

Edmund Allenby, also known as Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, played a pivotal role in the Middle East during World War I. As the British commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, he successfully led campaigns against the Ottoman Empire which ruled Palestine at the time and liberated Jerusalem in 1917. 

Allenby commanded T.E. Lawrence, famously known as Lawrence of Arabia who employed Arab forces to disrupt Ottoman supply lines. Lawrence captured Aqaba for the British and traveled to Jordan where he visited the enchanting city of Petra. 

Allenby's military successes contributed to the establishment of British authority in Palestine which continued until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.