The Best Places and Areas to Stay in Tel Aviv

By Sarah Mann | Published on 1/1/0001

So you’re coming to Tel Aviv? Well, lucky you because it’s an amazing destination. Filled with cafes and bars, best art museums and galleries, fabulous Bauhaus architecture here in Tel-Aviv and sandy beaches with clear water and amazing Mediterranean views, it really is the kind of city that can offer something to everyone.

Of course, one of the things you’ll be thinking about is accommodation, particularly if you’re visiting Israel for the first time, which is why we’re here today to give you the lowdown on where to hang your hat. “What’s the best area to stay in Tel Aviv? is a question we're often asked and the truth is there are quite a few, depending on what you’re looking for.

So if you’re wondering what the best location to stay in Tel Aviv is, and whether you're looking for a luxury hotel, a chic Airbnb, or just simple budget accommodation in a decent hostels for you and your family, here are five areas we think you can't go wrong with:

1. The Old North

Sedate and bourgeois, the Old North is a highly desirable area and, arguably, has some of the nicest hotels in Tel Aviv, including the Hilton and the Carlton. It stretches north from Ben Gurion Boulevard to the Namal Port and east to Ibn Givrol street and boasts some fantastic beaches.

What to do and see?

The Old North is home to the famous Dizengoff Street, packed with small, independently-run cafes, top Tel Aviv restaurants and trendy cocktail bars. The Hilton Beach (the city’s non-official gay beach) is particularly beautiful and from there you can stroll up to the Namal port and across to the ‘green lung’ of Park Hayarkon.

From the Old North, it’s also a short journey by bike, bus or cab to Ramat Aviv, where you can find some of Tel Aviv’s best museums, including the Palmach, ANU (Museum of the Jewish People) and the Yitzhak Rabin Centre.

2. Keren Hateimanim - The Yemenite Quarter

Home to some of the city's most interesting history, the Yemenite Quarter has become a real ’hot’ area of Tel Aviv in the last ten years. Sitting close to the Carmel Market and also a stone’s throw from the beachfront, the pretty cobbled streets and old-world charm make it a very popular accommodation choice.

What to do and see?

The area’s home to some excellent Yemenite restaurants, local cafes, tiny backstreets and a moment away is the Shuk haCarmel - Tel Aviv’s largest and most exciting market (foodie alert: consider taking a food tour of the Carmel market ). There are a few of the best boutique hotels which are popular, including the Elliott and Brown Beach.

Nearby is Bialik Street where you’ll find the home of Israeli national poet Chaim Nachman Bialik and also the Ruben art museum. Nahalat Binyamin is a beautiful pedestrianised street with renovated buildings and a twice-weekly arts and crafts market. Take a Tel Aviv graffiti tour to find out more about the fantastic street art all over this area.

3. Rothschild Boulevard/Neve Tsedek

Rothschild Boulevard is grand, imposing and beautiful, and one of the city’s oldest European-style streets, perfect for cycling or strolling. The boulevard leads down to charming Neve Tsedek, Tel Aviv’s first neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa. This is an area packed full of history and if you’re not fussed about being by the beach, it’s for you!

What to do and see?

At the top of Rothschild Boulevard is Habima Square, home to Tel Aviv’s famous theatre and the Mann Auditorium next door, where the Israeli Philharmonic performs regularly. All along Rothschild are cafes and restaurants, not to mention buzzy cocktail bars so it’s easy to wile away the hours. 

Head into Neve Tsedek for retail therapy at the upmarket boutiques on Shabazi Street, stop for gelato at Anita and wander round the picturesque tree-lined backstreets. This area has some very stylish Airbnb and top Tel Aviv restaurants - perfect for those who seek an oasis of calm in a city which has often been described as ‘non-stop!’

4. Old Jaffa

The ancient, biblical city of Jaffa is so beautiful and charming that it’s arguably one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Tel Aviv. Once a Levantine port and important trading center, today it's full of galleries, restaurants and museums, and from luxury hotels like the Jaffa and the Setia to funky youth hotels ideal for students and digital nomads visiting Israel, you’re going to love this area.

What to do and see?

You’re truly spoilt for choice in Jaffa - start at the vibrant Jaffa Flea Market (‘Shuk ha Pishpeshim’) where you can haggle over vintage jewellery/clothing and second-hand items, before grabbing breakfast or lunch at one of the many surrounding cafes. 

Then visit the Artists’ Quarter, which is full of studios selling paintings, sculptures and jewellery you can browse. Wander around Abrasha Park (step inside St. Peter’s Church then walk across the Wishing Bridge) then head down to the harbour. The area is so fascinating that it’s really worth taking a Jaffa walking tour, where you can learn all about its long and complex history. 

5. Florentin

Located in South Tel Aviv, once a gritty working-class area but quickly gentrifying, Florentin has quite a few budget options (including hostels) which make it ideal for backpackers and those on a budget. Young, fun and hipster, the area really comes alive at night, with bars and nightclubs open into the wee hours.

What to do and see?

Bohemian to the core, Florentin is full of hipster cafes, bars that sell craft Israeli beer and host live music performances, and plenty of ‘edgy’ street art all over the walls. Because it’s still partly an industrial area, you’ll see local crafts workshops as you walk around, as well as tattoo parlours and pop-up art shows. And don’t miss a trip to Levinsky Market, a diverse and busy Greek and Persian-inspired street market where you can pick up all kinds of spices, nuts, dried fruits and unusual snacks.

If you’re visiting Israel and want to see as much of the country as possible, why not consider taking one of our many day trips - whether it’s the holy sites of the Old City of Jerusalem, hanging out at the Dead Sea/Masada, exploring the Crusader city of Akko, or enjoying the hills of the Galilee and the stunning Golan Heights, it’s bound to be a day you’ll never forget.

Feel free to contact us by email or phone for more information and if you’re curious about Israel, read more about life here on our blog.