31 responses

  1. Bill Smithers
    2 June 2014

    Looking at booking a ticket now! Thanks

  2. abby
    14 April 2014

    reading the anti-semitic comments to this article on another site, i think reason number 12, at least, should be the lack of anti-semitic assholes in tel aviv. i believe that’s a substantial part of where that feeling of well-being most people have in tel aviv comes from. sad.

  3. KrankerKris
    6 January 2014

    yo! adam,
    your 11 reasons made me jump on the hype train to TLV! i already made up my mind on NYE to go there, but now i am just ultra excited :)
    cheers for this mouth watering blog!

  4. aliyahbindawood
    25 November 2013

    great reasons ,and these makes me super excited to visit this place.just faboulus

  5. Kathryn @ RTW Travel Guide
    24 November 2013

    Being able to hold hands is very important to us as a same-sex couple….. good iced coffee is pretty important too :)

  6. Abby
    23 November 2013

    Agree with all your reasons! I’m half Israeli and lived in central TA for 6 years…Such a cool place with awesome people. sigh!

  7. Anne Lewis-Strobell
    23 November 2013

    I love Tel Aviv-my sister and her husband and my nephew are there, my Mom moved there when she was 84 (and passed away there. The beach is pure magic-water is nice, and you can walk a few miles on the boardwalk to the ancient city of Jaffa-an artsy place, home to both Jewish and Arab people. You can sit on the beach and buy beer or snacks, and they have sun shelters.
    I used to stay at the Gordon Inn (a hostel) near the beach. I do miss the Irish bar they used to have at the Gordon, though. You could access it through a kind of hall or tunnel.

    • Adam
      23 November 2013

      I’ve seen the Gordon Inn before, Anne but never stayed there. I’ve previously stayed at the Florentin Hostel and, when I was there this summer, at the ArtPlus Hotel.

      I really love Jaffa as well. In fact, I think I probably enjoy that area more – the bars are more hip and cool and the food is really great in Jaffa. Do you happen to know of any good guest houses or hostels in Jaffa?

  8. Marilyn&Josephine
    23 November 2013

    Great post, we shared it too

  9. Susan
    23 November 2013

    I live in Tel Aviv and love it. I don’t take advantage of the night life much (you know, kids), but I love the seaside promenade, the weather, the restaurants – oh boy, do I love the restaurants! – and the cultural scene here: classical concerts, operas, jazz, folk and many other kinds of music, plays, dance performances, and as the author mentioned, museums. There is also lots of free music, i.e. jazz in the street, and child-friendly activities. And for me, most of it is within walking distance. It would be perfect if buses also ran on Shabat.

    • Adam
      23 November 2013

      Sounds like you’re really living it up Susan. I think Tel Aviv has such a great energy and vibe — it’s a great city. I also agree with you: would be great if buses ran on Shabat but at the very least there are the sheruts…or a bicycles!

  10. Tel Aviv Tips
    8 November 2013

    First of all: loved this post, and I am feeling quite flattered by it even, as a Tel Aviv resident.
    Second of all: I must say I adore all the things you mentioned about Tel Aviv as well, except for the bikes! I don’t ride a bike in the city myself, and find a lot of the bicyclist quite annoying! So I’d remove no 11 from your list, otherwise it’s just perfect!

  11. Joanna
    26 August 2013

    I really enjoyed reading it and the photos reminded me 5 days which we spent there. Indeed, the food is terrific, even hotel breakfasts. They served marinated fish, a kind of herring, very tasty, the same as goat cheese. We felt in love with the old Jaffa distric.

  12. Camels & Chocolate
    3 July 2013

    I’ve long been convinced you and I are compatible travel buddies with our mutual love for Berlin, Tel Aviv, Miami and soon-to-be Nashville… ;-)

    • Adam
      8 July 2013

      After this past weekend in Miami I definitely have to agree with you Kristin! Wish we had more time there to hang out, but I’m sure I’ll see you in Nashville sometime :)

  13. Karen
    3 July 2013

    You’ve just successfully made a city I’ve barely heard of shoot to the top of my radar of places I now have to visit. Excellent work sir. I’ll be honest, I love sushi, a lot. So the fact that I can get sushi at any hour is a pretty huge attraction to me all on it’s own, but it definitely seems as if there is plenty to see and do in Tel Aviv. Thanks for sharing this destination!

    • Adam
      8 July 2013

      Hahha – I’m glad the sushi part stood out :)

      Let me know if you need any other tips for visiting Tel Aviv. I’m publishing plenty more blogs about Israel & Palestine over the coming month.

  14. William Peregoy
    1 July 2013

    I’ve heard good things about Tel Aviv – but I’m not sold on your cold coffee suggestions – a coffee with milk in it is not coffee. How good is the strong stuff?

  15. Tim Horgan @ On and Off the Gringo Trail
    1 July 2013

    Everyone from Israel is from Tel Aviv!

  16. Harold Jacobs
    27 June 2013

    Adam you’re right about Tel Aviv being such an amazing place. I liked it so much that I’ve been here (formerly from the Bronx) since 1967. Let me add a few more great things about Tel Aviv. (1) Almost everyone speaks English (2) all street signs are in English so it’s really easy getting around (3) good public transportation is available daily and bus stops have route maps in English (4) people are warm and helpful (5) crime is minimal (6) the Middle East conflict is not evident normally – so visiting is very comfortable. Locals on the other hand listen with concern to the radio news a few times a day. Now if the pols could only get their act together…

    • Adam
      28 June 2013

      Great additions Harold! I don’t necessarily agree about the public transportation in Tel Aviv – it’s good but fairly unwieldy (and confusing) for many tourists. Though I think it is definitely better than when I visited a few years back.

      Couldn’t agree more about the Israeli politicians! Can be so frustrating…

  17. Renan Ferrer
    23 June 2013

    The photos are spectacular! Congratulations! The photo with tomato and cucumber was a painting. We do not imagine that Tel Aviv has all this beauty. Many conflicts and war, but the beauty never goes away!
    Great post.
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Cheers!
    Renan Ferrer

    • Adam
      28 June 2013

      Thank you Renan – very kind!

  18. Spencer
    23 June 2013

    A friend of mine has recently returned from Tel Aviv and said it was the best city he has every visited – and he has been to many cities! Might have to put it on my travel wishlist, not least because of its beach.

    • Adam
      28 June 2013

      The TLV beach is incredible! Glad to hear your friend had the same feelings about the city.

  19. Lane
    21 June 2013

    Wow. I had no idea that Tel Aviv was such a modern, hip place.

    • Adam
      28 June 2013

      Yes – many people are often surprised by it! Sometimes I worry that I’m revealing a great secret, but I’m happy to share the best travel tips :)

  20. Alana – Paper Planes
    20 June 2013

    Alright, you got me…adding it to the list….

    • Adam
      28 June 2013

      It’s really and truly an incredible destination – maybe not for traditional touristic purposes, but it’s certainly not boring!

  21. Maxwell Saar
    20 June 2013

    I would love to go there, you really make me want it more!

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