It's amazing that in all the time I've been in Israel, I've never set foot on the Tel Aviv Port. I think that I thought people were referring to the Old Jaffa Port, which is an entirely different port miles away from here. With some recent visitors in town, we headed to the Tel Aviv Port last weekend for my first visit (well, my mom tells me I've actually been there once before as a kid).
I found it to be such a nice outdoor area and I can see why it's a beloved city destination. It's not more than a 10-15 minute easy stroll along the water from the main beachfront near the Tel Aviv Marina and heading towards and past the Tel Aviv Hilton.
The Tel Aviv Port is a flourishing area with new restaurants opening all the time, a multitude of events and beautiful views. The great advantage of the port is that it offers activities and events both by day and night, making it a great option for entertainment at any time.
Spend the morning strolling with your kids, biking or rollerblading along the wooden planks or taking your dog for a walk. Enjoy a morning brunch while the kids put their feet in the sand nearby.
And spend the afternoon shopping in the variety of stores lining the Hangar or strolling with friends. Choose from the handfuls of restaurants for a quick afternoon bite.
If you opt to go at night, you can choose from a variety of restaurants, nighttime activities, clubs, bars and events. In the summer, of course, the number of events skyrockets as the warm temperature rises.
The port is also a great place to watch the sunset as it settles over the Mediterranean Sea and the Yarkon River. You'll be hard pressed not to see a bride or two on any given day.
The Tel Aviv Port is supposedly on track to be an up-and-coming social scene in the next few years as projects continue to develop. If you're looking for something to do on your Saturdays, you can actually head there to the port where you'll find an Antiques Fair between the hours of 10 am - 8 pm, followed by jazz concerts and restaurant events.
Just a hop, skip and jump away from the main beach is where you'll find the Tel Aviv Port with a variety of options to keep you entertained. For a listing of restaurants and further information, check out this website, click here. During our visit, we opted to dine at the trendy restaurant Yulia, which had a little something for everyone including pasta dishes with seafood; meat and chicken dishes; specialties such as chicken liver and entrecote as well as more traditional salad options. If you hadn't been there yet, like me, make your way over there soon. Seems like there's still lots to uncover in Tel Aviv. I think I already know every inch of Jerusalem. Time for more visits to the beach!