Tel Aviv is a great place to visit because it’s a city that has something for everyone 24/7. The area around Dizengoff – Ben Yehuda street is one place that you have to visit because it offers you almost everything.
Dizengoff (named after Tel Aviv’s first mayor Meir Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda (named after Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who ‘reinvented’ the Hebrew Language) run from north to south, parallel to each and other and the seashore. Now it’s true that large parts of both these streets have seen better days, but don’t let that deceive you – they still have a lot to offer. What we’re going to do here is just give you the highlights. So, off we go…
Near to the northern end of Dizengoff are three of Tel Aviv’s cultural landmarks: the HaBima National Theatre, the Mann Auditorium and The Helena Rubenstein Museum of Modern Art. If you like theatre, classical music or fine art – check these out.
Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda start close by to Tel Aviv’s number one place to hangout, the Port. You want to miss this because there’s something to do all day and every day.
If you want to know about Tel Aviv’s original architecture and one of the reasons why it’s a World Cultural Heritage Site, then pay a visit to the Bauhaus Center in Dizengoff.
Also, don’t miss Israeli sculptor Agam’s spectacular ‘Fire and Water Fountain’ in Dizengoff Square.
At the southern end of Dizengoff you’ll find Dizengoff Center – Israel’s first shopping mall. It’s still a great place to shop and enjoy.
Ben Yehuda is closest to the sea and Tel Aviv’s golden beaches so you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars to quench your hunger and thirst.
Ben Yehuda also has many Judaica, jewelry and souvenir shops, some very up-market so if you’re looking for something special, you could find it here.
Both Ben Yehuda and Dizengoff cross Ben Gurion Boulevard where you can visit the home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion. It’s a small museum that gibe an insight into Israel’s beginning. If you’re an art fan then just off from Ben Yehuda is Gordon Street with many great art galleries.
If you love the sea and boats or scuba diving – then check out the Tel Aviv Marina which is just a short walk from Ben Yehuda, just south of the Port area.
Dizengoff and Ben Yehuda are both iconic Tel Aviv streets – well worth exploring.