With a distinct Miami-on-the-Mediterranean feel, Tel Aviv's hipster vibe and laissez faire attitude make this young city seem still younger. Expect busy beaches, bohemian bars and beautiful people. Head to Old Jaffa for a biblical saunter through winding alleyways and secret courtyards. Walk along the wooden boardwalks of the trendy Tel Aviv port and stop for some crispy calamari on the seafront.
If you are a bit self-conscious about sunbathing, the Nordau Beach is open exclusively to women or men on separate days.
Once you have paddle-surfed to your heart's content and lingered over a fresh fruit smoothie in one of Tel Aviv's many casually cool cafés, browse for spices at the colourful Levinsky Market. Check out the latest Judaica, Jewish ceremonial art, on the gritty-chic contemporary art circuit – or go posh and head for the fashion-forward boutiques of the Rothschild Boulevard. The legendary nightlife speaks for itself, but be warned: You might have trouble keeping up!
Northern Tel Aviv is the local bourgeois hang-out. The word 'tzfoni', Hebrew for 'northy', means materialistic snob.
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