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Tel Aviv on a Saturday

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Tel Aviv on a Saturday

We arriving in Tel Aviv very late Friday night so our first full day will be on Saturday. Is everything closed on the sabbath? Any suggestions of what we can see and do.

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1. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

Where will you be staying? As a general rule almost all public transportation (trains, buses) are closed on the Sabbath. Taxis, Sheuruts (shared taxis in between cities) do run. Many museums are open on the Sabbath so it really depends on what you want to do. If you will be in Jerusalem Arab stores, restaurants, etc will be fully open.

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2. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

Museums, many galleries, restaurants and some shops are open. The promenade is inviting. Taxis are available too. What would you like to do? Depending on where you are staying you might be able to walk to most places of interest. There are three entertainment areas - the Tel Aviv port, the Old Jaffa port and the Tachana (an old train station renovated0. Al have shops, restaurants and other fun activities.

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3. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

Just to clarify what Shoshi said while some restaurants will be open in Tel Aviv many will be closed (all kosher restaurants will be closed until after the Sabbath is over)

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4. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

In Tel Aviv there is plenty you can do on Shabbat. You can do the free municipal walking tour of the Bauhaus area, you can visit Jaffa-the Jaffa visitors centre is open, the Eretz Yisrael Museum is open as is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The Namal (northern port) is open with the exception of a few kosher restaurants. You could bike ride up and down the tayelet and take in the beautiful beaches. Another option is a Segway tour. There is more to do than you could do in a single day- enjoy your time.

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5. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

As someone who keeps Kosher I assure you, Kosher restaurants are a small, small percentage of the restaurants in Tel Aviv. In the port (Namal) there were, in the summer exactly two--one meat, and one dairy. I would not be concerned about restaurants or eating. Thee are also a number of small supermarkets open. The only major thing not available on the Sabbat is buses. --but there are taxis and sherut.

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6. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

amm101 - where did you get your information on Tel Aviv restaurants? Most are not kosher and open on Shabat. The problem is that they are crowded and many require reservations. As was said in post #4 there is a lot to do to fill a few days not one. Still, it should be noted that in the last year there are more kosher restaurants but of course not open on Shabat.

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7. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

There is no problem spending a Saturday in Tel-Aviv. You can take the free Bauhaus tour on Rothschild Blvd at 11 AM:

visit-tel-aviv.com/….UvsStfmSwqh

The Tel Aviv Art Museum is also open:

http://www.tamuseum.org.il/

You can also walk around Jaffa - the flea market is closed but the Visitors Center and most oft he restaurants in the Jaffa port will be open:

www.oldjaffa.co.il/…

The majority of the restaurants in Tel-Aviv are not kosher so they will be open on Saturday. All of the stores in the Tel-Aviv Port area are open as are many of the small convenience stores in the city.

There are no buses running during the day, but there are "sherut" (minicab) lines that run along fixed routes and stop on demand. The #4 runs along Allenby and Ben-Yehuda from the Bus Station to the Tel-Aviv Port. The #5 runs along Rothschild and Dizengoff.

Here is a StreetView photo of a sherut on Ben-Yehuda St:

http://tinyurl.com/qdxgwlx

Edited: 12 February 2014, 06:33
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8. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

is the Carmel market open on Saturday?

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9. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

No. The Jaffa flea market and the Nahlat Binyamin Arts & Crafts market are also closed

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10. Re: Tel Aviv on a Saturday

Sit on the beach, soak up the atmosphere, read a book and perhaps discuss the plans you have for the holiday ahead.

Relaxation should not be underestimated, especially on the Sabbath.