The Tel Aviv Port, or otherwise known as Namal Tel Aviv; was once the main port harbor of Tel Aviv but has been transformed into a bustling area of culture; entertainment, and leisure activities. While the only boats you’ll see nowadays in the port are a few yachts; the area is now one of the hottest spots in town with a wealth of cafés; bars; restaurants; trendy stores; and buzzing nightclubs. After a day at the beach or sightseeing; this is a great place to head to for dinner and dancing the night away.
History of Namal Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Port)
Built in 1936 by Otzar Mif’alei Yam, the Tel Aviv Port was constructed 25 years after the establishment of Tel Aviv and was the first new port in Israel. Moreover, the port was built as a response to the massive strikes held by the Arab population during the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in Palestine. In fact, the Tel Aviv Port played a vital role in the establishment of the State of Israel and the subsequent mass-migrations that occurred from around the world. Eventually, the port grew into the largest harbor in Israel; but as containerized shipping became the norm; larger ports were built elsewhere, and Namal Tel Aviv fell into disrepair.
Finally, in the 1990s, the original developer Otzar Mif’alei Yam; began to restore the port and breathe new life into the area. And today, Namal Tel Aviv is one of the trendiest areas in the city.
Tel Aviv’s Cultural and Entertainment Hub
Namal Tel Aviv is anchored by a large; beautifully designed wooden deck that runs along the seafront like a promenade. Since it is shaped like waves in the sea; the deck is usually packed with families having fun; couples taking an evening stroll and watching the sunset, and people heading out for dinner or drinks at one of the many bars and restaurants.
Popular Israeli fashion brand stores such as Castro; Factory 54; and Replay line the promenade. As well as international brands like Adidas, Blue Bird, and Oasis. When it comes to eating and drinking, there are plenty of cafés and coffee bars, an array of restaurants (for example Kitchen Market) serving local and global cuisine, and chic cocktail bars overlooking the ocean.
Things to See and Do in Tel Aviv Port
Visit the Indoor Port Market which has a fantastic atmosphere and sells an incredible array of Israel’s finest cheeses, meats, and wines. Located in Hangar 12, the market is a great place to grab breakfast and browse the stalls selling mouthwatering delights. The Indoor Port Market is open from 08:00 to 20:00 every day, except Sundays.
Fridays at the port are always busy with lots to see and do. Head to the Farmers Market just outside the entrance to the indoor market, which is held every Friday until 3:00 pm. Keep an eye out for The Human God, an acrobatic street performer that delights crowds every Friday – if you don’t see him, there are plenty of other entertainers around.
Explore the area on a Segway tour or join the locals in a song and prayer near the sea to celebrate the sunset and the coming Sabbath (Shabbat).