Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

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Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

In this Israeli city, it is traditional in summer for residents to venture onto the rooftops, with their hidden bars, restaurants and pools … and some more unusual places.

Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

A water park amidst the buildings

Climb to the top of the Azrieli shopping centre, it is worth it just to see your children's faces beaming. When you arrive at the 50th floor, you will be astonished to see a most unlikely water park perched amidst the skyscrapers. Everyone has a whale of a time in the pools, water slides and trampolines of Pirate Island. You will have a hard time calming down the kids as they let off steam on the bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and the climbing wall. Only a shopping trip to the department stores in the tower might just convince them to leave this dream playground.

Pirate Island
Azrieli shopping centre
Derech Petach Tikva Street,
Tel Aviv Yafo,
+972 3 608 1199
www.facebook.com/azrielicom

 

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Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

A five-star hotel with pool

A stay at the Norman is like a direct line to paradise. The rooftop of this boutique hotel, whose glamorous style is inspired by the vibrant culture of the Roaring Twenties, features a fabulous infinity pool overlooking Tel Aviv. As a privileged guest, you can indulge yourself in this oasis of luxury and refinement from 7 in the morning until nightfall. Bask on its sun loungers, order a light meal, plunge into the ideal-temperature pool… Then wait for the magic moment, when the sun lights up the neighbouring buildings before setting over the Med.

The Norman Tel Aviv
23-25 Nachmani Street
Tel Aviv 6579441
+972 3 543 5555
www.thenorman.com/

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Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

A secret Manhattan-style bar

As you enter this former car park transformed into a modern art museum, you are amazed to find the building that is hidden there. In search of adventure, you go up in a 20th century lift. And when you arrive on the roof of this seemingly insignificant building, what a surprise! The rooftop of the Suramare bar offers a superb view of the twinkling skyline of a city which never sleeps. A trendy hangout for Tel Aviv all-nighters, this is a vast terrace with Manhattan-style aspirations. Captivated by its magical ambience, it only remains to sip a mango cocktail and mingle with the partying youngsters.

Suramare
Se'adya Ga'on Street n°24,
Tel Aviv-Yafo
suramare.co.il/en

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Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

A restaurant overlooking the city

From the rooftop of the luxurious Carlton hotel, the Blue Sky fish restaurant looks over the Israeli city on one side and the swell of the Mediterranean on the other. The dream venue for a cosy gourmet dinner. Thanks to the talents of the hot young chef, Meir Adoni, you can expect a creative and unusual culinary experience. Why not sample the carrot, chestnut and grouper soup from the festive menu, or succumb to the spaghetti carbonara with smoked tuna and quail's egg? To finish in style, choose a vibrant dessert from the “Caribbean sunset” dessert menu, infused with the spirit of Israel's economic capital itself.

Blue Sky
Carlton Hotel – 15th floor
Eliezer Peri Street n°10,
Tel Aviv-Yafo
+972 3 520 1830
blueskybyma.co.il/home/

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Five unexpected activities on Tel Aviv rooftops

An urban kitchen garden above a shopping centre

If you fancy a spot of cooking in your apartment during your stay in Tel Aviv, this place is worth a visit. On the face of it, the car park of a shopping centre is devoid of interest. Except that the rooftop of the Dizengoff Center is also home to the first eco-farm in the city. It is open to the public and contains a greenhouse where around two dozen varieties of incomparably fresh vegetables grow. Fill your basket with tomatoes, curly cabbages and cucumbers, and slip the right money into a box. In the same community spirit, you can take part in a workshop where you will learn how to create your own urban mini-farm at home. Your trip to Tel Aviv will be all the more enlightening.

Dizengoff shopping centre
Dizengoff Street n°50
Tel Aviv 6433222
+972 3 621 2400
dizengof-center.co.il/en/