Tel Aviv is the best place in the world to have fun. It is the second best city in the world for food and drink and the eighth best city in the world overall. This is according to the new rankings released by “Time Out Magazine” for the year 2021. Even the Coronavirus could not top the “city without a pause.”
Yes that is what the locals call Tel Aviv. Obviously, this is a play on how people call New York the city that never sleeps. So much has changed so quickly in Israel. Now there are 24 hour stores and open all night restaurants and pubs everywhere. But, once upon a time, such things could only be found in Tel Aviv.
The ranking is out of the 37 best cities in the world in for 2021. Time Out composed its list based on a survey conducted of 27,000 city-dwellers who were asked to rank the best cities in the world right now.
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Yes, Israel is best known right now for being Startup Nation. And, yes, the Tel Aviv area is at the center of the country’s high tech world. But, obviously, all that hard work leaves a need for play time. And with all of the success stories, Israelis certainly have enough to spend on a night out on the town.
Time Out calls Tel Avivians are a hardy bunch. “When Covid hit tourism, this high-tech hub hit the Reset button. The pandemic caused the ‘city that never stops’ to take a well-needed pause,” explains the magazine. It went on to describe how in places like Dizengoff Street in the center of town and Tel Aviv’s open areas like Dizengoff Square and Park HaMesila played host to picnics, gigs, screenings and talks, all during the Covid lockdowns.
Time Out also points to the fact that Israel was the first country to hold mass vaccinations. This allowed for an early end to lockdowns and the people of Tel Aviv took full advantage. They returned quickly to coffee shops and the beaches.
Time Out conducted a poll in which 81 percent of Tel Avivians said that their city was fun and 84 percent said they can “express themselves.” “Indeed, TLV is home to the region’s biggest Pride Parade, the widest choice of vegan options, and its nightlife always offers a real alternative,” says Time Out.