Ibn Gvirol has got to be the Park Lane, the Champs Elyse, the Regent’s Street of Tel Aviv. This 4 Km road goes from the North of Tel Aviv, passes over the Yarkon River and continues south until it branches out to Yehuda HaLevi Street and Carlibach Street.
Named after medieval Hebrew poet and philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol Ibn Gvirol is a busy thoroughfare with lots to see and do. It’s both a residential and commercial center so its character is constantly changing as you walk along it.
The street is wide with palm trees lining its center, dividing lane and with broad sidewalks. There are dozens of coffee shops and small restaurants amongst the hundreds of shops, offices and apartment blocks, where you can sit outside in the shade to relax and drink in the sites (and the coffee of course).
Many of Tel Avis main streets such as Dizengoff, Arlozorov, and Frishman intersect with Ibn Gvirol which makes for great access to all that Tel Aviv has to offer.
At its northern end, the street crosses the Yarkon River and Yarkon Park – Tel Aviv’s version of Central Park and Tel Aviv’s “green lung”. There’s lots to see and do in the park and if you’re lucky, you might even get to see one of the open air shows.
Just to the east (off of Jabotinsky) is Kikar HaMedina – this has to be most expensive and exclusive shopping area in Tel Aviv. Prices are HIGH, but looking is free.
Again to the east, if you take a short walk down 1112 Street you’ll find the Cameri Theatre, one of Israel’s leading theatre companies and the Bet Ariela Library – the city’s largest. Also close by is the Center for Performing Arts and just past the library the Tel Aviv Museum of Music where there are regular concerts. In the same area you’ll enjoy a visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art.
At the southern end of the street and to the west, is Israel’s National Theatre, HaBimah and the Charles Bronfman Auditorium.
Rabin Square is the largest square in the city if not Israel. It is named after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated there after a peace rally. Look for the statue and memorial to Rabin on the spot where he was shot.
Rabin Square, which has been the location for some of the country’s biggest demonstrations and rally’s, is also where you’ll find Tel Aviv City hall and dozens of coffee chops, pizzerias, ice dream shops and more.
Last, and hopefully you won’t need it, to the west of Rabin Square is Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, an ultra-modern hospital and Israel’s second largest.