Tel Aviv’s views from above are outstanding. For those who wish to enjoy this spectacular landscape, there is a great Tel Aviv observatory on top of one of its highest buildings – the Azrieli observatory at 132 Menachem Begin Street.
Azrieli Observatory is situated on top of the Azrieli center, the biggest commercial center in the Middle East and one of the most popular shopping malls of the city. The center consists of 3 buildings – the Square, the Triangle and the Round – and on the 49th floor of the round building the highest observatory in the Middle East is open for visitors. The amazing panoramic views of Azrieli Observatory stretch from Ashkelon in the south to Haifa in the north.
The entrance to Azrieli Observatory is via the third floor inside the Azrieli mall. Admission is paid at the reception desk, from which visitors are taken up in a fast-speed elevator to the 49th floor. In Azrieli Observatory you can rent a telescopes and audio equipment to intensify your experience. Up there you will also find a 3D film about Tel-Aviv, an audio guide describing major landmarks, temporary art exhibitions and a one of kind restaurant – “2C”.
The views from each window of “2C” (Tel: 03-6081990) restaurant are amazing. The restaurant is not cheap at all, yet the location makes it all worth while, especially during the afternoon, when you can sit and just have a drink. In addition, there’s a good value business lunch on weekdays. The restaurant is kosher and the food is considered to be Mediterranean gourmet and usually gets great reviews. Surely sitting there is not like dining in any other restaurant in town. Just make sure you remember to ask for a window sit.