Tel Aviv is quietly dominating the scene for art and design, while morphing some prior slum-like areas into hip, upscale neighborhoods only legitimized by their history. Combining the best of the old with the new, Tel Aviv has its finger on the pulse of something so unique, we can only attempt to follow in its footsteps.

Where better to begin than the beginning of it all? First stop: Museum of History of Tel Aviv, located in the current City Hall. You will be able to see a range spanning from the first mayor’s office to contemporary snapshots of everyday citizens of the fabulous city. From there, you can take a 30-minute stroll down the beach to the Port of Tel Aviv, a fabulous area for shopping, snacking and soaking in the sun.

Having been sheltered from the worldwide recession, Tel Aviv’s art scene has not slowed down for anything. Peer into Noga, Dvir, and Sommer, the three main players on the contemporary art scenes. And pay homage to more contemporary masters such as Bonnard, Picasso and Ronnard at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Hummus. This Middle-Eastern dish gets real serious in Tel Aviv. For the best of the best, we recommend Ali Karavan. Trust us, it doesn’t get fresher than this in Tel Aviv. Cafe Suzana is set in one of the most picturesque parts of the city, with slightly fading historical buildings and ice cream parlors. Be sure to sample the meatballs!

Tel Aviv’s oldest train station, "HaTachana", which ran from 1892 to 1948, has been converted in the more modern era into a shopping center with boutique shops, designer stores and restaurants. There’s a good chance you’ll happen upon a acrobatic or dance spectacle underway in the public square. For more typical bazaar style shopping, we recommend the Nahalat Binyamin Art Market for handmade crafts and jewellry, and the HaCarmel Market for any product you could imagine complete with vendor owners loudly clamoring for your attention.

Brought to Tel Aviv from Germany by four Israeli architects, the overtly unpopular and modern Bauhaus style of building infested the city and many surrounding it like the plague. It took a few years, but now the pearly span of social-Zionist architecture has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight and named “the White City”. To best experience this sight, visit the museum or take a guided tour. Try to book in advance, as the tours are very popular and fill up quickly. Audioguides and self-guided tours are available for the wishy-washy, spontaneous type. Check out the other up-and-coming neighborhoods Tel Aviv has to offer as well! We recommend especially: Noga, Gan HaHashmal and Florentine for an interesting cultural peek into traces of where the historically dodgy south of the city has been and exciting evidence of where its going.

Not convinced yet? Check out this list of incredible city pictures. Oh, and the all-out, city-wide Water War Tel Aviv has declared on the dry July heat.