A Lazy Day in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

9 places
Anna Shpak

A rich breakfast, great beaches, private galleries and small bars – a day in the most charming city of the Middle East.

Hakovshim Bistro

As the venue is by the market all food is super fresh – go there to get the best breakfast in town. They serve some huge ones – flax bread with dried apricots and nuts, hummus, feta cheese, tuna salad, cream cheese, butter, olives and chopped dried tomatoes. The price includes fresh veggies and eggs.

Banana Beach

The beach was nicknamed after a nearby café, which is always packed but always has a seat for a sun-stricken tourist. The place is loved by young families and folks in their 30-40s for its panorama and basic facilities – they come to read or play Matkot a popular paddle ball game similar to beach tennis. And at night Banana Beach Cafe sets up huge screens showing free movies and sports – it's so nice to watch a US classics of the 1980s listening to the sea and sipping a sweet cocktail; the food is great and prices quite affordable for a location like this.


One of the best places in Tel Aviv – lots of light and space with open kitchen and huge bar, where you can taste specialties of Moroccan and Yemeni Jews. Their lunch menu is not that huge – some 5 appetizers and 12 meals. Another rarity – they mix cocktails, as good as the food, which is strange – Tel Aviv people prefer beer and wine. A 130- shekel lunch includes two courses, a cocktail and a coffee.

Rothschild Boulevard

Rothschild Boulevard is one of the main and most expensive streets in Tel Aviv. At the beginning of the boulevard, there is a building called the Dizengoff House or the Independence Hall where Israeli PM David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of Israeli state. The boulevard is packed with trendy cafes, eclectic and bauhaus buildings. The citizens sip their ice coffee and move from one shady tree to another, men walk their children and dogs, others ride a bike or play petanque.

Neve Tzedek

Neve Tzedek was the first neighborhood built in the “new” city of Tel Aviv. It is a beautiful blend of classical European architecture and Mauritanian and North African motifs – this eclectics secured the area a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Contrasted to the rest of Tel Aviv its houses have been restored and renovated – some are still residential while others have been turned into restaurants and cafes. Shabazi Street that stretching from Neve Tzedek to Rothschild Boulevard has plenty of wine bars.

The Rokach House

Shimon Rokach, 36 was home to the area's founding father Shimon Rokach. Now this place is a museum managed by Shimon's granddaughter Leah Majaro-Mintz. The courtyard has her creations and visitors are greeted by a statue of a cyclist floating above the staircase. The place opens 10 am and closes 4 pm (2 from Friday till Sunday)

Nahum Gutman's Museum

This is a small museum in a house where the popular Russian-born artist of the 20th century Nahum Gutman lived. They also offer great kid's program. Opened Tue - Thu from 10 to 4 and Friday-Sat to 2.


This Georgian bar offers traditional Georgian and Israeli food and at night they have super funky bartop dancing. Phali on the menu means all appetizers so you'll get a huge platter with pickled kohlrabi, dolma, spicy beetroot and eggplant with nuts. As for drinks go for Borjomi mineral water and their homemade wine. And try their lamb with pear and carrots


A small and charming neighborhood named after Florentine Street lying in its center. Its locals are nice and friendly, bars open all night and the air filled with a-great-party vibe.


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