Tel Avivians take their coffee very seriously. While everyone thinks the French make the best latté and the Italians, the best espresso, we know better. Israel is the only country where Starbucks shied away because it simply didn’t compare. From coffee kiosks on Rothschild Boulevard, to cute cafés tucked behind the Carmel Market, to filtered coffee at the most hipster Florentin hole-in-the-walls, these Tel Aviv cafés are roasting up the best beans in town.
The best Tel Aviv cafés to get your caffeine fix
With incredible coffee and one of the best breakfasts in Tel Aviv, Café Castel is a great way to start your morning. Located in the middle of Ibn Gvirol Street, Café Castel is a pleasant neighborhood espresso bar with great coffee and affordable menu items. Try a delicious sandwich, homemade pastry or a glass of fresh squeezed juice. It’s the perfect spot to sit in the sun and people watch, or chat with the friendly staff about what's going on in Tel Aviv.
Nola is an adorable American bakery and cafe on Dizengoff Street known for its nostalgic treats, including chewy chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint patties and Nola’s signature Mud Pie—made of Graham cracker crust and filled with chocolate fudge, cream, pecans and chocolate. They have a nice selection of breakfasts, sandwiches and American comfort food classics too.
For an incredible, filling meal with a tasty coffee, Lulu Café is the place to go. The menu is varied, so there is something to fit the desire of any member of your group. For breakfast, try the shakshuka or eggs benedict. For a later meal, the Asian-style quinoa and vegetables or Chicken schnitzel. Located in the quiet and trendy Basel neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Lulu is a cozy place to sit with friends. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it is a great place to enjoy Tel Aviv’s sunny summers or take refuge from the rainy winters.
Tucked away in the beautiful and sunny Kikar Milano is Zorik Café. The super chill and cool café is beloved by young local Tel Avivians, and is especially popular on weekends. Café Zorik welcomes locals and travelers alike to stop in for a cup of coffee and some tasty comfort food, while the homey atmosphere aims to have every guest feeling like part of the family. Their menu contains a selection of yammy stews, omelettes, fresh bread, salads, fresh juices, Israeli breakfasts and more. Café Zorik serves generous portions, so come hungry and enjoy all they have to offer.
Coffee Elkalai is a neighborhood coffee shop with Paris-inspired seating on the sidewalk out front. This unique spot serves quality coffee, teas and other hot beverages, making it a great place to spend a brisk morning. The menu boasts toasts, sandwiches and croissants, among other tasty treats and baked goods. Coffee Elkalai has an adjacent wine bar and is the perfect place to either start or end your day with a group of friends. Come for the coffee, stay for the wine.
Lachmanina’s charm saw it grow from a single neighborhood cafe into multiple locations, and it’s easy to see why. A favorite with locals where the variety is incredible—especially the selection of loaves. Nut breads, caraway breads and sourdoughs are just the tip of the iceberg here. For those with a sweet tooth, try a fruit tart, a chocolate-filled pita or even a mini caramelized cream puff filled with delicious crème patisserie. Locals opt for the signature Nelson bread, a South African treat made from whole and dark wheat, sesame and sunflower seeds, bran and a touch of honey. Firm and tight, it could almost pass for cake.
Just steps from the famous Rothschild Blvd, Nehama Vahetzi is a popular pick amongst the locals. With many vegan and vegetarian options, the cafe is always packed with Tel Aviv’s cutest and most stylish. While the dishes are not the cheapest, the beer is affordable and the experience is authentic. Plus, the cool vibes are free. With the perfect location, insane beet shakshuka, and breads baked in-house, Nehama Vahetzi is the place to sit, socialize, or just laptop lounge.
The perfect accompaniment to a brisk summer stroll down Tel Aviv’s Bialik Street is one of the most charming cafés in Israel. It attracts for its Israeli breakfast – salads finely chopped, jams, cheeses, eggs, but the neighborhood-coziness keeps you coming back for more. Nearby spots are Bialik House and the cultural Beit Ha’ir center, but hanging out there until the evenings witnessing live music bewitch the night is an unforgettable experience. Local musicians aren’t the only things on the menu - it’s the laidback spirit that turns it into a daily urban haven.
Whether it is three in the morning or three in the afternoon, step into this bustling spot for some tasty cafe food. Beyond the design and size, The Streets King George draws its character from the eclectic crowd. On the one hand, the local central Tel Aviv audience, and on the other hand, a large amount of passersby wandering through the neighborhood make this place their temporary culinary escape. The magic occurs when each finds his or her place in the cozy and inviting environment. Pick a massive and juicy burgers, healthy and fresh muesli, seasoned chips, or Israeli kebabs and rice off the extensive menu and melt into one of the comfy couches hidden away upstairs. No visit to Tel Aviv is complete without a midnight munchies drop by.
Bucke is a trendy café with something for every mood. Enjoy the sunshine at the outdoor bar, overlooking the streets, or chill out in the colorful-yet-cozy interior. Mismatched rustic furniture, sofas, chairs and vegetable-centered food make this place an everyday stop for relaxing. The food is healthy and plentiful—try the vegan shakshuka, bursting with vegetables, or opt for hearty sandwiches and buttery chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.
One of the best bakery chains in the city, Bakery has mastered the art of French pastries. Whether you come to pick up a crunchy, fresh-from-the-oven baguette or any of the delectable pastries like the caramel-glazed cream puffs and the creamy-rich mille-feuille, everything you pick here is memorable and worth the hype. Bakery also serves sandwiches and salads, making it the ideal place for your next lunch date. Check out their other locations at 13 Yad Haruzim St and 67 Weizmann St.
Cafelix is a beautifully designed cafe with expertly created coffees. From frothy cappuccinos to the steamy double-shot espresso, this spot is a hipster sipster’s favorite spot from morning to afternoon. Though the place is swarming with cuddly dogs, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the superfast wifi and milky lattes. The leader in the ever changing and evolving Tel Aviv coffee scene, Cafelix will fulfill your dire need for that first morning cup and cure your post-work sleepiness with an evening chai latte.
At the adorable Café Xoho you can find hot BBQ tofu sammies, delectable veggie burgers with homemade pickles, vegan Benedict with brioche, sautéed spinach, spiced tofu with a creamy vegan hollandaise sauce and the much sought-after bagels, cookies, muffins and baked treats! With its funky Brooklyn style and the young, trendy vibe, it is impossible not to love this spot.
The Little Prince is the perfect literature haven for bookworms. Great for olim, it offers a wide selection of books in Hebrew, Russian, French, and Spanish, as well as an entire room of English literature. With many eclectic, peculiar books, The Little Prince is great for those looking to stray from the typical bookstore selection. The prices are affordable, which has earned this shop a loyal customer base. Get comfortable with a cup of coffee or a glass of cold beer while you browse, or curl up in its dreamy atmosphere to read your latest selection.
Bookworm is the perfect place for lovers of literature and coffee alike. The café, located near Rabin Square, doubles as a bookstore, and serves a selection of tasty breakfast items and pastries. A daily business menu is also available. Vegans will drool over the vegan chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Bookworm’s book selection is varied, with an English section available for those olim and visitors whose Hebrew isn’t quite up to par. Bookworm is the perfect place to spend a rainy day curled up with a cappuccino or wine cider, or escape the summer heat with an iced drink.
South of the city
Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.
Inhale a dose of Paris chic at this stylish café, located right under the Institut français de Tel-Aviv—naturally, a hub for all things français, including French language courses and events. Entering the café, anticipation builds with the vibe: upbeat music, a fashionably chic crowd and an eclectic menu featuring everything from farm-fresh salads to fresh pastries and fine seafood.
Rothschild 12 has been around for some time now, but not for much longer. Plans to build the Ritz hotel in its place have already begun, so if you’re up for early cocktails with excellent bar food, or a rowdy night entertained by live bands playing anything from punk-rock to electronic music, this is your place.
Cafelix is a beautifully designed cafe with expertly created coffees. From frothy cappuccinos to the steamy double-shot espresso, this spot is a hipster sipster’s favorite spot from morning to afternoon. Though the place is swarming with cuddly dogs, there’s still space to enjoy the superfast wifi and quality beans. The leader in the ever changing and evolving Tel Aviv coffee scene, Cafelix will fulfill your dire need for that first morning cup and cure your post-work sleepiness with an evening pick-me-up.
On the corner of Allenby and Levontin in one of the coolest parts of Tel Aviv is the coffee shop Beta and Grega. The cafe sits in a hip part of town, covered in graffiti and surrounded by trendy coffee shops and restaurants. This laid back spot is the perfect place to sit with friends, read a good book or get some sketching done. In addition to divine coffee, try the raspberry juice for a sweet and sour surprise. The menu is simple, but delicious, with options like cheese toasts, salads and more.
Located in the middle of the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this organic vegetarian and vegan bistro feels like a secret vegan hideaway. The bright, welcoming restaurant overflows with garden-fresh ingredients which celebrate Israel’s bounty: overflowing salads, homemade cashew cheeses, impressive breakfasts, and a diverse, cultured menu.
Shopping in the Levinski Market and suddenly feel the need for the perfect Saturday brunch? Then look no further. Renowned for their mouth-watering egg breakfasts and lentils salads, Tony and Esther will help you instantly relax after the hustle and bustle of the market. Whether you’re drinking coffee, beer, or fancy a full meal, this cute cafe will soon become your favorite spot to chill out and take a break from the energetic Tel Aviv lifestyle. Arriving later in the day? Fear not. Tony and Esther’s devoted staff will ensure that your afternoon snack or dinner is prepared with as much passion as their brunches. So whether you’re sitting outside on a sunny day, or inside on a rainy one, Tony and Esther will make you wonder why you don’t spend brunch out more often.
Since some people (not us though) would say that Neve Tzedek is the southern version of Basel, the owners of northern café Lulu decided to justify the theory by opening a version of Lulu down south. Although it bears the same first name, there are still some differences. While the northern version is only a café , here, Lulu is more of a Brasserie that carries the kind of menu where you find good options for every hour of the day. You can have your cup of coffee in the morning to pair with breakfast, fish, pasta or seafood for lunch, and an assortment of small dishes such as shrimp a la plancha accompanied by a glass of wine or beer in the evening. Getting the final touch with the romantic feel of Neve Tzedek’s Shabazi St, you are set to sit back and enjoy the food and view.