Not only is Kikar Rabin a tourist haven, it is also a great place to kick back with a book, bring the kids, or simply walk through...plus, it’s smack dab in the middle of central Tel Aviv. Ibn Gvirol runs along its wing, housing a panoply of bars and Tel Aviv restaurants, and it is also just a stone's throw away from Rothschild Boulevard, one of the best museums in Israel, and amazing performing arts venues housing classical music, operas, and theater performances. We’ve rounded up the best places to wine & dine around Kikar Rabin, just for you. Enjoy!
The best restaurants and bars near Kikar Rabin
One of the most well-loved spots in Tel Aviv is this Parisian style brasserie. With a meticulously detailed Art Deco interior, this spot is packed ‘round the clock, serving up well-executed French classics with a side of creativity. Fashionable and casual, locals come here to get their comfort food fix.
Part of a group of Parisian restaurants by Claude Luzon and Emmanuelle Dayan, Ca-Phe Hanoi is a new Vietnamese and French restaurant with a modern and stylish world-class look, a laid-back vibe, and trippy bathrooms that will mess with your head. The restaurant boasts a brilliantly creative cocktail menu, developed by key players in the Tel Aviv bar world, Dan Kraicer and Yotam Shilo, both behind the award-winning Spicehaus and Double Standard. Vietnamese spring rolls, steamed fish in banana leaves, 7-hour star-anise and cinnamon-infused pho, chicken with ginger and lemongrass, and a long list of local seasonal spices and exotic ingredients are combined to round out an extensive and inventive menu.
Who said fish and chips were solely a British thing? Joseph ‘N’ Sons is proof that your next meal doesn’t have to be complicated. Fried fish of all types meets crunchy 'chips' (that's 'French fries' for the North Americans) and beer for a finger licking foodgasm that'll have you begging for more. Just steps from Rabin square, this fish and chips joint is ideal for an evening out with friends. The vibe is hip and trendy and the fried fare is deliciously simple—sometimes, comfort food is all you need.
Looking for the hot new place to see and be seen? Atop Gan Hair Mall, Kanta is more than just a beautiful hotspot. Renowned chef Yaron Malka developed a menu full of inventive dishes like, “eggplant on fire” foccacia, and halva toblerone. You’ll want to close the night looking out over the city while sipping a cocktail like the "Lion in Zion" — a beguiling mixture of Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh basil and sour lime. Better yet, they enclose the rooftop space in the winter so you can sip and dine through the colder months.
Shem Tov is a favorite for Tel Avivians, located just a half block away from Rabin Square. With a quiet, friendly atmosphere it is the perfect spot for those looking to grab drinks without worrying about getting a table in the bustling city. Shem Tov offers great happy hour specials throughout the week, with 50% off all food and drinks, from 18:00-20:00. Try the oven pizza, one of the favorite drinking snacks Shem Tov offers! This local bar will have you forgetting you’re in the heart of Tel Aviv.
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.