10 Tel Aviv cafés & bars that offer books, records, games & more

Check out these Tel Avivian spots that feature books, records, games and more on their menus–right next to the coffee or beer!
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In the non-stop, ever-alternative city of Tel Aviv, it’s too mainstream to simply grab a cup o’ joe or shlish of beer when you could match that drink with an activity. Sure there are a bevy of trendy coffee shops around the corner, but what about sipping your cup of tea with a good book? And why just settle for a beer, when you could also get a tasty Middle Eastern dessert and play shesh besh? If you’re looking to upgrade your pre-work coffee or post-work happy hour, try one of these multipurpose spots serving up books, records, and games alongside your drink of choice.

Hybrid Tel Aviv cafés & bars

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The Little Prince
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Restaurants, Cafés

The Little Prince

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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.

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B-Side
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Shopping, Music and entertainment

B-side Stereo

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Nestled between the narrow streets adorned with colorful graffiti lies a magical little record and coffee store in Florentin. Come flip through the vast vinyl collection and find new and old goodies to take home. The enthusiastic employees will be glad to assist with guidance on discovering music for your individual tastes. While you’re there, order a cappuccino (some claim it’s one of the best in Tel Aviv) and lounge in the sun on their back patio while the resident orange tom cat rubs against your legs. Could it get any more authentically Florentin?

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Hamalabia
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Restaurants

HaMalabia

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This beloved spot right outside of Shuk HaCarmel makes a grand entrance in the new shuk with malabi, a custardy rose-flavored dessert served with your choice of toppings, from sauces and nuts to cookie bits. Their vegan version tastes just like the real thing—you’ll love the versatility of this dessert.

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Hour Space
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Restaurants, Cafés

Hour Space

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Promising coffee, tea, board games, snacks, workshops, lemonade, lectures, wifi, and movie-nights all for NIS 15 an hour, it’s almost easier to explain what Hour Space isn’t than what it is. Based off the popular Russian model, Hour Space is Tel Aviv’s first time cafe, where you pay for nothing in the place, except the time you spend there! Located on a side street by the bottom of Rothschild, this come-one-come all space is open weekdays from 10:00-22:00, whether you’re looking to do work during the day, or chill with a friend in the evening.

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Norman Library Bar
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Bars, Cocktail bars

The Library Bar

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Classy and elegant cocktail bars in Tel Aviv don’t get more authentic than The Library Bar at The Norman Hotel. This stylish 1940s style bar has an extensive cocktail and spirits menu as well as one of the finest wine lists in Tel Aviv. Whether meeting business associates or simply sitting back and relaxing with one of the books in the library, you can enjoy a special all-day food menu from the restaurant kitchen from noon or a traditional English afternoon tea. At night, the bar transforms into a stylish lounge, perfect for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

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Beatnik
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Shopping, Music and entertainment

Beatnik

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Over the last few years, Israel has been going through a vinyl revival. Beatnik has been one of the pioneers of this movement. About 80% of the store consists of used records of all genres—rock, pop, jazz, blues, soul, funk, hip hop…and of course lots of Israeli and Middle Eastern music. They also offer coffee and beer so you can sit in their lounge area and sip on a beverage while enjoying the tasty tunes.

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OzenBar
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Bars, Café bars

Ozen Bar

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Nestled on one of Tel Aviv’s bustling nightlife streets, King George, it’s no wonder you’ll feel like local royalty the minute you step inside Ozen Bar. The dimly lit ambience coupled with brick walls is reminiscent of a dive bar in the middle of New York City’s East Village. Close your eyes and just imagine intimate and thrilling live shows every night of the week. Plus, the hip bar is connected to The Third Ear–a thriving record and film shop–so you can get your fix of more than just live music. 

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Greg Cafe
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Shopping, Bookstores

Greg Café

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In Canada, you can’t check out of Chapters without a Starbucks Maple Macchiato. In the U.S., it’s Barnes and Nobles that pairs a Pumpkin Spice latte with your paperback purchase. Well, as of 2010, the Haifa-based chain Greg Café began to dominate malls across Israel after going into partnership with the Tzomet Sfarim chain of bookstores. Located right outside the sliding glass doors of Tzomet Sfarim on the second floor of Dizengoff Center, Greg Café is tailor-made for the more casual reader looking to alternate between people watching, espresso sipping and a light romance novel.

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Shuffle Bar
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Bars

Shuffle Bar

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Complete with local beer on tap, board games from your childhood, and cozy communal seating, Shuffle Bar is a place that feels like home. Located in the heart of Florentin, this bar offers a neighborhood appropriate on-trend twist to beloved classics, think: fully loaded hamburgers, faux plant interior decorations alongside beer posters, and a hip soundtrack of music. With 1+1 happy hour and 20% off their entire menu of tasty snacks from 18:00-21:00 all week, Shuffle Bar is a must-visit for drinks and guaranteed fun and games (literally!)

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Bookworm
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Restaurants, Cafés

Bookworm

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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.  

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