Killin’ it on King George: where to hang out along Tel Aviv’s bohemian street

An urban haven for eating, drinking, and hanging out on patios in the heart of Tel Aviv

Miznon © Ariel Efron
By Time Out Israel Writers |
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Running from the Carmel Market on Allenby all the way towards Kikar Rabin, King George Street is packed with local gems, each with its own unique bohemian flare. From the most raved about Tel Aviv street food establishment, Miznon, to the hipsterest of hipster bars this side of Florentin, to vegan cafés and even an awesome park, it’s impossible to get bored when wandering down King George. When in Tel Aviv, eat, drink, play, pay like the locals do. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, you might even think about getting a tattoo at Kipod, one of Tel Aviv’s top tattoo parlors.

Where to eat, drink and hang on King George Street

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OzenBar
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Bars, Café bars

OzenBar

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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 OzenBar. 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.

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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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Gan Meir
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Meir Park

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Located just off the central King George street, Gan Meir is the epitome of parks. The dog park at its King George exit attracts dog lovers and owners alike, while kids run through the grassy fields at all hours of the day.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Seeds Patisserie

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Searching for a venue to get your vegan fix? Look no further. Step inside Seeds and let the heavenly aromas of vegan cheesecake and fresh butter(less) pastries win you over. As if the assortment of homemade pastries isn’t enough, Seeds also sells a hodgepodge of frozen fare like vegan meatballs, veggie burgers, tofu and seaweed pastries filled with pure love.

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Hakosem
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Restaurants, Fast food spots

Hakosem

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Thanks to their creamy hummus dishes, sensational shawarma, and salads chopped to perfection, it's no surprise Hakosem’s always bustling with customers. You can literally taste the passion in every blissful bite, a passion shared by the chefs and the friendly wait staff. At the end of your meal, you’ll be busting at the seams with satisfaction just as the restaurant is busting at the seams with happy customers.

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Restaurants, Israeli

Miznon

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Celebrity Chef Eyal Shani has redefined street food in Israel with Miznon, a pita-centered joint where culinary expertise meets incredible ingredients. The atmosphere is loud and lively: just order your food, sit back, enjoy the free pita and tahini nibbles, and wait until your name is called. Just about anything you can fit in a pita is on offer here, including a rich and meaty minute steak, chicken liver, steak and eggs, kebabs and shakshuka. Vegetarians can find a good meal here too, with a slow-cooked ratatouille and the simple deliciousness of a juicy head of cauliflower that oozes flavor through its simplicity. Don’t want to leave home? Order in - they deliver. Miznon has multiple locations in the center of Israel (1 HaNechoshet St and 21 Ibn Gvirol) and even one in Paris!

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Rama
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Restaurants, Pizza

​Rama

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Located in the middle of the popular King George Street in Tel Aviv is Rama. Serving the best combination, pizza and beer, Rama is a fun place to sit with friends and enjoy the city. With an extensive beer list, you’re sure to find your favorite drink. The pizzas have unique topping combinations, causing some locals to call it the best pizza in town. The atmosphere is relaxed, the patrons are friendly and the service is great, making Rama one of the top places in town to go for an easy meal and drinks.

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Bars, Café bars

HaMaoz

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Save Miznon’s bag-o-meat and whole-roasted cauliflower for later. It’s still early so you should head to the hipster haven just a block away instead. Across from Gan Meir on King George Street, the balcony at HaMaoz is the perfect setting for drinking wine and snacking on Middle Eastern tapas-type dishes as an accompaniment to your people watching. 

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Abu Dabi
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Restaurants, Hummus

Abu Dabi

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Located in downtown Tel Aviv on the bustling King George Street is Abu Dabi. This small hummus spot is perfectly located to drop in before, during, or after a night out at one of the many popular bars nearby, or to refuel during a shopping trip at Dizengoff Center. Abu Dabi has a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service, in addition to delicious hummus, fresh salads and homemade chips and falafel. The hummus is exquisite, the music is trendy and the location unbeatable. Known as the “reggae” hummus spot, you’ll leave Abu Dabi relaxed and full.  

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Restaurants, Cafés

The Streets

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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.

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Restaurants, Bakeries

Piece of Cake

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From the outside, Piece of Cake is one of those bakeries that seems like an overrated chain, but inside, it's a surprising delight. The moment you enter the premises, tantalizing aromas waft about in the air, enticing you to sample one (or five) of their delicious baked goods. Since the place is so well established, there is a wide selection available. 

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Tutus Karex
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Bars, Gastropubs

Tutus Karex

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Tutu Karex is a neighborhood bar with a great design and a 'family vibe'. The bar is known for its musical variety, but it has a sweet spot for hip hop and Arabic music. Their outdoor vibes are as friendly as inside, plus they have deliciously varied cocktails to match. Standouts include the passion fruit and apple slushie (syrup, Midori and a whole lot of vodka) and French 75 (Bombay, cava, cherry syrup, lemon juice, lemon peel and amarena cherries). Don’t miss their ooey-gooey cheddar cheese fries to soak up the alcohol. If you're looking for a cool hangout with friends, Tutu Karex is the spot for you.  

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Cafe Pachut
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Restaurants, Cafés

Simple Coffee (Café Pachut)

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Most pass right by Simple Coffee (פשוט קפה) with tunnel vision for the ‘balagan’ that is Miznon brunch. However, for those in the know, Jachnun at this tiny neighborhood coffee nook is an obligatory weekly event. Every Saturday, the flaky treat is hand-prepped by "Aunt Tzipi" and baked to order by Oshrit, the owner. One bite will win you over for life. Their coffee is also on point, as are their delicious poppyseed and date & nut bites, all elevated by Oshrit’s warm service.

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Kipod Tattoo
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Shopping, Tattoos and piercings

Kipod Tattoo

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Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, Kipod Tattoo is the perfect place for your next tattoo or piercing. With eight tattoo artists and two piercers available, Kipod offers a professional staff in a sanitary studio. Each tattooist specializes in a different style, making Kipod the perfect place for any tattoo design you have in mind. Among the staff is artist Michael Kozlenko, who has over 20 years of experience and has participated in many international conventions. Kozlenko specializes in cover-ups and loves Bio-Mechanic, Neo-Traditional and oriental tattoo styles. Alexander Yanitskiy is another senior artist at Kipod, who is known for his photo-realism tattoo work.

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Pizza Shiroko
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Restaurants, Pizza

Pizza Shiroko

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When it comes to pizza, Tel Aviv has a myriad of options for you to choose from. If you're looking for a pizza joint that has the local flair, then Shiroko Pizza is the place to go. Located just steps away from Gan Meir, Shiroko offers a quality slice and a local feel, which is the perfect combo when it comes to this comfort food classic. The small location is reminiscent of grabbing a slice in New York City, where you go for both the food and familiar faces. Why not take a stroll in the park and then sit back and enjoy some pizza at Shiroko next Friday afternoon?

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Tepale
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Bars, Dive bars

Tepale

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Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, on one of its main streets, Tepale has authentic Tel Avivian vibes. With Israeli music playing, cheap alcohol and a welcoming crowd, Tepale will bring you into the fold of becoming a regular. Known for offering guests sunflower seeds and arak shots, free of charge, this bar knows how to treat its customers. And don’t miss their pitchers of cocktails. There’s nothing like a boozy brunch to cure that hangover with the hair of the dog or avoid it altogether by continuing that buzz through the weekend. As Tel Aviv becomes more and more sophisticated, it’s comforting to know there are places like Tepale left, where patrons can feel at ease.

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