The upbeat urban pace of Tel Aviv’s most bustling areas - from Dizengoff Street to Rothschild Boulevard - is undeniable. Sometimes, it’s nice to slip away from the noisy Tel Aviv streets like Shenkin and King George Street and into a quiet café or maybe a bookstore for some solace. Can’t decide which? You don’t have to with these bookstores that double as cafés scattered around the Israeli culture capital.
Four Tel Aviv cafés bookworms will go gaga for
With an atmosphere as whimsical as the children’s book it’s named after, The Little Prince (‘Hanasich Hakatan’ in Hebrew) is the perfect place to grab a book, sit down and read away the afternoon while sipping on mint tea. With a huge selection of second-hand books at low prices, it’s no wonder their enchanting outdoor terrace is teeming with writers and literature lovers. On top of the impressive collection of Hebrew and English books, The Little Prince also hosts book launches, cultural events, and sporadic jazz performances.
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.
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.