Favorite spots in and around Tel Aviv

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Our 8 Favorite Very Hot Spots in and Around Tel Aviv

Making a hot spot list about Tel Aviv honestly is quite impossible. You’ll literally find the best places everywhere around town. However, during our last visit, we hung out at a few spots a little too often so we gathered these in a mini travel guide. If you’re still in doubt about visiting this amazing destination, we can recommend reading our article about why Tel Aviv is our favorite city to be.

To wake up at WayCup Coffee

There’s no such thing as a good start of the day without a cup of coffee. We bumped into WayCup Coffee during one of our morning strolls and the place quickly became part of our daily routine. The bar is located close to Rothschild Boulevard and is open every day from 7 a.m. till 9 p.m., except on Shabbat. Also good to know: they roast their own coffee!

Waycup Coffee – Mikveh Israel St 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel 

Hotspots Tel Aviv Waycup Coffee

WayCup Coffee

Healthy lunch at Bucke Cafe

For a very understandable reason we always ended up in Bucke Cafe. It’s probably their country tray that attracted us the most. Imagine a giant baking tray filled with local delicacies to share. Even just thinking about it makes our mouths water.

Bucke Cafe – Ahad Ha’Am St 91, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Hotspots Tel Aviv lunch Bucke

Bucke Cafe

A late lunch (and some drinks) at Herzl 16

One of our former favorite hangout spots, Rothschild 12, closed its doors because of renovation demands. A huge loss for the city of Tel Aviv, but luckily the owners didn’t leave us out in the cold. They moved the concept to an even better location around the corner and simply renamed it after its current address, Herzl 16.

Putting just one stamp on Herzl 16 isn’t possible. It’s more of an all-round spot where you can eat and drink the entire day. The cuisine is Japanese-inspired so if you like that Asian touch, this place will most certainly fulfill your needs. In the evening they also organize concerts and gatherings which makes it the perfect place-to-be to have a rendezvous with friends.

Herzl 16 – Herzl St 16, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Hotspots Tel Aviv Lunch Herzl16

Herzl 16

Dinner at CoffeeBar

CoffeeBar is neither a coffee spot nor a newbie in town. This bistro has been serving French/Italian -inspired cuisine since 1994. It’s located in a more industrial area in Tel Aviv, but that doesn’t stop locals and tourists from coming. There are around 150 seats in CoffeeBar but at certain nights people are still waiting outside for a spot. Making a reservation or keeping your fingers crossed are in order to have a chance at enjoying the food.

We were lucky to spend our last night at this great bistro and left the place like stuffed turkeys. Honestly, there is not one dish we don’t recommend, but the Caesar salad, grilled calamari, beef tartar, burnt eggplant and the cheesecake were especially good.

CoffeeBar – Yad Harutsim St 13, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Hotspots Tel Aviv Coffee Bar
Coffee Bar Tel Aviv

CoffeeBar

Drinks and pizza at TEDER.FM

Funny fact about TEDER.FM is that it actually used to be a radio station before it turned into a bar. Nowadays it’s located in the Romano building, together with the Romano restaurant. TEDER is hidden behind a giant ugly gate that clearly had its day. However, once you enter it’s an urban oasis of good music, lovely people, delicious drinks and giant pizzas.

TEDER.FM – Derech Jaffa 9, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Hotspots Tel Aviv Teder

Teder.fm

More drinks (and some dance moves) at Kuli Alma

Sometimes before midnight, more often way after midnight, we ended up at Kuli Alma. It’s just one of the best bars/exhibition spaces/party scenes in Tel Aviv if you ask us. There are enough corners to hang out if you’re just in the mood to sit and enjoy your drink. There’s a party area where performers and dj’s give the best of themselves. On top of that they regularly give upcoming artists the chance to expose their creations to the public.

Kuli Alma – Mikveh Israel St 10, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Hotspots Tel Aviv Party Kuli Alma

Kuli Alma

A few hours of sleep

Tel Aviv never sleeps, but we at least needed to lay down a few hours a night otherwise we’d get grumpy. There are quite a few great hotels in the city such as Montefiore and The Poli House. However, if you stay longer than just a couple of days and you’re on a budget, these might become a bit expensive. If that’s the case you can combine a hotel with renting an apartment, the best of both worlds.

Begin 19 apartments are just perfect when you’re looking for a basic, clean and affordable place in a great area. And the host Lior is the best in town. If you’re looking for a bit more luxury, Lior’s penthouse in Jaffa might also be a great option.

Hotel Montefiore – Montefiore St 36, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

The Poli House – Nahalat Binyamin St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Begin 19 Apartments –  Derech Menachem Begin 19, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6618354, Israel (contact: Begin19tlv@gmail.com

Hotspots Tel Aviv

Penthouse in Jaffa

The Poli House

The Poli House

Culinary highlights outside of Tel Aviv: Helena Restaurant in Caesarea

The Helena restaurant isn’t exactly around the corner when you stay in Tel Aviv, but it’s very much worth the trip. Located in the old port of Caesarea, you’ll find yourself in an ideal setting. The city and harbor were once built by Herod the Great around 22-10 BC and later on inhabited by several other populations. Before you go dining we definitely recommended to at least visit the ancient Roman theatre and aqueduct.

Not only the surroundings but most definitely the food at Helena are highlights when you head to Caesarea. The restaurant is led by Israeli chef Amos Sion, and he’s one of the best in the field when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine. He knows how to magically turn local ingredients such as seafood, seasonal fruits and vegetables into exquisite dishes.

We were privileged to dine here and honestly, together with the foodgasms we had at Uri Buri, this is the best we’ve eaten during our trip (and other trips). It didn’t come as a surprise that Chef Amos Sion works closely together with Uri Jeremias.

When you’re planning on visiting Israel, definitely try to visit some of these less explored places in the country. Culturally and food-wise they might surprise you the most.

Helena Restaurant – Keisarya, Israël

Culinary highlights Israel Helena Restaurant Caesaria
Culinary highlights Israel Helena Restaurant Caesaria

Helena Restaurant in Caesarea

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