Kikar Rabin is best known as the place where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, since then, many political rallies and and celebrations, such as White Night, take place there. What is less well known about Kikar Rabin is that it is surrounded by great places to eat. With all different types of cuisines around we have found some of the best.
If you wander a little way off of the square, you’ll find a bustling bistro. At Lilush, the furniture and atmosphere are eclectic and filled with warmth, the same kind of warmth that goes into all the food. You can get traditional bistro foods from the extensive menu, including a variety of soups that are hearty and wonderfully flavorful. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, dont worry, there’s plenty of options for you too.
When people think of France the first things that come to mind are romance, the Eiffel Tower, and gourmet food. Well, Tel Aviv doesn’t have an Eiffel Tower, but if you are looking for romance and gourmet French food, Brasserie is the place to dine. Located right across from Rabin Square, Brasserie offers an amazing view of the square or your date. Whether it’s for a classy brunch, a romantic dinner date, or a late night burger and fries (open 24/7), the food is divine and will make you think you’ve taken an impromptu trip to France.
Amore Mio is your best destination for Italian food. Walk into this restaurant and immediately feel as if you’ve walked into a family-owned Italian restaurant in the hills of Tuscany, with the food to match. Amore Mio prides itself on bringing the best ingredients and recipes from Italy to Tel Aviv. Get your pasta al dente with a generous glass of vino.
Walking around Kikar Rabin, you may almost miss this unassuming place. Don’t. Once Shmoneh catches your attention, you can’t look away. The bright colors of the fresh vegetables, the wonderful aroma of the food will capture your senses. This restaurant combines traditional Israeli cuisine with the delights of Italy. This is one of those corner restaurants that doesn’t make a big splash but should not be ignored just because it is small.
Some people choose the vegetarian lifestyle, some people find a balance and classify themselves as herbivores, and then there are the people who would call themselves carnivores, the mega meat eaters. For them, there is really only one place that can fulfill that craving, Meat Bar. For a fine dining experience with high quality meat cooked to perfection, follow that wonderful aroma all the way to Meat Bar, to satisfy your inner carnivore.
You can’t just walk the pavement if you expect to find Kanta. Instead, what you need to do is look up to the skies, for Kanta is located on a picturesque rooftop overlooking Rabin Square. The spectacular view isn’t all that this restaurant has going for it. Chef Yaron Malka oversees every dish that leaves his kitchen, offering nothing less than perfection. While you wait for your food, you can enjoy the gardenrooftop vibe while sipping on one of the specialty cocktails.
Anyone who has seen the movie The Big Lebowski will want to stop by just to see the big mural of Lebowski over the bar, it really pulls the restaurant together, man. Beyond the fun vibe and quirky movie references, the food is pretty great and provides you with a trip around the world with Israeli, French, and English breakfasts. It also offers lunch, dinner, coffee, and drinks, something for everyone.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and have a meal with Marlon Brando, the closest you’re going to get is by going to Gusto, where his face, in full Godfather form, is plastered all over the walls. While you can’t sit down to a meal with him, you can enjoy all of his favorite traditional Italian foods while enjoying the pictures on the walls.
Tel Aviv has something for everyone, including vegetarians, and Kikar Rabin is no different from the rest of the city. At Buddha Burger, the discerning vegetarian can pick an animal friendly meal off of the vegan menu. What’s more is that Buddha Burger offers its customers what it likes to call ‘healthy fast food.’ Anything that fills your craving for fries without adding to your saturated fats sounds like a winner.