Top 8 Things To Do In Tel Aviv's Kikar Rabin Neighborhood
Like any big city, Tel Aviv is constantly renewing itself, expanding and growing. There are some amazing neighborhoods in this city, and the Kikar Rabin area is full of hidden gems. Discover the variety of offerings in this central, historic neighborhood.
Kikar Rabin Courtesy Steven Winston Photography
Easily accessible from other neighborhoods, this area is associated with Rabin Square, named after former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated here in 1995. Home to city hall, the square has been through renovations and provides wonderful shady areas for a sunny afternoon and hosts national events.
Israeli Opera House Courtesy Kira Bloom
Israeli Opera House
Museum, Opera House, Theater
Tel Aviv Museum of Art | Courtesy Kira Bloom
A 10-minute walk from the Kikar will take you to both the Israeli Opera House the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In its 16th season of operas, the Opera House offers jazz series, symphonic series, classic rock, operas for children and more. For booking information and more details, check out their English website.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is home to modern and contemporary art. From Kandinsky to Chagall, you can find paintings, sculptures, installations and photography exhibits here. This museum has come a long way since 1932, when the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, founded it. Be sure to check out their current exhibitions.
Located right at the edge of the Kikar itself sits Bakery, a well-known and loved pastry shop. Displaying cakes, cookies, muffins and sandwiches, Bakery is perfect for a Saturday morning coffee-and-croissant combo. Take your coffee and freshly baked sweets with you, grab a book and head to Kikar Rabin for a great way to start off your day. Tip: if you head over after 7 pm you can get 50% off their pastries for the day.
Located on Shlomo Halamech and Frishman, Shine is known for its homemade tossed and sauced pizzas. Choose one of their combos or create your own pizza toppings. If you’re not into pizza, Shine has amazing pasta dishes and crisp salads, not to mention their delicious breakfasts.
Also located on Frishman is a cozy place called Lilush. With a very relaxed atmosphere, Lilush boasts soups made fresh in house daily as well as specialty paninis. Friendly for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike, Lilush has a diverse menu. If you happen to get there for happy hour, be sure to try their warm sangria.
Kikar Rabin isn’t the only spot in the neighborhood to bask in the sunshine. Gan Ha’ir, or The City Park, is a great green patch to relax, listen to the live music that is sometimes being performed and see some tails wag at the dog park.
Ben Gurion Boulevard is lined with small café kiosks and benches. Take a seat, breathe in the Tel Aviv air and enjoy.
Papier Courtesy Kira Bloom
The most unique and stylish stationary shop in Tel Aviv is called Papier. Chic yet edgy, they sell everything from notebooks and art supplies to candles and photo frames. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend or wanting to treat yourself, you are guaranteed a great find at Papier.
If you’re looking for a good place to browse books while enjoying a cappucino, be sure to check out Tolaat Sefarim. They offer a nice selection of books, as well as a great study area and comfy chairs. In the summer you can enjoy the vibes by sipping an ice coffee, selecting a book and sitting outside in their shady outdoor seating area.