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
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.
Performing Arts Center, Sderot Shaul HaMelech 19, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-692-7777
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.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sderot Shaul HaMelech 27, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-696-1297
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.
Bakery, 72 Ibn Gvirol Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-696-1050
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.
Shine, 38 Shlomo HaMelech, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-527-6186
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.
Lilush, 73 Frishman, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-529-1852
Get some sun
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.
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.
Papier, 1 David HaMelech, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-696-4583
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.
Tolaat Sefarim, 9 Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-529-8490