Tel Aviv may be known for its nightlife
and vibrant culture, always-crowded beaches and collection of hip restaurants. But it’s also the perfect escape for an afternoon spent lost in your favorite novel. We’ve curated a list of the best and most underrated niches of Tel Aviv that, once a good book in hand, any true bookworm won’t be able to resist!
The Little Prince
A sweet escape from the always lively King George street, the second you walk into The Little Prince you’ll be faced with the all-too-familiar decision between letting yourself fall into one of the oversized leather seats with a cup of fresh coffee, or indulging in the hundreds of classics lining the shelves of the used book store at the front. You’ll hardly know you’re in a café at all; the familiar smells of worn books mixed with brewing coffee and comfy chairs, you’ll have no choice but to feel right at home. Don’t forget to ask about the unique events that take place at The Little Prince regularly, ranging from music performances by up-and-coming artists, to open literary discussions, to riveting talks about topics like ‘the downfall of monogamy.’
The Little Prince, 19 King George Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 525 3632
More in the mood for reading while people-watching? Kick back on a reclining beach chair outside Café Castel on either Ibn Gbirol or Dizengoff Street. This charming pop-up café is the perfect spot to sit back with a book, while still feeling like you’re in the heart of the city. Grab one of their delectable mini sandwiches and a refreshing iced coffee and soak in Tel Aviv’s warmth. And if you need to move your legs a bit, the Ibn Gbirol location is just a few blocks away from Yarkon Park!
Ibn Gabirol Street 153, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 355 432 55
Cafe Castel | Courtesy of Cafe Castel
You’re going to want a long book for this one. Yarkon Park is a must-go for you and your favorite novel. Bring a sheet and spread yourself out on one of the open lawns rolling along the Yarkon River, lean against one of the many looming trees bursting with pink and purple orchids, or else pick from one of the perfectly-placed benches looking over the serene water. And if you’re up for a ride, treat yourself to a boat rental and read your way down the never-ending river at sunset. Whichever you choose, you’ll have no choice but to forget you’re right in the heart of Tel Aviv’s bustling city center.
HaYarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 364 228 28
You’re going to want a long book for Yarkon Park © Photo Gallery Israeli Ministry of Tourism / Flickr | © Photo Gallery Israeli Ministry of Tourism / Flickr
This one’s all in the name. Literally meaning Bookworm, Tola’at Sfarim is the number one café for any true book-lover. Sit by the oversized windows in summer with a glass of fresh orange juice or lemonade, and you’ll feel like you’re on the veranda of a vacation beach house. Or choose a table in a cozy nook in winter and warm up with a bowl of homemade soup and a fresh, irresistible pastry. The best part? No need to bring your own book! Tola’at Sfarim is attached to a charming bookstore crowded with books in both Hebrew and English, ranging from fiction to cookbooks to graphic novels. Take your pick, sit back, and read!
9 Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 353 570 38
7 Maze Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 353 579 07
Beit Ariela Library
Looking for a quieter place with no distractions? Check out Beit Ariela, Tel Aviv’s largest public library on Sderot Sha’ul HaMelech Street. Kick back on one of the colorful oversized beanies, or set yourself up at a quiet table. Make sure to leave yourself time to wander through the never-ending isles of books in Hebrew, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. You’ll have your pick of just about any topic, from education to science to fiction to dance history. Once you’re there, it’s the perfect opportunity to check out the Tel Aviv Museum of Art right next door!
Sderot Sha’ul HaMelech 25, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 369 101 41
Tel Aviv is famous for its crowded beaches every time of year. There is a way to get the Tel Aviv tan, the amazing view, and the peace and quiet for an afternoon with a good read. Alma beach is Tel Aviv’s quietest and most laid-back beach. Located right at the edge of Tel Aviv, Alma overlooks the breathtaking sea together with the picturesque skyline of the old city of Jaffa. Stay for dusk and you’ll be witness to one of the most beautiful sunsets Israel has to offer.
Ramat Gan National Park
Ramat Gan National Park
Not technically in Tel Aviv but only a bus ride away from the city center, the Ramat Gan National park couldn’t be left out. Large expanses of grass surrounding a beautiful fountain, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon with your favorite book. It’s secret? This National Park is filled with giant trees that are all too perfect for leaning back and taking in the view. If you look hard enough, you’ll find a few overgrown trunks mysteriously shaped like armrests. Make sure to check out the small café by the water and grab something to munch on before you sit down — once you find your favorite tree, you won’t be able to leave!
Large expanses of grass surrounding a beautiful fountain, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon with your favorite book © Zachi Evenor / Flickr | © Zachi Evenor / Flickr