Tel Aviv’s Top Reading Spots Every Bookworm Must Know
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!
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.’
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! Dizengoff St 87, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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.
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!
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!