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Tel Aviv has a lot to offer in terms of restaurants, clubbing and sun bathing on the beach. The city also offers plenty of breathtaking sights. And for those who are looking to see the cover of a good book, this 24-hour city doesn’t disappoint. Here are the five best bookstores in Tel Aviv.
The Little Prince (HaNasich Hakatan)
The Little Prince is truly a place to spend time for any serious bookworm. It contains a wide selection of books in Hebrew, but also in Russian, French and Spanish, and has an entire room of literature in English. For readers looking for something peculiar such as Wilhelm Stekel’s guide to dream interpretation or a Sephardic cuisine cookbook in Turkish, this bookstore is the best spot to start your search. The prices are attractive, which has earned The Little Prince a stable stream of customers. Inspired by the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book by the same name, the store shares a nostalgic, dreamy atmosphere with its visitors, who can make themselves comfortable with a cup of coffee or a pint of beer while checking out their favorite volume. Once a year, The Little Prince hosts a unique used book fair featuring rare volumes on art history, philosophy, anthropology and more for a very low price.
19 King George Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-525-3632
Located on Allenby Street, Lotus Books is heaven for those looking for books that are out-of-print. The store was founded in 1950 and specializes mainly on educational literature, which can be helpful for students hoping to save money on books for school. Lotus Books also offers newly released bestsellers and used books varying in price from 40 to 50 shekels. Fantasy and science fiction lovers will also enjoy Lotus Books’ wide collection of books in these genres.
101 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-566-3630
Robinson Books is one of the oldest and most well-known bookstores in Tel Aviv. Located on Nahalat Binyamin Street, it opened its doors in 1889. There are thousands of books here, including plenty of classic and modern literature in various languages. It’s possible to find numerous books on Bible studies, Israeli history, biographies and more. Robinson Books’ website is very helpful; you can easily check the availability of specific titles using their online form. Anyone interested in selling their used books can also do so through Robinson Books, and can start the process here.
31 Nahalat Binyamin Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-560-5461
Halper’s Books is another legendary bookstore located on Allenby Street in Tel Aviv. Opened in 1991 and owned by Yosef Halper, originally from New Jersey, the store offers Tel Aviv’s widest selection of books in English. Halper’s Books also offers books in German, French, Russian, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. Genres include art, Judaica, history and fiction, and even science fiction. Halper’s is conveniently located between Maze and Montefiore Streets, and Yosef Halper can still be found behind the counter.
87 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-629-9710
Bookworm (Tola’at Sfarim)
Currently, there are two Bookworm store locations in Tel Aviv, one on Rabin Square and another on Maze Street. The bookstore, founded in 1986, attracts customers by combining the bookstore with a laptop-friendly coffee shop. Special regard should be given to the pastry and cookie selection, which can add a homey twist to your relaxed afternoon reading. The store offers a fairly large number of books in genres including art, design, fiction and graphic novels. It’s also an ideal place to recharge your batteries after a long sightseeing walk around Tel Aviv.
9 Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3-535-70-38
7 Maze Street, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-535-7907
By Margarita Rozenberg