Best Cafes Near The Habima Square Area Of Tel Aviv, Israel
If you find yourself in central Tel Aviv, at Habima cultural square, there is no shortage of cute roadside cafes or options for a delicious midday bite. We have scanned the area for the perfect spot for a scenic break.
Enjoying a pastry on the square Courtesy of Debby Ajdler
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Lachmanina, Marmorek Street | Courtesy of Café Lucia
Perched right opposite the square, Lachmanina is the perfect spot for drinking coffee, eating the vast range of baked on-site goods, and basking in the glorious colors, sounds, and sights of Habima’s urban beach garden. This roadside cafe doubles as a bakery. First, enjoy one of their refreshing salads or signature ‘nelson’ bread open-faced sandwiches. Then take home a bag of all their breads, cookies, brownies, vegan cakes, and muffins. With plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, plugs for computer chargers, and excellent coffee, this is the ideal place to spend an entire afternoon getting work done. You can also enjoy a long catchup with friends or even conduct business meetings, all while sitting on the pulsing city center. Lachmanina’s baked goods can be enjoyed at other cafes in the city. They also have another branch in North Tel Aviv’s Shuk Tzafon(North Market).
Tucked away in the residential side streets, just a few minutes walk from Habima along Rothschild Boulevard, you will find the quintessential neighborhood cafe, Café Lucia. It has a diverse menu offering anything from their hearty chicken curry to their delectable breakfast dishes. There’s also a selection of Lachmanina’s delectable pastries. A sister business opened by the same owners as Lachmanina with low-key vibes, Café Lucia has all the elements for an ideal spot to enjoy a home-cooked meal. You can also opt for something sweet, a foamy cappuccino. Take in the quiet streets, come with or without pets or with laptop in hand or leisurely read a newspaper.
Country Bucke breakfast tray for two | Courtesy of Debby Ajdler
Shmanmonet is a neighborhood corner cafe by day meets low-key resto-bar by night. Guaranteed to play great music all day and all night, Shmanmonet, which in Hebrew means ‘little fattie’, is an excellent spot to enjoy and indulge. This is whether you want a matcha latte or chilled beer alongside one of the chef’s daily dishes. These meals range from artisanal sausages, Malaysian glass-noodle salads, a homemade strawberry cheesecake, to a coffee and freshly made sandwich duo. The food is excellent, the couches are comfy and the decor feels like your own living room. The atmosphere, highlighted by oldies rock ‘n’ roll and the clientele’s pets, is fun and eclectic.
For quirky, country-style, creative and colorful food, the top choice is Bucke. Homey and cozy, this fun cafe is decked out in colorful signs, furniture and dishes. There’s even a jar of dog treats for your furry plus ones. Shem Levy’s kitchen is constantly churning out eccentric breakfasts, salads, and desserts to its bustling clientele. Don’t miss their signature ‘Bucke Tray’, ideal for sharing and tasting a variety of flavors all in one go. This neighborhood spot is filled with regulars, digital nomads, dog lovers, and classic Tel Avivian cafe-goers. So if you’re in the area, make sure to find yourself at Bucke, tucked away on a side street.
If you are serious about coffee, then a visit to one of the Loveat Organic Coffee branches is always a good idea. Particularly, Loveat Habima with its enchanting back garden that faces one the many inner courtyards of the Habima cultural complex. The ambiance there is extremely chilled out. The emphasis is less on food and more on the coffee. They have an extensive variety of single origin roasts and everything from Chemex coffee to nutty cold brews. Hidden round the side of the theater square, the quiet caffeine-addict’s gem is a must-visit either for a leisurely afternoon or a perfect cup on the go.
Straddled on the corner of the residential Ben-Tzion Boulevard, opposite the theater and cornering Rothschild Boulevard is Cafe Habima. Its strategic location makes it an ideal spot for the cultural area’s thoroughfare. Whether you’re after a hot soup, a quick sandwich on-the-go, or a sweet treat to accompany your coffee, this inviting and friendly mid-road hut has something for you. One of the better places to people-watch in Tel Aviv and a great meeting point for friends, the energetic Cafe Habima has its regulars. However, it lures passers-by in with aromatic smells of coffee and large smiles.
A few minutes away from Habima, masked by surrounding residential homes, the on-site bakery and sandwich cafe Grasyani awaits. If the delectable smell of baked goods doesn’t lure you in, its picturesque location opposite the local dog park with plenty of outdoor seating in the sunshine will. Bring a laptop, a pet, your friends, or just yourself and enjoy their selection of interesting cookies, cakes, focaccia and toasts. With jars, boxes, and bags of delicious goodies to take home with you, this quiet spot makes for an excellent place to buy your bread for the weekend. Alternatively start the working week here with a relaxed salad and coffee, as you get some work done.