Want to do Tel Aviv like a local? Then Tel Aviv’s hidden gems are must-see places for you.
It’s fun to experience the touristy parts of any city that you’re visiting – and often, they’re a must! Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market? Jerusalem Beach? Rothschild Boulevard? Definitely all must-see places! But what about visiting some of the places where the locals love to go? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites of Tel Aviv’s hidden gems, so you can make the most out of your time in this amazing city. Keep reading for our top recommendations!
Located in the Carmel Market area is Eduard, a hidden gem of a bar. Known only to the locals, this place is small and cozy. Enjoy a beer or some shots with your friends and get to know the bartenders! What makes this place so special? Around midnight, the music changes – think Greek wedding music – and the bartenders invite patrons up on top of the bar to smash glass! That’s right, grab an empty vodka bottle and toss it to the floor. Opa! You have to visit to fully understand the charm of Eduard – you’ll never have a bar experience quite like this one!
Step out of Tel Aviv and into Hawaii! This Hawaiian poke & pizza place is easily overlooked. Located at one end of Nachalat Binyamin, Ho’oponopono is full of good vibes! The poke is the best thing to get here: choose from rice or quinoa for your base, a selection of fresh fish, and endless amounts of veggies for toppings. Pro tip: if you buy a poke bowl, you can also request to borrow one of their bikes for the day…FOR FREE!
Ho’oponopono is not just for the day time! Make sure you come back at night when it turns into a bar! Hosting live music and events like silent discos each week, this place is always hopping. Shout out to Gugy, the amazing owner!
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Hidden on one of the sides streets of the Carmel Market is Yom Tov, a charming cafe. With a small outdoor area but a huge upstairs interior room, Yom Tov is a hipster’s paradise. Need to get some work done? Bring your laptop and order an iced coffee, and sit for a while (they have free wifi!). Looking for a spot for an evening drink? Yom Tov’s got a great bar when the sun goes down! Want to grab brunch with your friends? Yom Tov serves up incredible food all day long! We recommend trying one of their poached bruschetta for the ultimate yum.
Looking for more amazing brunch spots in Tel Aviv? Check out our article HERE.
Just south of the Carmel Market area is Hakovshim, a real hidden gem of Tel Aviv! Seriously, you wouldn’t even know this place existed if you didn’t know what to look for. This little bistro cafe is upscale but reasonably priced. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s not a good time to visit! We highly recommend Hakovshim for your next brunch date. Try the Sausage Waffle (a sweet waffle topped with arugula, slices of corned beef, a poached egg, and honey mustard sauce) – combining savory and sweet, this may just be the best meal you ever have, seriously. Grab a beer, glass of sangria, or champagne to go with. Hakovshim is one of Tel Aviv’s hidden gems and is not to be missed!
One of Tel Aviv’s hidden gems is hidden in Jaffa. Cafe Puaa is a homey little cafe where everything is for sale, even the plates you’re eating off of. For real! You can totally buy any of their vintage dishes! Puaa is located right in the heart of the Jaffa Flea Market and serves up fresh Israeli and Mediterranean food. Their dishes are pretty substantial, so we recommend getting a few to split between you and your friends! Puaa’s goat labneh, fried cauliflower, and Israeli salad make a delicious meal for a small group. Yum!
The Prince is a literal hidden gem of Tel Aviv – seriously, the entrance to this place is difficult to find! If you’re lost, look for an unmarked door beside a dress shop on Nachalat Binyamin. The Prince is one of the best rooftop bars that Tel Aviv has to offer! With a great offer for happy hour (55 shekels for a cocktail and any food item off the menu or 45 shekels for beer/wine and any food item off the menu), this is a great spot for after-work drinks. Their food is seriously delish: we highly recommend the minute steak sliders, or go all out and order breakfast for dinner with the “Canadian French Toast” for a real treat!
Looking for more of Tel Aviv’s best happy hour spots? Check out our article HERE!
These are just some of Tel Aviv’s hidden gems that you’ll find while exploring the city. Looking to experience Tel Aviv more like a local? Want more off-the-beaten-track recommendations? Chat with Gooster, you expert tourist buddy, for tips, tricks, and recommendations for the urban traveler – accessible through Facebook Messenger today!