Last updated March 16th 2020

Written by guest reviewer Alicia Gansz

About the author… Alicia Gansz is a happy summertime resident of Israel. She is a former communications director of a Middle East Think Tank in Washington, and is currently consulting for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She obviously loves coffee, and really loves Tel Aviv. So she is thrilled with the opportunity to explore the very creative coffee scene presently flowering in the White City!

Kiosk Est 1920

Lilenblum 3 | Neve Tzedek |  Sat – Thu 7am – mid-evening, Fri 7am – mid-afternoon
Kiosk Est 1920 contributes a uniquely endearing outdoor cafe experience to an already totally charming neighborhood. You won’t be disappointed by this sophisticated contemporary setting that also meaningfully connects you to a formative era of Tel Aviv history. Read more.

Nina Cafe

Shabazi 29 | Neve Tzedek | Sun – Fri 7:30am – dusk, Sat 9:15am – last customer leaves
Looking for a little bit of Paris in Tel Aviv? Nina Cafe sits on everybody’s favorite boulevard in Neve Tzedek, one brimming with haute couture and tony shops. Nina is the place to lay down your shopping bags, get off your feet, and beat the summer heat by sipping an ice latte, lemonade, or other refreshing boisson. Warning: If you choose to do so at one of the cafe’s Parisian-like sidewalk tables, you may quickly become part of the scenery, and find that you serve as background to countless Instagram photos taken of this desirable thoroughfare! Read more.

Jonesy Garnder

Nahalat Binyamin St 3 | Shuk | Sun-Fri 7 – dusk, Sat 8 – dusk

This beautiful, bustling “secret garden” is located near the top of Nahalat Benyamin. It therefore serves as a perfect haven of refreshment in the midst of Nahalat’s vibrant garment district-turned-artisan market. Jonesy Gardener has a great selection of juices, coffee, tea, and other drinks, and a lunch/brunch menu filled with interesting and tasty variety. Make this delightful “garden” spot part of your next visit to Nahalat Binyamin! Read more.

Ha Ogen

Frishman 43 | Lev Ha’Ir | Sun-Thurs 7-19, Friday half day

This oasis of a coffee shop is located near the lively Dizengoff shopping district—near enough for shoppers to drop in for a refreshing reward after the day’s errands. HaOgen is a welcome newcomer to Tel Aviv’s rich coffee-house culture, and it fits right in to this sophisticated neighborhood. The coffee itself is excellent, and locally roasted, and with an exceptional flourish of hospitality. This is a great place to meet a friend for lunch, work on a project with a colleague, or just chill out with an invigorating cup of coffee. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a delicious espresso made by experts, or to connect with this warm and friendly urban cafe community! Read more.

Vista Coffee

Retzif HaAliya HaShniya St 1 | Jaffa | Daily 8am – 11pm

The appropriately named Vista Coffee is a one-year-old kiosk located at one of the best spots ever for a refreshment stand: the cobblestoned promenade that curves around Jaffa’s natural seaside outcropping and gently conducts visitors to the Port of Jaffa—their likely destination with its marina and well-loved seaside restaurants. What an appealing idea. Imagine sipping your ice coffee or blended limonana (delightfully mint-green in hue and garnished with real spearmint leaves) while you perch next to the old stone sea wall and watch a pink sun sink into the listing Mediterranean horizon. Read more.


Montefiore 3 | Central Tel Aviv | Sun – Thu 7:30am – 6pmFri 8am – 4pm
Traveling to this Central American coffee kingdom annually for taste tests and bean selection (what coffee lover wouldn’t apply for that job?), the Mae experts bring home each year’s winning beans in still-green condition to a climate-controlled warehouse, roasting them in small batches at their own local facility. Read more.


Shlomo HaMelech 12 | Central Tel Aviv | Sun – Thu 7am – 7pmFri 7am – 3:30pm

People love Cafelix for many reasons. The proprietors consider themselves artisans in the purchasing, crafting, and roasting of their beans and blends. They care about relationships with the farmers. They are attentive to the conditions in which the coffee is grown. The coffee blends even have African and Central/South American animal names (and logos to match) like “Giraffe or “Elephant.” The labels on the bags are stamped with a picture of the animal rather than the name. How cute and creative is that? Read more.

A little bit more about coffee in Tel Aviv…

At first glance, you wouldn’t think a city like Tel Aviv could bring forth and nourish such a thriving cafe culture. Yes, it’s a sophisticated metropolis with world-class dining options. But not like Paris or Prague of old. People here generally do not sit together in a leisurely manner over hours-long conversation. This is a city that barely sleeps. It’s on the move. Yesh harbeh energia. If you are not up and at ‘em by 7:00 am you have missed the day. Take-away-to-work coffee, yes. But not a natural fit for the “cafe culture” as traditionally practiced.


So why are Beit Cafes succeeding wildly here? Yes, this city, and this generation of Tel Avivis in particular, loves good coffee. But more than that, the Beit Cafe is where relationships happen. And Israel, perhaps Tel Aviv in particular, is, gloriously, all about relationships. The Beit Cafe is the place to put down the phone, sink into your seat, look the person across from you in the eyes, and enjoy real conversation over a steaming aromatic infusion of something dark and rich. When you are hanging out with a friend in the unique social environment of a coffee bar, the phrase “relaxing over a cup of coffee” is not an oxymoron.


Ok, so the 21st-century urban millennial cannot spare an entire afternoon of meaningful tete-á-tete. But even the few moments that can be shared in this manner connect younger generations of Tel Aviv to the city’s century-old roots. In fact, Tel Aviv coffee shops are almost as old as the city itself and have played an integral role in the development of its unique urban culture. (Occasionally, you can even find a photographic or other historical retrospective on this phenomenon.) It was the place where, for generations, plans were made, thoughts developed, philosophers were nourished, novels were born, works of art were conceived.  From new immigrants to artists, poets, academics, officials, businessmen, and Bohemians (yesterday’s hipsters)—everyone had their own favorite gathering spot. And so it is today.


Of course for the true aficionado among Secret Tel Aviv’s readership, it’s all about the delight of the coffee experience…that incomparable aroma of freshly roasted beans…the sound of the espresso machine transforming black piles of sandlike substance into thick liquid ambrosia…the anticipation of the first sip of the day….ahhhhhhh…pure joy. Let the journey begin!

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