Experience Tel Aviv Like a Local with the Brown TLV Neighbourhood Guide

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Experience Tel Aviv Like a Local with the Brown TLV Neighbourhood Guide

To say that the Brown TLV hotel is in a “prime location” would be an understatement. Situated in the beating heart of Tel Aviv, you’re just a few steps away from the city’s hype-worthy restaurants, bars, hidden cafes and art galleries. Let the coolest locals in town tell you about all the nearby where the good times roll.

updated: November 2018
  • Not a commercial space and one of the best places for new media art. Really good exhibitions of contemporary artists in a perfect size space. Visit before / after HaCarmel Market.
    Iris, 32 Art Curator & M.A. Art Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Center for Contemporary Art
    Official Website
  • A cozy, loveable restaurant serving fresh, locally grown organic and plant-based food, located in the beautiful neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. The variety of creative and delicious dishes is one of my favorite things about this place. Plus, they have a monthly-changing menu. The staff will always be nice and smiley, which is a big plus. I love having intimate Shabbat dinners here. Took my mom to this place a couple of times and she loved it. Their vegan breakfast is the best in town: chickpeas and lentil omelette served with cashew and nuts cheeses, along with homemade rye and barley bread - ah, I’m getting myself hungry now.
    Amit, 26 Music Consultant & Writer
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Meshek Barzilay
    Official Facebook
  • Santa Katarina is a restaurant where you can really order anything and it will be excellent, fresh and reasonably priced. The place opened this year, and has already won great and just reviews. The restaurant is designed with simplicity, the menu is not too clever, and is based on the huge Tabun oven that was especially built in the middle of it (do not miss the pizza!) the menu is local Mediterranean and you can never miss with it. Order a bottle of wine (sauvignon blanc by Jamal is a fine dry wine, and though it might sound Mediterranean, it's actually French). I recommend the ceviche on yogurt, baked vegetables, the divine Jerusalemite pretzel, the wonderful pizza and the excellent fillet skewer. For dessert, take the semolina cake. It doesn’t look very impressive, but it’s wonderful!
    Mika, 33 Film Producer & Law Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Santa Katerina
    Official Facebook
  • One of the rare unpretentious spots in Tel-Aviv. Nice, cosy, humble and cheap (!) bar that exist for ages and hopefully will stay forever. The food is really great, so consider coming for lunch too.
    Gili, 27 Content Creator
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    HaMinzar
    Official Instagram
  • This street starts right besides the beginning of HaCarmel Market and continues all the way to Rothchild blvd. (and beyond). It’s full of fabric stores, artisan stands selling everything handmade by them, from ashtrays to paintings, small coffee shops and occasional street performers.
    Nadav, 32 Private Chef & City Lover
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Nahalat Binyamin Street
    Foursquare
  • The only place in Tel Aviv which provides a stage to the local jazz bands. The city has a special scene of jazz musicians who go abroad to study abroad and then return to Tel Aviv, their home. It all resides in a very unique building in the Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian. You can go there every night and dive into your thoughts with a glass of beer. You can check the concerts in advance, but anyway, you'll always find jazz at a high level.
    Michael, 32 Actor & Musician
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Beit Haamudim
  • This is a new pottery gallery, owned by a good friend of mine. It’s a gem, and popping in there is a must. In addition to it being a gallery, it’s also a pottery studio and a shop. Beautiful pieces, great shows and a calm and comforting vibe. Go here on a Friday morning or afternoon and take a look at the artwork; maybe buy a few mugs or bowls or plates. You’ll also be welcome to take a seat, smoke your cigarette and drink a cup of coffee. You’ll meet cool and interesting people, for sure.
    Shai, 24 Community Manager & Literature Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Even Gallery
    Official Instagram
  • A big market which starts at Magen David Sq. and ends at the Carmelit. At the top of the market they sell clothes, shoes, homeware and jewelry, and the more you enter the market, it starts becoming a fruit and vegetables market. When I was 5 years old, my kindergarten was inside the market, a small path between the stalls led to it, it was called Gan HaShuk. We were 15 kids, and it had a huge yard. Every morning my father would take me there on his bicycle, and we would pass through the market stalls, the smells and the colors. Ever since, I have a string affection to this market, because it reminds me of my childhood. I usually come here early in the morning on Fridays, before people start crowding the place. I buy vegetables, fruit and cheese, and then I go somewhere to eat. Recently there are lots of food stalls and street restaurants opened in the market. My favorite one is Shmuel, they have great vegetarian food and good vibes, but there's a really long line there on a Friday.
    Tamara, 29 Fashion, Textile & Product Designer
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    HaCarmel Market
    Google Images
  • When you walk into this place from Nachlat Binyamin st. it looks like a small restaurant, but there’s much more to it upstairs and in the back. There’s a wonderful and romantic courtyard that feels homey and pleasant. The food is excellent and very fitting for a night of drinking with friends. Bicicletta is a very casual place for me - almost feels like a family - and I go there sometimes to have drinks with friends on birthdays. Their eggplant fries and shrimps are great, as a side to a glass of white wine. They also have an interesting variety of cocktails. It’s open from the afternoon hours and is a good place to grab an end-of-the-day beer or after walking around Nachlat Binyamin, which is an area I really like shopping and strolling around.
    Maytar, 28 Fashion Designer & Vegetarian
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Bicicletta
    Official Facebook
  • Please meet my weekly meditation, an amazing note book store, where they take old Israeli books and make them into new and beautiful products. Notebooks, journals, pictures, artistry materials and the like. If you need to get someone a gift for the holidays, or just feast your eyes on the lovely works of the owner, this is the place for you. Go through every wall, every shelf and open every notebook or box you find. It's an inexhaustible experience which renews itself on a daily basis. The owner works hard to enrich his line of products every day, so allow yourself to visit there next week as well.
    Dari, 31 VP Creative & Innovation
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Notbook
    Notbook's Facebook
  • the most amazing place to go for a delicious vegan dinner. offers you an Israeli-parsian food and romantic atmosphere always go there for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend to celebrate something or on the weekend for the unbelievable brunch menu that make your table look like heaven and your mouth explode! 100% vegan
    Noa, 25 Fashion Design Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Zakaim
    zakaim
  • No matter the weather, this rooftop bar is always a good idea. Have a fancy cocktail and enjoy the view, the music and the great vibe.
    Gili, 27 Content Creator
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Poli House Rooftop Bar
    Official Facebook
  • Amazing burgers with Bleu cheese, Super cool and hip On the menu, you will find a variety of hamburgers, including a vegan burger, hot dogs, and potato Fries, which consists of potato chips and sweet potato chips with parsley and lemon rind.
    Inbar, 27 MBA Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Vitrina Lili
    Google Images
  • Pronto is one of the eldest and best Italian restaurants in Tel Aviv. Up to date with the city's trends, they offer a special menu on Monday's with vegan options. Bravo!
    Ronen, 51 Chief Concierge, David InterContinental
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Pronto Restaurant
    Official Facebook
  • A great chef restaurant on Montefiore st. with an interesting menu and good style .Rima, the chef, is an artist and her combinations of flavours from all around the world is spectacular. Sit on the bar, and let the bartender choose the food for you. I find that’s the best way to taste new and interesting things. Don’t skip dessert; it’s always light, fresh, and tasty as hell.
    Shai, 24 Community Manager & Literature Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Oasis
  • Cafe and bookstore, with great books and a lovely garden. Great place to study or just spend hours with you laptop. The food is nice too.
    Gili, 27 Content Creator
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Tola'at Sfarim
  • Finally we have a proper place for burgers, where everything just works perfectly together. The decor is minimal with obvious reference to trendy burger diners, the bun is sweet but not all the way brioche, the meat is divine and the combinations are reasonably priced. All in all it’s our favorite place for a burger. Do not miss out on the onion flower, it's just so so good. The cocktails are also right on the spot and upgrade your experience to more than just a standard burger night.
    Iris, 32 Art Curator & M.A. Art Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    America Burgers
    Official Facebook Page
  • I didn't know whether to associate the place with food or night because the place combines them both and it's a shame not to come. Herzl 16 is one of the hottest places in town! From a good coffee and pastry, through a delicious lunch to a full dinner with alcohol. There are a courtyard and a playground for cool performances. And next to it - Tokyo Disco Restaurant that will soon be part of the place, meanwhile you can get the food in the bar complex.
    Inbar, 27 MBA Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Herzl 16
    Official Facebook
  • Beit Hapsanter (house of piano in Hebrew) is the best place to be in deep in the late hours of the night. Its a bohemian bar, owned by people who run the Passage, The Taylor made and more. Its really all about the music and there is a different Dj playing every night. The place comes to life at around 21:00 (9 pm) and at around midnight you will already see a real party with great vibes.
    Ella, 26 An Aspiring Artist
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Beit Hapsanter
  • Despite the fact that this place is always full, I wouldn't miss sitting at least once a week in this crowded place. The Port is one of my favorite spots, especially for the food, but also for the great vibe this place has. Some say it's packed with hipsters, but I don’t see it that way. The Port manages to get the hottest and most unique DJ's in town, who all play vinyl – which makes a very unique sound to this very loud place. The food is simple, with no plates and no etiquette – this is what I love about this place! Across from the Port there is the central synagogue on Alenby St. And in general, there's an urban, casual atmosphere. I would recommend going to the Port Said in the early evening, or even on a Friday afternoon (since it's closed on Friday nights)! It is a bit of a different atmosphere than sitting there at night. It is the perfect place for high quality munch! Recommended dishes: chicken sandwich (if you're not vegetarian), tomato salad, baked sweet potato with crème fresh and most importantly: the dessert –perfect French toast alongside crème fresh and guava gem.
    Marielle, 26 Skate & Surf Enthusiast
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Port Said
    Official Facebook
  • Chelouche Gallery is located at the City's center and brings great exhibitions of Israeli and international artists. It's pretty big for A Tel Aviv gallery, and is located in a very special ancient building. Go see the latest exhibition, drink coffee at the cafe located on the first floor, Bookworm, a book shop and cafe, and then walk around the beautiful building and its surrounding garden.
    Mai, 25 Future Something
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Chelouche Gallery
    Google Images
  • With respect to healthy eating, you sometimes just want to eat some good meat. And good meat that comes with the coolest atmosphere in this city, can be found in the Carmel Market. Yaron Kestenbaum and Yaniv Nur created this grungy no-frills place where you want to eat everything on the menu if a. You love fresh or smoked meat b. You love excellent Tehini. c. You’re a fan of shameless seasoning. They serve one type of wine by the glass, two kinds of beer, one tomato salad with lots of hot pepper and plenty of atmosphere. I went mad for the market kebab and wiped the smoked shawarma plate dry. Its perfect for Friday afternoons.
    Galia, 49 Art & Culture Addict
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    25M (Meatmarket)
    Foursquare
  • If you still don't know this, I designed this place! If you have a passion for designing and border crossing when it comes to appearance, come take a look at the complex I designed. Beyond the crazy design, the Midspace is a special creative space designed for a community of people who wish to do things together: freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups, small and medium firms and basically whoever needs inspiration. Set a tour for the place, and look for the hidden bedroom.
    Dari, 31 VP Creative & Innovation
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    MindSpace
    Official Facebook
  • Led by Irit Sommer, this gallery, located in a charming international style building on Rothschild blvd., presents a variety of local and international contemporary artist.
    Eyal, 44 Stylish Consultant
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Sommer Contemporary Art
    Google Images
  • A year ago it was another street near the Carmel market, with two spice shops and an Armenian guy selling onions. Now its THE place to be seen on friday mornings, drinking beer in one of the cafe's, buying carrots in five different colours from the posh veggie place and saying nostalgically: "you know, a year ago it was just another street with two spice shops and an Armenina guy selling onions".
    Itai, 41 Writer, Mediocre Surfer
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Cafe Yom Tov
    Natasha Shakeeva
  • So this place is something special. I must admit it’s my go-to cafe when it comes to staying around my own neighbourhood. One can enjoy the marble bar with a lunch deal or the outside tables for a coffee or three. Nice, fresh and laid-back. Sit outside, order a sandwich or something of your liking from the menu, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy the view. People will come and go, the waiters probably won’t realize you’re actually there, but you’ll enjoy your time spent there - I promise.
    Shai, 24 Community Manager & Literature Student
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Da Da & Da
    Foursquare
  • Beautiful people, good alcohol, fresh DJ sets and stylish interior. One of the best party places in the sinful heart of Tel Aviv. What I love about Alphabet is that due to its hidden location it’s still not a mainstream party place (but unfortunately it’s going there). Depending on the day of the week, you can enjoy a drink at the bar and meet your friends for a talk or go nuts and dance like crazy. I love the funk and hip-hop parties there.
    Lyoka, 27 Future World Savior
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Alphabet
  • A new trendy rooftop bar you must try out. It's one of the most beautiful places in the city, and they have great asian food.
    Gili, 27 Content Creator
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    Haiku Sky Bar
    Ram Cherizli
  • A bar off Rothschild Blvd. You go down some steps and then you’ll find a colorful backyard through which you enter the bar. It’s full of artwork on the walls or just lying around, and they change the art all the time. On Sundays, local bands play live and it’s just as fun to go there on every weekday, when many local DJ’s play. Check out their Facebook page and try and catch a free live show.
    Aviram, 28 Skater & Ad Man
    Cool Cousin  Tel Aviv
    BuXa
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