If you’ve read here for more than a second, you know that I love iced coffee, and I love STRONG iced coffee. So I was in heaven in Israel, where they’re definitely known for their coffee culture. I basically caffeinated my way through Tel Aviv. I actually tried to ordered decaf one time, but it was lost in translation, so I rationalized that I needed to caffeine to balance out my jet-lag. 🙂
One of the best things about blogging is the recommendations that I get from you guys, and I got a ton of tips of cafes I should visit from both readers and my new Israeli friends. All of these cafes were within walking distance of Rothschild 22, the hotel where I stayed in Tel Aviv. Here are five of my favorite cafes that I tried.
Aroma is like the Starbucks of Israel — there are tons of locations all over Tel Aviv and the other cities. I quickly learned that “iced coffee” is actually more like a Frappucino and “coffee with ice” typically has milk in it. A lot of cafes have cold brew, which is the same as it is in the US. I often ordered iced Americanos (espresso + water + ice) or espresso shots over ice with a splash of milk. Aroma was actually attached to Rothschild 22, so the hotel restaurant served its coffee. It was definitely a perk of our hotel accommodations!
This was my favorite of the cafes that I visited. The iced americano that I ordered was strong and smooth — just the way I like ’em — and the staff was really friendly and helpful, especially when it came to explaining the menu, which was all in Hebrew. (FYI: Just about everyone in Tel Aviv speaks English.) I also ordered lunch one day from Da Da & Da (pictured below) and everything was fresh, flavorful, and delicious.
I loved this modern cafe, which was a short walk from the hotel. I ordered an iced Americano with milk. The espresso was made from Turkish beans, so it was especially intense and dark, but more bitter than some of the other ones I tried. Mal really likes this kind of coffee, so I actually purchased a bag to take home with me. We drank it over the weekend, and, my gosh, it was amazing!
This cafe was located right on Rothschild, a short walk from the hotel. It has high windows that look out onto the street as well as French tables and straw chairs — it was super cute and felt very European. I ordered an iced Americano with milk and it was quite tasty.
Not technically in Tel Aviv, but located in nearby Jaffa – and worth the trek. We rode bikes and made a pit stop for coffee. The staff was really friendly and joked around with us about all of the photos that we took. #fitnessinfluencers. I ordered a double shot of espresso over ice and it was phenomenal. It was actually so intense, I ended up adding a small splash of water to it, which I never do with espresso shots back home.
Question of the Day
What criteria make a cafe one that you will visit and/or recommend to someone else? (traveling or not)?