The best “early bird” Tel Aviv cafés to start your day

If there’s one thing Tel Avivians do well, it’s coffee. If there’s one thing Tel Avivians don’t do well, it’s being on time. We’ve finally cracked the code and solved the equation to counter Israeli lateness: Early morning cafés + insane caffeine highs = prompt locals. And so, based on our foolproof mathematical equations, if you frequent these “early bird” Tel Aviv cafés (most of which are open by 7:00 am), you’re guaranteed a powerhouse day at the office. After all, as the minority of timely employees say, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is just plain unacceptable.”


Lehem vShut (Bread & co) – Sun-Fri 7:00 am, Sat 8:00 am

This French bakery and Israeli delicatessen perched on the corner of Ben Gurion and Ben Yehuda is every bread-lovers fantasy. With a stylish and trendy interior that matches the patrons and staff, you might find yourself sitting here for longer than your stomach requires. From pizza to Shakshuka, challah bread bowls and quiches, Lehem vShut is a one-stop shop for home-style fresh food. If you’re after breakfast for lunch and past the Benedict craze, then you’re in luck, because they serve theirs until 17:00. Just try not taking all the baked pastries home, will ya?



Cafelix is a beautifully designed cafe with expertly created coffees. From frothy cappuccinos to the steamy double-shot espresso, this spot is a hipster sipster’s favorite spot from morning to afternoon. Though the place is swarming with cuddly dogs, there’s still space to enjoy the superfast wifi and quality beans. The leader in the ever changing and evolving Tel Aviv coffee scene, Cafelix will fulfill your dire need for that first morning cup and cure your post-work sleepiness with an evening pick-me-up.  


Café Castel – Sun-Thu 7:00 am, Fri 24/7, Sat 8:00 am

With incredible coffee and one of the best breakfasts in Tel Aviv, Café Castel is a great way to start your morning. Located in the middle of Ibn Gvirol Street, Café Castel is a pleasant neighborhood espresso bar with great coffee and affordable menu items. Try a delicious sandwich, homemade pastry or a glass of fresh squeezed juice. It’s the perfect spot to sit in the sun and people watch, or chat with the friendly staff about what’s going on in Tel Aviv.


Tachtit – open 24/7

The menu consists of traditional Israeli food featuring a wide range of meat, fish, salads and drinks. Most who enter Tachtit will agree that the multiple rooms, great music, and well-dressed staff are a reason to continue coming back. With a large menu featuring a diverse selection of items, even the most discerning customers are guaranteed to find something to enjoy. If you’re feeling especially hungry, be sure to order the hamburger with fries, often called the best burger in Tel Aviv. Tachtit is also open on Shabbat (Saturday), making it the perfect weekend lunch spot.

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