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English Bookstores of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Israel has several English bookstores that offer a wide variety of titles spanning over multiple genres

For those of us who love reading in English, Israel can sometimes be a challenge. The regular bookstore chains here don’t have much of a selection of English books. That’s why we compiled this list of English second-hand bookstores with thousands of titles and phenomenal prices!

Tel Aviv


This magnificent bookstore is located right on Tel Aviv’s busy Allenby Street. Halper’s, founded by American-born Yosef in 1991, now holds about 60,000 different books for sale, in English and Hebrew as well as several additional languages.

Halper's Books in Tel Aviv is one of the largest bookstores in Israel

Little Prince Bookstore and Café

The Little Prince is a great spot to both read a good book and get a good coffee. The atmosphere is similar to that of a library – take out a book, find a cozy place to sit, and read quietly. Except here you may also order some pasta or a salad to enjoy while you read!

The Little Prince cafe and bookstore in tel aviv offers a great atmosphere for book reading along with hundreds of books and a delicious menu


Sefer V’Sefel

In Hebrew the name of the store means: “Book and Mug,” a reference to the coffee or tea that used to be served to customers while they browsed. You will no longer get a mug, however the service is still very friendly and there are some amazing old and new English books here.

Sefer V'Sefel bookstore in Central Jerusalem offers new and old titles in English

Holzer Books

Entering Holzer is an almost surreal experience: there are books absolutely everywhere. A book-lover would be in danger of getting lost here for many hours. Holzer is also known for being frequented by a variety of people from all walks of life.

Holzer books on Jaffa street Jerusalem is a common place for book lovers to spend time and attend events

The Book Gallery is the largest second-hand bookstore in Israel. It has an impressive selection of books on topics such as  Israel, Zionism, Judaism, History, and Philosophy. The Book Gallery features soft music and couches to sit and read on, making the experience complete.

The Book Gallery in Jerusalem has an impressive selection of books on topics such as  Israel, Zionism, and Judaism

Aside from the books and the amazing atmosphere, each of the bookstores listed also hosts poetry readings, workshops, and other book-related events. Together and separately, the stores create a community of readers in Israel: people who love to read, buy books, and have an interest in relevant events. Feel free to visit these locations and attend the amazing events!


Shira Koenigsberg
Shira Koenigsberg
Shira is American-Israeli and currently lives in Jerusalem. She enjoys yoga, red wine, and good books. Her literary influences include JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bob Dylan, and Dr Seuss.

1 Comment

  1. Philip says:

    Looking for a place ot sell some of my books. Its painfull. Like loosing friends from my youth. But all things must end.

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