Rehovot is an academic city with a population of just over 100,000. It is home to the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world's premier research institutions, and to Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of The Hebrew University.
Both institutes lie at the northern part of Herzl Street, Rehovot's main road, which is full of shops and restaurants (pizza, falafel, schwarma, Yemenite). In the town center (two minutes walk from Herzl street) you can find Rehovot's shopping mall (which hosts weekly food festivals during the summer). The local fruits and vegetables market is just outside of the mall on Bilu street.
In the northernmost part of the city there's a rapidly developing hi-tech industrial park, where you can find many restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. This is just north of the Weizmann Institute, across the train tracks.
The easiest and fastest way is the train. The train connects Rehovot with Ashkelon, Ashdod and Yavne in the south, and with Lod and Tel Aviv in the north. A normal train ride to Tel Aviv lasts about 25 minutes. There are connections to other major destinations in Lod and Tel Aviv stations. Remember that trains do not operate on the Jewish Sabbath (from Friday afternoon till Saturday evening).
- 1 Rehovot train station.
There are various bus services connecting Rehovot to other major cities in the area. Rehovot's central bus station can be accessed directly from the shopping mall. Most bus lines have additional pick up stations along Herzl street.
Rehovot is a small town. Practically every place is reachable by foot, although some places will require the use of a car.
Egged operates 10 internal bus lines(lines 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24א). Some lines are inferquant and line 19 is a one way line that operated at nights only.
- 1 Ayalon Institute, David Pikes 1. A secret underground bullet factory which operated from 1945-1948 when British authorities did not allow Jews to own weapons. The ammunition produced here was then used in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. Now it is a museum. You need an advance reservation to visit. Highly recommended by visitors.
- 2 Minkov Citrus Orchard Museum. In past decades, Jaffa oranges were one of Israel's main exports, and they were grown in the coastal plain, including in Rehovot. At this site, the first citrus orchard in Rehovot was founded in 1904. This museum tells the story of citrus growing in Rehovot and Israel as a whole.
- 1 Clore Garden of Science (On the Weizmann Institute grounds). A science museum
- 2 Weizmann house (At the eastern end of the Weizmann Institute grounds). Former house of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president. Now a museum. Closed for renovations from 2016-2017.
- Weizmann Institute pool (On the Weizmann Institute grounds). There is a huge pool with ice cream shops, and a big hill of grass surrounding the pool so you can rest. To go there you have to sign up for a membership for how much days you want to be a member, which costs some money.
- 1 Rehovot mall. A shopping mall with hundreds of stores. The city's central bus station is also within the mall complex.
In the northern hi-tech industrial park of the city, you will be able to find several restaurants, such as:
- Black Burger - a fancy meat restaurant.
- Arcaffe - an international bar-cafe foodchain.
- Cezar - a french-style elegant restaurant.
- New York Bagles - a decorated bar.
- Papardella - Italian restaurant.
- Hamburg - another meat restaurant, pretty similar to Black Burger.
- Caffe-Caffe - a famous israeli bar-cafe foodchain.
There are also many fastfood branches in the shopping mall, such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Sbarro, etc. This mall also contains a KFC which is famous for making WORST chicken in the world.
A number of establishments lie on Herzl Street, in the vicinity of the Weizmann Institute. Among them you can find:
- La Morse - an Irish pub with a wide variety of Belgian ales on tap, frequented by a mix of young locals and Weizmann Institute students and scientists. The music played is typically alternative rock, classic rock, and blues.
- Cafe Ma - a slightly more high brow bistro-bar, which also has an extensive and high quality food menu.
- Vinona Wine Bar - directly opposite of the Weizmann Institute. Offers a fine selection of wines, and a small selection of good food in a pleasant, calming atmosphere.
- Herzl - a two-floor cafe with a relaxed atmosphere.
In the northern hi-tech industrial park of the city:
- Dublin - an Irish pub.
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