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.
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. One must remember that trains operate only on weekdays (there are no trains from Friday noon till Saturday evening).
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.
In Rehovot there is a spetacular, American Style, shopping mall with hundereds of stores. There are also movie theaters that show movies that just came out.
You can visit the Clore Garden of Science and the house of Israel's Former President Dr. Chaim Weizmann - both located in the grounds of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Also in the Summer when it is hot there is a huge pool with ice cream shops, and a big hill of grass surrounding the pool so you can rest, located in the Wiezmann Institute of Science, but to go there you have to sign up for a membership for a predetermined number of days and for which you must pay.
In the northern hi-tech industrial park of the city, you will be able to find several restaurants, such as:
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 Herzl Street, in the vicinity of the Weizmann Institute. Among them you can find :
In the northern hi-tech industrial park of the city: