Rich flavors, the MOST incredible produce, something delicious on every corner…Tel Aviv has it all. With such a diverse range of cuisine, Tel Aviv is home to all of my fave dishes that inspire my everyday cooking. I grew up going every summer and lived in Tel Aviv in my 20’s and I still can’t get over the energy there and how inspiring everything is to me. Packed coffee shops on every corner, busy streets of people socializing and eating delicious food all hours of the day. It is truly the most fun and a must see. From falafel and sabich to schnitzel and shawarma, I’ve been doing some serious eating to find new spots to add to my already loaded list. There are SO many amazing restaurants, BUT I only have enough room to list a handful and these are truly the one’s I frequent most often.
Tel Aviv Restaurant Guide
- North Abraxas – Tzfon Abraxes – Hands down our fave restaurant in Tel Aviv. Sit at the bar, order everything plus a bottle of wine. You are guaranteed a good night.
- Port Sa’id – Eyal Shani’s spot. He makes simple sexy and showcases the quality produce in this country. His sweet potato…perfection.
- Habasta – This place is very special. Right next to the shuk, they are totally seasonal, changing dishes daily depending on the market produce- the chefs really know what they are doing. Perfect for a special date.
- Hakosem – You can’t go wrong here. Everthing is done well. Sabich, Shawarma, hummus…some of the fluffiest pita I have ever had and the crispiest (AND I MEAN CRISPIEST) eggplant ever. Come hungry because you are going to want to order everything.
- Jasmino – You will wait in a long line for these kebab stuffed pita, but it is definitely worth the wait. Everything is great here.
- Barbounia – A classic. Barbounia are fried red mullet. Get a serving of that and the salatim to start, with some grilled fish and you are golden.
- Puaa – My family and I always end up at PUAA. A really cute restaurant in JAFFA. Everything is delicious and the people watching is the best. Shop in the market after for great clothing stores and vintage furniture.
- Lehamim – Consistently delicious and a classic for everyone that knows what’s up.
- Mirage – Went there for the first time this trip. There is a great park across the street for the kids to play in while you eat and drink coffee. We snacked on their phyllo cake and sandwiches and they were great.
- M25 – Right off the shuk. Everything is delicious.
- Shine Cafe – A place I have been going to for years. They have a wood burning fire place and make all their bread fresh to order. A very well done Tel Aviv Cafe that you can sit at for hours.
- The Brothers – A must.
- Tamara Juice – We’ve been going here for years and girls love their smoothies.
- Sabich Frishman – Ido’s fave sabich in Tel Aviv.
- Abu Adham – Everyone has their favorite hummus spots in Israel. This is one of ours.
- Turkish Bourekas in the Shuk – I have been going here since I was a little kid. Ido didn’t believe me that their bourekas were the best and when I brought him, he couldn’t believe how amazing they were and now claims that they are THE BEST. Three stores in on the right when you enter the shuk from Allenby.
- Greco – Just discovered this place. I always look for a nice place to eat close to the beach and this place really hit the spot. Greek food is also having a moment in Israel, and this was done VERY well. Delicious salads and dips – the perfect meal before heading to the beach.
Other spots that get recommended to me all the time AND that I also love to eat at:
DOK, ISSA FISH MARKET, GERTI DONER (IN THE SHUK), BABA JIM (SHAWARMA ON SALAMEH), BRUTE (WINE BAR), ARTE GELATO, TIRTZA, PRONTO (ITALIAN), ROMANO (ANOTHER EYAL SHANI), CAFE NOIR (SCHNITZEL)