There is never a shortage of exciting things you can do while in Tel Aviv. From clean sunny beaches to a vibrant non-stop nightlife, Tel Aviv has everything for everyone. However, the true secret of the beautiful city can be found in its culinary scene. The Tel Aviv food scene is a blend of influences from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and North Africa. It leans more on fresh vegetables, lemons, and olives with a subtle touch of spices and delicious spreads generously lavished on bread. Keep in mind that the highest percentage of vegans in the world is found in Israel, which is why plant-based menus seem to be prevalent everywhere in Tel Aviv. Being a coastal city, Tel Aviv has an abundance of fish and seafood with plenty of grilled meat just about anywhere you go except in kosher restaurants. Exploring the city’s restaurants is a journey of simplicity spiced with rich flavor.
Tel Aviv provides one of the most exciting pedestrian eating excursions for street-food connoisseurs. A simple walk through the Carmel Market brings you face to face with gastronomical delights from diverse cultures including Druze crepes, Turkish borek, Lebanese burika which is actually a deep-fried egg and potato snack, and hot spicy delicacies from Iraq at a stop known as Hashomer.
If you thought Tel Aviv restaurants are quiet culinary temples, you’ll be surprised by the festive atmosphere of the city’s eateries packed with jovial patrons having fun around plates of zesty tabouli, bowls of creamy hummus, grilled calamari, and overflowing trays of roasted fish and tomatoes.
This is a city where there’s always an inviting restaurant around the corner but if you are looking for the finest, here are a few suggestions to start you off:
You’ll find this cozy restaurant serving the best delicacies made using ingredients sourced straight from the farm in the Sarona Compound. The chef, Ran Shmueli, is well-known for creating culinary delights from fresh local produce, fresh fish, and sumptuous breads and pasta. The bar, located around the open kitchen, provides a relaxing atmosphere.
This is another good place to explore Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine from the kitchen of chef Eyal Shani. The HaSalon is opened a few nights per week but is a great place for a local dinner experience.
Average price per person: 100-150
- Kitchen Market
This contemporary Israeli food restaurant is located in the city’s port indoor market. This is the place to go if you want to explore the region’s creative cooking using fresh produce from the market. Be prepared for culinary surprises at the Kitchen Market.
- Milgo & Milbar
Creativity and lots of sea food are the signature of this hip restaurant run by two young chefs, Michaeli and Moti Titman. It has a modern Israeli kitchen serving both local and international cuisines. Its location along the Rothschild Blvd makes it a perfect joint to dine at before or after a quiet easy stroll.
Run by the famous chef Guy Gamzo, Aria provides a wide range of contemporary cuisine in a perfect dining atmosphere. It has a diverse menu incorporating delightful ceviches, fresh fish, and handmade pasta just to mention a few. The downstairs bar and lounge provide an unforgettable nightlife atmosphere.
Tel Aviv is a melting pot of diverse traditional and international cuisines from the Middle East and the rest of the world. There are so many restaurants in the city serving delicious culinary treats that you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to eat.