Tel Aviv is one of the most special cities in Europe. Well, geographically speaking, Israel is part of Asia, but they still compete on Eurovision, which is more relevant right? The city is a cultural melting pot, with different cultural references in every corner.
The city is also a great destination for food lovers, with great dishes from homemade hummus to mouthwatering sushi, it is certainly not for the ones on a restricted diet. The food culture can be clearly seen as Israelis take pride on the quality of their food, from the many quality burger bars to very unique family restaurants, indulgence is a keyword here.
We have selected some of our favorite places to eat in the city, so you do not have to miss any of the great little places locals love to brag about.
Moses (Rotshild 35, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Tel Aviv has a lot of quality burger joints, for instance you have Moses bar which is a big chain with mouthwatering options. The restaurant has a retro ambiance and serves from Kish Kebabs to Quesadillas. We recommend their Artburger (a mix between lamb and beef). Next to some of the most famous clubs in the city, you can make sure to drop by for a late night snack as the restaurant is open until 4 a.m.
Benny Hadayag (Jaffa Port | Hangar 2, Tel Aviv, Israel)
This is a very well-known fish restaurant, which the specialty is modern Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant also offers a large selection of seafood based dishes. The place can get very crowded, so make sure to go with time to spare.
Giraffe (Ibn Gavirol 29, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Giraffe is a Pan Asian restaurant, with some of the best Pad Thai you will ever taste. The staff is very friendly, and portions can be shared easily. A great place to have a delicious dinner in a very laid back location.
Dr. Shakshuka (3 Beit Eshel, Tel Aviv , Israel)
Dr. Shakshuka is a kosher restaurant serving North-African home made cuisine. Their most famous dish is Shakshuka, an egg based dish in tomato,pepper onions, and spices (often including cumin, turmeric, and chillies), and usually served with white bread. The service is very good and the atmosphere of the restaurant is very pleasant, but it can get a bit noisy.
Benedict (171 Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv, Israel)
If you are anything like me, you can eat breakfast dishes throughout the whole day without getting sick of it. Then Benedict is the place for you! The restaurant serves all dishes you could probably expect from a breakfast feast, from eggballs to bread with Nutella to perfectly crisped bacon. We recommend their deliciously filling English Breakfast. Plus, it is always open to cater to the always hungry locals.
Olivery (Ibn Gabirol 137, Tel Aviv, Israel)
If you crave some Italian food while in the city, do not forget to check Olivery for some of the best pasta and pizza. Everything made in a brick oven and the house wine is very recommended by locals. We recommend any of their risottos, they are simply amazing. If you are coming by car, it might be a bit of a hassle to find parking, as the restaurant is centrally located.
Noach Ahad (Ha’am 93, Tel Aviv)
Book-lined café with wooden floors, the favorite haunt of bohemian and arty types, plus many others. Try the homemade carrot cake while listening to live Jazz and Funk on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.
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