Visiting Tel Aviv? Please enjoy my BEST OF TEL AVIV GUIDE…
I lived in Tel Aviv for 3 years with my husband and wanted to share our favorite parts of it. I’m skipping hotels since I have no experience there. If you know of a great hotel that you think I should add to this guide please let me know. Enjoy!
FOOD (for vegetarians)!
Tel Aviv is a little beach city that stretches along the beautiful Mediterranean. Amongst locals it’s known for its long summers, temperate waters and great food from all over.
Abu-Hasaan: A real old gem. This little place opened in Jaffa in 1966, and has been serving the best humus around ever since.
You’ll get their Masabacha topped off with chickpeas, served with fresh warm pita bread.
(1 Dolphin St., Tel Aviv)
Onami: Let’s start with the unexpected. Israel is not known for its great sushi. But that’s not what makes this place special. They just serve great, fresh sushi every single time. There’s plenty of space here so it’s also something the whole family can comfortably fit in and enjoy. You may need to make a reservation first though, it’s popular.
(18 Haarba’a, Tel Aviv)
Best Vegetarian Breakfast
I had a hard time summing up as we ate lots of different amazing breakfasts in Tel Aviv. In fact, breakfast became my favorite meal there. Here are a few places I can happily recommend.
Cafe Michal: Get the french toast. French toast is served a little differently in Israel and I love it. My first experience eating it made me sad as I looked for maple syrup on the plate. But then I tried the alternative which is yummy chopped up seasonal fruit with creme fraiche. Immediate convert. YUM!
(230 Dizengoff St., Tel Aviv)
Love Eat: This place looks a little generic from the outside and it’s also a small chain, but the food is served quickly and it’s actually very nice. I don’t even like yogurt & granola much but I used to LOVE their granola, yogurt and fruit dish.
(at the corner of Dizengoff St. and Jabotinsky, Tel Aviv)
Chader Ha Ochel (The Dining Hall): A little more upscale, this place is located at Tel Aviv’s Opera House. Take a seat at one of their long wooden communal tables. Tables are set like a friendly kibbutz only the design is super clean, conscious and modern. Order the regular Israeli breakfast. It comes with fresh oven-baked bread and all sorts of surprisingly tasty spreads.
(23 Shaul Hamelech Blvd)
Best Vegetarian Lunch
Sorry, I don’t have a lunch-specific recommendation. I would go eat humus for lunch at Abu-Hassan. That’ll work!
Best Vegetarian Dinner
Puah: I miss Puah. I miss the lovely vintage table cloths and furniture. I miss the laid back, beautiful atmosphere. I miss the fantastic veggie burgers with potato wedges. If you just have time for one of these foody recommendations, go to this one. The service may not always be A+ but it’s still impossible to leave there in a bad mood.
(3 Rabbi Yohanan St., Jaffa)
Best Italian Food
Amore Mio: Go there and get the giudita – big homemade noodles with rose sauce made with mascarpone cheese. A big warm treat for your Italian loving belly. YUM!
(100 Even Gvirol St., Tel Aviv)
Bakery (next to Brasserie): Lots of Frenchies live in Tel Aviv and thank goodness they do because French pastries are my best friends. The Bakery is located next to its mother ship, Brasserie (also a great place to eat). I’m not crazy about eating on busy sidewalks though, which is where the bakery sits, so I would just order a to-go croissant and stuff your face with buttery flakes along your way.
(70 Even Gvirol, Tel Aviv)
Well it just so happens that the best dessert is also located at the same place as the best sushi. Not to sound awful but I usual really dislike asian inspired desserts. This place is just the opposite. The chocolate fudgey cake thing is one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted.
(18 Haarba’a, Tel Aviv)
I didn’t shop much in Tel Aviv. I had a hard time finding things I loved that were affordable. Shamefully, I mostly shopped at non-native stores such as Zara & Top Shop at Dizengoff Center. There were a few local designer shops I enjoyed but I can’t seem to find all the information on them now. I’ll work on that. For now, just head down these streets & areas and you’ll find plenty to look at:
Gan HaChashmal, Shenken Street, Dizengoff Street
√ Old Jaffa Port
√ Days at the beach
√ HaCarmel Market
√ Neve Tzedek
√ Old Yemeni neighborhood behind the Carmel Market
√ Eat a typical Israeli breakfast (eggs any style with lots of little sides and cheese spreads)
√ Namal (the pier)
√ Park Yarkon