- Middle East
- Brooke Yalof
Port Said is always packed with hipster locals who wait patiently in line looking to have a good time, as well as a delicious finger-food meal. The outdoor seating area and live DJ create a laid back and fun amosphere, which makes Port Said feel more like a bar than a restaurant. The menu features the freshest ingredients from the Carmel market nearby, prepared simply yet with a unique touch. A stand out among the many amazing choices are the green beans, which taste just like french fries.
Port Said, Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo 03-571-9622
Miznon has a menu largely comprised of pita with various fillings, ranging from minute steak to ratatouille. At any time of day you can expect a line here, so snack on some pita, tehina and pickles while you wait. Don’t leave without trying their famous, fresh-baked cauliflower. The loud music and lively employees transform this from an ordinary street food joint into an energetic, electric venue.
Miznon, Ibn Gabirol St 23, Tel Aviv-Yafo 03-631-7688
Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
Ranked the best cocktail bar in the Middle East and Africa, the cozy Imperial Cocktail Bar always draws a large crowd. The entrance to the bar is located through the lobby of the Imperial Hotel, but the door is truly a portal to an old world. The cocktail menu is full and descriptive, and the mixologists can help you navigate on and off the menu, if you wish. They have an intimate knowledge of the drinks they serve and can find you a unique drink with impressive presentation to match.
Imperial Cocktail Bar, Ha-Yarkon St 66, Tel Aviv-Yafo 073-264-9464
Abu Hassan/Ali Karavan
Known throughout Tel Aviv as the best hummus in the city, Abu Hassan is always brimming with locals looking for their falafel fix. This is a family-owned establishment with the perfect hummus recipe. The restaurant only serves pita, hummus and falafel but when it comes to these Israeli staples, no one does it better. Find out how to eat hummus like an Israeli.
Ali Karavan/Abu Hassan, 14 Shivtei Yisrael Street, Jaffa
No nightlife tour of Tel Aviv is complete without a visit to The Block. There are always lines around the corner here, since the locals, particularly those with a love of electronic music, love to dance into the early morning hours there. The venue is known for drawing DJs of local and international fame, which has only increased its popularity.
The Block, Shalma Rd 157, Tel Aviv-Yafo 03-537-8002
On any given day, Tel Avivians can be found huddling around Concierge. This is a craft cocktail bar that specializes in unique concoctions with fresh fruits and vegetables. The sophisticated and chic ambiance sets it apart from the other bars on Dizengoff. If you are looking for a fun place to wine and dine, this venue is worth the wait.
Conceirge, Dizengoff St 95, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Hiro Ramen Bar
Located in the new Sarona Market, Hiro Ramen Bar has attracted lots of attention from locals. Once you are seated, the service is quite fast, but finding a seat at the bar can be difficult. If you brave the crowd, however, you are guaranteed an amazing meal. Their ramen is delicious and so are the small plates that compliment their staple dish.
Hiro Ramen Bar, Kalman Magen St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo
This Israeli delicacy is not to be missed. Sabich is pita filled with fried eggplant, a hard boiled egg, vegetable salads, tehina and hummus. Do it right and get yours from famous Oved Daniel in Ramat Gan. Daniel speaks in his own language, using sports analogies to help each customer customize their sabich. The quality here is unparalleled.
Oved Sabich, 7 Sirkin Street, Giv’atayim 03-731-4777
Taqueria is a great place to go for drinks. The margaritas are tantalizingly tasty and inexpensive. If you are hungry, their Mexican fare will satisfy any craving. Between their delicious chips and tacos, everything is a winner.
Taqueria, Lavontin St 28, Tel Aviv-Yafo 03-600-5280
When it comes to Israeli breakfasts and brunches, no one does it better than Cafe Nimrod. The restaurant is located on the Port, and those waiting for a table are constantly congesting the area outside the cafe. This extremely generous Galilee-inspired breakfast includes eggs, coffee, various breads and pastries, muesli and an abundance of dips and salads. The food is unbelievable, inexpensive and the service is great too.
Cafe Nimrod, Hangar 8, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv 077-213-3007