Tel Aviv likes to eat well and party hard, and with so many good breakfast venues around, it almost seems a waste not to get an early start on the weekend. The city’s best restaurants offer great choices for brunch, from swanky hotels to niche bakeries, so read on for our picks of the best brunch spots in Tel Aviv
Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Fusion
Boutique hotels have been popping up in Tel Aviv like mushrooms in the past two years, but The Norman has managed to outshine most. Located in the heart of central Tel Aviv (Lev Hair) in one of the most elegant structures in the city, the Norman looks like it was ripped out of a Wes Anderson movie. With no less than three eating areas, including a fine dining room and rooftop restaurant, the Norman Hotel has solidified its status as the city’s best brunch buffet.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
One of Tel Aviv’s best kept Italian secrets, Cicchetti offers small but extremely satisfying dishes in a great location just off of Rothschild.
Though Italian food is not usually associated with brunch, the Cichetti offers one of the best in the city with only the finest of ingredients.
Their “Italian tasting menu plate”,which changes daily, but usually includes fresh buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto crudo, is an absolute taste sensation.
With great cocktails and more classic brunch dishes like poached eggs bruschetta with mushrooms, the Cichetti is the place for fun afternoon.
Boutique Hotel Restaurant, European, $$$
A distant cousin of the Rothschild 12 (also on this list), this fancy little treat is located within one of Tel Aviv’s swankiest hotels and is the closest thing the White City has to the Russian Tea Room – sans the gold. With a classic selection of breakfast and brunch options, the Hotel Montefiore’s secret is its quality, and its classics soar.
Restaurant, North American, $$$
Brunch is not a time or menu but a state of mind at this round-the-clock, breakfast-only diner for egg junkies. At Benedict, every meal starts with a fresh basket of assorted breads and pastries that will leave you searching for more yoke. Their “Egg Balls” will force you to reassess what you think can be done with eggs, but there are also local stables like shakshuka, as well as the sure hit pancakes. And what’s best is that its open all day and all night.
Brasserie, European, $$$
One of Tel Aviv’s most venerable cafes, the Rothschild 12 seems more Tel Aviv than Tel Aviv itself, catering to hip young urbans as well serious adults in pricey suits. At this weekend, it’s close to impossible to get a table and with a front deck that seems like a gallery to Rothschild Blvd and a hidden back room and patio, the Rothschild 12 is the place to be and be seen. With great service and a perfect unchanging brunch menu, this local establishment is where you want to go for good coffee and scones or eggs benedict and mimosas.
Da da & da
Brasserie, Restaurant, French, $$$
Just across the way from the Rothschild 12, the Da da & da is the closest thing to a real French brasserie in Tel Aviv. Serving as the ground floor for the local Institut Français, this sprawling eatery offers both a great takeaway bakery with small sandwiches, and a great eating in experience with fine breakfasts and classic brunch options. Sit down and enjoy the view.
Restaurant, Israeli, Buffet, Mediterranean, $$$
Ha’Ahim – or The Brothers – is run by sibling chefs who have set up shop at the beginning of Ibn Gvirol, breathing new life into the classic centre. A grillhouse and bar at night, the Ha’Ahim offers something few in Israel have wised up to; an all you can eat buffet. Usually reserved for hotels, this truly Israeli establishment manages to translate quantity into quality, and offers an amazing selection of breakfast and brunch dishes from the Israeli and Mediterranean kitchens.
Bistro, Cafe, Middle Eastern, European, $$$
Perched at the edge of the Neve Tzedek district, the Dallal is a hot spot for local socialites, and with good cause. This high-end cafe – which now also boasts a gorgeous bakery with a garden along one of the neighbourhood’s side streets – is as scrumptious as it is beautiful and well located. With fine coffee and impeccable service, the dishes might seem pricey but they are perfectly executed.
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
Masyha – one of Tel Aviv’s hottest restaurants – specialises in traditional local Arabic cuisine. And though initially based only on the evening foodie crowd, this fine dining establishment has recently launched a brunch menu that gives the competition a run for its money. Using its taboon (stone) oven, Mashya offers fresh bread alongside with classic delicacies like pickled herring. With a plentiful and constantly renewing buffet, it’s well worth the splurge.
Tel Aviv Mashya’s buffet | Guy Yechiely ©, courtesy of Mashya