Tel Avivians live in a multicultural melting pot. People come from all over the world, bringing with them a variety of food to this metropolis. Add that to the fact that Israel is home to countless natural resources, and top notch restaurants await. Tel Avivians have mastered the art of finding time in their schedule to relax, soak in a new culture and try a new restaurant. Eating out is simply part of the daily routine. Here is a weekly layout to help get you started on how to eat like a Tel Avivian all week long.
Follow the trail of cookies, frosted cupcakes, pop tarts, and brownies, and you will find NOLA American Bakery. Amongst checkered floors and vintage photos exists the ultimate café for American-style Southern comfort food. This can be your ‘go to’ brunch place. There’s plenty of outdoor patio seating, as well as a cozy shaded garden in the back. This can also be your place to go and try special pastries for American festivities like Thanksgiving and July 4th. Start eating like a Tel Avivian at this cozy, trendy spot.
You could never get bored of a place that gives you 91 choices for shops, stalls, and restaurants. Luckily, that sort of place exists in the form of Sarona Market. With inspiration from New York’s Chelsea Market, Sarona brings Tel Aviv another great market filled with food from around the world. Start off at Fiori Pasta for a customized pasta experience, and then head to The Gelato Factory. Or maybe have a Druze dining experience at Rushdi and stop at Paletas for an ice fruit bar for dessert. The best part of this market is that it’s open late.
As a Tel Aviv foodie staple, Giraffe allows diners to experience dishes from Japan, China, Thailand, and India, with some European dishes for dessert. The feature dish here is definitely something from the noodle bar. It is also worth it to try the Thailandi curry and crème brûlée for dessert. Giraffe has outdoor seating, as well as an intimate area inside. Most importantly, this place provides the finest Asian-fusion meal in Tel Aviv at a good price.
If you ever find yourself looking for top notch dining near the Carmel Market, look no further than Pappa’s. The rustic, popular Italian restaurant has an inviting atmosphere, and it’s great for large groups or couples. Order the pizza with some wine, and don’t forget to have cheesecake for dessert.
There is no meal like breakfast in Israel. Cafe XoHo welcomes you with its adorable homely location. It’s breakfast all day there, with countless healthy and vegan options. Have a breakfast burrito or grilled haloumi. The juices are also a must. Sit outside and watch the beach crowd pass by. If you truly want to eat like a Tel Avivian, complete your dining experience at Café XoHo by taking an creative Instagram photo of your plate.
The whimsical and bohemian atmosphere of Zorik Café, with its plants and paintings, make it a cozy and charming place to sit. There are couches to sit on, a bar, and plenty of outside seating. The place is frequented by locals and is a neighborhood corner gem. The menu features a Mediterranean blend with plenty of options at wallet-friendly prices. Make sure to come on Friday when they take reservations for Shabbat.
On Saturday night in Tel Aviv at the close of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), there is no chicer place to be at than Spicehaus. The concept of Spicehaus is its inventive perfume factory theme. The bartenders dress like pharmacists, and the cocktails are served in potion bottles. It is a great place to share a large drink amongst a group of friends while sitting on a couch. There are also plenty of dining options that are great alongside drinks. This conceptual-style bar can be explained very simply — it is Tel Avivian.