With a population of just eight million people, Israel has an estimated 200,000 vegans, the majority of whom live in Tel Aviv. So it is no wonder why Tel Aviv has such a wide variety of vegan restaurants, from burger joints to Georgian cuisine. Here are the ten best places for vegan meals in Tel Aviv.
Buddha Burgers is the quintessential burger joint to satisfy those meatless fast-food cravings. Their menu offers a variety of made-to-order veggie burgers made from savory mixtures of rice, quinoa, and beans. While most regular burger joints in Israel don’t serve cheeseburgers due to Kosher dietary laws, Buddha Burger will garnish your meal with as much soy cheese as your heart desires. When planning a visit, make sure to leave room for their creamy mousse dessert.
Zakaim feels more like a farmers’ market than a restaurant, with several wooden crates of fresh, colorful vegetables sitting on display near the open kitchen. Once visitors are seated however, it begins to feel more like an older relative’s home thanks to the vintage furnishings and mismatched china patterns. One look at the menu proves that it is undoubtedly a vegan paradise with meatless, dairy-free takes on stuffed cabbage, Iranian freekeh, and even Caesar salad sans anchovies. The only thing you can’t ask for is a straw: Zakaim doesn’t use any plastic products, out of its commitment to protect the environment.
Most vegans would agree that the hardest food to give up is pizza. Luckily, Tel Aviv vegans don’t have to miss out thanks to Hatool HaYarok (The Green Cat), a brick-oven vegan pizza place. While it’s hard to imagine that cashews can be manipulated to anything that resembles cheese, Hatool HaYarok does this brilliantly with their cashew-based ‘Mozzarella’. Add your own combination of fresh veggie toppings to complement the flavors of the Mozzarella, and you have the perfect vegan pie.