The Best Places to Eat Falafel in Tel Aviv

Finest falafels of Tel Aviv. ©StateofIsrael/Flickr
Finest falafels of Tel Aviv. ©StateofIsrael/Flickr
Photo of Rebecca Gomby
24 August 2017

Tel Aviv is truly a city that has no shortage of places to eat. You can munch your way through the city and still discover amazing places that you have yet to explore. However, if you’re looking for the best falafel in Tel Aviv, here are the top places you should not miss!

The perfect pita. | © Dana Friedlander for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism/ Flickr


Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Food Stand, Fast Food, Israeli, Kosher, Street Food
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No list of the best falafel in Tel Aviv would be complete without one of the city’s favorites. HaKosem (הקוסם) meaning “the magician,” is truly a magical experience. The falafel are always fresh and perfectly crispy, and despite the fact that there may be a line around the bend of the street, the food is certainly worth the wait. One of the magical aspects of this falafel? The chickpeas are imported from Spain – maybe that explains the unique and always fresh flavors of the restaurant.

Falafel Gabay

Restaurant, Fast Food
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Israeli cuisine
Israeli cuisine | © Wikipedia

Located just steps away from the beach, Falafel Gabay is a favorite of the city. No fancy fare here, just incredible seasoning, fresh ingredients, and delicious falafel tucked into warm pita. The staff are some of the friendliest in the business and the prices are lower than most in the city. Get either the platter or the pita sandwich, you won’t regret it!

Happiness Joint

Restaurant, Food Stand, Middle Eastern
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Falafel platter | ©young shanahan/ Flickr

The Happiness Joint (pronounced Mifgash Osher) (מפגש אושר) was started by childhood friends Omri Kravitz and Bentzi Arbel. The atmosphere of Happiness Joint is lighthearted and relaxed – the duo have created a menu that highlights the simplicity and delicious purity of falafel and Israeli cuisine. They simply allow the fresh, crisp, fried falafel to speak for itself. Also, they have some incredible sabich here, so if you stop by, make sure to try their sabich dishes as well!

Falafel Ratzon

Restaurant, Fast Food
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You want falafel? Falafel Ratzon has nothing but that and for a very low price (just 6 NIS per portion!). Just because the price is low, this does not mean low quality. Instead, with just the bare essentials, Falafel Ratzon has the perfect offering of toppings to add into your pita along with their high-quality falafel balls. The crunchy outside of the falafel ball is browned to perfection and masks the surprising and captivating green inside.

Hippo Falafel

Food Stall, Healthy, $$$
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Gluten-free, vegan, and looking for falafel? Look no further than Hippo Falafel. While tradition falafel tends to be gluten-free “GF” (in most cases), chefs can sometimes add flour to the falafel balls to make them hold better. As such, Hippo Falafel guarantees no gluten in their meals, and even offers GF pita in which to sandwich their falafel. Hippo Falafel is often called the city’s “healthier” falafel option, and with tons of condiments and a variety of sauces, it is a falafel lover’s dream, GF or not!

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