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10 Reasons Why Tel Aviv, Israel Is The Best City For Brunch

10 Reasons Why Tel Aviv, Israel Is The Best City For Brunch
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Updated: 26 September 2016
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Sunny Mediterranean beaches and first-rate nightlife are not all that Tel Aviv has to offer, it also happens to be an incredible city for brunch. The fusion between the locals’ laid back attitude, impeccably fresh produce and the incessant creativity of the urban culinary scene, facilitates a brunching culture in Tel Aviv that is satisfying and addictive. Although breakfast in Tel Aviv is incredible, brunch has been perfected in this city: here’s why.
Rothschild Boulevard

1. Plenitude

There is an endless amount of options: nearly every street in Tel Aviv has at least one very good option for brunch. Menu choices cater to all tastes and comprise an extremely broad spectrum of price ranges. So whether it’s a glorious and colorful vegan breakfast you seek, available at the healthy cuisine Café Louise facing the picturesque Rothschild Boulevard, or some crispy bacon B.L.T in brioche at suburban gem Grinberg Bistro, Tel Aviv has something for everyone.

Eggs Florentine

2. Available Daily

Everyday of the week is a good day to brunch. In Tel Aviv, the delight of brunching is not exclusive to weekends. This is evident in the consistent attendance at Tel Aviv’s cafes every day of the week. Of course, brunching on eggs Florentine one sunny Saturday at the debonair Hotel Montefiore or indulging in a banquet-sized lavish brunch tray at the exquisite Claro in the Sarona complex, are excellent weekend activities, but why discriminate against the other days of the week? There’s nothing quite like a Tuesday brunch; sneak a break from your busy day and head to Cafe Nachmani and enjoy a hefty ‘Pizetta Morning’ laden with mozzarella, feta, goats cheese, spinach and eggs.

Habima Square

3. Around-the-clock

If you so desire; brunch is available at any given hour of the day, or night. Craving perfectly runny cream-drenched eggs Benedict with salmon or fluffy pancakes slathered in maple syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar and berries at 2AM? No problem, just head on out to Benedict’s (at either of its locations around the city). Also, if you would like, you can have your eggs, tuna, bread and orange juice brunch-combo for dinner facing the White city’s esteemed Habima theatre at Nechama VaHetzi. But if it’s a bacon-heavy bagel bonanza craving in the afternoon, you will find what you need at Nola American Bakery.

4. You don’t need a reason

In Tel Aviv, brunch is a festivity of colors and flavors that might make you feel as though you are celebrating a special occasion. But no, in this city an exciting brunch can be an integral part of your weekly lifestyle. You can sip a ginormous and delicious coffee out of a soup-bowl-sized mug at the chic Brasserie on a workday. Whenever you feel like it, you can casually indulge in the cheesy galore of a veggie frittata or the goose breast and fried egg debauchery brunch at inexpensive HaYelinka. You can also feast on an Italian-style brunch featuring fresh mozzarella and panzanella salad at the charming La Repubblica di Ronimotti, just because.

Italian brunch
Courtesy La Repubblica di Ronimotti

Thrifty eating

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Chorizo Shakshuka
Chorizo Shakshuka | © Matthias Mueller/Flickr
Brunch is by far the most cost efficient meal you can eat out in the city; it always includes dips, bread and drinks along with your eggs. Whether classic and simple, or elaborate and adventurous, Tel Aviv’s brunches are the perfect combination of value for money, atmosphere, pleasure and cuisine. Even at the sophisticated Orna and Ella, located in a rather upscale neighborhood, their polished portions are very generous. Showcasing a replenished basket of fine baked goods, organic eggs fried in corn bread, cheeses, fresh salad, olives, jam, butter, hot or cold coffee and squeezed juice, their brunch prices are quite modest.
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East meets West

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The divine food-vention Shakshuka, originating from North Africa has been perfected in Israel. It counts as brunch and comes as a winning combination of fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices cooked up with two eggs on top, served sizzling hot on the skillet. Shakshuka is also uniquely versatile: it is available in many variations, including Green Shakshuka based on spinach, leek and creamy goodness or, if you fancy, your Shakshuka can be adorned in seafood or chorizo. Even take your brunch to Mexico, with sirloin, cheese and chili Shakshuka in Cafe Sonya’s fairytale backyard.
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An art form

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Café Xoho’s Beer Bread Specials
Café Xoho’s Beer Bread Specials | © Zoe Komarin
Tel Aviv’s options are so diverse and creative that you will not be able to help yourself from instagraming your meal every time you brunch. Like when you order Cafe Xoho’s colorful and distinct beer bread special that you can munch on and enjoy sitting outside in the quaint wooden patio or you might find yourself photographing one of their mouth watering M&M-studded muffins against the backdrop of the cafe’s unique and artsy interior.
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Café Xoho’s Beer Bread Specials
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8. Location and ambience

In Tel Aviv, you can have your brunch facing the Mediterranean Sea. Either perched comfortably overlooking the shoreline, like at the upscale restaurant Seatara known for its delicious fish, or feeling the salty breeze from the sandy beaches themselves at Mona Beach or Lala Land, the brunching is always enhanced and complemented by the elements and ambience of each environment.

Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean Beaches

9. Relaxed dining

Brunch is attainable in all the cozy nooks and side streets, on and just off of, the city’s famous boulevards. Even bookstores, like Bookworm, offer a gratifying brunch to give you a break from your long hours of work on the laptop. Whether you fancy a slow deli-style brunch with a splendid fish, cold cuts or cheese assortment at the trendy Delicatessen or seek out a quiet, simple yet delectable brunch at Bread and Co. in the aroma of freshly baked bread, brunch in Tel Aviv serves as a relaxing and unwinding activity.

Colourful and flavourful Delicatessen brunch
Courtesy Delicatessen

10. It’s practically a religion

Honestly, it doesn’t matter where you go, what corner of the city you wind up in or view you face, brunch in Tel Aviv is a sacred meal that transcends tradition and that is always satisfying, exhilarating, worthwhile and drop-dead delicious.

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