Organic food is slowly making its way into every super market, including big supermarket chains (America: we know we’re a few years behind the trend). Tel Aviv has seen organic sections in local specialty shops like Teva Kastel, AM:PM and Tiv Taam, and now even Shufer Sal and Victory sell organic foods. Most of the organic foods you can find in Tel Aviv are locally grown without dangerous chemicals and pesticides. They are more expensive than non-organic foods, but definitely worth the investment.
Gluten-free choices are popping up around the city, with many restaurants now offering gluten-free options. As more and more people discover their gluten distaste, sensitivity, or allergy, restaurants are quickly accommodating their dietary needs. Many obvious gluten spots such as Italian restaurants, burger joints, and sushi bars now offer gluten-free pasta, gluten-free bread buns, and gluten-free sushi rolls. Some of our favorites are Cafe Italia, Hudson Brasserie, and Pekin.
Café Italia, Yona Kremnitski Street 6, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3-561-2888
Pekin, Moshe Sneh Street 54, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3-649-0737
More Asian Fusion
After conscripted military service, Israelis love to travel the world, specifically Southeast Asia. While prices are cheap in Vietnam and Thailand, flavors are rich. Coconut, lemongrass, curries, and fresh herbs are staples in the popular dishes that Israelis are bringing back to the homeland. Our favorites are Vong (expensive, but incredibly flavorful Vietnamese), Beit Thailandi (expensive, but simply put, the best Thai food), and Hanoi (which despite being named after the northern Vietnamese city, serves delicious food from the entire Southeast Asian region).
Israel is listed as one of the most vegan/vegetarian friendly countries in the world. Israel have more vegans/vegetarians per capita than anywhere else in the world and a wonderful organization to find your new favorite vegan-friendly meal. It’s not just coincidence that the classic Israeli dishes are vegan or vegetarian: falafel, hummus, sabich, jachnun, shakshuka, and baba ganoush. Some of the best places to find these delicious traditional foods are Abu Adam, Sabich Frishman, Abulafia, and Java.
Abu Adam, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3-562-5051
Abulafia, Yefet Street 7, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3-683-4958
Delivered Home Cooked Meals
There are over 20,000 immigrants living in Tel Aviv. Many of them immigrated to Israel alone, leaving families behind. The unfortunate by-product of this is rarely enjoying a home cooked meal from Eema (mom). What if a skilled home cook could prepare a warm, hearty dish of your liking and deliver it to your door? Yummi is one of many services that delivers prepared home cooked meals directly to your door.