The Yemenite Quarter (Kerem HaTemaniem) is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. It sits between Shuk Hacarmel (The Carmel Market), Neve Tsedek, and Allenby. Once you enter the Kerem, through the hustle and bustle of the market, you step into a different world. The streets are narrow and lined with mysterious buildings that each feature unique, eclectic architecture. Each corner and crevice has a story: here’s our guide to eating out in the area.
Beer Bazaar offers a menu brimming with delicious items, especially since they get all their ingredients fresh from the Shuk daily. What makes the Beer Bazaar so unique is that all of their beer is brewed in Israel, with a wide variety of great beers on tap each consisting of rich, special flavors. If you want a relaxed local bar to meet friends, this is the place.
What used to be known as the Pop House has been transformed into to a small hip cafe with a great atmosphere. Locals come and sit with a cigarette and an Americano and enjoy watching the small herb stalls open. During the summer nights, they hold a live jazz show with a great local singer and band. The set up and lights make it feel like an extended living room with great beer, wine and company.
Johnny is the maker, shaker and director of this weekend-only joint. On Saturdays, this is the place to go to get homemade Jachnun, a traditional Yeminite dish, and a warm welcome, as Johnny and his team make their customers feel like a part of the Jachnun family. Considering the location is in Kerem Hatemaneem (the Yemenite Quarter), it is only fitting to have a traditional Yemenite Saturday morning breakfast.
The Salon Berlin is a popular bar in Tel Aviv where the beer is affordable and the music is atmospheric. They have a Happy Hour and various drinks deals. It’s a great place to meet new people and mingle while drinking until the early hours.
A local food diner with homemade dishes and an Israeli twist, here the food is absolutely delicious. It’s a cat haven, with cats wandering in and about the restaurant or lounging on the chairs and joining you during your meal. They have specials everyday — except for Sunday. On Saturday, they have the most divine chamin, a dish of beans and meat cooked overnight in a slow cooker. There is a vegetarian option available as well.
Julie serves pots and pots of Egyptiandelicacies. She welcomes you with a big heartfelt hug and kisses like she’s your grandmother. It is highly recommended to go on a Friday, in the early afternoon, when you will have the largest menu choice. The customers of Egyptian origin rant and rave about Julie’s as she uses ancient Egyptian ingredients and spices to make each dish rich, delicious and authentic.
Cafe Cohen‘s owner has a wonderful voice and will sing opera throughout the morning, echoing through the corridors of the Kerem. Many tours come through and stop at his cafe to sample the delicious coffee and hear his melodies.