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.
Bar, Cafe, Israeli
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.
Beer Bazaar, Rambam 1 and 36 Yishkon, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 504 9537
Yom Tov Cafe
Cafe, Israeli, American, $$$
Yom Tov Cafe
What used to be known as the Pop House has been transformed into to a small hip cafe with a great atmosphere. Locals come and sit with a cigarette and an Americano and enjoy watching the small herb stalls open. During the summer nights, they hold a live jazz show with a great local singer and band. The set up and lights make it feel like an extended living room with great beer, wine and company.
Yom Tov Cafe, Yom Tov 30, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 54 425 7567
Hummus Kalaboni make the most delicious hummus in the Kerem. The owner and his brothers always welcome you with a smile and make you feel at home. The ‘Hummus Masabacha’ is one of the best options.
Hummus Kalaboni, HaShomer St 2, Tel Aviv, Israel
Boobah Shel Jachnun
Johnny is the maker, shaker and director of this weekend-only joint. On Saturdays, this is the place to go to get homemade Jachnun, a traditional Yeminite dish, and a warm welcome, as Johnny and his team make their customers feel like a part of the Jachnun family. Considering the location is in Kerem Hatemaneem (the Yemenite Quarter), it is only fitting to have a traditional Yemenite Saturday morning breakfast.
Boobah Shel Jachnun, Beit Yosef St 23, Tel Aviv, Israel
Bar, Israeli, $$$
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.
Salon Berlin, Najara 15, Tel Aviv-Jaffo, Israel, +972 3 510 2126
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.
Mitbachon, Rabbi Akiva St 18, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 516 3689
Julie's Egyptian Food
Cafe, Middle Eastern
Julie’s Egyptian Food
Julie serves pots and pots of Egyptian delicacies. 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.
Julie’s Egyptian Food, Yom Tov 29, Tel Aviv, Israel
Cafe, Israeli, $$$
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.
Cafe Cohen, Yishkon 32, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972 3 517 4396