Tel Aviv is a city full of plant-based foods and vegetables of all sorts, making it a vegan foodie heaven. However, sometimes, that’s just not enough. Finding a vegan dessert to make your sweet tooth completely satisfied may have been hard before, but with this list, you will never have an unfulfilled craving again.
Halva / The Kingdom of Halva and Tahini
Halva is one of the most beloved and famous Israeli desserts. It’s usually made only with tahini (sesame seed paste) and honey or sugar. The Kingdom of Halva, whichoriginated in Jerusalem’s Machne Yehuda market, is the most famous halva boutique in Israel, known for its incredible range of flavours and top artisan quality. It is recommended to come here open-minded and sample all the unique flavours before choosing a favourite, like spicy chilli halva or whisky halva.
The bakery, with five locations across Tel Aviv, is perhaps Tel Aviv’s most beloved bakery, patisserie, and coffee shop. For those who can’t resist this picture and are thinking of giving up veganism – it’s your lucky day. The Bakery sells these heavenly vegan babka cakes, either with chocolate or nuts, individually wrapped in a single-serve size–as if you couldn’t finish a big one by yourself!
Recently opened Bana is not a regular vegan restaurant – it is a plant-based eatery. The idea is that the dishes here aren’t made with vegan substitutions and are not supposed to imitate meaty dishes. Instead, the whole menu is based on unique combinations of vegetables, fruit and nuts. As this is one of the most talked-about restaurants in Tel Aviv, this recipe seems to work. Just look at this picture and you’ll understand.
Cafe Landwer is one of the most popular chains in Tel Aviv. Their signature dish is the Rozalach, a twist on the Israeli Rugelach, a pastry filled with Nutella, rolled and then baked in a pizza oven, and served dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Recently, as part of their vegan menu, Landwer launched the signature dish, with Lotus Biscoff cookies. Spread is used to replace chocolate, making the signature dish edible for everyone and oh-so-yummy.
Get a huge cookie, and another one, place a scoop of ice cream between the two and voila! Cookeez is responsible for some of Tel Aviv longest late-night queues, as they serve these delicious cookie ice-cream sandwiches until 2 am, thus satisfying many happy partiers. The cookies are available in so many flavours, the latest craze being rainbow unicorn cookies. The variety also includes three vegan cookie options (chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and peanut butter), as well as four vegan ice cream options (coconut, dark chocolate, halva, or lotus biscotti) so no one is left out.
Dairy-free Ice Cream / Anita – La Mamma del Gelato
Anita is not only Tel Aviv’s favourite ice cream place, it is an establishment. It recently expanded to several international locations, offering a range of over 150 different kinds of ice cream, frozen yoghurt, sorbets, organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and creamy ice creams. People travel from all over the country to indulge in Anita’s boutique, which is in the heart of the picturesque Neve Zedek. Would you ever guess that the ice cream in the photo is vegan?
There is nothing more refreshing than a popsicle in the Tel Aviv summer heat. Well, perhaps a Mojito? Tamara, Tel Aviv’s most famous yoghurt and juice shop, has combined the two, added some lime and lemongrass, and created this heavenly treat – the Mojito popsicle.
Bretonne Crêperie serves savoury and sweet French crêpes; the savoury crêpes are made with freshly ground buckwheat (GF) and the sweet ones are made with wheat flour. The menu offers a variety of toppings: meaty, cheesy, fishy, vegan, chocolaty. Don’t miss out on the chabi hubby option, available vegan with peanut butter, milk-free chocolate, and bagel crisps!
Countless night out in Tel Aviv end with a visit to one of Hamalabya‘s stalls, scattered across the city’s hippest neighbourhoods. Malabi, one of Israel’s staple foods, is a creamy milk-based pudding thickened with rice flour or cornstarch, and then topped with sweet syrup. The vegan version of the dish is so good it’s actually called can’t-believe-it’s-vegan Malabi on their menus.
Krembo, one of Israel’s favourite snacks, is an individually wrapped marshmallow fluff placed on top of a cookie and covered in chocolate. Seeds Patisserie, being the ultimate provider of your vegan fix, sell these favourite Israeli winter traditions in a vegan version. You’ll regret ever thinking veganism was a compromise.
Sometimes paired with Sirene or Feta cheese, watermelon is served at almost any Tel Aviv bar or beach cafe during the high summer. This piece of fruit is not only the ultimate refresher but also completely organic, natural and quenching. Each bite contains significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, antioxidants, amino acids, and even some potassium.
One of the first vegetarian establishments in Tel Aviv, Meshek Barzilay will make you forget meat even exists. Drunk pear is a pear pie with a shortbread crust made with almond flour and coconut oil, a whole pear cooked in white wine and spices, served with almond and citrus cream and orange jelly. If you aren’t convinced already, take a look at that picture and you will be.
Paletas are hand-made Mexican-inspired popsicles, available in a range of flavours such as Vietnamese coffee, mango chilli, halva, peanut butter-chocolate and many more appetizing combinations. The range of flavours includes multiple vegan options, bound to make your summer better. Paletas are available in many restaurants and stores across the country, as well as deliveries. They also have their own stand at Sarona food market.
Nanuchka is a Georgian restaurant/bar that serves 100% vegan cuisine in a fun atmosphere. This is a place to drink shots, dance on tables, and of course enjoy the food. If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate soufflé, the dessert menu offers traditional Georgian desserts, dark chocolate fingers, and halva parfait.