March 3rd 2017
One of the most convenient (and most enjoyable) ways to live like a local while traveling through Israel is to eat like a local. We know what you’re thinking: ‘Shopping, haggling, cooking, and cleaning? No thank you!’ Well with the right restaurants, you can experience the tastes and flavors of Israel without having to forego on the vacation indulgence of no cooking and cleaning. Here are some of our staff’s top picks for the best restaurants in Tel Aviv that’ll deliver both the authenticity of Israeli cooking and the unique piquancy that a real foodie can appreciate.
Note: We discussed the exact ingredients and experiences of falafel, shawarma, and sabich, the three most Israeli foods you can find in a previous article. So, check out that read for some explanations, and then enjoy these recommendations for the best places to eat in town.
Frishman Sabich & Frishman Falafel
Whether you’re in the mood for falafel, sabich, or some other variety of this uniquely Israeli dish, Frishman is the place to head. On Frishman street, you’ll find two of the most popular eateries in town, so check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Location: Frishman 44
You can’t spend too long anywhere in Israel without hearing about Falafel Gabai. Yeah, it’s that good. Since we talked about falafel in our Jerusalem authentic eateries article, we won’t go into too much detail here. Suffice it to say, Falafel Gabai continues this delicious tradition in Tel Aviv.
Location: Bograshov 25
One last authentic Israeli dish you won’t want to miss is a crispy boureka. A flaky dough pastry that encases anything from potato to spinach, mushroom, and even cheese, bourekas are a small slice of heaven that you’re going to want to bite into every day you’re here. The Bourekas Market in the Shuk HaCarmel is one of the most varied and flavorful shops in which to find these lovely little pillows of goodness. No doubt you’ll be craving them even as the plane takes off.
Location: Carmel Market 42
Of course, if you just want to experience some fine dining, there are fabulous restaurants in Tel Aviv that serve up first-rate foreign cuisine as well. Israel is known for its food; from upscale dining to generations old falafel shops, so come one, come hungry.