Restaurants & Cafés

Your guide to dining out in Israel, including new restaurants, fabulous street food and glorious cafés

Haifa’s best boutique Israeli breakfasts
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Haifa’s best boutique Israeli breakfasts

Israeli breakfast is Israel’s answer to the relaxing weekend brunch. It is a time to sit in your favorite spot – whether it be a Jerusalem café, a bustling Tel Aviv bakery or a Haifa restaurant – and enjoy the simpler pleasures in life. At the heart of every Israeli breakfast is: eggs cooked to your liking, a basket of fresh bread, a variety of spreads, dips, fresh salads and cheeses. And at the heart of Haifa are five of the best boutique Israeli breakfasts in the city. These are the local neighborhood cafés that are handcrafting their breakfasts with care from only the freshest ingredients - a delicious and inspirational change from the ordinary, and a must try any day of the week on your next trip to Israel’s North.

Time Out takes out : Tel Aviv restaurants delivering right to your door
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Time Out takes out : Tel Aviv restaurants delivering right to your door

Tel Aviv may average out to more than 320 sunny days per year, but those few rainy ones can be crippling for a culture that isn’t used to rainfall. Basically, it doesn’t take long for streets to turn into swampy swimming pools and for people to do everything they can to stay inside. With winter upon us, we’re making things easy for you. Tel Aviv has everything from affordable Asian street food to highbrow brasserie fare available just by picking up the phone (or not…some even allow web orders).

The top 19 restaurants in Israel
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The top 19 restaurants in Israel

Any sabra worth his salt will argue that one of the top things to do in Israel is eat. And when it comes to celebrated chefs, innovative takes on Mediterranean cuisine, harvesting local raw materials and creating a joyous, fun-loving (and sharing) atmosphere, we've got all the goods. While Tel Aviv restaurants are teeming with an array of hands-down delicious options, the rest of the country also has a lot to show for when it comes to highly recommended places to eat. Here are the nineteen restaurants from A to Z, from the Galilee to the Negev to book now.

The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for authentic Italian cuisine
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The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for authentic Italian cuisine

Surprise! Despite the myths of cold pizza-by-the-slice being the extent of Tel Aviv’s Italian cuisine scene, Israel’s top chefs have finally put the rumours to rest. Their handmade tagliatelle, homemade puttanesca and oven-baked thin crust pizzas are all a sweet symphony in your mouth. Throw in perfectly grilled seafood from the Mediterranean and tiramisus worth every calorie and it’s no wonder so many of these Tel Aviv restaurants were nominated for Time Out Tel Aviv's Eating and Drinking Awards. With so many delectable options though, how do you choose? We’ve lessened the load by mapping out the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for Italian cuisine.

The best Jaffa restaurants
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The best Jaffa restaurants

Tel Aviv’s humble little sister is growing up to be something special. Jaffa (known locally as 'Yafo') is chock-full of authentic, delicious restaurants, local designer boutiques and a burgeoning nightlife scene – but, we are here to talk about the food. Although Tel Aviv restaurants are all the rage right now with the blossoming vegan scene and new chef restaurants, Jaffa restaurants are growing quicker than their oranges. Here’s the lowdown on the best places to dine in Jaffa, including where to eat the tastiest specialities, butteriest baked goods, and even where to score the best spices. If you're on a budget or eating on the go, be sure to pick up some of Jaffa's best authentic street food instead.

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Drunken Review: pink walls and face-first falls at Tutus Karex
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Drunken Review: pink walls and face-first falls at Tutus Karex

Noa Bonné heads to Tutus Karex for a Gin-laced night of slushies, cheese fries and 'parkour'.   The Foggy Effect: To celebrate my friend’s return to Israel from New York, I got rid of a third of my salary by buying an expensive bottle of Bombay Gin. After some G&Ts that were mostly (actually just) gin, we were on our way to Tutus Karex. The alcohol struck fast and I almost puked behind a garbage bin before entering, while Amber thought she could 'parkour' her way to the bar and fell flat on her face.         Music: Tutus Karex is known for its musical variety, but it has a sweet spot for hip hop and Arabic music. When we were there, Atar Miner, a known DJ and producer, was in charge of the playlist. He was fantastic and created the perfect balance between beat and Arabic music. Unfortunately, the dance floor was empty besides a drunken couple making out (or perhaps it was empty because of the drunken couple making out).   Lying Around: If you're facing the bar, there's a hidden corner on your left (actually it’s not that secret, people just don’t think about laying there). I’m talking about the only sofa at the bar that made me push a helpless girl out of the way while screaming, "I need this seat more than you do".   Service: The service at the Tutux is dually divided like one of those before and after pictures you find on infomercials for diet pills. Before the place is packed: the service is excellent and kind (as there are few places where you can s

Kab Kem
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Kab Kem

Talk to anyone who has lived in Tel Aviv for long enough to know where to eat and the Thai House will inevitably come up as the place to go for authentic, delicious Thai dishes. With little to no competition, the place is perpetually packed and reservations are actually a must. And now, after two decades of anticipation, the owner has finally branched out and opened another venture called Kab Kem, featuring drinks and Thai bites. However, "bites" implies something small, but what we are talking about here is a one-two punch packed with flavor and then some. Expect intense salty, sour and ever-so-spicy mouthfuls - with dishes covering the gamut from land and sea. And with such spice comes the need to keep a steady pace, taking the eating and drinking in measured stride - almost forcing patrons to enjoy every last bit, and every last sip. With menu fixtures ranging from noodle dishes bursting with crystal shrimp and grilled scallops steaming straight from the wok to a host of exotic Thai cocktails - taking your time is all part of the exceptional experience.      

The Tel Aviv Food Kiosks you want to try
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The Tel Aviv Food Kiosks you want to try

New York may have their hot dog stands and halal carts and L.A. has their trendy food trucks and old school loncheros, but there’s no beating Tel Avis’s food kiosks. From the most perfect locally brewed cappuccino to a worth-every-calorie chocolate rugelach and everything in-between, here’s a look at all the food kiosks not-to-be-missed in Israel’s foodie capital. Susu & SonIf you’ve ever questioned whether there can possibly be appeal in street meat, head to the perpetually packed Susu & Sons. Opened by famed Israeli chef Omer Miller the kiosk has seating along its edges where patrons enjoy fries and a curated list of burger variations.  - 6 Herzl St (03-6666666)          Omer Miller @ Susu & Sons© Noa Rosin             Dizengoff KioskWhen a kiosk doesn’t even bother to brand itself with a name and yet is still consistently a popular choice – especially for lunch – you know their food must be worth your shekels. Located on Dizengoff Street at the intersection with Ben Gurion, this kiosk has an impressively large selection of sandwiches offered in all shapes and sizes and ranging from the gluten-free to the totally not kosher (think ham and cheese). They’ve also got pretzels, pastries, cookies, brownies and some pretty amazing cinnamon rolls and rugelach.  - Dizengoff Street at the intersection with Ben Gurion Blvd      Café CastelCafé Castel is the perfect place for a quick, casual bite. Order a coffee, pastry (anything with halva is strongly recommended

Ahuzat Bayit 3
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Ahuzat Bayit 3

From a successful culinary trifecta who have collectively worked in such Tel Avivian hotspots as Santa Katerina, Claro, The Social Club and Pronto, comes the highly-anticipated restaurant Ahuzat Beit. Taking inspiration from places like the venerable culinary landmark Balthazar in NYC, the knowledgeable grouping of chefs at the helm of Ahuzat Beit have gathered everything they know from the places they have seen, the dishes they have tried and created themselves - regionally and internationally - and they are creating a new language in the local foodie scene. Expect dishes like oxtail lasagna with roasted mushrooms, calamari carbonara with bacon and out-of-this-world desserts like bittersweet chocolate mousse with salted caramel and peanuts dashed with lemon zest.  

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Eilat Eats: the best resort town restaurants
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Eilat Eats: the best resort town restaurants

While Tel Aviv and Jerusalem boast some of the finest restaurants in Israel and Haifa is home to some incredible seafood and Middle Eastern cuisine, down south, the restaurants are pulling out all the stops. Whether you’ve had an action-packed day of exploring the south, or some much needed R&R at the spa, you’ll want to recharge with good eats. Eilat boasts some wonderful restaurants that hit the spot. Here’s a list of the best restaurants in Israel’s top resort town:

The best Jerusalem restaurants
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The best Jerusalem restaurants

Whether or not you’re kosher, Jerusalem restaurants offer a wide range of options that are both mouthwateringly delicious and suitable for a plethora of palates. Unlike many of the world’s other top destinations, in the Holy Land, you’ll find fantastic culinary experiences that aren’t solely expensive (thanks in large part to the city’s unparalleled markets). Here’s a look at the best restaurants in Jerusalem and what the thriving restaurant scene has to offer. Believe us, after a day of shopping at Mamilla Mall for jewelry and designer clothing, you'll be grateful for a reason to wear your newest purchases.

An insider's guide to the best restaurants in Haifa
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An insider's guide to the best restaurants in Haifa

It may lack Tel Aviv’s swag, but Haifa has a unique and very diverse offering of bars, restaurants and culinary options. Whether you want to savor local wines and Middle Eastern fare or you’re looking to dine in style, here’s a look at all the best bars and restaurants in Haifa to do just that. 

The best chef restaurants in Israel
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The best chef restaurants in Israel

Since its inception, immigrants from far-flung locales have sought refuge in Israel, bringing with them recipes from their homelands and flavors from their upbringings. This melting pot of cultures has not only inspired a new Israeli cuisine, it has also given birth to some of Israel's most celebrated local chefs. These top chef restaurants in Israel are the fruits of their labor and indulgent treats for anybody who can swing a reservation. They pair exquisite food with fine wines, funky cocktails and fancy atmospheres for the perfect dining experience. Equally appealing, but easier on the wallet, Tel Aviv's street food scene broadcasts the same cultural melting pot at a quarter the price (with top local chefs behind-the-scenes as well). Our list of the best kosher restaurants in Israel also features renowned chefs. Just take your pick.

The best Tel Aviv restaurants
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The best Tel Aviv restaurants

Tel Aviv is saturated with so many delicious restaurant options that it's painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. Well, we've done the leg work. Here are our top picks of the best Tel Aviv restaurants. If you've already tackled the Tel Aviv foodie scene, head south to the White City's little sister and enjoy the best Jaffa restaurants and street food. Or, if Tel Aviv was merely a short pitstop on you're crosscountry adventure, the best chef restaurants in Israel offer fine dining from the Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south, east to west. Check out our list of the best Tel Aviv restaurants from A to Z.

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The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv
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The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv

Israel has some of the finest tomatoes in the world, so it’s no wonder they are a daily dietary staple. From raw to slow cooked, Israelis have mastered making the most of their abundance of this fresh produce, which explains the ease with which they've accepted the vegan trends. Enjoy the art of the tomato in its full glory as it is put on display like an exhibition, while also getting your fill of protein and energy revving spices by treating your taste buds to a warm pan of shakshuka. This dish promises a true traditional Israeli breakfast experience. If it’s your first time, be ready to come back - no one eats shakshuka just once. If you want to try it at home, head up to the closest market, or for different budget meals, take a look at our list of best street food in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Bet you can't eat just one.

Blissful bakeries in Tel Aviv
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Blissful bakeries in Tel Aviv

In a city best known for hummus and falafel, you might be surprised to learn that Tel Avivians have access to some seriously great baked goods. Although you won’t find the insane levels of sugar and fat that you’ll find in the bakeries in American cities like New York, Israeli dessert is still indulgent, meaning you should plan your calorie expenditure wisely. Let us make it easy for you. While bargaining for baklava and halava in Shuk HaCarmel is one tasty option, here are the best bakeries in Tel Aviv, all of which are overflowing with worth-every-calorie bites. You can burn them off later with a run along the beach, a bike ride in Park HaYarkon or while exploring Florentine or Tel Aviv's first neighborhood.

The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv
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The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv

Israeli breakfast is a rite of passage for those visiting Tel Aviv and whether you head to a place that sticks to the classics (eggs, chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a range of house-made spreads) or veers away from the norm with options like shakshuka, bourekas or jachnun, we guarantee you'll be tied over for the rest of the day. So, If you’re looking for some serious a.m. fuel to charge up before a day of activities and shopping in the White City, turn to these Tel Aviv restaurants and you will not be disappointed.

The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants
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The best Tel Aviv vegan restaurants

While 'being vegan' has become a trendy identifier in the last few years, the local Tel Aviv vegan restaurant scene actually has the chops to back up the goods. Thanks to Israel's climate and varying landscapes, harvesting tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables are a slam dunk (as proven by the colourful arrays at the markets) and diners get to reap the benefits. These vegan and vegetarian hotspots are here to help make our Israel a vegan-friendly Israel. Looking to cook up a storm in your own digs? Take advantage of the local offering and head to one of Israel's markets for a vegan foodie shopping adventure. Whether out and about or cooking from home, don't forget to wash down that tofu with a nice glass of Israeli wine.

‘Ice, ice baby’ – the best ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv
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‘Ice, ice baby’ – the best ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv

‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream’. When it comes to the frozen dairy treat that every kid loves, Tel Aviv has got the best of the best. With exotic flavour combinations like cardamom to those unique to Israel like halva and even vegan options, we’ve got it all! Try the trending dessert option that is ice cream sandwiches...especially delicious after a night out in the White City. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the creamy deliciousness topped with mounds of fruit, nuts and chocolate, drenched in streams of sauces and sprinkled with rainbow jimmies and love. It’s all right here in our sweet-tooth’s guide to ice cream parlours in Tel Aviv.

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Authentic Jaffa street food
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Authentic Jaffa street food

Some of the best things to eat on a budget – and eat period – can be found on the streets, Jaffa's streets to be exact. Though the food truck trend has yet to hit Israel, Jaffa is a goldmine for top notch, authentic street food. Most authentic Jaffa street food is not only quick to cook up, but very filling, making it the perfect fuel for a long day of exploring the city, including areas nearby like Neve Tzedek with its incredible jewelry shops and designer boutiques and the ever-so-hipster Florentine. Here’s to joyfully chowing down on the best hummus your taste buds have ever met!

10 history-rich Haifa street food establishments
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10 history-rich Haifa street food establishments

While the Tel Aviv street food and Jaffa street food scenes are on the steep rise, Haifa street food carries a particularly rich history, with classic establishments that have been holding their own for decades. Now, with an influx of trendy eateries that have popped up in recent years and even months, the definition of good street food is broadening, which leaves Haifa swimming in an abundance of possibilities for a delicious and cheap quick bite out. Here are just ten Haifa restaurant selections, four of which represent the city’s old school charm, while the other six tap into the new Haifa food scene – continuing to grow and evolve with each passing day. Any of these options are perfect for a delightful meal in the city, and are sure to make your day on your next visit.

Get your falafel and sabich fix with our Pita Pocket Picks
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Get your falafel and sabich fix with our Pita Pocket Picks

After just one flavourful bite of vegan-friendly greasy grub from these falafel and sabich establishments, you’ll be singing, “I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine” from the rooftops. Walk down the busy streets of Tel Aviv any time of day and you’re bound to pass at least ten shops serving up Israeli street food squeezed between chic designer boutiques and vibrant juice stands. With so many options, how do you weed out the authentic street eats from the tourist traps? By following our helpful guide to pita pocket paradise. We’ve scavenged the city far and wide in search of the juiciest chickpeas, crispiest eggplant, and perfectly hard boiled eggs in Tel Aviv. The lines may be long at famous Tel Aviv restaurants like Frishman Sabich and Falafel Gabay, but with good reason. Grab some free pickled vegetables and some patience because we promise you, these spots are well worth the wait.

The most authentic Jerusalem restaurants
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The most authentic Jerusalem restaurants

While street food in Israel isn’t hard to come by, it’s hard to weed out the authentic eats from the tourist traps. Jerusalem’s food scene is one where like its classical musicians, Jewish authenticity takes center stage. Even the hottest spots thrive on Jerusalem’s genuine vibe, as hip night spots lead by chefs bring out the beauty of the market, delighting locals and visitors alike. In all this hustle and bustle, no matter how hip, there’s always a touch of vintage, history and Jerusalem-chic. From traditional sabich and falafel to new school pita pocket fillings like fried red mullet and "chraime" (a spicy North African fish dish), Jerusalem restaurants are serving up the goods. Join Keren Brown in her foodie adventures as she explores the Holy City to hone down on Jerusalem’s most authentic spots from little nooks serving piping-hot bourekas to cozy no-frills restaurants serving homemade dumplings.

The best Tel Aviv street food
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The best Tel Aviv street food

Tel Aviv's best street food is not only delicious for its sheer flavors and innovative twists on classic grab-and-go recipes, but there is also something to be said about sitting outside in a casual spot with satisfied customers sharing tables and inhaling their food. Tel Aviv street food is also a mix of Tel Aviv moments - where friends run into one another and catch up, the menu of the day is handwritten on kraft paper and your name is yelled out into the chaos for pick up. It's especially tasty after a night out, whether clubbing at the Port, hunting for hidden speakeasies or keeping classy at the opera. For even more cheap eats and finger-lickin' goodness, head south for authentic street food in Jaffa or try every kind of shakshuka imaginable at the best shakshuka spots in Tel Aviv.

The best restaurants in Jerusalem

Machneyuda
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Machneyuda

With three Jerusalem chefs running the show, this rustic haven for foodies offers a changing market-to-table menu with all ingredients sourced from the nearby Machne Yehuda Market. The open kitchen gives you a front seat to the action, and the lively, spirited vibes are like no other. This restaurant was the inspiration for two of the most-talked about restaurants in London, The Palomar and The Barbary. Both are known for bringing this ‘Machneyuda’ genre of energetic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine to the city.

Anna
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Anna

Located in downtown Jerusalem in the Ticho House, a place to immerse yourself in Jerusalem’s art and literary works, a kosher dairy and fish Italian restaurant called “Anna” immediately became one of the city’s most-beloved spots. Handmade pizzas and pastas, fresh fish and the best seasonal ingredients all come together for a memorable dinner. Anna is more than a restaurant, it is also an organization that helps disadvantaged students gain work experience in the kitchen and helps them get back on track.  

Satya
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Satya

There’s much to love about Satya, but it can be summed up in a combination of fresh seasonal ingredients and the attention to detail in each dish. Opened by Ilan Garussi, former head chef and owner of popular restaurant Chakra, this hotspot serves up Mediterranean food inspired from all over with a focus on fresh seafood along with specials like the hand-made pappardelle pasta with tomato butter, the colorful seafood risotto and 8-hour slow-cooked Japanese barbecue short ribs.

Talbiye
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Talbiye

Israeli top chefs Assaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon long ago established the famous Machneyuda group, which operates restaurants all over the city. Talbiye is defined as a wine bar and functions during the day as a café. Next to your coffee, you can enjoy freshly baked goods, and next to your wine you can choose from various elegant dishes. The meticulously designed space and selection of seating options make Talbiye the perfect host for your weekend.