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

Where Israeli chefs eat
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Where Israeli chefs eat

Ever wonder where chefs really eat? We did! When you are locked up in the kitchen all day – cooking, boiling, frying, roasting, baking, and tasting – who has the strength or the will to eat out? You know that old joke about gynecologists...well, apparently chefs love to eat out and as much as possible. We distributed a questionnaire to 49 of the top Israeli chefs, asking them what local restaurant they like to frequent, what local food they love, the best street food in their opinion, and their favorite luxury restaurant, out-of-town eatery, and restaurant to visit when abroad. The answers are in, so all that is left for us to do is wish you all Bon Appetite. If you want a sneak peek at the answers right now right here, we've got the names if the 11 restaurants the chefs like most. 

The best places to wine and dine in Neve Tzedek
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The best places to wine and dine in Neve Tzedek

There is something absolutely enchanting about Neve Tzedek. Perhaps it’s the natural Parisian charm, enhanced by French tourists on every cobblestoned street corner; perhaps it’s the ancient Israel feel, being Tel Aviv’s first ever neighborhood, or the notion that the top Israeli dance company hides at its center. For us, it’s the top quality Tel Aviv restaurants and romantic wine bars sprinkled along and around Shabazi Street. Whether you’re looking for sustenance before heading to the newest Naharin creation or simply into a change of pace, these Neve Tzedek establishments are tailor made for your enjoyment. Plus, don't forget to grab gelato after the show at Anita's, Tel Aviv's best ice cream parlour.

The best bars and restaurants surrounding Tel Aviv’s Great Synagogue
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The best bars and restaurants surrounding Tel Aviv’s Great Synagogue

Only in Tel Aviv – the cultural capital of Israel – could the grandest synagogue in town also be the most happening area to grab a drink or a quick bite. With funky chef restaurants like Port Said owned by Tel Aviv street food icon Eyal Shani, the tastiest Thai food in the city, and the juiciest burger in Tel Aviv just nextdoor on Allenby, the Great Synagogue is the focal point for a foolproof evening out. Not to mention, the area is home to a stellar Tel Aviv nightlife scene, spinning cool beats that draw the hipsters over from their Florentin cave. So come one, come all, come early because these popular bars and restaurants around the Great Synagogue fill up fast.

Celebrity Chef Israel Aharoni opens the Hiro of all Ramen in Tel Aviv
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Celebrity Chef Israel Aharoni opens the Hiro of all Ramen in Tel Aviv

The Hiro Ramen in the middle of the happening Sarona food market, has been filled with people lining up to grab a seat and ingest over-sized bowls of ramen, dumplings, and chicken wings for some time now. After a long and much-awaited preparation time, Hiro Ramen Bar Levontin, the second Hiro Ramen branch and gastro-pub by Chef Yisrael Aharoni has finally made its entrance on Levontin Street in Tel Aviv. © Shay Ohayon         It was over a year and a half ago that Hiro Ramen opened in Sarona, and it was a risky venture even then. Ramen, a soup which overflows with noodles and a rich, intensely savory broth with a heaping of toppings was new in the city. How would it do in the summer? Would Israelis go out for soup? Who knew that the ramen trend was going to take Tel Aviv by storm? Since then, Ramen has become a popular soup at several eateries across Israel, but that wasn’t the only way the food world changed. With the opening of Sarona Market, people got used to everything being accessible, even a celebrity chef like Israel Aharoni, the father of Asian cuisine in Israel. He’s the guy who wrote all the cookbooks, the one who introduced hard-to-find exotic ingredients and made sure you knew where to find them in this country. Finally, a chef of this caliber was highly approachable just around the corner, behind this long counter in the middle of Sarona. Oh, and news flash – Aharoni will also be replacing another celebrity Chef Yonatan Roshfeld as the new judge on

These Tel Aviv restaurants bring the heat with tantalizing Thai food
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These Tel Aviv restaurants bring the heat with tantalizing Thai food

If you’ve ever tasted harif on your falafel or mixed into your hummus before, you know that Israelis can bring the heat, which makes Israel the perfect destination for hot and spicy Thai flavors. Not only does the White City boast some of the best Asian restaurants in Israel, including some killer Tel Aviv street food staples; more specifically, their Thai game is on point. Warm your soul with a soothing bowl of Thai curry, refresh your palate with a sweet and salty papaya salad, and wash it all down with kaffir lime-inspired cocktails or a crisp Singha. One dish at these Thai Tel Aviv restaurants and your tastebuds will travel to Bangkok and back.

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Four restaurants in Tel Aviv with under the radar foodie deals
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Four restaurants in Tel Aviv with under the radar foodie deals

When it comes to drinking and dining in the White City, both can get expensive if you're craving top chef quality. That's why we've singled out a smattering of blink-and-you’ll-miss-'em deals going on at the best restaurants in Tel Aviv to give your wallet a bit of a break. From half-off happy hour specials in the hip and happening Florentin neighborhood to all-you-can-eat brunch that takes the cake with everything from bourekas to sabich, you're stomachs will thank you now, while your bank accounts will thank you later.

Fifi’s
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Fifi’s

Known as one of the best Asian eateries in Tel Aviv, this popular spot nestled in Levinsky Market, lures you in with its intoxicating aromas and keeps you coming back with its outstanding flavors. A sip of Tom Yam soup, Poalim Sini, or Shitaki Jembo will have you feeling like you left Israel for Thailand. The Chinese Workers’ meal is a crowd favorite at an affordable price. After dinner, try one of the mouth-watering desserts, such as a donut drizzled in caramel sauce and coconut milk.

Crave Gourmet Street Food
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Crave Gourmet Street Food

Sick of the usual Israeli street food? Craving some good old fashioned greasy grub? One meal at Crave and you’ll throw your falafel and shawarma days right out the window without looking twice. At this Jerusalem diner bar, Todd Aarons (former chef at Tierra Sur in California) has concocted the ultimate menu that pairs classic American street food staples like sliders and Reubens with mexican favorites like pulled brisket burritos and a little added Korean flare. If you haven’t fallen in love yet, Chef Todd has even dedicated a section of the menu to the ‘munchies’ – with sinfully delicious snacks like truffle oil french fries, wings and ‘The Big O’ (panko crusted onion rings). Plus, the whole restaurant is kosher so greasy favorites like burgers that are usually taboo due to cheese and bacon fixings are now a dream for all parties. Feed your craving today.

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.      

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The best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving pizza
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The best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving pizza

Whether it’s five in the evening and you’re craving Italian or it’s five a.m. and you’ve stumbled out of a club on Allenby unable to wait for Israeli breakfast, there’s nothing better than an authentic pizza pie. The current pizza scene is bursting with flavor in the White City: imagine the crispiest of crusts baked to perfection, hand stirred marinara that will put shakshuka sauce to shame and a never-ending combination of toppings. From Tel Aviv street food favorites like Tony Vespa to more refined picks, here’s our all-encompassing guide to the best restaurants in Tel Aviv serving pizza.

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 most romantic restaurants in Israel
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The most romantic restaurants in Israel

Whatever the reason – whether in desperate need of an escape from the children or looking for a pre-theatre prix-fixe in Neve Tzedek – these romantic restaurants in Israel will surely satisfy your hunger and get you in the mood. Five-star quality chefs, fine Israeli wines from wineries near and far and sensational cuisine from seafood to Italian are just the start. Add the arousing atmosphere – from panoramic views of the Golan Heights to candlelit rooftop restaurants in Jerusalem – to the table, and you’ll never want to return to reality again. Book a sitter, find a dog watcher and make reservations at one of these romantic restaurants. And, just in case, make sure the sitter’s schedule is free because if dinner goes well, you may be out all night.

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 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.

The best Tel Aviv restaurants & cafes

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 burger joints in Tel Aviv
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The best burger joints in Tel Aviv

When it comes to burgers, many Tel Aviv restaurants are not only keeping up with their very distant North American cousins, some may argue they have finally surpassed them. With Tel Aviv’s pizza reputation already at full capacity, and new markets like Rothschild Allenby opening up the international food game, it’s only natural for the White City to keep on top of their burger game as well. These Tel Aviv street food spots are famous for their burgers where their meat is on point, their fried chicken burgers are all the rage, and even vegan options aim to please. There’s a reason people wait hours afterhours to sink their teeth into soft buns and succulent meat at these burger joints. Here’s our roundup of the best Tel Aviv has to offer between the buns, anytime of day.  

Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés
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Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés

Tel Avivians take their coffee very seriously. While everyone thinks the French make the best latté and the Italians, the best espresso, we know better. Israel is the only country where Starbucks shied away because it simply didn’t compare. From coffee kiosks on Rothschild Boulevard, to cute cafés tucked behind the Carmel Market, to filtered coffee at the most hipster Florentin hole-in-the-walls, these Tel Aviv cafés are roasting up the best beans in town.

The best hotel restaurants in Tel Aviv
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The best hotel restaurants in Tel Aviv

You'll never run out of options when it comes to recommended restaurants in Tel Aviv. From seafood to Jewish food to vegan, the White City has got it all. But, if convenience is paramount or time is of the essence, look no further than the in-house dining accommodations at these prominent hotels, like the infamous Norman boutique hotel. Staying in for a bit may just give you the boost you'll need to properly take advantage of the Tel Aviv nightlife later on. You might even get a second wind, in which case the best Tel Aviv street food will fit the bill and you'll have covered all your bases.

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.

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The 8 best hummus shops in Haifa – from authentic to inventive
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The 8 best hummus shops in Haifa – from authentic to inventive

The smooth and creamy concoction, in both its hot and cold forms can be found on many a street corner in Haifa. Spun into wells on a plate topped with olive oil and parsley, and drowned in the savory topping of your choice, you’ll be in heaven from the very first bite. Here in Haifa, it is not a party dip, but a hearty lunch. Not just a food, but a sub-culture, and the hummus shop that serves it is the meeting point for your next Friday brunch – Israeli style. There are “ways” to eat it, and everyone claims to be an expert, but as long as you indulge in the creamy goodness, every little thing will be just fine. Here are our top picks for the highly debated prize of the best hummus restaurants in Haifa.

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.

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.

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!

The foodie corner: the best of Shuk HaCarmel
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The foodie corner: the best of Shuk HaCarmel

The bustling outdoor market, beginning on the corner of Allenby and King George, pulls passersby in with its wafting smells of freshly baked bread, aromatic spices, and a myriad of merchants selling everything from Dead Sea salt scrubs to Purim costumes.   At the entrance, clothing, jewelry and knickknacks quickly transition into a foodie haven. The choices are endless: za’atar brushed pitas, oversized studded bagels, towers of gummy candies, and chunks of stacked halva (sesame confections) are all on display. Merchants’ stalls brim with farm-fresh yellow, red and watermelon cherry tomatoes, full-bodied oranges, scarlet strawberries and plump citrus fruit. What’s more are the recent culinary stalls that have popped up with made-to-order delicacies to grab-and-go and the landmark specialty markets vending that special sauce you’ve been looking for everywhere else. © PR       For the home-cook and ingredient-obsessed, look no further than Mizrach Maarav – East West Market (17 HaCarmel St). This corner shop brings together every condiment from around the world. Get your Sriracha on, with rows of Asian sauces, noodles of all kinds, and sushi accoutrements. All does not end here as the aisles are filled with nostalgic foods from all over the world. Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes, liquid smoke (for adding smoke to dishes), taco shells, and exotic canned juices – the homesick can find just about any imported product here.   For a quick Israeli fast food fix, l

The best restaurants in Jerusalem

Eucalyptus
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Eucalyptus

Chef Moshe Basson is famous worldwide for his revival of the biblical menu. The award-winning restaurant is located just steps away from the Old City, where Chef Basson showcases the flavors of plants like hyssop and meloukhia that have been served up for generations in traditional Jerusalemite kitchens. The menu changes according to what mushrooms and plants he finds on his daily trips to the Judean Hills.  Choose one of the exquisite tasting menus for the full Eucalyptus experience.

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.

Mantra
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Mantra

In a pastoral edifice built 120 years ago, chef Yaakov Elisha cooks up fresh fish, seafood, pasta, and meat. This spot turns into a tapas bar past sundown, with alcohol and snacks served into the wee hours of the night. Enjoy handmade pastas and delicious comfort food paired with a selection from the vibrant wine list.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

A kosher gourmet favorite. Gabriel offers an exquisite array of French-inspired cuisine and global delicacies in the heart of Jerusalem. A mix of romantic and classy, the candle-lit room offers an elevated dining experience. On the menu, you’ll find Indian salmon with coconut curry, spicy hoisin ginger beef, lamb spare ribs with a date honey mustard glaze, freekeh with eggplant and tomato, Texas-style barbecue pulled beef, and a selection of creative dishes for every palate. Alternatively, order what the chef has dreamt up with his daily specials. On a budget, but still want classy kosher food? Stop in for the attractively-priced business lunch, which includes the freshly baked focaccia and a soup.