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 top breakfast spots in Tel Aviv
Walking into Café Xoho, a local gem of a café tucked on a side street in Tel Aviv, you might think, from the funky art, the eclectic chalkboard menu, and the English speakers, that you had stumbled into a neighborhood San Francisco cafe in the Haight. Founded by Xoli Ormut-Durbin, an Israeli olah who was raised in Hong Kong by Canadian parents, Café Xoho began as a bonafide locals’ secret – fit with perfectly roasted coffee beans and international staff who always know your name. Even in café-crazed Tel Aviv, Xoho stands out. Everything, from the piping hot bagels to the buttery chocolate-chip cookies, the umami-bomb bulgur bowl and even the house-cured salmon – are made in-house.
Is there anything better than starting the day with a chic breakfast composed of fluffy baked bread, perfectly-poached eggs and piles of pancakes? This one-of-a-kind classy vibe with antique silverware is the spot to open your mornings, but also the place for a fashionable meal at any time of day.
Benedict has become synonymous with breakfast in Israel, and you’ll find multiple locations across the country. People come here to munch on breakfast at any time of the day or night. Open 24 hours and jam-packed with every single comfort food possible: whether it be towering pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast or shakshuka, breakfast knows no boundaries here.
Ha’achim, the bustling restaurant on busy Ibn Gvirol Street, is now offering limitless weekend brunch. The atmosphere is always loud and exciting, and the perfect place to lounge at on a beautiful Saturday morning with family and friends. This ultimate Israeli brunch is a divine representation of how local families host their weekly gatherings, with limitless food and great company.
Located in the Sarona Compound, Claro is a farm-to-table restaurant with a cozy and welcoming vibe. Chef Ran Shmueli, one of Israel’s most well-loved chefs, celebrates fresh local produce with creative ingredients, a big open-kitchen, a tabun (brick oven) and fresh fish, meat, chicken and handmade-pasta and breads. The bar seating around the open kitchen is the perfect spot to soak in the atmosphere, and get a good view of this beautiful restaurant.
Dallal is a classic spot that never goes out of style. Find this beautiful hideaway in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, next to the Suzanne Dallal cultural center. The menu reflects the area around it: Tel Aviv, right in the point where it connects with Jaffa. Enjoy the season’s best vegetables, top quality fish and meats, fresh pastas and risottos and a romantic atmosphere unique to the area. For to-go treats, stop at the Dallal Bakery.
From fresh fish to kosher Asian cuisine, Chef Meir Adoni has tackled the culinary world as he brings the Far East to the near “White City.” Offerings include: tartar of tuna in soy and honey, sea fish sashimi with green melon, Asian aioli, green tea and lime yogurt and macha powder, grouper capriccio with kohlrabi ravioli and mango, apricot, ginger and lemon grass alongside Indian focaccia on an open grill and more. Pick up those chopsticks and enjoy the best panoramic view around.
Put together an attractive beachfront location, fresh seafood prepared with a distinctly Mediterranean flavor, friendly but very efficient waiters and you have the winning combination that has made Manta Ray one of the most popular restaurants in Tel Aviv. Enjoy leisurely breakfasts, brunches, lunches or dinners in this stunning location. You won’t regret it.
Located in the Mendeli Street Hotel, this contemporary restaurant spearheaded by Chef Yossi Shitrit (Kitchen Market, Onza) showcases modern cuisine with Moroccan touches. The breakfast menu is sophisticated, yet simple with six delectable options that elevate breakfast staples to fine dining quality. Shitrit uses only the finest of ingredients like truffle oil and bechamel sauce to craft his white shakshuka. Paired with a Mimosa or Kir Royale, you'll feel like royalty as you dine at the most celebrated restaurant in the city.
This hidden gem in Ramat Aviv is the epitome of local and seasonal with all ingredients sourced right from the Zuk Farm in Emek Ha’Ela. Choose from a bountiful brunch with eggs of your choice, or delicate croissants filled with house-made dried tomatoes, goat cheese and egg. Meat lovers must not miss the Brave Man’s Breakfast, entrecôte alongside potatoes à la plancha, tomato salad and an egg. End with a look around the beautiful deli and wine shop, and pick up some goodies to take home.