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. 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 heavenly 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 bakeries in Tel Aviv
Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.
From the outside, Piece of Cake is one of those bakeries that seems like an overrated chain, but inside, it's a surprising delight. The moment you enter the premises, tantalizing aromas waft about in the air, enticing you to sample one (or five) of their delicious baked goods. Since the place is so well established, there is a wide selection available. This includes a fresh selection of pastries, cheesecakes, specialty cakes that are both eye and mouth candy, and for those who like to keep the illusion of a healthy lifestyle, sugar-free options. If you're feeling up for a savory snack, Piece of Cake also offers up quiches and bourekas. For the more health conscious, there are options such as granola and thin biscotti.
One of the best bakery chains in the city, Bakery has mastered the art of French pastries. Whether you come to pick up a crunchy, fresh-from-the-oven baguette or any of the delectable pastries like the caramel-glazed cream puffs and the creamy-rich mille-feuille, everything you pick here is memorable and worth the hype. Bakery also serves sandwiches and salads, making it the ideal place for your next lunch date.
Searching for a venue to get your vegan fix? Look no further. Step inside Seeds and let the heavenly aromas of vegan cheesecake and fresh butter(less) pastries win you over. As if the assortment of homemade pastries isn’t enough, Seeds also sells a hodgepodge of frozen fare like vegan meatballs, veggie burgers, tofu and seaweed pastries filled with pure love. The perfect solution to Veganism in the “White City,” even if you are not a vegan going in, after trying these delicacies, you just might choose to convert.
You may be bombarded with the name "Roladin" come Hanukkah every year, but don't be fooled. Roladin is a time honored Tel Aviv tradition, with its inception coming in 1987, as the brainchild of brothers Kobi Hakak and Avi Keinan. While sufganiyot are what the bakery is best known for today, there are plenty of delights to keep you coming back throughout the rest of the year. Roladin boasts gorgeous cakes that will force you to break your post-holiday diet, as well as delicious pastries that go hand-in-hand with a cup of coffee that you can enjoy in-house. If sweets aren't your thing (though we will never understand your lifestyle choices), fear not. Roladin also offers a wide selection of savory baked goods, such as fresh loaves of bread and challah.
Urban Bakery stands out for the quality of the pastries, made in-house from the best butter available. Try the classic croissants, yeast cakes with chocolate or poppy seeds, chocolate chip cookies, or macarons. This is a warm and inviting meeting place for locals, especially on Thursdays when neighbors from Noga bring a bottle of wine and everyone sits back to enjoy it together.
Step into Shemo (named after the famous celebrity chef Miki Shemo and his family) and pick up just about any of their beautiful pastries: bourekas, rugelachs, booyikos or quiches. Choose from an assortment of breads: olive, nut or the ultimate focaccia. Croissants are also popular, especially the almond flavor. Locals love the showstopping carrot cake, the alfajores, dulce de leche sandwiched between two soft cookies, the brownies and the chocolate Babka. The trick is to get a selection of the single-serving cakes like the custardy fruit pie and share amongst friends.
Nola is an adorable American bakery and cafe on Dizengoff Street known for its nostalgic treats, including chewy chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint patties and Nola’s signature Mud Pie—made of Graham cracker crust and filled with chocolate fudge, cream, pecans and chocolate. They have a nice selection of breakfasts, sandwiches and American comfort food classics too.
Working throughout the night, the staff of Lehamim Bakery starts to create their delicious and precisely made breads when all of us still dream. With three separate locations in Tel Aviv (Sarona Market, the Carmel Market, and the Tel Aviv Port), these elegantly designed bakeries are the perfect place to pick up the latest fresh items while also stopping and sipping a fresh and well made cup of coffee. Featuring loaves of bread casually sitting on simple white shelves, it's like walking into a closet full of heavenly gluten glory.
All of the city is talking about Milk’s ‘Mille-feuille’ (vanilla/custard slice) and the other incredible decadent treats that can be found here. Peek inside this swanky bakery in Jaffa’s Flea Market and you’ll find Adi Kihan working her magic with dough and chocolate. You’ll find croissants with crème pâtissière and berries, brioche challahs, candied orange peels, cream puffs bursting with deliciousness, and flourless cakes. For vegans, beet rolls are perfect to go. Don’t miss out on the New York cheesecake or the Plaisir Sucré, a hazelnut meringue with milk chocolate ganache.
Lachmanina’s charm saw it grow from a single neighborhood cafe into multiple locations, and it’s easy to see why. A favorite with locals where the variety is incredible—especially the selection of loaves. Nut breads, caraway breads and sourdoughs are just the tip of the iceberg here. For those with a sweet tooth, try a fruit tart, a chocolate-filled pita or even a mini caramelized cream puff filled with delicious crème patisserie.
The cupcake trend is alive and kicking at this little cupcake shop, which showcases a wide array of cupcakes including salted caramel, butterscotch, tiramisu, Oreo cookies and seasonal cupcakes. They all come with generous swirls of frosting and other American favorites such as chocolate chip cookies and gigantic red velvet cookies with creamy dollops of frosting inside.
Baker's is the place to have your (coffee) cake and eat it, too! With a range of breakfast options from locally-loved staples like shakshuka to twists on eggs benedict (Baker's version includes drooling poached eggs with salmon overflowing a perfectly crisp croissant), this serene spot off of Sheinkin's main drag is quiet and cool. But don't be fooled - once you walk in - you'll be floored by the dizzying array of house-baked pastries, homemade soups, and delicious snacks. Don't miss the sweet and savory tartlettes or the expertly-made financier almond cakes.
This classic French patisserie offers a wide selection of melt-in-your-mouth buttery croissants, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringues and savory quiches in addition to aromatic coffee. The next best thing to eating in Paris, the pastry chefs behind La Bonne Patisserie are skilled in the fine art of baking. Take it from the multitude of French expats who rave on La Bonne Patisserie's social media pages about their tasty treats. Known for having some of the best sufganiyot come Channukah time, it’s worth stopping in to sample all their seasonal fares. Treat your taste buds right and come in for a quick bite or a box of joy to bring home to your family.
Sweet Box was opened to bring the love of American sweets to Israel, right in the middle of the bustling Levinsky Market. Bring your sugar cravings to Sweet Box to indulge in a cupcake, cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookie, or New York-style cheese cake. Sweet Box features new baked goods regularly, keeping the menu fresh and exciting! The sleek, modern shop serves treats that look as good as they taste, perfect for the aspiring food blogger. Come in for a single cupcake to go with your morning coffee, or grab a cake for Shabbat dinner.