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 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.
The rows upon rows of ooey-gooey chocolaty rugelach at Marzipan draw locals and tourists to their Mahane Yehuda doors all day long. While the bakery institution is famous for their chocolate pastry confection, the doughy pastry establishment also offers an assortment of different bite-sized desserts. Marzipan is so popular, the bakery has even hit the U.S. market. Mix and match or fill a box up with the world's best rugelach – either way, you'll be licking the parchment paper clean.
With buttery breads and pastries as well as a stellar Israeli breakfast, Margoza Bakery is The place for a filling and super delicious meal. With an awesome “two drinks and food” meal deal for only 50 NIS, it comes as no surprise that people love this special spot. Your taste buds will be satisfied, and your stomachs will be full. Come to the Margoza Bakery and start you day off with a bang.
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.
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. Check out their other locations at 13 Yad Haruzim St and 67 Weizmann St.
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.
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.
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.
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. Locals opt for the signature Nelson bread, a South African treat made from whole and dark wheat, sesame and sunflower seeds, bran and a touch of honey. Firm and tight, it could almost pass for cake.
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.