The top five hotel breakfasts in Israel:
The All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet
Normally buffets bring back unwelcome memories of Soup Plantation or worse - Vegas. But 65 Cafe has the brunch bunch on lock with their creative - and delicious offerings. It may be in the lobby of a hotel (again, Vegas) but somehow, this boutique arrangement, with a welcoming entrance giving various seating areas and options, beckons patrons to relax and feel at home. External visitors and guests of the hotel are both welcome to dig in to the seriously delicious breakfast and brunch - boasting Israeli staples like melt-in-your mouth bourekas and a thoughtfully-chosen sabich bar. The varied and colorful display highlights fresh salads, assorted cheeses, fresh and pickled fish, a health corner with nuts, granola, oats, and the like, plus a selection of homemade breads, sweet and savory cakes, and freshly-squeezed juices. Once seated, you can also order from the menu, featuring piping hot, individual pans of shakshuka cooked with green chard, spinach, and goat's yogurt; gouda-filled croissants toasted with almond butter; and French toast brioche with jams like wine-soaked pears topped with whipped cream.
The Chef Breakfast
This prestigious hotel has accommodations the world over, but this special location - overlooking Herzylia’s picturesque marina to the left and its glistening shoreline to the right, is truly sitting in the lap of luxury. Take a cozy seat on the terrace of the highly-acclaimed in-house Herbert Samuel Restaurant and indulge in a menu of Israel’s finest raw ingredients, cooked with expert (kosher!) combinations by celebrity Israeli chef Jonathan Roshfeld or lounge by the roof top pool and order a range of custom-made cocktails with a view of the marina.
The Historic Breakfast
Treat yourself to a luxurious breakfast with a view at Mamilla - one of Jerusalem’s most lush hotels, which offers a high-class breakfast fit for King David himself. Architect Moshe Safdie and designer Piero Lissoni, two of the biggest names in their respective fields, together created a five-star hospitality experience at the Mamilla Hotel. The rooms are spacious and the spa is sophisticated, but it's the view that steals the show. Simply put, Mamilla has Jerusalem's best view, and the most strategic location of all to take it in is Rooftop, the restaurant on the hotel's roof. You'll want to bring your rich uncle from America to Rooftop to take in the panorama and invite you to indulge in a myriad of tastes, including the Tunisian burik – filled with mushrooms, Turkish spinach, a fried egg and truffle oil.
The Otherworldly Breakfast
Set on a cliff at the edge of the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon, this luxury hotel offers rooms boasting a range of balconies and private pools overlooking panoramic views of the remote, out-of-this-world location. The in-house Rosemary Restaurant features large glass windows perched over the jaw-dropping surroundings. Indulge in a breakfast crafted solely from local products harvested in nearby desert farms, with the extraordinary natural phenomenon, unparalleled in the world, within full view.
The Breakfast on the Beach
Set in northern Tel Aviv, directly on Tel Aviv's Marina, and a leisurely walk away from Tel Aviv's Port, the Carlton features a range of rooms with a view and plenty of places to indulge in delicious local fare. From the rooftop terrace, which boasts a pool and panoramic views of the sea to rooms with private balconies overlooking either seascape or cityscape, you can't go wrong. But the real jewel is the Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel's buffet breakfast, which is just a stone's throw away from the hotel, actually on the beach directly in front of the hotel. It features various seating arrangements, both indoors and out, with every area offering views of the sea and the harbor. What's more is the sheer variety of delicious breakfast options. Go for the Israeli staples with a range of delectable salads, in-house-made bread and eggs every which way. And don't be shy about topping it all off with some ritzy champagne and caviar.