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Sharing is caring: five Tel Aviv restaurants to bring a group

Five places to feast with friends or family in the White City

By Jennifer Greenberg
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Fun food for friends and families

Hummus heaven

Hands down the best hummus in the city, don’t miss Abu Hassan, the go-to place for a plate of creamy chickpea goodness. With towering bowls of hummus and all the pita and fixings to match, this hummus hotspot is the perfect shareable and careable joint for a family outing. Bring the family and an appetite, because the winning plate at this Jaffa establishment is “the triple”: a portion of hummus, “ful” (fava beans), and “masabacha”—an authentic version of hummus, topped off with fresh chickpeas in their natural juices and drizzled with other trimmings. You’ll be licking the bowls clean—a true family bonding experience.

Abu Hassan (Ali Karavan), 1 HaDolfin St, Jaffa

Spicehaus © Ziv Cohen

Communal cocktails

Known as the “cocktail pharmacy,” don’t get confused when you see a sign for “The East Jaffa Perfume Company” dangling above the Dizengoff doorsteps of Spicehaus. With a happy hour from 18:00-21:00 that offers 1+1 on all cocktails, it is definitely worth it to pop in a bit early for a deal. Not only does the happy hour pertain to individual cocktails though; all sharing portions are double the liquid, double the fun. Choose from the L (serves 2-4) or XL (serves 4-8) and catch up with your friends over a towering purple beaker of “Test Tube Baby Got Back” or an oversized antique teapot, teeming with a sweet and spicy brew called the “Woodstock.”

Spicehaus, 117 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv

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Fondue for two

During the work day, we may look like adults, act like adults, speak like adults, but deep down inside, we're all children. And after a hard day at the office, there's nothing better than unleashing your inner child at the next best thing to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory: Max Brenner. Experience their "chocolate love story" with a romantic fondue for two. This chocolate fondue isn't just any dessert; it comes from their sharing menu and lets you choose two of three delicious options: milk, dark, or white chocolate. A plethora of fruits, muffin bites, and marshmallowy goodness arrive at your table. It may be messy, it won't be pretty, but it sure will be delicious. The tined forks are perfect for dipping, nibbling and sharing in good company. After all, sharing is caring.

Max Brenner, multiple locations across Israel

Dr. Shakshuka
Dr. Shakshuka
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Doctor’s orders

This hearty spot, located in the Jaffa Flea Market, is the brainchild of Bino Gabso, aka Dr. Shakshuka. For many years, people have flocked to this restaurant for Gabso’s signature shakshuka (the tomato-and-egg based Middle Easter delicacy). As the waiters plop the huge cast-iron pans down on your red-checkered tablecloths, you’ll be glad you brought friends to help out. This dish is no yolk. Make sure to order their many different renditions; try it with mushrooms, or shawarma, or a selection of other amazing add-ins. While definitely not a place to bring a first date, getting primal with your closest acquaintances is a rite of passage. No utensils necessary, rip off a piece of crusty bread and dive into the yolky, tomatoey, ooey-gooey goodness. Doctor’s orders.

Dr. Shakshuka, 3 Beit Eshel, Jaffa

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The Princess Bride

Bars Café bars White City

The Prince is located near the Carmel Market and this artsy, hip joint is the perfect place to chill after a long stressful day. Mismatched sofas lie beneath vintage-inspired book lined walls in this hipster chic bar and café. Lounge inside and sway to the beats of The Prince’s resident DJ on the decks or sashay onto its spacious rooftop fully equipped with outdoor seating to make this a perfect location on scorching hot Tel Aviv days. The Prince occasionally hosts live shows, from comedy to drama.

The Prince, 18 Nahalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv

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