Tel Aviv's best street food is not only delicious for its sheer flavors and innovative twists on classic grab-and-go recipes, but there is also something to be said about sitting outside in a casual spot with satisfied customers sharing tables and inhaling their food. Tel Aviv street food is also a mix of Tel Aviv moments - where friends run into one another and catch up, the menu of the day is handwritten on kraft paper and your name is yelled out into the chaos for pick up. It's especially tasty after a night out, whether clubbing at the Port, hunting for hidden speakeasies or keeping classy at the opera. For even more cheap eats and finger-lickin' goodness, head south for authentic street food in Jaffa or try every kind of shakshuka imaginable at the best shakshuka spots in Tel Aviv.
The top Tel Aviv street eats
Known to many as the best burger in Tel Aviv, this burger joint is flipping some of Tel Aviv’s best patties from afternoon to midnight. With it’s central and well-designed storefront, America Burgers is not only a place to satisfy your hunger, but also a place to relax and enjoy a meal in a visually appealing setting. With top notch American quality, the restaurant reasonably priced, making it a good grab for many Tel Avivians with a yearning for the U.S. America Burgers makes the process easy by limiting their menu to five unique burger options. So grab a burger and a side of chips, and delve into this fabulous factory of yum!
With an open-kitchen feel, Hiro Freestyle Ramen Bar is the perfect spot to witness the magic of chef Israel Aharoni – one of the most popular chefs in the country. The featured and most sought-after dish is their ramen soup, composed of a warm bowl of intensely infused savory broth, rich pieces of ground meat, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, pickled daikon, sprouts, a soy-marinated soft-boiled egg, a generous heaping of noodles and hints of ginger. This is the perfect comfort food if there ever was one. Hiro also serves up a chicken version and a tofu version as well. Don’t miss the cucumber and chicken salad, made of small pieces of wakame (an edible seaweed), cucumbers, diced chicken, chopped peanuts and a Ponzu dressing, a citrus-based dressing with a light and tart taste. Other popular items are the Gyoza, light dumplings filled with chicken, green onions and shiitake or the bok choy-filled vegetarian version and the fluffy melt-in-your-mouth buns.
Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best. Mifgash Haosher features two dishes, salad and falafel. The crispy on the outside, soft on the inside falafel is served with an insanely fresh salad and topped with tahini. The awesome energy inside the restaurant is contagious and you cannot help but feel the sense of pride beaming from its chefs and owners. If you are looking for an authentic, fantastic, classic Israeli meal, Mifgash Haosher is the real deal.
When you hear the word “pita,” you may automatically think of falafel, shawarma, and sabich. At Miznon, celebrity Chef Eyal Shani is redefining the pita as a serving vessel for a plethora of mouthwatering meat and vegetarian options. Just about anything you can fit in a pita is on offer here, including a rich and meaty minute steak, shakshuka, chicken liver, and kebabs. Vegans and vegetarians alike can find tasty fare here too, with a slow-cooked ratatouille that melts in your mouth and the juicy head of a whole cauliflower that oozes flavor. Paired with the loud and lively atmosphere and the free pita and tahini nibbles, Miznon is the Mecca of Israeli street food. Don’t forget to visit their other locations at 1 HaNechoshet St and 30 King George.
Taqueria serves burritos, quesadillas, and tacos in a casual and inviting atmosphere. When walking the Middle Eastern streets of Tel Aviv, it might be hard to imagine coming across a good taco. However, the tantalizing Mexican spices that radiate from Taqueria’s doors will tell your nostrils otherwise. With quick service and consistent Mexican favorites, this local joint is the perfect place to pop in for a quick and filling treat. The tacos are packed to perfection, the quesadillas are oozing with cheesy goodness, and the burritos are busting at the seams.
While this restaurant may seem like a simple dining experience, it is clear that an extreme focus and attention to detail is paid to each dish. Fresh eggplant, hard-boiled egg, potato and tahini come together to create the perfect combination of flavors. This masterpiece in a pita is well worth the wait. Rich and affordable at the same time, this quick eat will fill you up and fuel you up for the rest of the day. At only NIS 18 per pita, you can't go wrong!
From the classic rice or salad and tahini side dish to the iconic pita or baguette, the serving vessel doesn’t matter, what matters is the meat. Featuring lamb kebabs grilled to perfection, Shmuel Kebabs is a carnivore’s dream. If the meat skewers weren’t enough to steal your heart, the cute and charming staff offering a chaser of Arak to wash everything down will be. Not only is the food beautiful, but the stylish decor provides a great escape from the chaotic Carmel market just outside its doors.
This Venezuelan hot-spot comes straight from the kitchen of Dalia Alhadef, the MasterChef contestant who introduced viewers to the well-loved Arepa, a light and airy pita-shaped flatbread made of ground-maize dough and filled with cheese, avocado and other fillings. At Totuma, you’ll find the “Pabellón” version—succulent, slow-cooked threads of meat in a pepper sauce with black beans, salty cheese and sweet caramelized slices of plantains (a starchy, savory version of bananas often used to make fries), or the “Colombiana”—ground meat with tomato, onion, garlic sauce and chorizo. The thinly-sliced plantain fries come with a Guasacaca salsa (aka Venezuelan guacamole) and a black bean dip. A must-try are the empanadas, made of a light corn texture along with a nice glass of Chicha (a thick beverage that is a cross between a rice pudding drink and a milkshake, garnished with a touch of cinnamon).
With three branches in Tel Aviv alone, Tony Vespa Pizza is the best spot to grab a slice or two in Tel Aviv. With original flavors and topping choices, Tony Vespa offers vegan options as well as a ton of great meat options. Slices are ordered by weight, so you can choose a custom size that suits your appetite perfectly! If you are looking for a quick and filling bite to eat in the center of Tel Aviv, look no further.
Located in the lively Sarona Market, Captain Curry features a wide range of delicious curries perfect for a quick, yet filling bite. Don't be surprised by the large portions and spicy aromas, Captain Curry is dedicated to making a big statement with their bold dishes. While the restaurant gets very busy around lunchtime, late afternoon is a perfect time to sample the many different curries on the menu. From spicy to sweet, veggie to meat, Captain Curry will never disappoint.