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
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.
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.
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!
Deep in the heart of the Carmel Market, amongst the hustle and bustle of shoppers, tourists and exotic characters, you’ll find a little hub of Venezuelan cuisine, which stands out through its appetising smells and welcoming staff. From griddle breads stuffed with chicken and cheese to corn maize ‘pockets’ of shredded beef, black beans, avocado and cheese (which adds that melt-in-your-mouth crispy finish to keep you coming back time and again), the menu options are so diverse that anyone can combine the right flavors to suit their liking. But wait, there’s more! The dedication to producing the freshest-possible food can be witnessed with your very own eyes as it is cooked right in front of you. Grab a Savanna or soft drink and witness the magic in the capital of Tel Aviv street food.
Thanks to their creamy hummus dishes, sensational shawarma, and salads chopped to perfection, it's no surprise Hakosem’s always bustling with customers. You can literally taste the passion in every blissful bite, a passion shared by the chefs and the friendly wait staff. At the end of your meal, you’ll be busting at the seams with satisfaction just as the restaurant is busting at the seams with happy customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What happens when a mouthwatering Tel Aviv fixture meets one of Israel’s most ubiquitous dishes? A savory pita filled with excitement is now smack in the middle of Rothschild Boulevard, from one of Tel Aviv’s most recognized restaurants. Chef Bino Gabso, veteran of Dr. Shakshuka, creates savory kebabs, lamb and, of course, shakshuka, at Bino, all in overflowing, easy-to-grub pitas.
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