Some of the best things to eat on a budget – and eat period – can be found on the streets, Jaffa's streets to be exact. Though the food truck trend has yet to hit Israel, Jaffa is a goldmine for top notch, authentic street food. Most authentic Jaffa street food is not only quick to cook up, but very filling, making it the perfect fuel for a long day of exploring the city, including areas nearby like Neve Tzedek with its incredible jewelry shops and designer boutiques and the ever-so-hipster Florentine. Here’s to joyfully chowing down on the best hummus your taste buds have ever met!
Jaffa street food that tickles your tastebuds
Bino serves up the Israeli street food staple you've secretly been craving without even knowing it. Layers of lamb meat, veal meat and succulent lamb fat soak into their warm pitas creating a concert in your mouth. Peppered with secret seasoning, Shawarma Bino comes with a select number of additions, including chuma pepper, red eggplant salad and chopped onion. If you try to alter the order, be ready to receive the cold shoulder - and for good reason: the Bino Shawarma should be eaten exactly as is. If you choose to do otherwise - you'll pay the cost.
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 authentic Tripolitan food and the signature shakshuka (baked eggs in tomato sauce). These come in many different renditions; try it with mushrooms, or shawarma, or a selection of other amazing add-ins.
Don’t miss Abu Hassan, the go-to place for a plate of creamy chickpea goodness. Take it to go or eat in house; you won’t be disappointed. For a real local experience, order the ‘masabacha’—it’s another version of hummus, topped off with chickpeas in their juice and other trimmings.
This family-run eatery is the place for every single type of skewered meat you could dream up. Upon entry, you’ll immediately smell the meaty roasting aromas emanating from the authentic charcoal grill in the back kitchen. Kick back and enjoy a comforting lunch alongside French fries and lots of salad.
This friendly barbecue joint is your go-to destination for American comfort food. Choose meats by weight or on the bone alongside a slew of tasty side dishes. From chicken wings to juicy brisket, everything is succulently smoked and served with all the trimmings. The best of the comfort foods, include mac & cheese, fluffy cornbread, and extra creamy coleslaw. An ideal spot for sharing plates with friends, especially if you order the decadently addictive crack pie!
If you’re craving ‘malabi,’ a sweet custard topped with rosewater, you’re going to want to have it at this authentic spot. There’s nothing fancy here: just a delicious custard, the way it’s supposed to be. Finish up your dessert with a sip of the homemade ‘gazoz,’ a fruit-flavored soda.