The best bagels in Tel Aviv

Poppy seed, cinnamon raisin, and onion–oh my!
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By Time Out Israel Writers |
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For many North American Jews, nothing says family brunch quite like bagels and lox. However, in the Jewish State, classic Jewish food means a little more hummus and a little less schmear. Don't let the Shuk vendors chanting "Bageleh! Bageleh!" disappoint you with their stale hoops of dough closer to pretzel-consistency than anything. If you're no longer finding the pita a pocket full of sunshine, and you’re looking for a perfectly fluffy and chewy pick-me-up, sink your teeth into one (or more) of these Tel Aviv bagels.

Never fear! We've got bagels & schmear

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Dallal

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Dallal is a classic spot that never goes out of style. Find this beautiful hideaway in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, next to the Suzanne Dallal cultural center. The menu reflects the area around it: Tel Aviv, right in the point where it connects with Jaffa. Enjoy the season’s best vegetables, top quality fish and meats, fresh pastas and risottos and a romantic atmosphere unique to the area. For to-go treats, stop at the Dallal Bakery.  

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Restaurants, Cafés

Benedict

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Benedict has become synonymous with breakfast in Israel, and you’ll find multiple locations across the country. People come here to munch on breakfast at any time of the day or night. Open 24 hours and jam-packed with every single comfort food possible: whether it be towering pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast or shakshuka, breakfast knows no boundaries here.  

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Delicatessen
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Restaurants, Cafés

Delicatessen

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Located past Rothschild’s eclectic restaurants, an almost hidden establishment is worth the extra journey to find. Once you come across this special gem, follow the heavenly aromas inside where all the wine, olives, fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan meats, cheese, and deli-style ready-made food you can think of await. Think New York’s Chelsea Market meets London’s Borough Market meets Toronto’s Kensington Market all crammed into one main floor. 

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Nola
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Restaurants, Cafés

NOLA American Bakery

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Nola is an adorable American bakery and cafe on Dizengoff Street known for its nostalgic treats, including chewy chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint patties and Nola’s signature Mud Pie—made of Graham cracker crust and filled with chocolate fudge, cream, pecans and chocolate. They have a nice selection of breakfasts, sandwiches, and Jewish American comfort food classics too, which of course includes the all-powerful, carb-tastic bagel. 

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Cafe Xoho
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Restaurants, Cafés

Café Xoho

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Even in café-crazed Tel Aviv, Xoho stands out. Everything, from the piping hot bagels crowned with beet-cured salmon to the buttery chocolate-chip cookies, the umami-bomb kale ceasar salad and even the jams and spreads – are made in-house.The menu includes a full juice bar (the purple lemonade is a must-try), a huge range of vegan options (the mushroom bacon has a bit of a cult following), with various vegan and gluten-free options. 

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Restaurants, Fusion

Heder Ha’ochel (Dining Hall)

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Trust a host of a cooking show and author of a cookbook called “Israeli cooking” to bring you one of Tel Aviv’s most popular feasting spots. Brought to you by Chef Omer Miller, the Dining Hall concept centers on the philosophy that sharing a meal with a stranger or a loved one can bring you closer together. 

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Carmel'i's Bagels
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Restaurants, Bakeries

Carmeli’s Bagels

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Fifteen years, and fifteen Israeli branches later, Carmeli’s Bagels has made it to Tel Aviv. With a wide selection of salads and spreads, all served on fresh, homemade bagels, it’s clear why this London born, Israeli-owned chain is a household name in England and Israel alike. It’s newest location in Sarona market is Kosher dairy, and open for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.

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Tal Bagels
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Restaurants, Bakeries

Tal Bagels

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You know you can trust a bagel company when its four branches outside of Israel are in Manhattan. Tal Bagels made its Israeli debut in 1996, but decades before, the Israeli-owned business made its mark on the Upper West Side. With all of the fixing of a New York deli, from the neon light-up sign and vinyl seating to countless varieties of spreads and schmear for the homemade bagels, Tal Bagels is sure to impress local and out-of-town bagel lovers alike. Plus, they have delivery!

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Sam's Bagels
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Restaurants, Delis

Sam's Bagels

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Considered one of the most popular Jewish foods around the world, the lack of decent bagels in the Jewish state is somewhat appalling. The art of bagel-making was developed by European Jews, who brought them to the United States, today’s bastion of the bagel. 

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