The best bakeries in Tel Aviv for Passover pastry paradise
While Bakery might be known for their fresh-from-the-oven baguettes and delectable French pastries, they've adapted their baking style to include an impressive flourless display this holiday season.
First up, a beautifully presented Fraisier Cake filled with layers of fresh strawberries, crème pâtissière, and a touch of brandy – complete with its own glass bowl to show off its vibrant layers (NIS 140).
If you're looking for a 'cakier' option, they're also serving up a light and fluffy (and zesty) Lemon Polenta Cake made with corn flour, olive oil, lemon, and pine nuts and topped with crème fraîche (NIS 72).
Finally, for all those vegans out there, Bakery has stirred up something special: Rice Pudding with coconut milk, vanilla, strawberries, and blueberries (NIS 158).
Available March 29-April 7
Though off the beaten path (if you're located in central TLV), the detour to get to Biscotti is worth it, especially for their breadless bliss. Savory, sweet, and just about everything else on the totally Kosher for Passover menu – Biscotti is whipping out all of the stops this holiday season...like their selection of dairy cakes, including their Swiss Cake made up of mascarpone cream topped with a layer each of dark and white chocolate sitting on a bed of nutty meringue cookie crust, and their classic Crispy Cheesecake and caffeine-packed Cappuccino Cheesecake with coffee ganache and candied pecans (NIS 64-NIS 178).
On the savory front, Biscotti has plenty of options, including their sweet potato and cheese quiche as well as an onion, leek, and white wine quiche.
Available at the store during Chol HaMoed days from 08:30-18:00, or by phone across the country
For a sweet end to those bitter herb-filled Seders, head to celebrity chef Miki Shemo’s cozy bakery, overflowing with Kosher for Passover cookies, cakes, pies, and tarts as far as the eye can see...or the nose can smell.
In the cookie department, Shemo has mixed up Macarons filled with chocolate, coffee, pistachio, raspberry, lemon, nut, and coconut fillings. As if those weren't enough options, they've also got Cinnamon Cookies, Florentines, Glazed Cookies, and Brownie Cookies (NIS 35-38 per box).
Their cakes and tortes include everything from a Mozart Cake made up of white chocolate mousse and nut meringue to a slightly scandalous French Kiss, seamlessly blending chocolate fudge with coffee mousse and hazelnut cream so smooth it'll have you tongue tied (NIS 55-160).
Not sold yet? Try one of their fresh pies and tarts filled with fruits, ganaches, and even cheesecake (NIS 59-69) or a more savory option like the Cheese Quiche with mushrooms, goat cheese, leeks, eggplant, and dried tomatoes, or sweet potato and purple onion (NIS 59). Pair any of these with a Kosher for Passover roll at NIS 5 per roll.
Pastry chef Aner Tzalal and the Dallal confectionary team have prepared an extra special flourless collection in honor of the Passover holiday this year.
The impressive spread includes Meringue Kisses (NIS 28), Coconut Financier (NIS 36), Chocolate Cake (NIS 44), Apple Poppy Seed Cake (NIS 44), Raspberry Mousse Cake (NIS 89), and many more Dallal delicacies. The final touch: decorated gift boxes to turn their desserts into a real celebration.
Make sure to head over between March 26th and 30th because the bakery is closing the eve of March 30 for the holidays and only reopening the morning of April 4
Pesach for Piece of Cake is all about extremes, starting with their Extreme Cake, which layers chocolate mousse, nougat cream, white chocolate, caramelized almonds, and dark chocolate ganache atop one another for an extremely decadent treat.
And if that doesn't have you floating in heaven or at least passed out in a sugar coma, the vegan-friendly, people-friendly bakery chain has a Chocolate Fudge Cake to please all Tel Avivian chocoholics.
Last up: cookies packed with cranberries, almonds, pecans, and seeds to give the illusion (or disillusion) of health.