The Inside Scoop on Tel Aviv’s best vegan ice cream

No more settling for strawberry sorbet

By Karen Chernick |
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Anita © Ben Yuster

Long gone are the days when vegans wandered into Tel Aviv ice cream shops, only to find a few basic sorbets. Quality ice cream is practically a basic human right during the balmy days of a Tel Aviv summer, and the city’s growing number of vegans aren’t going without: dairy-free bases now range from avocado to hazelnut, infused with imaginative seasonal flavors. Even the city’s cafes now serve lactose-free scoops, so add these spots to your frosty bucket list.

The Inside Scoop on Tel Aviv’s best vegan ice cream

Anita © Ben Yuster
Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Anita

icon-location-pin Neve Tzedek

The corner of Pines and Shabazi streets might as well be called Anita Junction. Cone-toting pedestrians spill onto the sidewalks morning till night, careful not to spill a single drop of their creamy scoops. If that isn’t endorsement enough, we recommend the luscious coconut sorbet.

Arte © Daniela Contini
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Arte Glideria

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Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is the logo for this artisanal ice cream shop, for good reason: the Italian duo behind Arte aims for unadulterated natural perfection. Fresh ingredients are whipped into unusual flavors daily, and the dairy-free section gets its fair share of love. You’ll find distinctive sorbets here, like tamarind and lemon cardamom, plus all-vegan Sicilian granitas.

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Iceberg

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Soy is the base for most vegan ice creams, but not at Iceberg. Hazelnuts are blended into a frozen Nutella-like chocolate flavor, and almond milk is churned into velvety halva with salted almonds. The sorbets here are not the usual suspects, either: look for tarragon-spiced berry and boozy Campari grapefruit.

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Tony & Esther

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To sip your espresso and eat your vegan ice cream, too, visit this popular Shuk Levinsky café for the ever elusive vegan affogato. For a more traditional treat, order one of their vegan sundaes topped with chocolate syrup and crushed peanuts.

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Otello Gelato

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The vegan scoops at this decadent small-batch ice cream shop are all sorbets, but the 69% dark chocolate flavor deserves an honorable mention. Add a dollop of melted dairy-free chocolate to the bottom of your cone from one of Otello’s three chocolate fountains as the ultimate last-bite treat.

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Leggenda

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For a lighter frozen dessert, head to one of Leggenda’s three Tel Aviv locations for perfectly tart and soy-based frozen yogurt (a rarity in most yogurt shops). Or just go full decadence and order one of the pea protein-based vegan flavors, like banana crème brulee or Lotus caramel cookie.

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Buza
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Buza

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Half of the prismatic freezer at this Jewish-Arab owned ice creamery is vegan, with flavors that are far from yawn-worthy. Buza will launch a vegan cappuccino flavor made from cold brew coffee and almonds this summer, and even its waffle cones get the plant-based treatment.

Avocada © Chen Shoshan

Avocada

Avocado is the staple ingredient for the entire menu of this hipster Lilienblum Street cafe, and the flavor of its almond and rice-based soft-serve ice cream (chocolate syrup and toasted coconut chips optional).

Avocada, Lilienblum St 39, Tel Aviv, 03-9291988

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Golda

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When it comes to concocting ice cream with an Israeli twist, Golda’s watermelon mint and halva sorbets are masterful. There’s always a delectable dairy-free selection at this spot, crafted from decadent ingredients like cocoa butter and tahini.

Stefan Gelato © Anatoly Michaello

Stefan

The 15 flavors filling Stefan’s freezer are freshly made each morning from 100% natural and seasonal ingredients, a wink to the produce stalls of nearby Shuk HaCarmel. A winter visit may turn up avocado-orange sorbet, during the summer you might find pear-beet-ginger. If ice cream isn’t your thing, ask for the vegan fudge.

Stefan, Tchernichovsky St 21, Tel Aviv, 03-6799788

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