While the majority of the world calls them Hamantaschen, calling them anything but Oznei Haman in Israel will award you with blank stares. Even when misspelled, the international term receives thousands of more hits on Google than its Israeli companion. Whatever you want to call them, these triangular pastries are where the true Purim party’s at. While Americans start their Halloween Hallmark holiday early with themed cards and costume shop sales, Israel’s Halloween counterpart invites Hamantaschen to the Tel Aviv bakery scene – overflowing in abundance behind glass windows. We’ve rounded up the tastiest places to indulge in these devilishly delicious treats – from chocolate to fruit filled to pure poppy seed bliss, you don’t have to be a kid to treat your sweet tooth this Purim.
Go Ham(antaschen) this Purim
Though off the beaten path (if you're located in central TLV), the detour to get to Biscotti is worth it, especially since you're getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Biscotti offers delicacies made by hand, all the creation of renowned pastry chef Rosla Yona. The quaint bakery is a warm and welcoming place, filled with handmade Hamantaschen that start with a generous heaping of butter. Add to that a variety of classic and rich fillings, like poppy seed and citrus, dates and nuts, Belgian chocolate, and toss in some surprises, like pecan halva and black sesame, almond cream and lime, and banana chocolate cream, and you've got yourself one heck of a festive Purim basket (NIS 38 / festive package).
Working throughout the night, the staff of Lehamim Bakery starts to create their delicious and precisely made breads when all of us still dream. With separate locations in Tel Aviv, these elegantly designed bakeries are the perfect place to pick up the latest fresh items while also stopping and sipping a fresh and well made cup of coffee. Featuring loaves of bread casually sitting on simple white shelves, it's like walking into a closet full of heavenly gluten glory.
The queen of the vegan scene, from the moment you enter Piece of Cake, tantalizing aromas waft about in the air, enticing you to sample one (or five) of their delicious Hamantaschen – offered in both vegan and non-vegan varieties. Fillings include: "Apple pie" (cubed apples, raisins, and cinnamon), "Walnuts" (cinnamon, walnuts, and raisins), poppy seed, chocolate and nougat cream, and then some. Their vegan whole wheat flour and sesame seed dough is so good, you might just walk out of their meat, dairy, and egg free.
One of the best bakery chains in the city, Bakery has mastered the art of French pastries. Whether you come to pick up a crunchy, fresh-from-the-oven baguette or any of the delectable pastries like the caramel-glazed cream puffs and the creamy-rich mille-feuille, everything you pick here is memorable and worth the hype, especially their Hamantaschen. Bakery believes that beauty lies in simplicity. Their three fillings: rich poppy seed, cinnamon and nuts, and chocolate – for the children and the children at heart (NIS 38 / 250 grams).
Located in the enchanting Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town; incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes, and this week, Hamantaschen. While many places opt for almond, Dallal sticks to their French roots, keeping to a butter pastry. After all, the butter the better. On top of their chocolate cream-filled havens and poppy seed paradises, they're surprising the masses with pistachio cream, cherries, milk chocolate, and pralines (NIS 4 each; NIS 44 / 14 cookies; Mishloach Manot - starting from NIS 30).
The adorable American bakery and café on Dizengoff Street is known for its nostalgic treats, including chewy chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint pattiess and their signature Mud Pie. On Purim, however, Nola makes Hamantaschen the star, whipping out American classics like peanut butter and jam, and their take on the s'more (an almond dough filled with Nutella and marshmallows). Plus, they are also loading their pastries with traditional fillings like poppy seed (NIS 6 each).