Tel Aviv, the beachside city along the Mediterranean has a unique feel to it: its a major metropolitan city that full of high tech companies, so much so that it is sometimes referred to as Silicon Wadi, but also has a very laid-back, beach city vibe. People roll up to work wearing jeans and aren’t afraid to tell you exactly what’s on their minds. Best of all, Tel Aviv’s bustling food scene is packed with exciting and innovative restaurants and cafes that absolutely can’t be missed. Try these out when you’re in town.
Bicicletta is a fun and trendy outdoor garden bar with great food. Highlights include the eggplant fries served with powdered sugar and hot sauce (we promise, these are to die for), turkey sandwich, which is certainly not your average turkey sandwich as it includes potato chips right in the sandwich. The cocktails are also quite delicious.
Sabich is a Jewish Iraqi sandwich that was typically made for Saturdays. It consists of fried eggplant, potatoes, egg, salad, tahini, and amba sauce (which is a delicious Indian inspired sauce) all in a pita. Trust us, it’s really delicious and also happens to be vegetarian, so everyone can enjoy it. Be ready to stand in line for Sabich Tchernichovsky, especially on the weekend!
Saluf and Sons
Saluf and Sons offers up Jewish Yemenite food that is an must try. Make sure you order malawach, which is a flaky and delicious flatbread, jachnun, which is a slow cooked dough that’s flavored with date syrup and served with a tomato sauce, shawia, which is a slow-cooked beef stew that goes great with couscous, salad with ja’ale, which is a delicious Yemenite spice and nut mix that makes salad much more exciting. The fun atmosphere here will ensure you have a fantastic time.
One of the best hummus places in the city, located in Jaffa. Make sure you bring cash and are ready to experience a lot of loudness. Arrive early and don’t be surprised if you are seated with other people at the same table. However, the hummus really is worth it – it’s really some of the best hummus you’ll find in the city, and arguably in the country.
Sabzi Gourmet specializes in Jewish Persian food, which if you’ve never had, is an absolutely must-try. Persian food is full of flavor thanks to some incredible herbs and spices that you might not have ever even heard of before. You absolutely have to order Ghomeh Sabzi, which is an herb and beef stew that is insanely delicious and goes perfectly well with Tahdig, which is Persian rice with a crispy layer, which is the best part.