Disco Tokyo

A favourite among locals, this restaurant offers pan-Asian food with an Israeli twist. Watch dishes being made in the open kitchen as you wait hungrily in the intimate, Japanese-style dining room. Be sure to try the Korean bolognese, served with udon noodles and drizzled with chili oil.

Opa

This minimally designed restaurant prides itself on an ethical ethos. Interior decor is sourced from local artisans, while ingredients are bought from a family-run farm just outside of the city. The menus are entirely plant-based, offering only eight carefully curated dishes. Watch your meal of choice being made in the glass-fronted kitchen in this tranquil haven in the city centre.

Meshek Barzilay

Located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s trendy Neve Tzedek neighborhood, Meshek Barzilay offers vegan dishes with an organic, farm-to-table ethos. Come at any time of day for breakfasts of Israeli shakshuka or mains ranging from pizza topped with cashew cheese, smoked seitan and grilled artichoke to lentil veggie burgers.

Georges & John at The Drisco hotel

The restaurant in The Drisco hotel serves traditional Israeli dishes with Mediterranean twists. Inspired by the Jaffa neighbourhood, chef Tomer Tal focuses on sustainably produced dishes using innovative techniques. Dine on dishes such as coal-smoked cabbage, silver-sliced octopus or slow-roasted veal cheek before stopping by the bar in the hotel’s lobby for cocktails amid hand-painted murals and Israeli design.

Hotel Montefiore

Not your average hotel restaurant, this café is a popular hangout among locals. Art-deco interiors reminiscent of the Jazz Age provide a sophisticated backdrop for a lively, stylish crowd. Order the mussels with lemongrass.

Dr Shakshuka

For the best shakshuka (a traditional poached egg and tomato dish) in town this is the place to go. Portions are generous and prices reasonable, despite the man outside in the fez trying to persuade you otherwise. Wash down with fresh lemonade.

Miznon

Eyal Shani is a celebrity chef with restaurants in New York and Paris, but Tel Aviv is where it all began. The scent of burning sage beckons clientele, who return time and time again for pitas packed with fillings such as chicken liver and ratatouille. While Shani’s love of tomatoes is well known, but the roasted cauliflower is the star of the show.

  • +972 3 631 7688
  • 23 Ibn Gabirol Street
    Tel Aviv

Caffe Kaymak

Tel Aviv is a vegan’s paradise and a hotspot on that scene is Caffe Kaymak. Started as a vegetarian coffee shop a few years ago, all produce comes from nearby Lewinsky market. Pitch up on a Saturday night for live music sets.

Carmel Market

Carmel Market is the biggest outdoor market in Tel Aviv. Grab some freshly squeezed pomegranate juice from one of the cheerful vendors and get stuck in to the sights, senses and sounds. If you’ve hit the arak too hard the night before, seek out the boureka man dishing out the perfectly fried Middle Eastern pies made from a centuries-old Libyan recipe. You’ll be back on form (and the arak) in no time.

  • 11 HaCarmel Street
    Tel Aviv

Anat’s Kitchen

Near to Carmel Market you’ll find Kerem HaTeimanim or the Yemenite Vineyard, a lovely area full of family-owned restaurants. Anat’s Kitchen is an ideal lunch stop if you’re looking for an  authentic home-cooked meal, with Anat often inviting diners into the kitchen. From stewed chicken that falls off the bone to aubergine slow-cooked in spices, you can smell what’s cooking down the street.

  • 23 Hacarmel Street
    Tel Aviv

Levinsky Market

Off the tourist path, this market is quintessentially Tel Aviv with the invigorating scent of spices and teas wafting from the various shops and delis making it well worth a visit before you’ve opened your wallet. Thirsty? Go to Levinsky 41, where you’ll find owner Benny Briga dishing out delicious organic gazoz from his artisanal soda stand. For the best boureka in town head to Penso’s at Levinsky 43, where you should also order a rosetta (an almond drink from Tunisia). Afterwards, it’s Haim Rafael’s – a Greek deli founded in 1958 whose proprietors return to their homeland each year to pick plump olives. These, coupled with the peppers stuffed with goat’s cheese, are the perfect bites to snack on as you wander through the market. Most vendors are closed on Saturdays.

  • Levinsky Street
    Tel Aviv

Albert's Confectionery

Following Levinsky Market, pop over to Albert’s Confectionery to join the throng queuing to get their fill of the delectable baked goods here. It’s a proper old-school affair and has that kind of no-frills charm that lets you know you’re getting the good stuff. Established in 1935, a brother-sister duo (it was set up by their father) run the show – right down to hand-peeling the almonds.

  • +972 382 3863
  • 36 Matalon
    Tel Aviv

Abu Hassan

You can’t go to Israel without eating hummus by the bucketload, and there’s no better place to do it than Abu’s. The menu is simple: hummus, masbacha, pita and fava beans.

  • +972 3682 0387
  • 1 Ha’Dolfin Street
    Jaffa
    Tel Aviv

Joz Ve Loz

Diners are just as interesting as the food at this rather unique restaurant. The menu changes frequently, with interesting plates like of goat’s-cheese-stuffed squid and jachnun (a Jewish-Israeli pastry). Flea-market finds and local artwork adorn the dining room, and the all-female staff hustling in the open-air kitchen are the heart and soul of the restaurant.

  • +972 3 560 6385
  • 5 Gvulot Street
    Tel Aviv

Ya-Pan

A high-end Japanese bistro from the much-lauded chef Yuval Ben Neriah. Between nori and tempura flakes, you’ll get the iodised flavours of the sea in one wholly novel mouthful. The space was designed by internationally acclaimed Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem; it’s contemporary fusion food with a stunning showcase.

Coffee Bar

For a sophisticated gastronomic experience head to CoffeeBar, a landmark outpost on the Tel Aviv dining scene. Except for a few signature dishes, the menu changes daily. In a cosy, European-style setting inspired by traditional brasseries, you will be attended to by a warm and friendly staff who “want to make you feel like you’re part of the family because we don’t serve customers, we host guests”.

Port Said

The area around the Great Synagogue buzzes with effervescent bars and restaurants, with Port Said attracting a young crowd. This outdoor eatery (and record library) is a particularly hip spot, open daily from noon to the late. It is also another of Eyal Shani’s outposts, the Israeli chef behind Miznon and Beit Romano. You might have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it for good-time vibes that continue long into the night.

  • +972 3620 7436
  • 5 Har Sinai Street
    Tel Aviv

Santa Katarina

Right next to Port Said, Santa Katarina combines a laid-back attitude with refined street food. Chef Tomer Agay mixes the culinary traditions of southern Italy, North Africa and the Levant into a contemporary take on Israeli cuisine. Think local produce and fresh seafood with flavour taking centre stage in a warm and lively atmosphere.

Halutzim 3

Hotel Montefiore

Dr. Shakshuka

Miznon

Caffe Kaymak

Carmel Market

Anat’s Kitchen

Levinsky Market

Albert's Confectionery

Abu Hassan

Joz Ve Loz

Messa

Ya-Pan

Coffee Bar

Port Said

Santa Katarina

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