Tel Aviv Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Tel Aviv

As a city of immigrants, Tel Aviv's diversity has led to an extremely eclectic culinary scene. You'll find crowded cafés rubbing elbows with restaurants that serve everything from Mediterranean specialties to sushi. Foodies will find no shortage of options, and the biggest issue they face will be which restaurants to leave off their “must-visit” lists. 
Night Kitchen captures the eclectic Mediterranean taste in an energetic and somewhat relaxed atmosphere. In contrast, Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen & Bar serves smaller portioned seafood dishes that somehow manage to taste better than they look.
Kosher options are slightly harder to find in Tel Aviv in comparison to other cities in Israel, but potential options still abount. One good option is Falafel Hakosem, which receives rave reviews from locals and tourists alike. Another solid option, which is also exceptionally cheap, is The House of Hummus, which specializes in hummus dishes (obviously).
Although recommendations are always good, don’t write off the smaller hole-in-the-wall shops. An unknown eatery could end up serving your most memorable meal. Dress code is casual at most Tel Aviv establishments, and all of the city’s restaurants accept Shekels (ILS), Israel's official currency. One shekel roughly translates to $0.28 USD.

As a city of immigrants, Tel Aviv's diversity has led to an extremely eclectic culinary scene. You'll find crowded cafes rubbing elbows with restaurants that serve everything from Mediterranean specialties to sushi. Must-try delicacies include hummus masabacha (hummus with whole chickpeas, paprika and tahini), kanafeh (Palestinian dessert pastry of cheese that is soaked in syrup) and sabich (eggplant sandwich with tons of toppings).

For an eclectic Mediterranean menu, head to Night Kitchen, beloved by visitors for its fun ambiance and shareable plates. Plus, Sunday through Thursday the restaurant offers a happy hour special in which everything on the menu is 50 percent off. If you're looking for seafood-focused dishes, travelers suggest you visit Shila – Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen & Bar. For Middle Eastern fare, the trendy Santa Katarina earns favorable reviews for its ever-changing menu and intimate courtyard setting across from a synagogue.

Kosher options are slightly harder to find in Tel Aviv in comparison to other cities in Israel, but there are several popular options. Falafel Hakosem receives rave reviews from locals and tourists alike thanks to its hummus, falafel, shawarma and sabich. Expect crowds, especially around lunch, for this fast-casual spot. The House of Hummus, which specializes in hummus dishes, is another popular lunch outpost, as is the unassuming Abu Hassan. For a wide variety of cafes, head to the Neve Tzedek neighborhood (Dallal Bakery is a favorite).

The dress code is casual at most Tel Aviv establishments, and all of the city’s restaurants accept Israeli shekels.

Find the Best Restaurants in Tel Aviv

  • #1
    Anita Cafe La Mamma del Gelato
    #1 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 691 reviewsTripAdvisor (691)
    $ - $$ |
    40 Shabazi Street / 44 Shabazi Street / 3 Florentin Street / Sarona TLV Pines St 18, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #2
    Bocca Bocca
    #2 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food, Street Food
    HaCarmel 40, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #3
    Arte Italian Ice Cream
    #3 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 176 reviewsTripAdvisor (176)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    Arte Italian Ice Cream 11, Nakhalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv 6516111 Israel
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  • #4
    Day Kitchen
    #4 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 138 reviewsTripAdvisor (138)
    $ - $$ | Israeli, Middle Eastern, Bar, Cafe, Street Food
    Rehov Rabbi Meir 21 HaCarmel Market, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #5
    Salva Vida
    #5 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 921 reviewsTripAdvisor (921)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Israeli
    88 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #6
    Night Kitchen
    #6 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1544 reviewsTripAdvisor (1544)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Mediterranean, European, Israeli, Contemporary
    43 Lilenblum Street, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #7
    Onza
    #7 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1896 reviewsTripAdvisor (1896)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Fusion, Gastropub
    3 Rabi Khanina, Tel Aviv 6813731 Israel
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  • #8
    Origem Fresh Coffee
    #8 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 127 reviewsTripAdvisor (127)
    $ | Cafe
    Dizengoff Street 203 Near Arlozorov crossing, Tel Aviv 6311501 Israel
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  • #9
    Bar Ochel
    #9 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 292 reviewsTripAdvisor (292)
    $ | Bar, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    Hacarmel Market 38, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #10
    West Side
    #10 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 431 reviewsTripAdvisor (431)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Israeli, International
    Hayarkon 19 Tel-Aviv, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #11
    OCD Restaurant
    #11 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $$ | Israeli
    17 Tirtsa, Tel Aviv 6811559 Israel
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  • #12
    Frishman Falafel & Frishman Sabich
    #12 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 475 reviewsTripAdvisor (475)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    44 Frishman, Tel Aviv 6439507 Israel
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  • #13
    Tamara Juice Bar
    #13 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ |
    Corner Dizengoff and Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #1
    Basma Coffee
    #1 of 120 Places to Eat in Jaffa
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 283 reviewsTripAdvisor (283)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    5 Louis Pasteur Street, Jaffa, Tel Aviv 68032 Israel
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  • #15
    Kitchen Market
    #15 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1671 reviewsTripAdvisor (1671)
    $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Israeli, Fusion
    Hanger 12 Nemal Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv 63506 Israel
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  • #16
    Beer Bazaar
    #16 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 242 reviewsTripAdvisor (242)
    $ | Mediterranean, Bar, Pub, Israeli
    1 Rambam Street 36 Yishkan, Tel Aviv 65257 Israel
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  • #17
    Bicicletta
    #17 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 625 reviewsTripAdvisor (625)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Bar, Israeli, Gastropub
    29 Nakhalat Binyamin, Tel Aviv 6516206 Israel
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  • #18
    Falafel Gabay
    #18 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 575 reviewsTripAdvisor (575)
    $ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    Bograshov 25, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #19
    Falafel Hakosem
    #19 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 937 reviewsTripAdvisor (937)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    Shlomo hamelech1, Tel Aviv Israel
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  • #20
    Tamara Yogurt
    #20 of 1,944 Places to Eat in Tel Aviv
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 474 reviewsTripAdvisor (474)
    $ | Fast Food
    96 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv Israel
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