There are so many cool things to do in Tel Aviv. There are the beautiful sunny Tel Aviv beaches, and the non-stop crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene, but the true secret of the city lies in its thriving culinary scene. With many delicious restaurant options, it’s painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. Read on to learn about the best restaurants in Tel Aviv and have yourself a memorable meal (or two)!
The concept of this place defines breakfast as a meal style and not the time when it is eaten. Not when to eat, but what to eat. The Benedictine breakfast kitchen appeals to breakfast lovers wherever they are, at all hours of the day. In the morning, at noon and later on to those adventurous and competent breakers - for them breakfast in the evening is a wonderful way to start the night. Entering this world reveals to us a wide world of flavors, different combinations, culinary innovation and surprises.
Address: Ben Yehuda and corner Jabotinsky 171, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Benedict (in Hebrew)
2. La Shuk
Located in Dizengoff Square, La Shuk restaurant introduces diners to a colorful Jaffa atmosphere, with old objects such as serving plates that are filled with a nostalgic scent. Until the dishes are served, you can watch the restaurant staff prepare them in the open kitchen, to the sound of Mediterranean melodies playing in the background. The groundbreaking experience is wrapped in a meticulous service but at the same time, warm and embracing.
Among the restaurant’s choices you can find artichoke salad and crackers, mackerel fish patties, and home-made bakers, along with the special cocktail collection. The menu is seasoned with delightful sweets, including biscuits and custard a la japa. One of the most talked-about restaurants in Tel Aviv, it offers you a fun experience in the heart of the city, a private terrace for intimate events and a bar overlooking the open kitchen.
Address: Dizengoff St 92, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: La Shuk (in Hebrew)
3. Kitchen Market
Kitchen Market is a contemporary gourmet restaurant on the upper floor of Shuk HaNamal farmer’s market in the Tel Aviv port, one of the city’s most beautiful spots. One side offers an unending view of the sparkling sea, and another looks out over the vibrant colors of the bustling marketplace. Renowned chef Yossi Shitrit has carefully designed a menu intended to stimulate all the senses, created with the highest-quality ingredients and the most advanced cooking techniques. They make sure that every dish at Kitchen Market is fresh and tasty by choosing the finest ingredients from among the produce that arrives each morning to them.
Address: Nemal Tel Aviv St 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Kitchen Market
‘Messa’, a slight twist on the Spanish word for table, is given its name based on the restaurant’s interior: a majestic white marble dining room. The centre features long walnut wood high tables adorned with wine glasses and candles. A more intimate seating option is also available around the perimeter. In the adjacent room there is, in stark contrast, an all-black bar. Offering the highest quality wines and spirits in a vibrant ambience, this is a perfect place to retire to after a meal to extend an evening of luxury and sophistication into the early hours of the morning.
Messa’s gourmet cuisine encapsulates Middle Eastern flavors and ingredients with Provencal cooking techniques. The inspiration, says Chef Aviv Moshe, comes from “memories from my Grandmother’s kitchen.” It was here that he learned how to use North African spices – such as “ras el hanout”, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and coriander – combined with local products like “balady” eggplant, tahini, olive oil, “labane” (sour cheese), and pomegranate. The result of this culinary fusion is an array of imaginative and exquisite creations, each made up of several elements which beautifully complement each other in taste and texture.
Address: HaArba'a St 19, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Messa (in Hebrew)
5. Shila - Sharon Cohen's Kitchen & Bar
Sheila has become a home and one of the gastronomic institutions that are loved by people who love to eat. Despite his Jerusalem origins, Sharon Cohen, the chef and owner, runs his kitchen like in Barcelona, with a lot of laughter behind the flames and fresh ingredients, seasoned with grace and wit and served with love. Shila has become a culinary institution that is well planted in the nightlife of the big city, a pleasant place to enjoy.
Shila - Sharon Cohen's Kitchen & Bar
Address: Ben Yehuda St 182, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Ben Neria presents a personal and local interpretation of street foods from five countries in Southeast Asia: India, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Prior to the opening of the restaurant, Ben Neria embarked on a three-month cultural culinary trip to these countries and studied street foods, textures, colors, spices and flavors. After his return to Israel, the planning phase of the complex took place, and at the same time, the gatherings for a period of about six months were intensive, in a temporary professional kitchen, where all the dishes were planned, cooked, and recorded.
Address: Derech Menachem Begin 23, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Taizu (in Hebrew)
7. Cafe Puaa
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In the heart of Jaffa’s flea market lies “Puaa”, a beloved, veteran and unique café/restaurant. It was established in 1999. The place is named after owner Puaa Ladijensky, who created a charming and magical spot in an original location, where you can catch your breath and take a break from Tel-Aviv’s hectic pace.
The menu at Puaa is anything but pretentious; it is homely, nourishing, healthy and wholesome, consisting of delicious unique dishes such as: broccoli and cashew nuts pasta, chicken liver in Marsala wine, spinach with raw Tehini, Farro and date syrup salad, caramelized bananas – and a selection of Israeli boutique wines.
Address: Rabbi Yohanan St 8, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Cafe Puaa
8. Thai House Restaurant
They opened the Thai house in the spring of 1996, when few believed that Israelis would connect to authentic Thai cuisine. Still, they insisted, believed and established a kitchen based on traditional dishes from the Isan region, along with typical dishes from southern Thailand characterized by rich dishes of coconut milk with various curries and classic street dishes that took root throughout Thailand.
The origin of the culinary tradition grew from the domestic kitchens in the villages that used the raw materials that nature gave. Over the years, cooking and food practices have traveled to all parts of Thailand, and the influences of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cuisine have also shaped what has created Thai cuisine.
Thai House Restaurant
Address: Bograshov St 8, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Thai House Restaurant (in Hebrew)
9. Manta Ray
Manta Ray is a true beachfront restaurant and is located alongside the sands of the beach, and just steps away from the clashing waves. Their kitchen is unique for its special and creative Middle Eastern cuisine. All of Manta Ray’s fish and seafood melas are cooked with a lot of love and passion. Their acclaimed chef is Ronen Skinezis.
Address: 703 Yechezkel Kaufman, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Website: Manta Ray (in Hebrew)
Inside the Mendeli Street Hotel, the kitchen of Mashya is filled with the spicy aroma of mace, the local spice that the restaurant is named for and which inspired chef Yossi Shitrit’s reinvented traditional cuisine. Mashya is a restaurant with a focus on design, whose bright, clean look is trimmed with the rough and rugged textures of locally-sourced natural materials, helping it blend with the spirit of the nearby outdoor market.
At Mashya, the emphasis is on freshness, and on combining the highest quality ingredients with the most advanced, sophisticated cooking techniques. With soft lighting, specially designed ceramic and metal tableware, and lush vines that drape the restaurant’s walls, you are in the perfect environment for experiencing the gastronomical adventures that Mashya has in store.
Address: Mendele Book Sellers 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Why must you visit the restaurants at Tel Aviv, Israel?
It is because the restaurants at Tel Aviv, Israel serves awe inspiring and mouthwatering dishes. Tel Aviv also is one of the only cities in the world that has free WiFi everywhere you go. Any café, restaurant, store, and beach provides it, and even on the streets WiFi is free for you to enjoy. Even if there is a password needed somewhere, just ask, store owners will gladly give it to you. So when you go to Tel Aviv restaurants, you will not problem yourself with a Wifi, so you will definitely enjoy Tel Aviv and its restaurants!
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