Israeli cuisine today is an amalgamation of North African, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cooking styles mainly, as well as other influences from all over the world.
As international appreciation for Israeli food grows, so does the innovation and investment in the culinary scene in Tel Aviv.
To help you be selective, Booking.com reviewed seven of the city’s most in-demand brunch spots. From dishevelled, humble local cafes to serene boutique hotel terraces, there’s something for everyone (including vegan-friendly).
Address: Montefiore St 36, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
With ochre walls and black shutters flickering in the dappled shade of palm trees, the facade of this boutique hotel is immediately inviting. Cream canvas parasols and stone plant pots containing weeping ivy sit on the black and white chequered tiles of the terrace. Classic dishes such as Eggs Florentine are served up on delicate porcelain, along with flawless Bloody Mary’s or freshly-squeezed orange juice. For added indulgence, dig into the extensive cheese selection.
NOLA on Dizengoff St.
Address: Dizengoff St 197, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
NOLA is a cafe and bakery modelled on the classic American diner. Chunky turkey sandwiches, BLTs, and hash browns, are menu mainstays, while all the bread, cupcakes, and cookies are freshly-baked in-house. The terrace out front, courtyard at the back, super-friendly staff, and sixties hits playing in the background have all made NOLA a local favourite.
Cafe Sheleg on Allenby St
Address: Ge'ula St 44, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 63304, Israel
In a typical Tel Avivian building that has retained its old tile floors, worn wooden furniture, and middle eastern lampshades, sits Cafe Sheleg. It’s a small cafe that’s popular with locals. And on the corner of the busy and atmospheric Allenby Street and just a short walk from the beach, the cafe’s terrace is a top people-watching spot over a long brunch. The vegan-friendly menu includes a mix of inventive salads, hot dishes, indulgent desserts, freshly-squeezed juices, and good coffee.
Delicatessen behind Rothschild Blv
Address: Yehuda ha-Levi St 79, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
The simply-named, upmarket bistro, Delicatessen, doubles up as an organic food store. Behind Rothschild Boulevard, it has the kind of modish branding that wouldn’t feel out of place in New York or LA. Gourmet ingredients, seasonal dishes, and home-made bagels and baguettes are available to take home, while the large terrace and balcony are both great places to enjoy a lazy brunch.
Address: Ahad Ha'Am St 91, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
For some of Tel Aviv’s best Israeli food, visit this artsy little cafe full of locals. Bucke is said to have the best egg shakshuka in the city, and its sabich is pure heaven. The sharing plate is also outstanding - an assortment of colours, textures, and flavours that showcase many of Israel’s exotic ingredients and unique recipes.
Da Da & Da
Address: Rothschild Blvd 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Located on Rothschild Boulevard, Da Da & Da looks distinctly like a French brasserie. And from the sunny outdoor terrace on one of Tel Aviv’s liveliest and most well-known streets, the view is almost as engrossing as the food. The fresh pastries and coffee are particularly popular but the menu including everything from beautifully-presented seafood and pâté to pancakes and poached eggs on toast never disappoints.