Abu Hasan/Ali Karavan

This no-frills local spot is Tel Aviv’s finest hummuseria (served until they run out, so go early). Nutritious and comforting, the regional specialty is revered by locals who attest that Abu Hasan serves the finest in all of Israel.

Food at Anita Cafe, Tel Aviv, Israel

Anita Café

Located on a charming shopping street, this spot is an absolute must for ice cream lovers. The multitude of flavors will have your head spinning, and the toppings will make even the healthiest eater euphoric. Nicknamed “La Mamma del Gelato,” Anita churns out the creamiest, most decadent gelato this side of Rome.

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Claro serves innovative and delicious Israeli food with global influences in a preserved wine distillery that still holds the original limestone walls and frescoes in Tel Aviv.
Food at Dallal, Tel Aviv, Israel


Reminiscent of a Parisian café, Dallal serves flaky pastries and light lunches to stylish regulars. The preferred seating is at the outdoor bar shaded by a light green awning, where many stay for hours at a time. Around the corner is Dallal Bakery known for its breads and pastries.


For prime people-watching in Tel Aviv, stop by the casual Delicatessen for a breakfast or lunch of freshly prepared specialties such as chicken kebob, stuffed peppers and spinach lasagna. The
Food at Fortuna del Mar, Tel Aviv, Israel

Fortuna del Mar

Overlooking the Tel Aviv Marina near the Gordon pool, this Mediterranean tavern is a good spot for a lunch break if you are staying at the Hilton Hotel or are touring in the area. The atmosphere is casual, and the terrace has great views of the waterfront and boats. The service tends to be a bit slow, but it’s worth the wait for their homemade focaccia bread and fresh fare including artichoke Romana and seafood risotto.

Herzl 16

Located in Tel Aviv's historical Maaliya building, a former department store, Herzl 16 is a multi-floor complex with inner courtyard. While it’s best known for its live music and bar scene at night, it also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Manta Ray

One of the city’s beloved spots, Manta Ray is a good bet for a fun meal. Seafood is the specialty, and while the food is good, if unsurprising, the beachside locale is the real reason to go. Since Tel Aviv abounds with one-of-a-kind dinner experiences, head to Manta Ray for an easy lunch; the copious mezzes are all fresh and exactly what one wants for a mid-day meal, and the afternoon light allows patrons to take in the expansive coastline.

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Named for mace, the local spice that inspired chef Yossi Shitrit’s reinvention of traditional Israeli cuisine, Mashya uses the highest quality local ingredients and sophisticated cooking techniques to create diverse, beautiful and delicious dishes.

OCD Restaurant

For a unique dining experience in Tel Aviv, sleek OCD serves a nine-course tasting menu nightly that incorporates flavors from across the world.
Foodat Shila, Tel Aviv, Israel


Shila serves a creative Mediterranean menu in a warm and trendy environment. Large wooden tables make it a great spot for groups, but the bar, where you can watch the chefs at work, is prime seating for couples. The restaurant’s casual setting fosters a fun, laid-back vibe, and tends to book up for dinner, making reservations a must. Start with a few of starters like the seafood tartar, which comes wrapped in avocado, and finish up with one of the entrées including some spectacular fish dishes.

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Suzana Café

A beloved institution in Neve Tzedek, Suzana has tables spilling out to a tree-shaded terrace as well as a few up on its curtain draped rooftop deck. Delicious Middle Eastern classic dishes like falafel and tabouli are served all day, and many locals linger over coffee or drinks for hours.


Israeli chef Yuval Ben Neriah drew inspiration from his travels in Southeast Asia to craft the menu at Taizu, a top restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Food at Tasting Room, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tasting Room

Located in the Sarona Complex, the Tasting Room offers an innovative wine tasting experience. Using an automated pouring system, you can try up to 40 wines with a smart card. A private tasting room is also available.

Dining Area at Tzfon Abraxas, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tzfon Abraxas

Israel’s resident wildchild, Eyal Shani, serves up similar cuisine to that served at the Salon, but in a more casual environment. His magic touch makes otherwise simple roasted vegetables spectacular; a meal can be rounded out with several orders of the whole roasted sweet potato (the outside is charred to an unrecognizable crisp, while the vibrant center remains tender) and a couple of heads of cauliflower, dressed up with olive oil, salt and pepper. These signature dishes leave room for heartier entrées and the magnificent desserts, and all the dishes are presented with low-key flair; most of the dishes are served on butcher paper, with nothing else.

Food at Zepra,  Tel Aviv, Israel


Sexy neon interiors complement the flavorful Asian-fusion cuisine at this trendy hot spot. While it’s no match for the dishes you’d find in mainland Japan, those craving sushi and a break from Middle Eastern cuisine will appreciate Zepra’s change of pace. Tel Aviv is a coastal city, so while the cuisine isn’t regional, excellent fish-centric dishes are in keeping with the city’s finest restaurants.

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