Here follows a gallery about restaurants in Tel Aviv. This gallery actually belongs to the article Restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has loads of restaurants in all kinds, representing all areas of the Arab world, as is the rest of the world. And you know what, you can always find something for any budget. You can choose a boutique type restaurant, or you can choose a restaurant, where you have a meal for a few shekels. And then there are those restaurants, which are based on the rising crop of ‘chef restaurants’ and an ever-growing number of swanky brasseries.
If you’re self-catering, the best fresh fruit and vegetables in town are sold at the Carmel Market. But at the same Carmel market you can find also meat. At this market there is a so called ‘back-section’, where you can buy the ‘forbidden fruit’, eh, pork meat.
Convenience supermarkets offering a good selection of products, reasonable prices and late-night hours are found all over the city. Between Sunday and Friday, many restaurants offer ‘business lunch’ deals whereby diners get a free starter, or sometimes even a starter and a glass of wine, with every main course ordered.
Here follows a collection of restaurants, divided into sections of Tel Aviv. Be aware, this collection covers less then one percent of the number of restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Center of Tel Aviv
Miznon (30 King George St; pittas 23-44NIS; noon-1am Sun-Thu, to 3pm Fri, from 7pm Sat) Map.
The vibe here is bustling, the prices are (very) reasonable and the staff are young, friendly and full of energy. And let’s not forget the most important thing – the food is exceptionally delicious. Huge pitas stuffed with your choice of veggies, chicken, offal or meat await, as do fish and chips or roasted spiced yam and cauliflower (yum!). You’ll need to line up to order and give your name. Then make your choice from the tahina, labneh, green chilli sauce and pickle spread, claim a seat and wait for your order to be announced. Drinks include lemonade, beer and arak.
Felafel Gabai (25 Bograshov St; felafel 16NIS; 10.30am-10.30pm Sun-Thu) Map.
In a city where every felafel stall claims to be the best, Gabai is a strong contender for the title. Like most stalls, its crispy balls of felafel come with as much salad, pickles and tahina sauce as you can squeeze in a pita bread. It also serves a fine shakshuka and schnitzel.
Sabich Frishman (42 Frishman St; sabich 18NIS; 9am-11.30pm Sun-Thu, Fri before Shabbat, Sat after Shabbat) Map.
This tiny stall specializes in sabich, an Iraqi-derived snack consisting of fried aubergine, boiled egg, cabbage, salad, potato, hummus and spicy amba (mango) sauce, all stuffed into a pita. It’s on the corner of Dizengoff and Frishman Sts – just look for the long lines and the felafel stall next door.
HaKosem (1 Shlomo HaMelech St; felafel from 18NIS; 10.30am-11.30pm Sun-Thu, to 3pm Fri) Map.
One of the friendliest felafel stalls in town, HaKosem (the Magician) is a popular snack stop on the corner of King George St. Aside from its trademark green, fried chickpea balls in pita, it also offers sabich, schnitzel and shwarma (meat sliced off a spit and stuffed in a pocket of pita-type bread with chopped tomatoes and garnish). If you’re lucky, you’ll get a free felafel ball straight from the pan while you queue: magic.
Gala Gelateria (30 King George St; 1/2/3 scoops 14/19/23NIS; 10am-1am) Map.
Special choices for vegans (including a chocolate concoction) plus plenty of yoghurt and fruit options make this hole-in-the-wall gelateria opposite Gan Meir Park stand out from the Tel Aviv pack. We recommend anything with pistachio, tahina or mango in it.
Orna and Ella (03-525 2085; http://www.ornaandella.com; 33 Sheinken St; breakfast 36-58NIS, mains 42-92NIS; 8.30am-midnight Sun-Thu, from 10am Fri & Sat) Map.
Effortlessly melding its serious gastronomic focus with a casual-chic decor and a neighborhood vibe, this restaurant-cafe is beloved of locals for good reason. Seasonal, often organic, ingredients are used to excellent effect in hearty breakfasts and refined lunches and dinners. Vegans, vegetarians and anyone who appreciates good food will be very happy here. Dine inside, or in a rear courtyard.
Brasserie M&R (03-696 7111; http://www.brasserie.co.il; 70 Ibn Gabirol St; breakfast 22-49NIS, mains 62-110NIS; 24hr) Map.
Somewhat officious maîtres d’ orchestrate the service at this hugely popular cafe-brasserie opposite Rabin Sq. The art deco–inspired interior is très Parisian, as is the menu, which includes choices such as oysters, salads, steaks and a plat du jour. There are plenty of French wines to choose from, but many diners opt for an expertly made cocktail instead.
Cafe Noah (93 Ahad Ha’am St; breakfast 36NIS, sandwiches 35NIS; 8am-11pm Sun-Thu, to 5pm Fri) Map.
Popular with writers, poets, pundits and other folk desperately attempting to avoid a nine-to-five job, Noah has big windows, a small library and a palm-tree-shaded terrace. The menu offers salads, sandwiches and all-day breakfasts.
Agadir Burger (www.agadir.co.il; 2 Nahalat Binyamin St; burgers from 49NIS; noon-4am Sun-Thu, to 5am Fri, to 3am Sat) Map.
Locals swear by the burgers here, which feature beef or vegetarian patties of varying sizes sizzled up with choose-your-own toppings. The perfect place to indulge a beer-and-burger craving, it’s on Nahalat Binyamin St and is always busy.
Fresh Kitchen (03-529 2687; http://www.freshkitchen.co.il; 37 Basel St; salads from 36NIS; 11.30am-midnight Sat-Thu, noon-5pm Fri) Map.
With over a dozen types of salad on the menu, this is the place to get your daily five portions of greens and then some. The menu also has a multitude of muesli, sandwiches and refreshing shakes –and it even lists the calories. There are a few branches dotted around town, including another in the city center.
Tchernihovsky 6 (03-620 8729; 5 Tchernichovsky St; mains 68-110NIS; noon-11.45pm Mon-Thu, 10am-noon Fri,10.30am-5pm Sat, 11.45am-6pm Sun) Map.
A little taste of Lisbon here in the Middle East, Tchernihovsky 6 is owned and operated by a Portuguese-Israeli chef and is known for dishes featuring octopus, pulses, meats and other Iberian favorites. There’s a street-side terrace that’s invariably packed on warm evenings. The same crew operates the Porto wine bar opposite.
South of Tel Aviv
Anita (crn Shabazi & Pines Sts, Neve Tzedek; 1/2/3 scoops 15/20/24NIS; 8am-midnight) Map.
Neve Tzedek’s ‘Mama of Gelato’ has a loyal local following, a fact that will immediately become apparent if you head here on a summer evening (expect a queue). Flavours are many and varied, and come in both sorbet and ice-cream styles. There’s a second branch opposite, and a third down the street that sells frozen yoghurt.
Bet Lehem Hummus (5 Florentin St, Florentin; hummus 17NIS; 10am-9pm) Map.
The free self-service tshai nana (mint tea) is a nice touch, but regulars are drawn here solely on the strength of the hummus. Choose from full (with mashed and spiced fava beans) or masabacha (with chickpeas and warm tahina) versions, and consider ordering an egg topping (2NIS).
Port Sa’id (Har Sinai St 5; small plates 22-52NIS, mains 34-180NIS; noon-late) Map.
The mother ship for inner-city hipsters, this restaurant-bar next to the Great Synangogue is decorated with a library of vinyl records on wooden shelves and has a coterie of heavily tattooed regulars. There’s good Middle Eastern–accented food on offer (no English menu, so you’ll need to consult with the waiters) and lots of drink choices. Get here early to score a table, and don’t expect much in terms of service.
North Abraxas (03-516 6660; 40 Lilienblum St; small plates 22-52NIS, mains 34-120NIS, pizza 54NIS; noon-midnight Sun-Thu, 1pm-midnight Fri & Sat) Map.
The food at this flamboyant place is relegated to secondary importance – here, it’s all about the vibe. Sitting at the bar and watching the chefs and waiters chop, flambée, plate, sing and down arak shots with customers is fabulous fun, and the modern Israeli menu with its pizzas, colorful vegetable dishes and flavorful slow-cooked meats will please most diners.
Nachmani (03-566 3331; http://noirgroup.co.il; 26 Nachmani St; pastries 12-16NIS, pizzas 46-58NIS, mains 58-134NIS; 8am-midnight Sun-Fri, from 9am Sat) Map.
A perfect example of the casual yet stylish eatery trending in Tel Aviv, this cafe-restaurant serves generous antipasto platters, piping-hot pizzas from its brick oven, handmade pasta dishes and an array of sandwiches and salads. The outdoor tables are popular between 4.30pm and 7pm on weekdays, when every alcoholic drink comes with a free focaccia or bruschetta.
Ouzeria (44 Matalon St, Florentin; mezes 35-60NIS; noon-midnight) Map.
Popular with locals of every age and style, this exuberant corner restaurant in the Levinsky Spice Market precinct is busy every night but is absolutely hopping on Friday after the market closes. It doesn’t accept bookings, so you may need to queue. Greek mezes showcase vegetables and seafood and are both tasty and well priced.
Ahathaan (03-560 8070; corner of Ahad Ha’am & Balfour Sts; breakfast 36-59NIS; 8am-midnight Sun-Thu, to 5.30pm Fri, 9am-midnight Sat) Map.
Shaded by an awning, lit by multicolored lights at night and inevitably full of locals, the street-side terrace at this thrift shop–chic cafe is a popular meeting point at any time of the day but is particularly busy in the morning. Inside, there are plenty of laptop-friendly tables catering to the telecommuting crowd.
Cafe Lucia (03-744 8088 ; 18 Balfour St; breakfast 10-46NIS, sandwiches 36-42NIS, mains 32-48NIS; 7am – midnight Sun-Thu, to Shabbat Fri, 7pm-midnight Sat ) Map.
Every neighborhood should have its own Cafe Lucia. Known for its breads and pastries (the owners also operate the Lachmanina Bakery), its shady street-side terrace is inevitably full of locals catching up over coffee and ordering from the well-priced menu, which is strong on comfort foods including sandwiches (fresh and toasted), schnitzels, pastas, meatballs and fish and chips.
Lulu (03-516 8793; http://www.lulucafe.co.il; 55 Shabazi St, Neve Tzedek; breakfast 38-58NIS, sandwiches 44-48NIS, mains 64-96NIS; 7.30am-11.30pm) Map.
A perfect example of Neve Tzedek’s laid-back but carefully curated style, this cafe-bar-restaurant has a vaguely arty ambience, Mediterranean menu and fashionable clientele. The food is a notch or two up the quality scale from standard cafe fare, and the indoor-outdoor seating arrangement suits all weather.
Meshek Barzilay (03-516 6329; http://www.meshekbarzilay.co.il; 6 Ahad Ha’am St, Neve Tzedek; breakfast 38-64NIS, mains 46-68NIS; 7am-4pm Sun, to midnight Mon-Fri, from 9am Sat) Map.
Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for in Tel Aviv, but this place goes that extra mile when it comes to making them happy. One of only two restaurants we found serving organic free-range eggs (bravo!), it has plenty of interesting Indian- and Asian-influenced dishes on its menu and some great breakfast choices. Regulars swear by the vegan farm breakfast.
Giraffe (03-685 1155; cnr Montefiore & Yavne Sts; mains 51-98NIS; noon-midnight) Map.
Robustly flavored pan-Asian dishes including dumplings, noodles and sushi rolls are served at this bustling branch of the popular local chain. The food lacks finesse, but it’s fresh and tasty. Despite being ever-busy, the friendly waiters and bar staff are always happy to have a chat.
Suzanna (03-944 3060; http://www.suzana.rest-e.co.il; 9 Shabazi St, Neve Tzedek; breakfast 49NIS, meals 55-86NIS; 10am-2am) Map.
A longstanding Neve Tzedek favorite, Suzanna offers a Middle Eastern mix of dishes. Some of these are more successful than others, so the ‘I’ll have what they’re having’ approach pays off here. Enjoy your meal during summer months on the large open courtyard in the shade of an enormous ficus tree.
Nanuchka (03-516 2254; http://nanuchka-tlv.com/; 30 Lilienblum St; mains 49-68NIS; noon-late) Map.
A vegan Georgian restaurant? Surely not. But that is indeed what Nanuchka – once a traditional Georgian eatery – has transformed itself into. We’re puzzled as to the place’s popularity, as our meals have been bland and uninteresting, but there’s a bohemian buzz about the place that may provide an explanation. The starter of seven salads (58NIS) is a safe bet.
Thai House (03-517 8568; http://www.thai-house.co.il; 8 Bograshov St; mains 42-128NIS; noon-11pm) Map.
Dedicated restaurants serving Thai food are few and far between in Tel Aviv. So if you’re craving green, yellow or red curry, try a dinner at Thai House (Beit Thailandi), a bamboo-laden restaurant on the corner of Ben Yehuda and Bograshov Sts.
Catit (03-510 7001; http://www.catit.co.il; 57 Nahalat Binyamin St; 3/4/5 courses 349/399/479NIS; 6.30-11pm Sun-Fri) Map.
Meir Adoni is generally acknowledged to be be Tel Aviv’s most exciting and accomplished chef, and this intimate restaurant is his flagship restaurant (he also operates the attached Mizlala bistro and two venues at the Carleton Hotel). The food here is spectacular – ultra-refined dishes that are wonderful to look at and even better to eat. Service is impressive, too. Vegetarians and vegans should mention their requirements when booking.
Bindella Osteria & Bar (03-650 0071; http://www.bindella.co.il; 27 Montefiore St; pasta 49-99NIS, mains 68-128NIS; 12.30pm-late) Map.
Bindella is the epitome of a modern Tuscan ristorante – elegant, with an uncompromising focus on quality food, wine and service. Our meals here have been exemplary, featuring al dente pasta, meat and fish cooked simply so as to showcase its quality, and delectable desserts. The wine list is similarly impressive, being full of premium Israeli and Italian drops.
Mizlala (03-566 5505; http://mizlala.co.il; 57 Nahalat Binyamin St; mains 89-169NIS; noon-midnight) Map.
Catit’s younger sibling has cheaper prices, a simpler menu and way more va-va-voom than her big sis but still showcases Meir Adoni’s refined approach to cooking. The stylish dining space with its long bar is most definitely one of the city’s places to be seen, and the menu’s Mediterranean slant is particularly pleasing. Whatever you do, don’t contemplate skipping dessert, because that’s the best of all in Tel Aviv. No, scrap that … the Middle East.
Café Noir (03-566 3018; http://noirgroup.co.il; 43 Ahad Ha’am St; brunch 34-64NIS, mains 66-128NIS; noon-midnight Sun-Wed, to 1am Thu, 8am-1am Fri, 9am-midnight Sat) Map.
This bustling French-style brasserie is known locally for two things: weekend brunches and its signature schnitzels. We’re big fans of the first but prefer to order one of the consistently excellent salads or pastas rather than the second. It’s worth paying extra for a bread basket.
Hotel Montefiore (03-564 6100; http://www.hotelmontefiore.co.il; 36 Montefiore St; burgers & sandwiches 42-46NIS, mains 62-160NIS; 7am-midnight) Map.
For a special night out, you need look no further than the Montefiore’s French-flavored restaurant. Though not quiet (the place is far too fashionable for that), it’s a favorite with glam young things out on dates and with business people sealing deals. The menu travels across Asia and Europe, the wine list is impressive and the bar is perfect for solo diners.
Dallal (03-510 9292; http://www.dallal.info; 10 Shabazi St, Neve Tzedek; breakfast 32-62NIS, mains 76-170NIS; 9am-11.30pm Sun-Fri, noon-11pm Sat ) Map.
For one of Tel Aviv’s best brunches, head here on Saturday between noon and 6pm, when the garden tables are full of locals noshing on organic egg dishes such as the roasted eggplant shakshuka with spinach, tomato coulis and goat yoghurt. Dinner in the slightly twee dining room is a more formal affair, featuring conservative French-influenced meat and fish dishes. The nearby Dallal Bakery (7 Kol Israel Haverim St, Neve Tzedek; 7am-10pm Sun-Thu, to 5pm Fri) Map. is a great spot for a simple lunch, but seating is extremely limited. If it’s full, consider ordering to go and heading to nearby Alma Beach for a picnic.
Tel Aviv Beach and Coast
Gelateria Siciliana (http://glideria.co.il; 110 Ben Yehuda St; 1/2/3 scoops 15/20/25NIS; noon-midnight Sun-Thu, 11amlate Fri & Sat) Map.
Most Italians will agree that the test of a good gelateria is always its pistachio gelato, which should be a soft green color and have a sweet yet nutty taste. Happily, Tel Aviv’s Gelateria Siciliana (map) passes this and other gelato-associated tests with flying colors. There’s a second branch near Rabin Sq (63 Ibn Gabirol St, map), and one in Herzliya.
Tamara (96 Ben Yehuda St; small/medium/large cup 22/27/32NIS; 9.30am-12.30am Sun-Fri, from 10.30am Sat) Map.
We’re going to break some bad news here: despite the spin, we suspect that frozen yoghurt isn’t particularly healthy. It’s undoubtedly delicious, though, so we’re all for damning the consequences and following the world-wide frozen-yogurt wave to this excellent place near Gordon Beach. Enjoy your cup plain or choose from a range of indulgent toppings.
Pinati (http://pinati.co.il/; 43 Bograshov St; hummus 20-33NIS; 10am-10pm Sun-Thu, to 4pm Fri ) Map.
Close enough to the beach that the picnic potential is obvious, this branch of Jerusalem’s favorite hummus joint sells hummus, chicken schnitzels and other fast-food favorites.
Benedict (www.benedict.co.il; 171 Ben Yehuda St; breakfasts 38-98NIS; 24hr) Map.
Those craving blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs, shakshuka or eggs benedict at five in the afternoon – or, for that matter, in the morning – need go no further than this constantly crowded all-night breakfast place. Bring a big appetite: servings are huge, and come with bread. There’s another branch in Tel Aviv (29 Rothschild Blvd) and one in Herzliya.
Shila-Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen (03-522 1224; http://www.shila-rest.co.il; 182 Ben Yehuda St; tapas 46-59NIS, raciones 48-79NIS, mains 74-148NIS; noon-1am Sun-Thu & Sat ) Map.
Only a castanet click or two away from the beach, Sharo Cohen’s Spanish-inspired seafood restaurant offers an array of vividly colored and robustly flavored tapas, raciones (small plates) and grilled main courses – those in the know tend to start with a few carpaccio and tartar tapas and then graze on the vegetable, fish and seafood raciones on offer.
Manta Ray (03-517 4773; http://www.mantaray.co.il; southern Tel Aviv Promenade; breakfast 39-45NIS, mains 75-175NIS; 9am-11pm) Map.
It’s stylish, casual and at the beach – the perfect Tel Avivian triumvirate. On the slope directly above Alma Beach, this is the summer breakfast and lunch venue of choice for locals and tourists alike, so be sure to book (specify an outside table with a view). Try an omelette at breakfast and fish at other times of the day.
Herbert Samuel (03-516 6516; http://www.herbertsamuel.co.il; 6 Kaufmann St, Neve Tzedek; business lunch 88NIS, pasta 88-98NIS, mains 112-168NIS; 12.30-11.30pm) Map.
Home turf for Master Chef Israel judge Yonatan Roshfeld, this upmarket choice offers refined Mediterranean dishes from a menu that changes daily. Surrounds are elegant, with sea views. Come for the two-course business lunch, which is available every day except Saturday and represents good value.
Ali Caravan (1 HaDolphin St; hummus portions 18NIS; 8am-3pm Sun-Fri;) Map.
If hummus is a religion, then this could well be its Mecca. This tiny restaurant near Jaffa Port offers a limited menu of three hummus choices: plain, full (with mashed and spiced fava beans) or masabacha (with chickpeas and warm tahina). It’s always busy, so you’ll probably need to queue.
Shafa Bar (Rabbi Nachman St 2, Jaffa; sandwiches 32NIS, mains 28-52NIS; 9am-late) Map.
Another hipster hangout (Jaffa is full of them), Shafa is our favorite of the flea-market cafe-bar hybrids, a place where the coffee machine and cocktail shaker get an equal workout, and where it’s possible to order everything from a simple sandwich to a crunchy Thai salad or a dude-food choice such as Irish sausages and fries.
Said Abu Elafia & Sons (7 Yefet St, Jaffa; pastries from 3NIS; 24hr) Map.
Jaffa’s first bakery was established in 1880, and four generations down the line the Abu Elafia family is busier than ever. The main attractions are its giant sambusas (filled pastries), bourekas (stuffed breads with sheep’s cheese) and a unique Arab oven-baked pizza-like concoction filled with eggs, tomato, cheese and olives. Take-out only. Members of the family run branches near Rabin Sq (73 Ibn Gabirol St) Map. and on the esplanade (center Herbert Samuel Esplanade & Yonah HaNavi St) Map.
Dr Shakshuka (http://shakshuka.rest.co.il; 3 Beit Eshal St, Jaffa; shakshuka 36-42NIS, couscous 42-58NIS, shwarma 48-58NIS; 8am-midnight Sun-Fri) Map.
Set in an atmospheric Ottoman-era building in the flea market, the doctor has been working his shakshuka magic since 1991 and shows no sign of giving up. The eponymous egg dish is great, of course (his secret is loads of spice, particularly paprika), but locals tend to prefer the shwarma and couscous. Dine inside or in the shaded courtyard.
Puaa (03-682 3821; http://www.puaa.co.il; 8 Rabbi Yohanan St; breakfast 38-48NIS, sandwiches 38NIS, mains 42-58NIS; 9am-1am Sun-Fri, from 10am Sat) Map.
The thrift shop–chic decor is truly authentic here – every piece of furniture and decorative knicknack is for sale. In the midst of the flea-market action, laid-back Puaa serves an all-day breakfast and is particularly busy on weekends, when the shakshuka, sabich and bundash (fried challah served with jam and halva or with sour cream and cucumber) are must-order treats.
El Jamila (03-550 0042; 4 Olei Zion St, Jaffa; mains 60-120NIS; noon-midnight) Map.
Traditional fish dishes from the Ajami district are on offer at this Arab-run restaurant in the flea market. The stone-walled dining space has a high ceiling and attractive tiled floor, and is a lovely place to park your shopping bags after a busy morning in the souq. Try the ta’ashima (fish fillets baked in dough and served with almond tahina).
Container (03-683 6321; http://www.container.org.il; Warehouse 2, Jaffa Port; pasta & risotto 68-118NIS, seafood mains 68-118NIS; noon-late Sun-Thu, from 10am Fri & Sat) Map.
Equal parts restaurant, late-night bar, club and art space, the port’s most popular venue serves a mix of mezes, seafood, pasta and Israeli-style brunches. Like the food, the music is fusion, with well known local DJs spinning world, dub and dance. There are live sets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday after 10pm.
Kalimera Bar & Restaurant (03-682 3232; http://www.kalimera.co; Jaffa Port; mains 68-118NIS; h5pm-late Sun-Wed, noon-late Thu-Sat) Map.
With its Greek island–style decor and menu, Kalimera is the perfect choice for a laid-back summer meal. Order an array of vegetable and seafood meze dishes to share, set the kids up with something from the children’s menu and prepare to enjoy yourselves.
Just 12km north of central Tel Aviv, Herzliya is popular due to its fine, clean beaches, marina mall and string of seafront cafes. Named after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, Herzliya started as a small farming community in 1924 and now consists of two main areas separated by Hwy 2. Map.
Middle-class, suburban central Herzliya, east of the highway, is mainly residential and commercial, while Herzliya Pituach (west of the highway) – a neighborhood of huge villas that’s home to some of Israel’s wealthiest residents – is where the beaches are. Herzliya Pituach is also home to Israel’s blossoming high-tech industry; as a result, modern office blocks are rising up all over the area. Pituach, by the way, means ‘development’.
Apollonia National Park (03-903 3130; adult/student/child 22/19/10NIS; 8am-5pm Apr-Sep, to 4pm Oct-Mar, closes 1hr earlier Fri & holiday evenings)
This picturesque coastal park contains the ruins of a Crusader castle that becomes the venue for open-air concerts during summer weekends. There are some stunning views out over the Mediterranean and nearby you can see the remains of a Roman villa and the well-kept 13th-century Sidni Ali Mosque. The park can be reached by a fairly long walk up Wingate St or easily by car from the highway. It is about 3km north of Herzliya Pituach’s main beach, just beyond the small town of Nof Yam.
Herzliya Museum of Modern Art (09-950 0762; http://www.herzliyamuseum.co.il; 4 HaBanim St; admission 10NIS; h10am-2pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat, 4-8pm Tue & Thu)
Dedicated to Israeli and international contemporary art with an emphasis on political subject matter, this gallery aims to engage as well as entertain.
As you would expect from such an affluent area, Herzliya accommodation consists of luxury spa hotels, but there are many restaurants for all budgets around the marina and on the beach.
Gelateria Siciliana (http://glideria.co.il; 14 Shenkar St; 1/2/3 scoops 15/20/25NIS; noon-midnight Sun-Thu, 11am-late Fri & Sat )
When at the beach, it’s almost obligatory to enjoy an ice cream. And in Herzliya, the best place to do this is at the local branch of the Tel Aviv gelateria.
Derby Bar (09-951 1818; http://derbybar.co.il; Arena Mall; pastas 69-89NIS, mains 99-135NIS; noon-midnight)
Attached to the Arena shopping mall next to the marina, this well-known restaurant has an expansive waterside terrace where it serves seafood, fish and pasta dishes. Beer is the usual accompaniment – there are six brands on tap.
Benedict (09-958 0701; http://www.benedict.co.il; 1 Haetzel St; breakfast 39-98NIS; h24hr)
The Herzliya branch of the popular Tel Aviv all-day breakfast joint is as popular as its inner-city equivalents. Diners can fill up on eggs Benedict, shakshuka or their choice from an enormous menu.
Agadir (09-951 6551; http://www.agadir.co.il; 9 Hamanofim St; hnoon-3am Sun-Thu, to 4am Fri, to 3am Sat )
A 20-minute walk from the Arena Mall, Agadir sticks with what it does best: tasty meat or veggie burgers with your choice of toppings and sides.
Egged buses 501, 502, 524, 525 and 531 run every 20 minutes to and from Tel Aviv (10.90NIS, 30 minutes). Trains run every 20 minutes (10NIS, 10 minutes). The station is quite a way from the beach, so take a taxi or bus 29 (6.60NIS) to the marina.
Throughout the years of touring, I’ve a list of restaurants in modern Jerusalem, which I’ve visited with the various groups. What restaurant I visit depends totally on the type of group (young, old, religious, nationalistic, standard tourists, gem-tours, etc). Here is the list of those restaurants followed with a short description.
One warning for this list. If you are looking for low-budget restaurants, this is NOT the place.
Big Apple 13 Dorot Rishonim St, 94625 Tel (02) 625 6252, Map.
In the pedestrian zone just off Ben Yehuda St, this pizzeria serves New York-style thin-crust pizzas and is especially popular with Orthodox Jewish teenagers from New York who are in Jerusalem to take intensive religious studies courses. The restaurant is open until late and also offers a takeaway service.
Burgers Bar 20 Emeq Refaim St, German Colony, 93105 Tel (02) 561 2333. Map.
Acclaimed by many Jerusalem old-timers as having the city’s best hamburgers, this popular place also serves up other types of reasonably priced meat dishes. It is situated about 1 km (half a mile) south of the King David Hotel in the atmospheric German Colony, in the heart of a strip of popular cafés and restaurants.
Pinati 13 King George St, 94229 Tel (02) 625 4540, Map.
Situated at the spot where Ben Hillel St meets King George St at an oblique angle (hence the name, which means “on the corner”), this popular eatery has long been regarded by many local connoisseurs as the source of the city’s most delicious humus– creamy, delicately seasoned, never too heavy.
Rahmo 5 Eshkol St, Mahane Yehuda, 94322 Tel (02) 623 4595, Map.
A Jerusalem institution, Rahmo serves Israeli and Aleppo-style cuisine as well as authentic Jerusalem humus prepared according to a secret recipe from the owner’s mother. Situated on one of the tiny pedestrianized alleyways in the colorful Mahane Yehuda market, which is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Agas ve-Tapuach ba-Kikar 6 Safra Square, 94141 Tel (02) 623 0280, Map.
Known in Italian as Pera e Mela in Piazza (The Pear and the Apple on the Square), this venerable Italian restaurant has been serving home-style Italian cuisine, made with recipes from the owner’s grandparents, since 1978. Dishes come from both northern and southern Italy and include antipasti, foccacia, bruschetta and, of course, pasta.
Barood 31 Jaffa St, 94221 Tel (02) 625 9081, Map.
Just off Jaffa St on Feingold Courtyard, this laid-back, stone-built place is known for its Spanioli (Sepharadi) cuisine, as well as its juicy steaks and heavenly chocolate soufflé. The bar is decorated with a surprising collection of bottle openers and offers a wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Hosts art exhibits and live concerts of mellow music.
Focaccia Bar 4 Rabi Akiva St, 94582 Tel (02) 624 2273, Map.
Situated on a quaint courtyard, this romantic place, built entirely of stone, is evocative of the early 1900s. Specialties include meat dishes, pasta, seafood, salads and, naturally, focaccia. Situated in the heart of West Jerusalem, two blocks south of Ben Yehuda St and just off Hillel St.
HaShipudia 5 HaArmonim St, Mahane Yehuda, 94322 Tel (02) 625 4036, Map.
In the heart of the Mahane Yehuda market, this good-value eatery serves a range of excellent local dishes, including soups, stuffed vegetables, humus and grilled meats. Situated just one block west of the main street of Jerusalem’s largest fruit and vegetable market. For dessert, try one of the nearby pastry shops.
Kan Zaman Nablus Rd, 97200 Tel (02) 628 3282, Map.
Situated in a 19th-century house just north of Damascus Gate, this is the restaurant of the Jerusalem Hotel. The vaulted ceilings, shaded terrace and Oriental decor create a typically Arab atmosphere. The Palestinian cuisine is carefully prepared. There are often live concerts of Arab music on Friday from 8pm.
Link 3 HaMaalot St, 94263 Tel (02) 625 3446, Map.
Housed in a century-old Jerusalem-style building, this café-bistro is known for its superb spicy chicken wings, made with soy sauce and honey, its juicy steaks and, for vegetarians, the soy-and-honey tofu salad. Link has a generously shaded terrace and a congenial atmosphere. It is situated just off King George St, across from Independence Park.
Mona 12 Shmuel HaNagid St, 94592 Tel (02) 622 2283, Map.
Housed in the historic, stone-built home of the century-old Bezalel Art School, with its high ceilings and fanciful crenelations, this café-restaurant combines great food with a magical, arty Jerusalem atmosphere and exhibits of contemporary and historic Israeli art. The cuisine is international and includes salads, soups, antipasti and meat dishes.
Shanti 4 Nahalat Shiva St, 94240 Tel (02) 624 3434, Map.
On a tiny alleyway in the 19th-century Nahalat Yitzhak quarter, this pub-restaurant is popular with young and old alike. Served in a warm and authentic Jerusalem atmosphere, the salads are huge, as are the steaks. The chicken wings prepared with soy sauce, honey and ginger are delicious. Open only in the evening, from 7pm to 3am.
Shonka 1 HaSoreg St, 94145 Tel (02) 625 7033. Map.
Highlights at this elegant, Italian bar-restaurant include fish, hamburgers and various Mediterranean-style dishes. The lunch specials are particularly good value. The venue becomes a dance bar on weekends. Situated around the corner from where Shlomtzion Hamalka St joins Jaffa Road, just south of the Russian Compound. Permanently closed! Maybe this amazing restaurant might reopen! Check it out before you go.
Te’enim 12 Emile Botta St, 94109 Tel (02) 625 1967, Map.
Beautifully situated at the northern edge of Yemin Moshe, in an old stone building known as Beit HaKonfederatzia, this small place is one of Jerusalem’s oldest, and best, vegetarian restaurants. The decor is modern, with Armenian ceramic highlights. Diners enjoy a superb panorama of the walls of the Old City and Mount Zion.
Village Green 33 Jaffa St, 94221 Tel (02) 625 3065, Map.
In the low-rise,19th-century Nahalat Shiva quarter, this veteran vegetarian restaurant serves up everything from miso soup and Greek salad to quiches, ratatouille, lasagna and tofu dishes. Culinary inspiration comes from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin. Dessert options include fresh, healthy, home-made cakes.
Adom 31 Jaffa St, 94221 Tel (02) 624 6242, Map.
On the 19th-century Feingold Courtyard, this restaurant and wine bar serves meat, fish, seafood and vegetable dishes in the traditions of France and Belgium, with light Israeli touches. The daily specials are based on seasonal products fresh from the market. Great selection of wines and beers. Good value business lunch specials.
Anashim 73 Ein Karem St, Ein Karem, 95744 Tel (02) 641 7430, Map.
In the pastoral neighborhood of Ein Karem, on the far western edge of Jerusalem, this rustic, informal restaurant has a great atmosphere and tasty international cuisine, including focaccia baked in a traditional oven. Specialties include shrimps in a butter, wine and lemon sauce and chicken breast stuffed with goat’s cheese.
Arabesque 23 Nablus Rd, 97200 Tel (02) 627 9777, Map.
The elegant house restaurant of the legendary American Colony Hotel serves a fine selection of hearty, traditional Arab dishes, some based on lamb, as well as European cuisine and, often, a few off-beat surprises. The wine cellar is excellent and the Saturday lunch buffet is legendary. Turkish-style courtyard and lovely gardens.
Darna 3 Horkanos St, 94235 Tel (02) 624 5406, Map.
Moorish-inspired decor, Moroccan ceramics and lots of cushions adorn this gourmet Moroccan restaurant, whose name means “our home” in Arabic. Specialties include meze, harira marrakshia (veal and lentil soup made with fresh coriander) and mechoui (roast lamb with almonds). Situated two blocks north of Jaffa St.
Dolphin Yam 9 Shimon Ben Shetah St, 94147 Tel (02) 623 2272, Map.
For some four decades a Jerusalem favorite for fresh fish and seafood, this place, on the edge of Nahalat Shiva, also serves meat dishes and pasta. The decor is understated and informal. Recommended dishes include shrimp in cream sauce and grilled whole calamari. Has a wide selection of fried or grilled fish.
Jacksi 1 Shlomtzion HaMalka St, 94146 Tel (02) 622 2527, Map.
This elegant French restaurant, with a French-trained chef and an extensive international wine list, serves creative, artfully presented dishes in a sleek, modern dining room. Favorites include shrimp sautéed with hot chillis and cream, and lamb in pepper sauce. The fixed price menus offer great value. The soundtrack is classic jazz.
Philadelphia 9 El-Zahra St, 97200 Tel (02) 628 9770, Map.
One of East Jerusalem’s best-known Arab restaurants, Philadelphia is much appreciated for its Palestinian-style stuffed vegetables, spit-roasted meats, fish (including St Peter’s fish) and seafood. The ambience is welcoming, if a little formal. Live music on Friday from 9pm. Three blocks north of the Old City’s Herod’s Gate, which leads to the Muslim Quarter.
Sakura 31 Jaffa St, 94221 Tel (02) 623 5464, Map.
Acclaimed as the city’s best sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, this place has authentic Japanese furnishings. Sushi and sashimi, served on little wooden platters, are classic mainstays but you can also order dishes such as tempura with almonds and chicken yakitori. Drinks include sake and Japanese beers. Situated on the edge of Nahalat Shiva.
Taverna 2 Naomi St, Abu Tor, 93552 Tel (02) 671 9796, Map.
A classy, contemporary restaurant that has rave reviews, Taverna is situated in elegant stone pavilion on the Sherover Promenade. It offers a superb panorama over southeast Jerusalem, towards the Dead Sea and the mountains of Jordan. Food is non-meat and Mediterranean in style; desserts are particularly good. Situated off Hebron Road.
Tmol Shilshom 5 Yoel Moshe Salomon St, 91316 Tel (02) 623 2758, Map.
Hidden at the end of a Nahalat Shiva courtyard in a private house built in the 1870s is this mellow café-restaurant-bookshop. Dining options include superb whole trout, soups, quiches, creative salads, pasta and stuffed mushrooms. Great for a quiet conversation. Has a superb Friday morning buffet (9am to 1pm). Reservations are recommended.
Arcadia 10 Agripas St, 94301 Tel (02) 624 9138, Map.
One of Israel’s most talked-about restaurants, Arcadia is next to Mahane Yehuda market and its super-fresh ingredients. French and Mediterranean traditions are skillfully brought together with dishes from the Jerusalem-Sepharadi tradition and the chef’s family’s native Iraq to produce cuisine that is uniquely Israeli. Reservations advisable.
Cavalier 1 Ben Sira St, 94181 Tel (02) 624 2945, Map.
This up-market French bistro and bar, in Nahalat Shiva, offers classic French cuisine as well as Mediterranean influenced dishes, all made with only the freshest ingredients and presented with supreme elegance. Dishes include entrecote in pepper and cream sauce and chocolate volcano dessert. Good deals between noon and 3:30pm. Permanently closed! Maybe it might reopen again. Please call before you want to visit!