My favorite thing about Israel was the abundance of amazing vegan food options. Tel Aviv is one of the best cities in the world for anyone living a vegan diet and I had so much fun trying everything.
I started my trip going on the Vegan Food Tour of Tel Aviv with Abraham Hostels. I wanted to know what was recommended and be able to taste a bunch of different options before settling on where I would go to eat myself. The Vegan Food Tour was perfect for that.
Vegan Food Tour of Tel Aviv with Abraham Hostels
We started around 10am, heading first to the oldest vegan restaurant in Tel Aviv, Zakaim. Here we tried several different things including a wonderful salad, hummus and twice baked fries. I could have eaten 100 of them. Then we had one my favorite things in the world - Vegan Shakshuka. Shakshuka for those of you who don’t know, is a tomato based dish usually cooked in a cast iron skillet. They usually then cook 2 eggs in the tomato skillet. It’s one of my favorite foods and this restaurant nailed it. They recreated the egg with Turmeric and tofu.
After eating here we moved on to a trendy, new cafe called Citizen Garden. Here we tried the smashed avocado toast which I loved because it was covered in tomatoes and seeds. Then we had a quinoa bowl with sweet potato. The food at Citizen Garden was so flavorful I really loved it. You definitely need to go to brunch there while you are in Tel Aviv.
We ended with the best restaurant that I have ever eaten at. I didn’t actually eat the food there, just the dessert and I loved it. I cannot say that enough. This place has been voted best Vegan Food in Tel Aviv every year and they are not wrong. We had the trio of chocolate cakes and a very fancy cannoli. The chocolate cakes were incredible. They were creamy and so sweet. I wanted to lick the plate clean but had to refrain myself. Do me a favor and please eat at Meshek Barzilay while you are in Tel Aviv. And order the chocolate cakes.
The vegan food tour was not only filled with delicious foods but it was also filled with really interesting discussions about different myths and beliefs behind the vegan diet. Besides the tour guide, I was actually the only other person there that eats a vegan diet. It was really nice to talk to people about veganism in a very open and nonjudgmental way.
We talked about the beliefs behind Veganism. The idea that people think all we eat is salad, that we don’t get enough protein and that we’re all a load of crazy people. We also talked about the various reasons that people go Vegan. The 3 big reasons that people go Vegan is for their health, the health of the planet, and animal rights and activism. In my opinion, once people go Vegan for one reason, it starts to become all 3 reasons. You might go Vegan for your health, but once Vegan you’ll start to see the reports on the environment and animal rights and those will become reasons you stay vegan. That’s how it worked for me anyway.
I became a Vegan for the animals and animal rights and now I am extremely passionate about the environment and how a plant based diet can help save our planet. I also have learned a lot about the health benefits and I try to share that with my family when I can.
The conversation on the Vegan Food Tour was my favorite part. It was fun to open that discussion in a safe environment where everyone could share their story and learn from each other.
After the tour was over I made sure to pick our guides mind about all the other places that I should eat and those are what I want to share with you.
A Vegan Guide to Tel Aviv
These are the best all vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv. They are full vegan and I have taken tons of people to them who aren’t vegan and they loved it. I could probably list 100 different places to eat in Tel Aviv but for now I’m going to keep it to 10. These are the 10 Vegan Restaurants that I loved the most in Tel Aviv.
The Green Roll - Sushi. One thing that I love finding vegan sushi restaurants and the Green Roll was no exception. I wanted to order everything on the menu but what I got was already too much. The Green ROll is the best place for vegan sushi that I have eaten at in my life.
Nature Bros - Best burgers that I have had for a really long time. What I loved about Nature Bros is that they have 6 different types of patties that you can choose from. Their burgers are really saucy (I love sauce) and they have awesome french fries. But the best thing about Nature Bros is that they have coconut ice cream covered in caramel sauce. Even if you don’t want a burger, just go for the ice cream! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Market : Food for all - Curries, Sandwiches, Salads and more. Keep an eye out when you are headed to Market. It can be hard to find but it's worth the journey. Their hearty, homemade food is always cooked perfectly.
Anastasia - Tasty, tasty cafe. One of the best around. They create a blue tahini, made with spirulina. All of the food at Anastasia is colorful and flavor filled. When I was asking around for places to eat in Tel Aviv, Anastasia came up a lot.
Nanuchka - Nanuchka has a unique story. It’s the first Vegan Georgian Restaurant. In 2014 the owner went Vegan but still wanted to keep the traditional feeling of Georgian food. He managed to do both. If you’ve ever wanted to try Georgian food, this is the place you have to go.
Buddha Burgers - What I love about Buddha Burgers is that they have a variety of Plant Based Burgers to choose from. They make their burgers from different rices, quinoa and beans and they are all garnished perfectly.
Taam Hachaim – Taste of Life - Taam Hachaim serves various stir fries and hearty sandwiches. They use Seitan a lot but if that’s not your thing, you can order any dish without it.
Tenat - Delicious Ethiopian food. Traditionally no utensils required! You can’t go wrong eating at Tenat. It’s really filling and always yum. Tenat is one of my favorite Vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Caffe Kaymak - A cozy place with plenty of handmade options. They often have live music so it’s a great place to meet friends for a drink when the sun goes down.
Goodness - Full of sandwiches and burgers with tons of options.
These are restaurants around Tel Aviv that aren’t fully vegan but they did have amazing vegan options that I loved checking out! Sometimes it’s easier to find restaurants with both options so that you can go out to eat with non vegan friends and you can all still have a great time. I know and fully respect that not everyone wants to go to a fully vegan restaurant so I always want you to know your options and Tel Aviv is an amazing city full of options.
Taqueria - Taqueria has great food. They offer everything they make in a vegan form. I’ve had the tacos and the burrito and both are really good. If you’re staying at Abraham Hostels I think that this is a great, easy find to eat at. It’s also open on Shabbat which is very useful.
Miznon - You must try the Cauliflower. It’s amazing. Also the white pita - which is also cauliflower, is perfect. The other thing you should try is avocado pita. Just make sure that you go early in the night because they run out of all my favorite things by about 9pm. Sometimes even earlier than that. Miznon is one of the best and cheapest food options in Tel Aviv.
I hope that no matter what you eat, you’ll give these amazing restaurants a try. They have high quality, delicious ingredients and dishes. If you have any questions about vegan places to eat in Tel Aviv make sure to send a message or let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to point you in the right direction of delicious food to eat.
A Sweet Tip for your Sweet Tooth
Tel Aviv is quickly becoming the Vegan food capital of the world. While there you are going to find yourself surrounded with places to eat, so make sure you eat, a lot. We all know dessert is the best meal of the day. So to curb your sweet tooth in Tel Aviv make sure to try these places.
Cookeez in Tel Aviv is the perfect place to go for an ice cream sandwich. They have loads of Vegan options for the ice cream and the cookies!
Leggenda’s Vegan ice cream flavors have non vegans wondering how they do it! This is a must for ice cream lovers. You can’t go wrong at Leggenda in Tel Aviv.
Arte Italian Ice Cream is the best rated place you can go for ice cream in Tel Aviv and for vegans, they have loads of options. Make sure to try their luscious chocolate scoop. (Have 2 scoops, just for me!)
Being a Vegan in Tel Aviv has never been easier. It’s a vegan haven so make sure that you add it to your bucket list. And whether you are Vegan or not, make sure you start your trip with the Abraham Vegan Food Tour. It’s a great way to see the city, eat a ton and meet new people.