Best vegan places to eat in Tel Aviv

I was very lucky to be invited to Israel in March on a vegan food tour with Vibe Israel, an NGO set up to help promote Isreal as a destination. They organise interest based tours such as fitness, food and this time – vegan food. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say there has been a vegan revolution in Israel. The last few years have seen an explosion of people adopting a vegan lifestyle which of course has meant the already rich food scene has been transformed into one of the best places in the world for vegan cuisine. The food was absolutely amazing!

As mentioned this tour was focused entirely on vegan food and I along with three other vegan bloggers and chefs from around the world had an incredible week exploring the best Israel had to offer. From street food to top end restaurants across the country.

I had a wonderful week and my lasting impression along with the food is of warm, open and welcoming people, an entrepreneurial spirit and a complex history.

But of course it was all about the food so I thought I’d share some of my favourite places to eat in Tel Aviv (I’m focusing on Tel Aviv because we spent most of our time there with the exception of some amazing trips to Jerusalem, the surrounding area and north to a vegetarian community).

Some of my favourite places in Tel Aviv

Breakfast

Anastasia
A popular breakfast and brunch destination. Light and airy with a buzzing atmosphere and delicious food.
I went twice, once with the tour where we were treated to an array of all their most popular dishes ie cheese boards, smoothies, dips, vegan shakshuka, salads, raw desserts. All delicious!
Some of my favourite dishes;

Vegan Shakshuka – a rich tomato sauce with little balls of egg like tofu – amazing!

Raw Tiramisu – so good I went back for seconds!

Carmel market
A vibrant and buzzing food market with everything from fruit, spices, sweets and of course incredible street food.

We sampled so many delights! Most memorable were; a crispy/spicy tortilla in pitta (see below), juices, fresh halva and juicy medjool dates.

Lunch or dinner
We were lucky enough to eat at some incredible and inspiring places, all with a unique story. Here’s some of the most memorable.

Bana
I think this was my favourite as I loved the fresh, local and mostly organic ingredients. The menu is innovative and like my recipes heroes vegetables and pulses.

Favourite dishes

An incredible roast broccoli and cauliflower dish and for dessert – Peanut butter cookie with banana Ice Cream and caramel sauce.

Meshek Barzilay
I would absolutely recommend Meshek Barzilay for their relaxed atmosphere, delicious fresh comfort food and warm and friendly welcome. The pizzas were some of the best vegan pizzas I’ve tasted for a long time.

Four One Six 
Innovative takes on comfort classics like bann mai and vegan shawarma. Huge portions of deliciousness and amazing cocktails! Definitely one the guys would like!
And did I mention the desserts, one of the best vegan Cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted?

Popina
I loved Popina, a beautiful up-market restaurant which serves vegan options. The highlights were the mushroom buns (I love buns!), mushroom steaks and crispy flatbread pizza. Plus the desserts were absolutely incredible!

Nanuchka
A really unique and quirky restaurant with veganised Georgian food. Think squidgy dumplings, rich tomato sauces and delicious breads. And a very strange sausage like dessert (tasted yummy).

My amazing travelling buddies!

The Buddest Chef
Super talented chef Jean-Philippe is a vegan chef with a wicked sense of humour and prolific videographer. Check out his recipe videos and Cookbook for tons of delicious recipe inspiration.

Sweet Simple Vegan
Lovely Jasmine is a part of a vegan blogging duo with her boyfriend Chris and creates delicious vegan alternatives to comfort food classics. And she’s an absolute cutie!

From my bowl
Gorgeous Caitlin is a YouTube superstar and bendy yoga girl. Caitlin creates fresh and flavoursome vegan food with positive vibes.

 

Photo credits: Amir,Caitlin, Jasmine

 

4 Comments

  1. Cassie Thuvan Tran on May 2, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    By far, this is the most beautiful vegan travel guide of Israel that I have ever seen. I truly love the way you capture the moments of each photo, especially when you and the fellow vegan bloggers had an amazing meal and you got to explore the farmers market! I also follow Jasmine and Caitlin, but I HAVE to check out Amir’s blog now!

    • Niki on May 8, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you Cassie! It was an absolutely magical experience xxx

  2. Jasmine on May 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I had so much fun reading this and recapping our adventure with you!! I hope we can reconnect very soon 🙂

    • Niki on May 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Hey Jasmin
      You too! Such an amazing adventure.
      Lots of love
      Niki xx

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