The Best Vegan Restaurants In Tel Aviv, Israel
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The food scene of the small country of Israel is well known all over the world. Israeli chefs own and operate restaurants in food capitals, like Paris, London, and New York, some are award-winners or with Michelin stars. As veganism is on the rise in the past 6 years, it’s not a surprise that the local culinary experts make some of the best vegan foods you would ever have. The Israeli cuisine is already based on many vegetables and legumes. Together with the kosher restrictions, veganism was relatively easier to absorb, and Israel is one of the most vegan countries in the world. The restaurants offer traditional Israeli dishes, amazing vegan versions of Israeli breakfast and shakshuka (with “eggs”), burgers, quiches, and more. One thing is certain – you can’t go hungry when you are in Tel Aviv.
Here are the best vegan restaurants of Tel Aviv:
Anastasia – all-day cafe
Anastasia is a beautiful place, located in the heart of Tel-Aviv. It has cool chill-out vibes thanks to the open deck and comfortable seating, and it’s a great spot for relaxation from the high speed of the city.
Anastasia has an all-natural kitchen offering healthy and delicious food. All their cheese substitutes are self-made on the spot. They serve an amazing breakfast that includes scrambled tofu, chickpea omelet, or shakshuka with polenta balls as the egg replacement. If you come for lunch or dinner, you can choose from a wide menu of sandwiches, quiches, pizzas and more. Two plates you must try are the Shakshuka and the cheese plate.
416 – the sophisticated one
Four one six (this is how you call it) is probably the boldest kitchen amongst the vegan restaurants of Tel-Aviv, and many would say it is the best of the city. The atmosphere is chic and elegant, but not too fancy – just like the city itself. The menu is rich with vegan versions for everything you can dream of – fried calamari, schnitzel, Labneh cheese, shawarma, and more. The one that you don’t want to miss is the “roast beef” sandwich, served in a delicious challah bread.
Green Roll – sushi time
If you consider yourself a sushi lover, and it doesn’t matter if you are on a plant-based diet or not, you have to visit The Green Roll at least once. This sushi heaven does not try to imitate sea flavors, and they don’t need to, as they create a different, genuine, and unique experience.
You really can’t go wrong here, but I do have two favorites. The San Francisco roll, with asparagus, avocado, and wasabi, topped with onion jam and walnuts. The second and more exotic choice is the Cantina roll, with peanut butter, coconut milk, yam, and scallions, topped with avocado and cilantro. Which one would you choose?
Rainbow – hamburger mood
This hamburger place is absolutely amazing, and it is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Tel-Aviv. The menu offers a variety of patties to choose from – mushroom and soy patty, homemade patty made from pea protein, Beyond burger, and soy schnitzel. The signature plate is the Rainburger and this is why most people come here. If you want it more special, take the Rainbow King, with coconut-oil cheddar, tofu & pumpkin-based egg, and pea-protein-bacon.
The Green Butcher – Israeli BBQ
I think that most vegans and also many non-vegans have already tried the Beyond Burger, which is an incredible substitute for meat in both taste and texture. The Green Butcher took the Beyond Burger one step forward and created a full menu out of it. If you want to get the Israeli experience of meat dishes in their vegan option – this is your place. With their unique spices they make Shawarma, Schnitzel, Kebab, and more. My number one recommendation is the Arais, a pita stuffed with ground “beef”, grilled and served hot. Tahini is the best sauce for this dish and all other dishes as well.
Bana – from the market to your plate
Healthy, trendy, colorful, and seasonal – this is what Bana is all about. They emphasize the use of fresh ingredients and therefore the menu changes with the season, based on what is available in the markets. This also means that if the chef has found an interesting ingredient in the morning, there will be a surprising Daily special. Every visit can be a surprise, so it’s worth coming more than once.
Bana is well known for the weekend brunch and the great cocktails, and they have two dishes that I adore. The mushroom and leek waffle with cashew creme, nutmeg and hazelnuts; and the buckwheat pastry – filled with eggplant, tomatoes, onion, oregano on mint tzatziki.
Goodness – oh my goodness!
When East meets West something wonderful happens, and this is what Goodness is all about. With a selection of burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes you can treat yourself like in an all-American diner. But the menu also offers Middle Eastern food, like the Israeli breakfast, shakshuka, and even beet kubbeh – a traditional Jewish Iraqi plate of stuffed semolina balls in beet soup. There’s no doubt that this is one of the best vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv.
The most interesting thing about this place is that they invented a vegan egg. Long three years of hard work eventually led them to the result that they were looking for, and it was worth the wait. The egg is made of squash and tofu and it has the looks, the texture, and the taste of a real sunny side egg. It’s going to blow your mind! The egg can be added to a burger or served in the Israeli breakfast.
Meshek Barzilay – delicatessen
This charming restaurant is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Neve Tzedek which is a magical area of the city. They have vegan breakfasts, lunch and dinner menu, and for your little ones, they have special kids’ menu. My most favorite dish is the Seitan Pizza with homemade seitan. The second best is called Mushrooms – a mix mushrooms served on top of black rice risotto and a creamy walnut sauce.
Next door to the restaurant they operate a delicatessen store. Here you can takeout some of the foods they offer at the restaurant or enjoy their great selections of cheeses, spreads, sauces, cakes, and pastries. This is a great way to carry with you some of their delicious flavors for a later meal or a picnic on the beach.
Michelangelo Cafe – Middle-Eastern deliciousness
When you are in Tel Aviv, you have to visit Jaffa. And when in Jaffa, you have to eat at Michelangelo. The breakfast menu is available until 5 pm and offers coffee with a pastry, sandwiches, or a full Israeli breakfast. The lunch/dinner menu is available all day long and offers mostly delicious Middle Eastern dishes. Located in a small residential street, you will find here a versatile Jaffa audience of young hipsters, people in suits, and parents with kids. I loved the Kebab skewers, which are great with the beet salad.
The Green Cat – time for pizza
When you walk into The Green Cat, you already have a smile on your face. The cool vibes are coming from the old and new posters, the great music, and the smiley staff. This is why both vegans and non-vegans enjoy coming here for a delicious pizza. The crust is thin, and they make fresh tomato sauce and cashew cheese every day on the spot. They offer a wide variety of interesting toppings, such as kalamata olives, mushrooms, artichokes, sweet potatoes, seitan, and more.
Who doesn’t love pizza? and when it is so good it’s really hard to resist.
Shuffle bar – Florentine style bar with a rich vegan food menu (though not everything here is vegan). On Mondays, all the main vegan dishes are on a 30% discount. They offer nice selections of beers from all over the world and some games for the social activity. It’s a great place for midweek dinner and drinks. Address: 19 Florentin St.
Malek Sweets Yafo is a pastry store and cafe in Jaffa. You can take out or have a seat in this authentic place while enjoying delicious Arab sweets and a strong tea or black coffee. The best one in my opinion is the vegan Kanfeh. Address: 36 Yehuda Hayamit St.
Tivonela is a bakery and ice cream shop that serves 100% vegan products at 100% deliciousness. Some unique ice cream flavors that you can find here are Snickers, Dulce de Leche, and Red Bamba (a famous Israeli kids’ snack). Address: 5 Jerusalem Blvd.