More than 400 Tel Aviv food establishments are certified “vegan-friendly.” Here, Domino’s Pizza sells vegan pizza topped with non-dairy cheese—the first in the global chain to do so. High-end vegan restaurants are thriving, too. The abundance of seasonal produce provides inspiration, making Tel Aviv a top foodie attraction for vegans.
Meshek Barzilay will surprise you. Enter the cobblestone court into a generous space with a choice of covered or al fresco seating. Barzilay is the family name, and Meshek refers to the organic farmstead that provides the restaurant’s fresh, seasonal ingredients. You must try the vegan cheeses.
Vegan Georgian food is at the center of this quirky, art-filled restaurant and bar. The excellent food and vibrant atmosphere keep locals coming back for more. Try the Hinkali Spinach & Nuts or house favorite: stuffed zucchini.
Looking for vegan fast food served with a smile? Pizza, “fish” and chips, burritos, pastas, and the namesake burger all rate high, but it’s the desserts that keep ‘em coming back. Check out the brunch buffet on Friday mornings.
Sabich is a gift from Iraq. It’s a pita stuffed with fried eggplant, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, tahini, potato, and vegetable salad. It is delicious spiced up with pickles and a touch of Yemenite hot sauce. Sabich Frishman is arguably an institution and a can’t-miss on your culinary tour.
Mifgash Osher offers a limited menu, with your choice of sabich, falafel, or salad. Go for the sabich salad, a low-carb twist on a perennial favorite. Not for the strict traditionalist, this salad features chickpeas in curry, and brown Sephardic-style hard-boiled eggs topped with tahini and garnished with a smear of rich labneh.
Where else are hand-torn potato chips with house-made ketchup the stuff of legends? Owned by three siblings, Zakaim elevates vegan cuisine to fine dining status. Market-fresh vegetables are featured on the ever-changing menu. If you’re lucky, the kohlrabi with fresh watermelon (or strawberries) and cashews will be in season.
The Landwer Café, with several Tel Aviv locations, is not only known for exceptional coffee— their vegetarian menu is quite good. Go for the vegan shakshuka featuring tofu and eggplant in a rich tomato sauce served in a skillet.
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