Street food in Tel Aviv

Author: , February 27th, 2014

If you’re into food, restaurants, new tastes and exciting adventures, Tel Aviv should definitely come across your culinary travel plans. Israel, being a country of immigrants who came here on different times, from different countries and continents, has a unique kitchen; a blend of cultures, tastes, flavors and traditions, which, all together, created the Israeli taste.

The best way to get to know the genuine roots of the Israeli kitchen (assuming you don’t have relatives in here, who can cook you traditional food) is to wander around gay Tel Aviv streets and markets, and to taste everything you can.

First timers in Tel Aviv should start with tasting the popular street food Israel excels in. The first step you be, without a doubt, a warm, tasty, plate of Hummus. These mashed chickpeas blended with tahini and lemon juice, are a divine delicacy, with a high addictive risk. The pious eat it for breakfast, but you can eat it whenever you want. You can find hummus place everywhere you go, the city is packed with small homey Hummus restaurants, but the holder of the title “best hummus in the world” is Abu Hassan in Jaffa.

Hummus is often served with Falafel (another famous Israeli dish) – small fried balls of minced chickpeas, and with Pita bread. The entire Hummus meal is cheap, vegan, healthy and delicious.


The second step is to taste a good dose of Shawarma. Shawarma is made out of turkey, chicken or lamb (you can also choose a mix dish) grilled on a vertical spit for many hours, served in Pita bread or Lafa bread wrap, with hummus, tahini, vegetable salad, fries, and hot peppers. It is so good, you will devour it in a few minutes, and then you’ll need to rest for a while.

The last kind of famous Pita bread delicatessen is called Sabich. No one really knows the origins of the name, but there are many theories, and many Sabich vendors who claim to be the best. Sabich is, as said, Pita bread filled with hummus, eggplants, boiled egg, tahini, amba sauce, parsley, white cabbage and vegetables salad. And yes, it’s that great. Best Sabich place is on Tchernihovsky Street; just on the junction with Allenbi and a few minutes walk from Brown hotel (a beautiful boutique gay hotel in Tel Aviv) and from the beach.

That was just the first introduction to Israeli street food… to be continued!