Last updated August 27th 2023
Street food and Tel Aviv are inseparable lovers. In our bustling city, we rejoice in a plethora of delicious street eats that are sure satisfy your cravings and surprise us at every bite. From savoury shawarma to juicy falafel and stopping by for a cheesy slice or a sweet treat, Tel Aviv’s street food scene has something for everyone. With its vibrant and diverse culture, the city’s street food reflects the multitude of influences that have shaped Tel Aviv’s culinary landscape over the years.
But the street food experience here is not just about the food. It’s about the atmosphere and the energy of the city itself. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite on the go or settling down for a leisurely meal with friends, you’ll find that Tel Aviv’s street food has some of the coolest, most fun, and liveliest spots around.
So come hungry, come curious, and come ready to explore the best street food that Tel Aviv has to offer. Let’s dive in!
Best Street Food Joints
Central Tel Aviv | Shawarma | Allenby 99
Let us tell you about Jasmino in Tel Aviv, the ultimate spot for street food and shawarma lovers. This Tel Aviv hotspot does dish out scrumptious, freshly made pita sandwiches that are bursting with unique and mouth-watering fillings. Their menu boasts spicy beef sausage, veal hearts, and our personal favourite – lamb and veal kebab. If you’re in the mood for a creative twist on classic Israeli street food, Jasmino is definitely worth a try. Despite the typically lengthy line, the friendly staff will carefully stuff your pita to the brim with grilled onions, veggies, and heaps of tehina and amba. One of the best, if not the best pita, that we have eaten in Tel Aviv. Trust us, the wait is well worth it!
Central Tel Aviv | Shawarma and Falafel | Shlomo HaMelech 1
They call it “The Magician”, that’s how much this place can do with chickpeas! If you drop by around noon, you’ll realise that this is the place to be for falafel: a long queue waiting to eat the delicious pita filled with falafel: the precious address of Tel Avivians. Also, if you can’t find a seat, take it to go and sit on one of the public benches right next to it. The falafel balls are delicious! The shawarma and the schnitzel pitas and plates are also amazing, and the restaurant is Kosher. Trust us, you’ll be licking your fingers and wanting more!
Central Tel Aviv | Shawarma | Rambam 3
Recently ranked as the 14th best restaurant in the Middle East, the Basta restaurant and group have introduced a gourmet street food concept during the pandemic called Mifgash Rambam. Their shawarma is the star of the show, featuring a blend of lamb and beef served in either pita with chickpeas or laffa with Tzatziki – or even upside down, if that’s your thing! Each pita is also garnished with a delectable purple pickled onion. Don’t miss out on the amazing chips! Another tip: just because you have Tzatziki, doesn’t mean you should skip out on the Amba!
Central Tel Aviv | Inventive Pita sandwiches | Malan 45
Panda Pita is a must-try street food spot in Tel Aviv. Their pita is fluffy, their falafel is crispy, and their tahini sauce is on point. But the real stars of the show are their innovative fusion pitas: the Eggplant fillet in the cloud pita is a revisited Sabich, the Sea fish ceviche pita, with Tunisian-style fresh fish and the Meat sloppy pita, mixture of steel lamb and long-cooked ground veal ribs with caramelised onions.When ‘haute cuisine’ collides with the beloved Israeli pita, the results are divine! Don’t miss this delicious and fun stop on your Tel Aviv food tour!
Central Tel Aviv | Sabich | Allenby 45
Check out Sabich Tchernikhovski on Allenby and be sure to have a blast! The place is usually packed with people and the energy always electric. The Sabich menu has tons of options to choose from, so you can go for the classic eggplant, egg, and hummus combo – it never disappoints. The eggplant is crispy, the hummus is creamy and full of flavour, and the amba sauce gives everything the perfect zing. The pita is fluffy and fresh, and the portion size is very generous. The service is always super friendly but you might have to wait a bit for a table since the place is so popular. Totally worth it, trust us!
Central Tel Aviv | Sabich | Frishman 44
One of the best sabichs in Tel Aviv! No trip along Frishman Street is complete without a stop at the popular Frishman Sabich, one of Tel Aviv’s premier Sabich locations. Are you curious what Sabich is? The less well-known vegetarian street food from Iraq (compared to falafel) consists of a warm pita stuffed with roasted eggplant, a little bit of potato, a hard-boiled egg, rich tahini, and unusual herbs and spices. Frishman Falafel is right next door for those seeking something a little less dramatic, but we advise trying Sabich, particularly at this storied restaurant.
Carmel Market | Israeli kebab | Rabbi Meir 42
Shmuel is your typical market-style restaurant that offers a limited selection of daily-made fresh kebabs using ingredients from its market. After Shmuel operated a tiny booth for several years in the main aisle of the Carmel market, providing a variety of grilled meats inside either pita or baguettes, the little restaurant was established. The restaurant specialises in serving its famous beef and veal kebabs as well as mixed inner parts cooked in Jerusalem style with eastern spices. Because of the few seating options around the kitchen, you will need to join the line if you want a spot! Otherwise, eat it like real street-food.
Central Tel Aviv | Falafel specialist | Bograshov 25
Some of the most delicious falafel balls in Tel Aviv for sure! Tasty, affordable, and welcoming, the greatest falafel plate is at Falafel Gabay. The generous falafel plate is topped with as many toppings as you can put on your plate, including carrots, pickles, chips, and more. Your plate is ultimately vibrant, delicious, and too full to even attempt to finish most of the time. The plate comes with a pita so you can create a sandwich if you’d like. The cuisine also offers delicious shawarma, fresh hummus and stuffed peppers. Not to mention how friendly the staff is, which enhances the overall experience.
Central Tel Aviv | Schnitzel Master | HaYarkon 61
Who needs knives, forks and plates when you have a baguette or a pita and an amazing schnitzel? The mythical Schnitzel Zion restaurant located on Hayarkon Street has been serving the city’s residents food for the past 30 years or so, with a schnitzel the size of a plate! There are two ways to order it: on a plate with salad and French fries or in a pita . You can top it off with a bit of salad, pickles, humus, tehina, and charif, and this is how Israelis eat fried chicken – Israel, I love you!!
Central Tel Aviv | Israeli Food | Ibn Gabirol 23
We could eat at this place every night! The Eyal Shani inspired eatery keeps it very simple – meat in pita. It costs about 50 NIS for a sandwich, and get as much free pitot, labneh, and tehina while you are waiting. This is not your typical burger – whether in challah, pita or toast bread, the meat is still the star of the show, and offers a new Israeli concept of the ‘burger’. With Miznon special sauce to give the meat sandwich a kick as well as a dipping partner for the delicious fries, this take on the hamburger gives the rest of the burger joints a run for their money. Also try their baked cauliflower and vegetarian options!
Shuk Carmel | Fish Sandwich | HaCarmel 40
Hacarmel 40 is a small, unassuming stand in the Carmel Market, but don’t let that fool you. They serve up some of the most delicious and fresh fish sandwiches you’ll ever taste. The fish is fresh and flaky, the bread is toasted, and the toppings are perfectly balanced. Read More
Nahalat Binyamin 86 | Levinsky Shuk
Here you can get a perfect summer lunch – cold gazpacho soup! Whether you’re in the mood for a classic gazpacho, a gazpacho with a twist, or even a strawberry gazpacho, they have something for everyone. Read More
Merkhavaya St 3 | Onigiri | Levinsky Shuk
Yapani is a hidden gem of Levinsky shuk, and it’s perfect for a lil snack. They make everything to order and the menu is big: salmon,tuna, chicken, vegan options and more! Read More
Best Hummus in town
Jaffa | 2 locations: HaDolphin 1 & Shivtei Israel 14
Looking for the ultimate hummus experience in Tel Aviv? Look no further than Abu Hassan! This legendary restaurant has been serving up the creamiest, dreamiest hummus for over 50 years, and it’s no wonder it’s a local favourite. The no-frills ambiance and communal seating add to the authentic experience, but it’s the hummus that steals the show. Served with fresh pita bread, it’s so good you’ll want to bathe in it. Just be sure to arrive early – the lines can get crazy! And you can always take it to go, and enjoy it around Jaffa or cozy at home.
Sarona | Carlebach 7
If you’re on the hunt for mouth-watering Middle Eastern food in Tel Aviv, look no further than Abu Adham! This unassuming joint serves up some of the best hummus in the city, but also amazing shakshuka, and falafel. Don’t let the simple decor fool you – the flavours are anything but basic. Produced locally by Ron and Yehuda, since 2003, using a manual, natural, and meticulous process. Plus, the portions are generous, so you definitely won’t leave hungry. So grab a few friends, pull up a chair, and prepare to indulge in some seriously delicious eats.
Central Tel Aviv | Yishkon 29
Just off Carmel market in Tel Aviv, you will find one of the best Hummus in Israel. For decades, Shlomo and Doron has been a staple in one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighbourhoods, dishing out legendary hummus in the city. This Yemenite restaurant has been family-run for four generations, serving up some of the best hummus in Tel Aviv. Don’t miss out on their special hummus dishes, they’re a must-try! Sitting on the outdoor seating on cobblestone streets, breathe in the background hustle and bustle of the Carmel Market, enjoying a delicious plate of hummus!
Best Burger Restaurants
For this self-titled burger snob, I just gotta say: Vitrina truly does make the best burger in this town. The meat sandwich tastes like it is cooked by angels and then smothered in just the right amount of fattening and parmesan-y goodness. You can drown your burger in the beet-ketchup and creamy, garlic-mayo, and find yourself living like a local, experiencing “the most satisfying bites of burger you may taste in this burger-wasteland of country.” Nay fine people of Secret Tel Aviv – there is simply *NO* other burger in Israel worthy of my highest honour of most mind-numbingly delicious burger EVER!
Review from Vanessa Perplies!
Kikar Rabin | Shlomo Ibn Gabirol 22
George’s Dry-Aged Burger is making a name for itself as the best burger joint in Tel Aviv! With a brioche black “Rabbi Bun”, black garlic topping, perfectly grilled beef, and crispy yet creamy fantastic fries, the 60 shekel combo is well worth it. Brilliantly seasoned, the grilled beef is the star of the show, complimented by toppings like jalapeños and many choices of cheese.
Frishman | Mendele Mokher Sfarim 6
A real treat – Prozdor’s burgers are delicious. With 15 burger options to choose from, they split their menu into ‘Hamburgers’ and ‘Hamburgers without Cheese’, as if a hamburger without cheese is not really a burger! The burger comes in a fluffy white bun that absorbs all the juices – yummy! Also, don’t miss their chicken wings… they are also amongst the best in Tel Aviv!
Best Pizza Restaurants
South Tel Aviv | Merkhavya 4
One of the best pizzas in Tel Aviv for many locals and internationals, Lila is definitely a little hidden gem! It is known for its delicious, thin-crust pizza with fluffy and bubbly crust. The toppings are creative and delicious, with many diverse options, but remember you can never go wrong with a classic Margherita. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and the prices are fair. They don’t take reservations and can have long wait times on the weekends, but it’s worth it! Wait until you have a taste of their desserts… Just saying.
Kikar Rabin | David HaMelech 1
Along with an enjoyable atmosphere and music, Papi Chulo is a top spot for pizza in Tel Aviv. It offers handmade Neapolitan-style pizza by Chef Yiftach Koren, who manages to give it a twist without detracting from its authenticity! Whether with personal slices or full pies, the vegan-friendly spot uses quality dough, the perfect amount of cheese (cashew-based cheese for the vegan option) and a wide variety of toppings, complimented by great service and happy hour deals. The new pimp daddy of Tel Aviv pizza!
Dizengoff | Bograshov 51
By the same people who brought you Brooklyn Pizza (and the Shine), this Bograshov joint is a local favorite with an established presence of Neapolitan-style pizza. You can see the brick oven where the pizzas are placed, you’ll smell them coming out and you can eat them in many-a-style, and – prediction – you won’t leave anything on your plate. Enjoy the bright and inviting atmosphere, with a glass of young Chianti wine to have a full pizza experience.