Best Street Food in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a city that never stops, and surely never stops eating. With excellent food options, fast eateries can be found easily. From Falafel to Shawarma, we can try them all on our guided bicycle tour!

 Tel Aviv has what it takes to offer incredible street food: vibrant streets that are always exciting, unbelievably delicious food, and the unique vibe that creates unforgettable Tel Aviv moments.
Tel Aviv’s street food is a treat not only for your taste buds, but is simply a must-try attraction to include on your visit, and that I personally love to explore on my bike tours. Let me know if you’d like to stop at any of these street places (price of food not included).
From the classic Falafel to Eyal Shani’s twist on the Pita, here are some of my favorite Tel Aviv eateries.

Miznon

Don’t get overwhelmed by the loud music and the name-yelling when orders are ready, as the Miznon is an experience you definitely don’t want to miss. With a handwritten menu and what seems like a total chaos, the Miznon has an energetic atmosphere that is the epitome of the Tel Aviv street. Celebrity chef, Eyal Shani, redefined the beloved pita by stuffing it with gourmet dishes, like meaty minute steak, or his famous whole roasted cauliflower that melts in your mouth. Carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike, can all find incredible dishes, and nibble on free slices of pita and tahini.

Miznon, 23 Ibn Gabirol St, 30 King George St, 1 HaNehoshet St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Hakosem

You’d recognize the “Hakosem” stand from afar, because of the long waiting line. And no wonder hungry customers are always willing to wait. Hakosem offers dreamy shawarma, falafel, and hummus that is no less than perfect. You can definitely taste that these dishes are given full attention to details by the chefs and staff. Besides the creamy tahini, you can enjoy a variety of sauces you won’t find anywhere else, like crushed tomatoes or garlic dressing. Their biggest secret is that before they pour the juicy shawarma, they pad the bottom of the pita with a large slice of fried eggplant, giving it a superb taste.

Hakosem, 1 Shlomo ha-Melekh St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Jasmino

Located at a bustling location, this Allenby’s snack bar is a true gem, offering quality street food at reasonable prices. Jasmino serves only four options, but each one is done to precision. You can find here kebabs, house-made beef hotdogs, spicy veal hearts, and chicken breasts, all made on ceramic tiles and served in a pita with a salad, hot peppers, grilled onions, amba and of course, tahini.

Jasmino, 97 Allenby St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Sabich Tchernichovsky

Another pita variation you must try is the sabich, and one of the best places to do that is the Sabich at Tchernichovsky street, just in the heart of the city. Worth every shekel, this dish is filling and so delicious, you are sure to enjoy every bite. The pita is stuffed with crispy eggplants, hard-boiled egg, red cabbage, vegetables, tahini, and amba, creating a wonderful blend of flavors.

Sabich Tchernichovsky, 2 Tchernichovsky St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

 

Hamalabiya

If you’re feeling like having something sweet, then Hamalabiya is the place to go. This cute stall focuses on dairy or vegan malabi, served with homemade syrups like raspberry and pomegranate or vanilla cinnamon, cookie crumbs toppings, and special rosewater. Owned by two friends, Hamalabiya is truly a fun spot, offering also beer on the tap and live music.

Hamalabiya, 60 Allenby St, 15 Washington St, 11 Amiad St, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Conclusion

Tel Aviv has so many excellent street food options, and stuffed pitas are definitely popular. The best food places vary from a gourmet pita at the Miznon, incredible Shawarma at Hakosem, delicious meat chunks at Jasmino, or the traditional Sabich in Tchernichovsky. To end your meal with a sweet treat, head to Hamalabiya, for the best malabi in the city.
Just let me know which of these places you fancy most, and we can enjoy a fast and filling meal on our Tel Aviv bike tour!

Nostalgia

Falling in love

I fell in love with Tel Aviv and wanted to share this with you.

I will give you a piece of my personal history…
It all starts some decades ago.

My family came from Capetown to Herzlyia Pituach when I was 4.

One of the first memories of my childhood is sitting on my brother’s enormous bike, not reaching the pedals. Letting go from the wall was the biggest challenge ever. The feeling of freedom and wanting to ride away with my brother’s bike started at age 5.

As a little boy, Tel Aviv meant going to doctors, to a fancy restaurant or shopping for something very specific.

Growing up I used to hear adults talk negatively about the city.

Tourists used to avoid it in those days.

I travelled through many countries, sailed and lived life to the fullest.

Eventually grew up, got married and my personal journey changed radically and profoundly.

We bought a small house in Tel Aviv.

While all of us started having kids, our friends left and settled in large houses in the suburbs, or even further.  I was the only one among 25 childhood friends who chose to stay “behind” in Tel Aviv.

We enjoyed Tel Aviv, the park, the beaches, the culture and our children grew up in a green and calm neighborhood with all the advantages of a metropolis but with the atmosphere, rhythm and beat of a small town. We know our neighbors, we borrow milk and tomatoes, they leave their dog for a week end, we baby sit cats and dogs of each other, and life went on for a couple of decades.

About 15 years ago my love affair with biking restarted. The combination of pedaling freely through the park to the beaches and sniffing new urban corners of  Tel Aviv were out of this world.  

I just concluded that this was a win win combination and discovered how  biking and Tel Aviv complement each other.

Nowadays, I look back and can proudly say that I made the right decision, and more than that, I can even announce that I am a lucky fellow!!

Regarding the city, nowadays I can speak out loudly that

TEL AVIV IS A DEFINITE MUST!!