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5 Israeli alternatives to falafel in Tel Aviv

Published on 08/14/2017 by CityHome TLV


If, during your stay in Tel Aviv, you have not stopped yet at a hummussia (place to eat hummus), you surely have missed something! Israeli people breath, sleep and eat hummus whether it is for breakfast, for lunch or as a snack. In order to complete your local experience in Tel Aviv, you need to eat hummus! Don’t worry; the city is filled with hummussiot (plural of hummussia), and each of them has its own tasty recipe. One of our favorite places is Mshawashe, located on Pinsker Street. There, they prepare the chickpeas in the style of the Arabic villages in Upper Galilee. Full middle-eastern experience guaranteed!

Address: Pinsker 40
Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm

Sabich on Frishman Street

Every Sabich lover will tell you this: there is no better spot than the one on Frishman Street. The crowd speaks for itself; the loyal customers tend to agree that their recipe has the perfect mix! Roasted eggplant, creamy tahini, fresh herbs combined with the right amount of potato and hard-boiled egg in a tender pita: not too fat, not too dry, this is just what you need!  

Address: Frishman 42
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 9 am to 1 am, Fri 9 am to 3 pm, Sat 7 pm to 1 am


Falafel, shawarma, and sabich: since you are in Tel Aviv, you have developed an addiction for pita-based snacks! Indeed, they are all-at-once easy, cheap, tasty and sating your appetite… What else do you need? If you get to this interrogation, it is about time you discovered Miznon, created by the renowned chef Eyal Shani. The concept is simple: delicious dishes inside pitas from kebabs to slow-cooked ratatouille to minute steak (thin slices of steak mixed with a sunny side up egg and tahini). For any foodie lover, Miznon (it means ‘buffet’ in Hebrew) is definitively a must-try!

Addresses: King George 30 / Ibn Gvirol 21
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to late, Sat after Shabbat (7-8 pm) – late


While wandering in the Kerem Hateimanim neighborhood, you can be sure of one thing: you are not going to starve to death! Indeed, between the stands of the Carmel Market and the small restaurants, food is coming up! For a cheap meal, head to Erez, and savor grilled chicken or beef kebabs, served with a fresh salad, rice and tahini.

Address: Nakhali'el St 24
Opening hours: Lunch hours


If you are more the vegetarian type, you will find at the crossroads of the Kerem Hateimanim back alleys a cute and lively bar. Laid-back atmosphere, middle-eastern music, free shots of arak (Israeli alcohol made from Anise) and shakshuka (eggs cooked in a sophisticated tomato sauce) make the perfect combination!

Address: Simtat Hacarmel 3
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 9 am to 6 pm

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