Veganism has become a trending diet in recent years, although for many Tel Avivians it is more than just a diet — it is a way of life.
The restaurant scene has fully embraced this lifestyle, making Tel Aviv a paradise for vegans. With a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Israel’s diverse climate and landscapes, and chefs who know exactly what they’re doing, you won’t even miss the meat.
Here are some of the best vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv for you to enjoy when you're in the city:
Zakaim is a boutique Vegan restaurant with a farm-to-table Persian inspired menu. Chef Harel Zakaim constructed the menu with dishes that are reminiscent of the Iranian food he ate in his childhood.
What is unique about the restaurant is that instead of focusing on replacing traditional meat dishes, Zakaim celebrates every ingredient in a way that makes you forget you’re eating Vegan food to begin with. All food is prepared in-house—from freshly baked breads, to pastries and even cocktails.
Some of the must-try dishes include the creamy polenta, the burnt eggplant dish, and of course, the Persian soda made by Chef Harel’s mom herself.
Address: Simtat Beit HaSho'eva 20, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Hours: Every day: 12:00 PM-12:00 AM
Nanuchka’s story began as a meat serving Georgian restaurant and bar that was wildly popular among the Tel Aviv party crowd for late nights-turned-early-mornings. Surprisingly, when owner Nana Schreyer decided to transition the hotspot into a Vegan menu, the restaurant continued to thrive.
Staying true to its roots, Nanuchka serves delicious Georgian food such as pastries and breads, Khinkali, dumplings and stuffed vegetables.
The restaurant design is also worth the visit. You will find antique flooring, authentic tableware, warm lighting, and walls adorned with artwork from Israeli artists. All these elements contribute to the mysterious and unique atmosphere of the restaurant as a whole.
Address: Lilienblum St 30, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, Saturday: 12:00 PM- 12:00 AM Thursday-Friday: 12:00 PM- 2:00 AM
Anastasia’s strong suit is their focus on healthy vegan food. With an abundance of vegan, raw, and gluten-free options, it's the perfect cafe for the health-conscious crowd looking for delicious food.
Their must-try dishes include the sweet potato quiche with spelt crust, the “shakshuka”, and the handmade raw desserts sweetened with natural ingredients. You also don’t want to miss their refreshing smoothie and juice options with healthy ingredients such as spirulina, goji berries, acai berries, maca, aloe vera and chia seeds.
The Green Cat, or HaHatool HaYarok in Hebrew, was the first ever vegan pizza joint to open in Israel. The unique restaurant offers thin-crust pizzas made with homemade cashew cheese baked to order, ensuring a fresh hot pie every time.
You will barely notice the lack of meat with the selection of flavorful toppings such as artichoke, eggplant, and seitan. And for dessert, don’t forget to order their coconut based malabi for the perfect end to your meal.
Address: Levontin St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 6:00 PM-12:00 AM Thursday & Saturday: 6:00 PM-1:00 AM Friday: Closed
No vegan dining experience would be complete without a juicy, mouth-watering, meatless burger!
Rainbow has figured out a way to make juicy burgers, sans meat, that would satisfy anyone. Both vegans and non-vegans alike rave about their vegan shawarma, Middle Eastern kebab, Indian kebab and other “meat” dishes. You can order their dishes with gluten free rice and salad, or in a fluffy bun or pita.
Fun tip: show your receipt from Rainbow at the chips joint next door and get a discount!