The Best Breakfast Places in Tel Aviv - Feb 2024
Breakfast - it’s arguably the best meal of the day and in recent years in Israel, it’s become a big deal - a chance both to fuel up and catch up. And in Tel Aviv, the country’s most lively city, there are so many great cafes and restaurants, taking it seriously that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Particularly over the weekend - the Jewish shabbat - wherever you walk you’ll see places with lines outside and packed with family and friends inside, all tucking in to fare that ranges from croissants and granola with fruits, to traditional shakshuka and jachnun (Yemenite delicacies) and the classic Israeli breakfast.
How much is breakfast in Tel Aviv?
The cost of breakfast in Tel Aviv depends very much on where you're going and what you order but, in general, if you want a decent spread (i.e. more than just a croissant and coffee) expect to spend anywhere between 70 -140 NIS (between $20 to $40). However, the chances are that it will be so plentiful that you may not want to eat again until the evening - so it's real value for money.
And in Tel Aviv, as we said, there are options for everyone, whether you’re looking for bagels and lox, eggs any way, fluffy pancakes with maple syrup (and even a rasher of bacon on top), healthy salads or something more Levantine in style.
So if you’re wondering where to find the best breakfast in Tel Aviv, try one (or more!) of our recommendations listed below. With their fabulous food, great ambience, and strong coffee, we don’t think you'll be disappointed!
Best hotel breakfast in Tel Aviv
This extremely elegant ‘urban boutique’ hotel surpasses itself at breakfast- everything is excellent but the pastries (particularly the pain au chocolate) are nothing short of outstanding. White linens, gorgeous china and professional staff make Hotel Montefiore a delight to eat at - and for weekend seating's you will need to book well in advance.
This five star hotel, located in an iconic 19th century building close to Jaffa, has a chef restaurant and they don’t do anything by halves, including breakfast. The Drisco has a buffet breakfast menu that boasts boutique cheeses, smoked herring and even roast beef and their French toast (with crème anglaise) is a work of art. Pricey but worth it.
Few eat a Carlton Hotel breakfast and don't leave raving. Three kinds of shakshuka (poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, a dish originating from Tunisia), an array of freshly squeezed juices, a top-notch omelets station and tasty waffles make this must-visit Tel Aviv breakfast spot. In warm weather, you can eat outside, next to the marina, and gaze at the Mediterranean.
Best kosher breakfast in Tel Aviv
On lovely Nahalat Binyamin street (known for its craft market, renovated buildings and interesting Tel Aviv street art) you'll find Birenbaum, which was established decades ago and serves an all-day breakfast menu with both veggie and vegan options. Go for the classic Israeli (eggs, salads, dips, bread) or choose their buffet option, which is guaranteed to leave you full. Get there early as once the food is gone, it’s gone!
Lorenz and Mintz
Lorenz and Mintz is a laid-back Parisian-style hangout serving fine kosher dairy breakfasts in Tel Aviv’s lovely Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Situated in a pretty courtyard, it’s hard to choose between their Croque Madame, Eggs Benedict on handmade brioche, French toast filled with almond cream or green ’Shakshuka Galilee’. And, of course, their pastries are to die for.
This is the new go-to kosher eatery on Dizengoff Street, where tasty and decently-priced food is what you get, along with a buzzy atmosphere and friendly staff. Whether you want just a coffee and croissant, a sandwich or a hot breakfast (the savoury French toast is fabulous) you’ll be smiling when you leave Kirsch. And the almond croissant is a must-try (take it home, if you’re already full).
Best vegan breakfast in Tel Aviv
This lovely cafe in central Tel Aviv serves creative vegan food in warm and friendly surroundings, and they have a great patio area too (perfect for spring and summer days). Things you have to try there include the famous ‘cheese platter’(which many say is as good as, if not better than its dairy counterpart), the smoothie bowls and the shitake tofu balls. Their desserts and shakes are also great breakfast options and Anastasia also caters to those who are gluten-intolerant.
Michelangelo is a stylish cafe, close to Jaffa, with great vibes and tasty vegan food. Catering both to hipster locals and those visiting from faraway places, try their quinoa omelette with dips, the tahini balls and their artichoke sandwich, which is legendary. Oh, if you have a sweet tooth, order the lemon and cashew pie - it’s incredible. Go here only once, and you’ll be converted to plant-based breakfasts.
A tried-and-tested favourite with young Tel Avivis, Xoho boasts many plant-based breakfast options, including vegan shawarma, the ‘mushroom bacon’ and amazing breakfast burrito,filled with tofu, black beans and the house salsa. Head to nearby Gordon beach and burn off some calories walking on the promenade.
Best American breakfast in Tel Aviv
The Benedict motto is ‘It’s all about breakfast’ and in our opinion it’s probably the best breakfast chain in Israel. It has two locations in Tel Aviv - one near the Hilton Beach and the other on Rothschild Boulevard - and they’re both busy (and super crowded at the weekends). The reason is because there really is no better place to eat breakfast in Tel Aviv if you’re hankering after thick, fluffy American pancakes, bagels with cream cheese and salmon, or a Philly cheesesteak. And their homemade bread baskets (which they’ll happily refill) will ruin any diet you’re on!
NOLA American Bakery
NOLA American Bakery offers a taste of ‘old style’ America - whether it’s decor, music or food. Their breakfasts will make any expat feel instantly cheerful - from the ‘Blackstone Biscuit’ (served with poached eggs and hollandaise), the pancakes (try ‘Blueberry Bliss’), sweet muffins, healthy options such as granola and their famous BLT. With its warm, inviting interior and cosy vibe, no wonder it’s as popular as the day it opened, back in 2012.
There’s nothing more American than the humble bagel, and these delicious chewy creations at Salene Freitag are perfect for munching on at breakfast. Located on trendy Sheinkin Street, a stone’s throw from the Carmel Market (a must-visit for any foodie), the shop opens at 9am until they run out (usually by lunchtime). Whether with cream cheese, salmon or bacon, they’re a tasty treat and although there’s no seating, you can take one to go and enjoy it at the nearby park.
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