Israelis love their breakfasts. Did you know a typical Israeli breakfast consists of eggs, salad, cottage cheeses and toast? Yes, you read it right: salad. When I moved to Tel Aviv this was a bit of a culture shock for me, I couldn't understand why anyone would want to eat tomatoes and cucumbers for breakfast - but now I happily eat my veggies in the morning with tehina and toast.
This style of breakfast is eaten even more comprehensively in the weekends, in coffee places and restaurants, to share with friends and family. A basket of bread, plates of eggs, salads and many little plates with spreads ranging from avocado to goat cheese is the perfect breakfast to share while catching up on a Friday morning! This Israeli style breakfast is very unique in the world and if you are visiting Israel you should definitely try it.
Here is a list of my favorite breakfast and brunch spots in Tel Aviv. Are you vegan like me? Don't worry, there are enough veganized Israeli breakfasts available, some are in this list and a vegan list of restaurants in Tel Aviv will be available soon!
Lehamim - local kosher bakery chain with mouthwatering breakfasts
You can find the bakeries all over Tel Aviv but once a week, on Fridays, you can start the weekend with breakfast at the two sit-down locations (Hashmonaim 103 and Ibn Gvirol 125) and this is probably my favorite in the city. They are so generous with their bread basket and spreads and even serve a selection of local boutique cheeses and sweets for dessert! All this deliciousness only costs 118 ILS for two people, which is really affordable for Tel Avivian standards. Wake up early to catch their Friday breakfast, they only serve it until they run out. For more information, visit their website.
Bucke Cafe - chill local cafe with delicious shakshuka
Let me introduce you to shakshuka. In case you haven't heard of it: it's basically eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, eaten with salad, tehina, cheeses and bread. This delicious dish is very popular in Israel and at Bucke they happen to have one of the best shakshuka's in town. Their traditional 'Israeli breakfast' is also one of my favorites, which is why I really recommend you to check them out. For more information, visit their website.
Address: Ahad Ha'am 91, Tel Aviv
Hotel Montefiore - for breakfast in style
The Montefiore hotel is one of Tel Aviv's classiest boutique hotels, based in one of the city's oldest mansions around Rothschild Boulevard. Their breakfast is much loved by locals, because of their upgraded, chic Israeli style breakfast. Next to the Israeli breakfast they serve a variety of European inspired breakfasts that are delicious too. To me, eating breakfast at the Montefiore always feels like the Middle East meets Europe - a little piece of home in the middle of Tel Aviv!
Reservations at the Montefiore hotel are recommended. The kitchen is not kosher. For more information, visit their website.
Address: Montefiore Street 36, Tel Aviv
Meshek Barzilay - vegan hotspot in town (also for non-vegans!)
This actually is my favorite restaurant in all of Israel! This originally farm-to-table restaurant is nestled in between beautiful old buildings in Neve Tsedek and serves upscale, delicious vegan food. Their 'Meshek Morning' Israeli breakfast is wonderful, but if you really want the full experience of Israeli style brunching, you must try their 'Royal couple brunch'. For 180 ILS, they serve you so much goodness - trust me you won't want to eat anything for the rest of the day! Below are some pictures of the dishes they serve with the brunch: calzones, five types of salads, spreads and eggs or shakshuka. Do I need to say more?!
This restaurant only serves vegan food and it is recommended to book ahead. For more information, please visit their website.
Address: Ahad Ha'am 6, Tel Aviv
Manta Ray - for beach side brunching
Manta Ray is an absolute institution in Israel, this ocean front sea food restaurant on the south side of Tel Aviv's beaches serves a well-known breakfast/brunch menu in the mornings! Their breakfast is exactly what you expect from an Israeli breakfast: delicious breads, eggs how you like them, salad and a variety of spreads. The stunning views on the Mediterranean straight from your table make this a very popular spot, so make sure to always book ahead! The kitchen is not kosher. For more information, visit their website.
Cafe Puaa - the ultimate Middle Eastern shuk vibe
Another Tel Avivian institution, the quirky Puaa cafe in the middle of the shuk in Jaffa. The decor at Puaa is all vintage, with grandmother's style table cloths and Persian carpets on the floor - and it is all for sale! They serve simple, yet delicious Middle Eastern style food all day long with great vibes, making this one of the most popular cafes in Jaffa. Their 'kibbuts breakfast' is their traditional Israeli breakfast which is amazing, but I really recommend the 'Turkish breakfast', serving filo dough filled with spinach and cheese. Their kitchen is not kosher. For more info, check out their website.
Address: Rabbi Yohanan St 8, Tel Aviv
Shakshuka - best breakfast at the Carmel Market
Another shakshuka hotspot in town! In the middle of the bustling Carmel market 'shuk' you can find this gem with many different varieties of this delicious Israeli breakfast. Try the Spanish shakshuka, with goat cheese and basilicum! It's one of the most affordable restaurants in this list, a meal for two will cost you around 100 ILS. On Fridays people line up to kick-off the weekend with their shakshuka, so be prepared! They don't have a website, but they are open daily (except for Saturday) from 8 AM to 6.45 PM.
Address: HaCarmel St 41, Tel Aviv
Thank you @telavivi.info for the amazing images! Maria has a blog in English and Russian with lots of information for travelers about Tel Aviv, check out her blog post about best breakfast places in town for more inspiration.
For the best vegan restaurants in Israel, see Sugar Travels' blog post.