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A staple of Israeli cuisine, falafel is one of Tel Aviv’s most popular street foods. Made from fava beans, chickpeas, or a combination of the two, the mixture is formed into balls and deep-fried. Crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, pick up this moreish snack from Falafel Gabai in Tel Aviv.
What better to eat some piping-hot falafel than some freshly-made hummus? This chickpea dip is Israel’s most popular, and is eaten with just about anything. Made from ground chickpeas and garnished with olive oil and paprika, pick up some hummus and pita bread from Hummus Ha Carmel in Tel Aviv.
Traditionally served on Shabbat morning, jachnun has a special place in Jewish culture. This rolled puff pastry is slow-roasted overnight with whole eggs, before being served with a spicy tomato salsa. Try this delicious dish at Saluf & Sons in Tel Aviv.
Eggplant is a staple of Israeli cuisine, eaten with almost every meal. One of the best ways to enjoy eggplant? As baba ganoush. This dip is made from roasted eggplants that are peeled and blended into a paste, mixed with tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Served with pita bread, you can try some fresh baba ganoush at Abu Hassan Restaurant in Tel Aviv.
When it comes to breakfast, Tel Aviv does it right. Our favourite? Shakshuka. Served in a hot griddle, this dish sees eggs cradled into a tomato, capsicum and coriander sauce, which is then baked and served with pita bread. The Mendeli Hotel serves one of the best shakshuka in Tel Aviv at their breakfast buffet.