The Israeli Vegan Dining Guide
Where to eat Vegan in Israel – A Restaurant Guide edited by Ori Shavit
Something good is happening in the land of The Seven Species. During the past couple of years, many new vegan options for dining have popped up, as the growing awareness to the vegan lifestyle is creating demand for a fresh, delicious and exciting new vegan food places.
The "Vegans On Top" restaurant guide is a complete and up-to-date vegan and vegan-friendly dining guide for compassionate dining in Israel.
Besides falafel stands and hummus places (and eggless "Sabich" – an eggplant and potato sandwich), there are not many 100% vegan places in Israel. However, many places have some vegan dishes or are willing to accommodate vegans. This is an initial list.
100% Vegan Restaurants
Abba Gil Yehuda Halevi 55 Tel Aviv, 03-5663320
A quaint little vegan organic restaurant, serving home-cooked, healthy meals, fresh juices and hummus. It's a nice little hippie place to have lunch.
Anastasia Frishman 54, Tel Aviv, 052-4412884
An all-vegan cafe with a fantastic sunny balcony. Serving breakfast, appetizers, entrees, desserts and more. You can also find gluten-free and raw dishes on the menu.
Buddha Burgers Two branches in Tel Aviv, one in Haifa and one in Eilat Main Tel Aviv branch: Yehuda Halevi 21, 03-5101222/333 Haifa branch: Derech HaYam 6, Haifa, 04-6343435 Eilat branch: HaMelicha Street, 08-6374185
A vegan self-service fast food chain. Casual atmosphere and a very diverse menu, from burgers and hot dogs to Italian- and Indian-style dishes.
Dubi's Place Massada 16, Haifa, 050-5299303
An all-vegan bar, featuring live music and a variety of vegan meals and snacks.
Green Burger Ramat Yishai Street Mall, 04-6343438
An all-vegan diner-style fast food restaurant, serving burgers, wraps, salads, smoothies, desserts and more.
Green Shack HaRav Yedidya Frankel 6, Tel Aviv
A vegan restaurant-bar in the Florentine neighborhood, serving vegan shawarma, schnitzel, burgers, salads, desserts and more.
"The Green Cat") Levontin 7, Tel Aviv, 073-7327361
Israel's first 100% vegan pizzeria! Serving pizza with homemade cashew mozzarella and a variety of toppings.
Ludens HaMasger 1, Ra'anana, 09-7404002
Another vegan restaurant from the Buddha Burgers family, with a similar menu.
Lillenblum 30, Tel Aviv, 03-5162254
Nana Shrier's famous Georgian restaurant has turned all-vegan! Here you will find a fantastic selection of Georgia-inspired vegan dishes in a fun and lively atmosphere.
Shake It King George 42, Tel Aviv
An all-vegan shake bar.
Teva Col HaRoeh 20, Ramat Gan, 03-6736876
A small vegan restaurant inside a health food store, where you can order several types of hummus, vegan burgers and shawarma, salads and desserts.
The Bar-Kayma HaMashbir 22 Tel Aviv, 03-9493322
A brand new co-op has become the stronghold of many young social justice activists. The restaurant and bar are completely vegan and rumor has it that they make some excellent truffles.
The Vegan Shawarma King George 81, Tel Aviv, 1-700-700358 Yitzchak Avinu 5, Be'er Sheva Hillel 23, Jerusalem
A vegan fast food chain, serving shawarma, burgers, schnitzel, pizza and more. Perfect for a quick lunch!
Ta'am Hachaim ("Taste of Life")Ben Yehuda 43, Tel Aviv, 03-5168906
One of the first vegan restaurants in Israel, run by the Dimona Hebrews community.
Tenat Tchelnov 27, Tel Aviv
A small Ethiopian restaurant, serving traditional dishes.
Washington Sderot Washington 32, Tel Aviv, 03-2225576
A small neighborhood restaurant, serving a variety of 100% vegan dishes to eat in or take home.
Zakaim Beit HaShoeva 20, Tel Aviv 03-6135060
A new boutique restaurant, serving unique veggie dishes in a fun atmosphere.
The way I see it, "vegan-friendly" means that from the first phone call, the staff gets what you are talking about when you say "vegan". When they promise you meal options and follow through. I don't mean a cheese-less salad, either. I mean a place where the staff is knowledgeable about veganism and is generally attentive and helpful. It doesn't mean you'll always get everything you wanted, or that the dishes will necessarily be to your liking. It doesn't mean that every dish can be altered or that you can ask for special meals during rush hour. It does mean that you will be taken care of and that the place will try to make your experience as enjoyable as possible, making you feel right at home. Making a reservation and mentioning that you're vegan is always recommended.