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
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.
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.
Ramat Yishai Street Mall, 04-6343438
An all-vegan diner-style fast food restaurant, serving burgers, wraps, salads, smoothies, desserts and more.
HaRav Yedidya Frankel 6, Tel Aviv
A vegan restaurant-bar in the Florentine neighborhood, serving vegan shawarma, schnitzel, burgers, salads, desserts and more.
HaMasger 1, Ra'anana, 09-7404002
Another vegan restaurant from the Buddha Burgers family, with a similar menu.
King George 42, Tel Aviv
An all-vegan shake bar.
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.
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
Rothschild 121, Rishon Le'Tziyon
Shenkar 4, Herzliya
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.
Tchelnov 27, Tel Aviv
A small Ethiopian restaurant, serving traditional dishes.
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.