Tel Aviv ranked seventh in a round-up of top 10 destinations for foodies in 2020 by BBC’s Good Food magazine.
“With vegan dishes at the heart of Tel Aviv’s culinary tradition, it’s always been a great destination for lovers of plant-based food,” reads the magazine entry, in reference to Tel Aviv’s reputation as the “vegan capital of the world” (as designated by UK publication The Independent in 2017). The city is home to at least 400 vegan and vegan-friendly kitchens and hosts annual vegan festivals.
BBC’s Good Food said the city has in recent years “upped its game,” offering “slick vegan coffee shops, and local chains such as Domino’s offering animal product-free pizza.”
Tel Aviv was also described as a young “LGBT-friendly beach buzzy city” with boutique Bauhaus-style hotel hangouts that host “cool cocktail bars, and a burgeoning crop of cheffy restaurants.”
But the street foods “steal the show,” according to Good Food.
“There’s nothing like Tel Aviv’s hummus, falafel and shakshuka, served at hole-in-the-wall joints, street stands, and stalls lining local markets such as the sprawling Shuk Hacarmel,” the magazine wrote.
According to the publication, the top food destination Galway, Ireland, followed by Lyon, France, Los Cabos, Mexico, and The Netherlands, with Malta rounding out the top five.