Traveling through Israel was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. I was enchanted by all the places I visited, mainly by Tel Aviv, a city located less than an hour from Jerusalem. In addition to wonderful restaurants, the place is full of bakeries and pastry shops with incredible sweets, which make your mouth water just to imagine!
As I already told you a little about the most interesting neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, I also decided to share some of the best spots to eat good desserts or have an afternoon coffee in the city. In the short list you will find both more traditional environments as well as more relaxed ones.
Dallal Bakery is one of the best known bakeries in the region, mainly for being a comfortable place and with mouth-watering options. They sell breads, croissants, quiches and many options for savory and sweet tartlets.
It is located in Neve Tsedek, one of the busiest regions of the city, so it is very likely that you will pass near it if you travel to Tel Aviv. Because it is a place known to both tourists and locals, Dallal Bakery is usually full. Try to go in the morning if you don’t want to be without a table, okay?
The good pastry
Being a cafe with French influences, you already enter La Bonne Patisserie expecting buttered bread and a wonderful pain au chocolat. All pastries and pastries are fresh and very well made, especially those that are the house specialty, such as croissants and meringues.
In addition to traditional French dishes, you will also find delicious sufganiyot there. The sweet is typical of Israel and looks a little like what we call a dream here in Brazil. It’s a great opportunity to try something traditional in the city and make sure it tastes good!
Shemo is a great place for those who want to try traditional Israeli sweets, such as babka and rugelach. The first is a type of cake, usually filled with chocolate; the second is a bread traditionally served with sweet fillings. If you also want to order some savory, the local quiches are a hit with customers. Some of the possible fillings are spinach or mushrooms.
Another place that sells incredible cakes and tartlets, in addition to croissants and savory breads. Urban Bakery is a small cafe, but with quality products that will win anyone. The atmosphere is simple and very cozy, ideal for those who prefer quieter places. Because it is not such a common point among tourists, city dwellers end up attending Urban Bakery even more since the place is more empty.
With an incredible selection of sweets in the confectionery section, Bakery Dizengoff attracts people from all regions of the city. The place is super cozy and most of its products are inspired by French cuisine. The cakes and macarons are always among the most ordered in the place – it’s a chance for you to feel a little in Paris being in Israel. Ah, the menu also has savory dishes, like sandwiches and savory croissants 🙂
Another confectionery well known to most people in Tel Aviv is Roladin. The sweets on display are so inviting that it is practically impossible to leave without having tasted at least one of them. Sufganiyot is always being replaced because it is one of the most requested, just like in La Bonne Patisserie.
During the Hanukkah period, which in 2018 will take place from December 2nd to 10th, the variety of sweets increases even more because of the residents who go to the confectionery in search of desserts for their parties. If your trip is during this period, be sure to stop by.
With a much more hipster and cool style, Cafe Xofo is a little piece of the United States in Israel. One of the things I like most about this coffee is that they have several vegetarian and vegan options, both for sweet and savory. For brunch or breakfast, fresh bagels are made daily. Another thing that is not lacking there are cookies and vegan sufganiya. Everything there is healthier and tastier.
Piece of cake
The Piece of Cake confectionery is small, but it is so full of sweets that even the aroma of the place already makes your mouth water, you know? The variety of cakes and pies is huge, you are even undecided when choosing which one you want to try. If you are vegan, you can rest assured that they also make sweets with products without animal origin. For those who maintain a healthier diet, granola cake options are perfect 😉
I confess that I felt like going back to Israel just to try more delights in these places. Not everyone sells the country’s traditional desserts, however, the sweets are always well prepared and of excellent quality. Be sure to comment here if you know of a place I haven’t mentioned in the post, okay?