Welcome to Tel Aviv- a beautiful city filled with love, life, and adventure- and a whole universe of veganism! Yep- Welcome to the Vegan capital of the world- a title previously held by Berlin, now by Tel Aviv, a city in Israel filled with the unique flavors that are signature to the vegan world, with farm to table a literal reality. Tel Aviv boasts more than 400 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants, serving the ever-growing number of 200,000 vegans which has blossomed over the last 6 years. Vega eating in Tel Aviv is a chance to taste some of the best food in the country.
The Vegan lifestyle, although not a new concept, has gained increasing popularity amongst the new-age and open-minded youth. Whether people adopt veganism due to health or idealistic reasons, it takes a city with the future in mind to accommodate this lifestyle and actively seek to make it part of their culture. Israeli’s are known to be liberal-minded and the government has welcomed this new lifestyle and encouraged its growth. Tel Aviv is also unique in that the whole country is accessible in 2 hours making ‘farm to table’ a way of life.- It also doesn’t hurt that 2 popular Israeli staples- hummus and falafel are completely vegan.
Perhaps the most unique element to Tel Aviv’s vegan culture is its proximity to fresh produce. The open market or ‘shuk’ – besides being an integral part of Israeli society, is overflowing with fresh produce daily due to its easy access to all corners of the country. Operating daily, this allows restaurant owners to shop in the morning and cook in the afternoon, a concept uniquely important to vegan catering as it relies on grown produce for its taste and texture.
Vegan restaurants are great options for people with allergies to any animal products such as chicken, meat, fish, or dairy. However, extreme caution should be taken for anyone allergic to nuts or legumes- as these ingredients are in almost all vegan recipes. Since the diet doesn’t allow any poultry or dairy products, for example, the vegan diet relies heavily on nuts and legumes for nutrients in their food and even if it’s not part of the recipe of a menu item, chances of cross-contamination are high.
Veganism is alive and well throughout the city. Not only are there a myriad of restaurants and eateries, but it’s also visible all over- from the graffiti on street walls, protests, and festivals! Vegan options are available in all different kinds of cuisines, such as; Persian, Ethiopian, and Indian. The trend gained so much momentum that the Israeli Domino pizza chain became the first pizza company the add vegan options to their menu worldwide. 2020 has also been named, “the year of plant-based ‘meat’, attracting not only consumer attention, but also large-scale investor attention.”
So if you’re in the neighborhood, drop in, enjoy a journey of both the heart and mind and spend a moment experiencing guilt-free living.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
L.R., NY, NY
Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel. We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious!
All the best,
S.C., New Jersey
We can't thank you enough for assembling this top-notch team of specialists to work with our daughter while she is in Israel.
T.G., Philadelphia, PA
"Food Allergy Concierge assisted us with a very helpful, detailed customized allergy card in Hebrew. The Allergy card was extremely helpful for multiple allergies and allowed us to eat safely in several eateries and hotels. Highly recommended.”
G.A. Illinois USA