Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. The history of falafel goes back to the days of the pharaohs. The name most likely devise from the Arabic word for spicy, Mefelfel.

The Copts, an Egyptian Christian sect, also claim to have invented the ta’amia, the fava-bean fritter that is parent to the falafel. It is believed that falafels were invented in Alexandria. Since Alexandria is a port, sailors from all over took the delicious little patties home, and eventually falafel became popular fasts food all over the Middle East.

Accordingly, Middle Eastern Jews overwhelmingly favored chickpeas solo in their falafels. An early Middle Eastern fast food, falafel was commonly sold wrapped in paper, but not served in the familiar pita sandwich.

Beginning in the 1950s, Yemenite immigrants in Israel took up making falafel to earn a livehood, utilizing the chickpea version common in the Levant and transformed this ancient treat into the Israeli national street food.

It’s hard to come by authentic, good quality, healthy Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Falafel’s not only pioneered the segment but remains the leader even today! From an array of delicious falafels and yummy hummus platters, to healthy wraps, and salads to powerhouse meal boxes, Falafel’s has slightly tempered all of these to suit the Indian palate, while retaining all the original flavours. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares come in a wide variety of flavours that will leave you spoilt for choice. All dishes at Falafel’s are priced sparingly so that healthy food is always available to you without burning a hole in your pocket.The focus remains on good food and quick service so that you never have to wait long for your meal. One of the fastest growing quick service meal chains in the country, Falafel’s is the nourishing answer to all your food cravings!

Moshe Ve’Benav Nuts & seeds

Moshe opened his convenience store in the sixties, and since then, the place has evolved and expanded. Now, behind the storefront sits a small factory where you will find Moshe himself roasting fresh nuts. In addition to nuts, one can find a large variety of the sweetest dried fruits. This is a favourite store among the locals so if you are looking for something tasty to snack on Moshe Ve’Benav Nuts & Seeds is just the place for you.

Pereg Spices

It all started in 1906 with the Freij family, who fell in love with the culinary world. They particularly took a liking to exotic spices.The family began importing specialty ingredients from around the world already in their first few years of business. After arriving to Israel, the family changed their name to Pereg, meaning ‘poppy seed’, which became their famous brand name. Their shop on Levinsky street grew and prospered as the demand for these products in the market escalated. Nowadays at Tavlinei Pereg, customers can find just about any spice they are looking for, in just about any form!

Cafe B’Shuk

Cafe B’Shuk has a very interesting history. Once called Cafe Stern, it was a coffee shop that served the clientele of the market for many years. Ya’akov and his brother specially selected and ground the beans to create aromatic, unique blends of quality coffee. In 2011, Shiri Katzev, from Cafe Alkalai (located in North Tel Aviv), paid a visit to Cafe Stern, and fell in love with Ya’akov’s coffee. It was decided that she would take over the shop, so long as she preserved his special blend, which is freshly roasted every day!

Lupo Fish Deli

For those who are fond of fish delicacies, Lupa Fish Deli is the place to visit. This traditional delicatessen is located inconspicuously on the corner of a side street. For decades, Lupo has conquered the realm of homemade fish, preparing botargo (a cured fish roe, typically from tuna), bonito (popularly eaten grilled, pickled, or backed), and soused herring (with a mild marinade). Whilst at Lupo, be sure to pick up some smoked salmon and okra salad as well!

Lechamin Bakery

Lechamin Bakery is a substantial patch of the fabric which makes up the intricate quilt that is the Carmel Market. Every weekday, the bakery’s diligent employees start the day by preparing exemplary pastries using the recipes devised by Uri Shofet. On the shelf, one will find a fantastic assortment of bread, such as whole wheat, rye, and sourdough. Of course, there is no shortage of freshly baked cookies and sweets either!


For two decades, the Gueta family’s Libyan restaurant has stood the test of time. Each member of the family contributes to the menu, but everyone knows that no one can beat Grandmother’s couscous. The choice of dishes varies daily, according to the ingredients found in the market and by the direction the wind is blowing. No wonderful meal is complete without dessert though, so top off your meal with some semolina cake, accompanied by sweet tea and roasted peanuts.

Hummus Ashkara

Making hummus with love is no cliche- couple Ruth and Dan Tavor have prepared hummus with love for the past 25 years. This hummus joint is frequented by regular customers, who enjoy the light and relaxing atmosphere which contrasts with the intense Tel Aviv vibe outside. The hummus is hot and thick, served with cooked chickpeas and a hard-boiled egg. Ashkara is open all day and night, ready to satisfy your hummus cravings at any hour!

Sabich Tchernikovsky

Sabich Tchernikovsky is legendary for its famous dish, and all thanks to epic founder Efi, who invented a new approach to making sabich. Even today, this restaurant works solely according to Efi’s values including tender pita bread, and a precise arrangement of the layers of this classic sandwich. The key is that each bite will include every ingredient. Be sure not to turn down the famous, tangy amba sauce, unless you are prepared to receive strange looks from other patrons!