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!


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.

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!


The acclaimed Eric Rosenthal was nicknamed ‘The Magician’, being one of the top wizards of falafel in the land of Israel. Ha’Kosem set the hummus and falafel standards for the competition throughout Tel Aviv, from the level of cleanliness, to the meticulous service. The famous falafel bursts with fresh coriander, which enhances the flavors of this traditional dish. The hummus is homemade, and the pita bread is gourmet. Over the years, Rosenthal’s popular restaurant has made quite a name for itself, as everyone knows that ‘The Magician’ prepares the finest Israeli food, served in an exceptional manner. From shawarma, to sabich, to shakshuka, Ha’Kosem successfully fills the stomachs of hundreds of hungry diners every day!

Tahini’s Hummus

The Tahini hummus family was born in Sderot, in 2010, out of a need we identified in our areas in the south, in the Gaza Envelope – an area where we were born and lived all our lives. The need was for a pleasant and homey meeting place, where you can by chance (or not by chance …) encounter a familiar face, eat a delicious, nutritious meal and at a fair price. We are encouraged to do it a little differently, with the understanding that the place is the people within it and the experience we will give is created in every meeting we have with you – as guests in our home.

The restaurant in Sderot was a great start but after two years of investment, growth and success we expanded the store and now have locations in Beersheba, the capital of the Negev, as well as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

We offer popular, comforting, fresh and pampering food for all and have many vegan-friendly dishes as well. On the menu is a variety of hummus dishes with toppings, crispy fries, green falafel and perfect  vegetable salad chopped fresh each day. Everything is made fresh every day in our kitchen with lots of love. Of course, our desserts are also homemade, the beer is excellent and there is also arak!


The mythical meat restaurant whose name has been around for over 40 years is in the heart of the Mahane Yehuda market.
Sima immigrated from Iraq in the early 1950s, and has always “had it” in everything to do with cooking, business, and the joy of life. In 1969, Sima initiated the establishment of the Jerusalem restaurant on Agrippa Street in the Mahane Yehuda market, which proudly bore her name – Sima.
In the beginning, the restaurant was based on home cooking and satisfied the hunger of the market workers. Over the years, the name of the restaurant went before it when the flagship dish was and is – the Jerusalem mix and the dinner crowd expanded beyond the residents of the capital.

Falafel Shlomo

Sometimes falafel is not simply about the ingredients, but the experience itself. Falafel Shlomo is located in a Bukharian neighbourhood and is a Yemen establishment with quite a few years under it’s belt. Through the winding alleyways, one can find this small haven and enjoy a delicious falafel with a Yemen touch. Shlomo’s falafel is crispy, slightly spicy, and extremely addictive!


Shawarma Ha’Shamen was established in 2006, with the goal of succeeding in the up and coming Israeli fast food industry and succeed it did. What began as a single restaurant, developed into a chain consisting of 10 branches across the country. Dont let the name Ha’Shamen (which in English means ‘The Fat Man’) deceive you, as this chain prides itself on providing healthy and tasty shawarma

Ben Sira Hummus

Ben Sira is a kosher hummus restaurant with a young, lively vibe. This tiny spot serves up hummus with sides like juicy pickles, fluffy pita and decadent falafel. You’ll also find soups, omelettes, shakshuka – all foods that will make you feel like you are dining in an authentic Israeli home.