Breakfast & Brunch
The typical Israeli breakfast of eggs, salad, cheese and breads, originates from kibbutz, when the workers came together from the fields to enjoy an leisurely and friendly breakfast together, before returning to toil the land. Today, all over Israel, hotels, cafes and restaurants open early in the morning to provide Israelis and tourists alike, with an enjoyable, filling and long lasting meal to start their day.
Tucked away behind beautiful trees and shrubs, on a residential street just off Ben Yehuda, sits Cafe Xoho. This vegetarian café with plenty of vegan options, is full from 07.30 every morning, Sunday through to Thursday. With a modest, rustic charm and colourful exterior, the little wooden tables and iron chairs blend in perfectly with the tiled floor of the usually occupied outside space.
Inside is buzzing with orders being taken and served by the friendly, attentive staff. On the creative vegetarian menu are options to make some of the delicious food vegan, with daily specials, written on the blackboards inside and out.
Healthy, nourishing smoothies and freshly squeezed juices are Xoho's specialities to set you up for the day. The food is of an excellent standard, well cooked and serving hearty portions of soft toasted brioche, with beautifully scrambled egg and topped with a light potato and bay salad, all accompanied with crunchy cucumber and radishes and a mustard dressing.
This is a delightful, quirky little café, well worth a visit for breakfast or a lazy brunch...and reasonably priced too!!
On the corner of the busy main road where Ben Yehuda meets Ben Gurion, is the delightful Lehem Ve Shoot, where breakfast is served all day from 07.00am. Little tables and chairs are alive with people sipping coffee and eating food, reading newspapers or chatting amongst mouthfuls of delicious food that arrives no sooner has it been ordered.
Lehem Ve Shoot is as much a bakery as is a café and with bread trolleys lining the inside of this charming this establishment and croissants, rolls, bread and pastries all freshly baked, fall off the shelves as fast as they are replenished, time and time again. Barely out of the bag, the warm roll is already in the mouth, with only a few steps taken from the counter where it was sold.
Breakfast is served by the friendly and efficient staff and thoroughly enjoyed by each and every customer who sits down to eat. The healthy option is a bowl of creamy, soft buffalo yoghurt, topped with crunchy, toasted granola, full of almonds, pecans, pumpkins and sunflower seeds and soft seasonal fruits and drizzled with honey......a complete delight.
This corner is a hive of activity, absorbing the culture of breakfast known in Israel.
In 1987, Roladin was opened by two brothers Kobi and Avi Hakak, who were passionate about home baking.
They had spent many years baking from their domestic oven and selling from their doorstep, when they decided to venture into the commercial world, opening their first store in Ramat Hasharon. This became a family business, as their father built the counters and shelves in the bakery and Kobi and Avi baked breads, cakes and biscuits from old family recipes handed down through the generations.
As Roladin expanded, Kobi maintained the business as Avi became a high class confectioner, studying patisserie and confectionery in Europe. Today they have 43 outlets throughout Israel, all selling high-class baked goods and in some, serving breakfasts, coffees and pastries too.
Opposite the entrance to Sarona Food Market is poised a Roladin, serving delightful breakfasts, coffees, an array of mint or herbal teas and exquisite pastries, for shoppers wishing to take a break and relax under the canopies in the open air. The eggs were cooked perfectly, the croissant was fresh and flaky and the wholegrain bread soft and warm.
Roladin has gone from strength to strength over the years and always looking out for new ventures, yet maintaining their passion for baking.
Arcaffe, was born out of desire to bring authentic Italian coffee to Israel's population, by perfecting a blend suitable, for a nation of espresso coffee lovers.
"Arcaffe Italy" holds the secret from generations of the Meschini family in Tuscany, of excellence when roasting and blending coffee beans, which has now become renowned internationally as the Italian espresso coffee.
Since opening Arcaffe in 1995 in Tel Aviv, there are now over 30 branches in and around Tel Aviv, all creating the same atmosphere of a meeting place for coffee lovers, to savour and enjoy every last drop.
Over the years, Arcaffe has become not only a superior coffee house but also a bakery, whose bakers produce a wide range of breads, buns and pastries every morning for their customers, whether passing trade or to sit and enjoy their breakfast, coffee or brunch.
Arcaffe has stuck to its original values over the years of producing high quality coffee adhering to strict international standards as well as ensuring their breads and pastries are baked fresh daily by the best bakers and patissiers, maintaining reasonable prices and an efficient yet courteous service to all its customers.