#8 Tel Aviv
Israel has the highest percentage of vegans globally, with an estimated 5 to 8 percent of the entire population being vegan, the majority of whom inhabit Tel Aviv. Most of the 25 fully-vegan restaurants in Tel Aviv serve a combination of Israeli/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine with some western influence. The first vegan cafe in Tel Aviv was Anastasia, which is best known for its amazing breakfasts. Zakaim – Vegan Boutique is a fine dining restaurant which is considered one of the top vegan places to eat in the city, featuring a menu with Persian and other Middle Eastern dishes. The city has the only fully vegan Georgian cuisine restaurant in the world (Nanuchka), which contains a lively bar that stays open until the wee hours. Tel Aviv also boasts one of the world’s few authentic vegan Ethiopian restaurants (Tenat), with a terrific ethnic atmosphere and chef-approved meals. If you are seeking vegan Sushi, try The Green Roll, and if you’re in the mood for gourmet raw food, check out Neroli Organic Juice Bar and Rawfood Diner. Hatool HaYarok has some of the city’s best vegan pizza, topped with house-made cashew cheese. If you’re after a quick bite, HaShwarma HaTivonit is a popular veggie fast food restaurant, and the owners created a diner-style restaurant called Goodness. The city also has a vegan grocery store, (Taam L’Chaim – Taste For Life) and if you love sweets, Seeds is a fantastic all-vegan bakery in the center of town with an amazing variety of baked goods that vegans can’t always find like vegan cheesecake, and they have been consistently top-rated on HappyCow. The city is also home to a kosher vegan ice cream parlor (Gala Gelateria), famous for their vegan ice cream over freshly made waffles smothered with fresh fruit and other toppings, Tel Aviv has a men’s vegan fashion boutique (Taddeo), and for the women there is Roni Kantor, a clothing boutique selling vegan shoes, bags, and dresses.
Due to the density of the vegan population, the restaurants, and city’s vegan mentality, Tel Aviv has earned a reputation as one of the world’s vegan capitals. The Israeli Defense Force even provides vegan meals, and leather-free boots and helmets to vegan soldiers. HappyCow’s Tel Aviv city page lists over 170 veg-friendly eatery options. Israel has the most vegans per capita and the vegan food options in Tel Aviv are incredible.