Over the last several years a silent revolution has been taking place in the land of Milk and Honey. Across Israel and especially in Tel Aviv there has been an explosion in the number of Vegan eateries popping up. In fact, so much so that Tel Aviv has now earned the honorary title of Vegan Capital of the world! Many of these new vegan restaurants appeared as greater awareness to animal rights issues came more to the forefront of the Israeli Media, touching a cord with many younger Israelis. Livestock shipments reaching not only Israel but also other areas in the Middle East caused a huge stir when the plight of these animals was highlighted. Mr and Mrs Netanyahu also raised their concerns and full support for better rights and treatment of animals.
More and more people sought a more humane diet seeking fresh, plant based food and a zest for different and exciting recipes.
Israel already had the reputation as a gastronomic paradise for foodies, but as demand for vegan alternatives increased, the experimentations began mixing and blending of different ingredients and creating exciting fusions. With this came the massive increase in new vegan food places. So much so that Israel can now boast the largest number of non meat eating individuals per capita than any other nation, as well as more places to eat too, hence its new title.
One of the main factors for this stems from Israel boasting a superb climate for fresh produce on top of which Israel has become a global leader in cultivation and agricultural technology, It means that fresh produce has become easily and quickly available at a reduced cost, so it stands to reason that Israelis should take advantage of this. People are also very health conscious in the main and meat generally has become far less important in the minds of many as part of their daily diet.
It would also be remiss not to mention the major role animal welfare organisations have played in raising awareness to the suffering of animals. Several charities have bought live animal export issues to the forefront of peoples minds together with the brutalities inflicted on animals in slaughter houses.
One could think that the current fast paced change in our eating habits and continually developing range of foods available is simply a trend. But for Vegans and Vegetarians on the cusp of change, this is a revolution in better health & prevention of cruelty and needless suffering, so in essence it is simply a win win for all concerned. It just means that in Israel that change is happening at a faster pace!
ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN YOU COME TO ISRAEL - COME HUNGRY!
ISRAEL was the first country outside the US to offer vegan flavours of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Israel's vegan population is said to be currently running at a whopping 9.5% of the population, now that is impressive!
Israel has pioneered much of the meat free alternatives due to its impressive food technology industry.
Israel was (and to our knowledge still is) the only nation where Domino's Pizza operates offering a Vegan option!
The Israeli Ministry Of Tourism now actively promotes Israel as the Vegan Capital of the world. Certainly a title to be proud of.
Much of the plant based produce sold in Israel is grown in Israel. So the ethos is very much a case of farm to table easily and quickly. Hence plant based foods have flourished In Israel far quicker than elsewhere.
The Ministry for Health actively encouraged schools to serve one meat free meal a week as far back as three years ago, so this is no fad, it is deemed a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that also safeguards the well being of all animals.
The IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) introduced Vegan options into their combat rations for those soldiers who choose a meat free diet. The initiative was welcomed and proved highly successful.
Welcome to Nanuchka restaurant – The first 100% vegan Georgian restaurant in Tel Aviv and in the World!
Vegan cafe / restaurant in the city center offering health food with raw and gluten-free options. Highly acclaimed and very popular
Four One Six offers contemporary & highly creative vegan dining amidst beautifully styled interiors. The cocktails are a must.
Meshek Barzilay is an organic vegan restaurant in Tel Aviv’s charming Neve Tzedek neighborhood. It is regarded as one of the leading organic vegan restaurants in Israel,
“Nagila” is a strictly Kosher (Mehadrin) restaurant offering diverse, fresh & creative vegan cuisine. Gila, the owner ensures the freshest, quality ingredients.
A former techi fulfils his life long dream creating alongside his wife one of Israel's most popular vegan dining experience. Everything straight from garden to table.
In today's world we became far more sensitive to foods and have developed an awareness for its quality.
If you realise that refined white sugar is not for you, but you still want to enjoy the sweetness of life, It is important to nurture yourself with natural healthy and tasty foods.
If you believe that we can celebrate life and food whilst respecting the lives of animals, the environment and the planet, then join our Vitella revolution!
Vitella is a series of chocolate and nut spreads, naturally created with products that we know and trust and of course , vegan!
They say chocolate is the symbol of love. Now it is time to share the love with the world.
There are 3 stunning varieties from which to choose. Buy online and support Israeli business or buy locally.
Check out the nutty range
HAZELNUT & DARK CHOCOLATE
This is a jar of walking goodness! Containing 45% hazelnuts, almonds and pure chocolate it is sweetened by organic coconut sugar.
Made with 45% raw almonds and pure chocolate.
White vegan chocolate spread with a hazelnuts and tasty tiger nuts. A nutty fusion, delicate to taste yet rich in flavours.
You'll love our super range!
Check out the Official Website
This site is surely the vegan's bible, A must see go too website that lists every vegan enterprise in the country and offers an in-depth look at news, events and anything that relates to the world of veganism. It is a great point of reference and allow visitors and residents alike to use this as a guide to source the most ethically friendly products on sale, not only food but also listing cosmetics to well being and beyond. They have also established the 'Vegan Friendly' label for commerce which gives the consumer the assurance they are buying a vegan friendly product.
The Harashim is a boutique bio-dynamic winery that was established in 1987 & run by Gadi Saar and Yuval Erlich Nitsan. The winery is located on Mount Shazor, one of Israel’s rainiest locations and at peak at an altitude of 860 meters above sea level. The values around the viticultural techniques are preserving the ecological balance. This means minimum intervention while supporting the living forces in their vineyard. Every weed & flower has a purpose. it enhances the complexity of the soil’s organic structure and is labelled vegan friendly.