Let the competition begin: What’s the best falafel in Israel?

This is not the first time we have done a culinary competition right here. Don’t worry, we aren’t pretending to become a new version of Master Chef, or to steal Gordon Ramsey’s TV shows. Our only goal is to share some of the most delicious options you have in Israel, to try the most typical Arab-Israeli dishes.

Not so long ago we went over the best shawarma places in Israel, and a little bit before that we even showed you where to get the best Hummus in the Land of Milk and Honey. At this opportunity, we want to take it one step further, and show you the tastiest options for you to get falafel in Israel.

There is one thing that will happen for sure: this will be a controversial article. There are as many opinions on what’s the best falafel in Israel, as types of Israelis you might meet on your next visit to the Holy Land. We will try to be as objective as possible, and show you the top spots to get an exquisite falafel while in Israel.

Are you ready? We are getting hungry, so read this fast so we can go grab a bite!

What is the best falafel place in Israel?

First of all, do you know what falafel is? Here we are, discussing the best places to have it, and some of you might not even know what we are talking about, or what it is made of. According to a Wikipedia definition, the falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. In general, people eat it in a pita bread, and add a variety of dip sauces, salads, and toppings to it.

Now, let’s see the best falafel places in Israel… According to our very own falafel experts. If you think there is a place that should be mentioned here and it is not, feel free to let us know about your favorite spot in the comments below.

Best falafel in Jerusalem

Moshiko is just amazing. Located in the middle of the amazing Ben Yehuda street and surrounded by hundreds of stores, little bars, and lots of locals and tourists walking around this pedestrian avenue, Moshiko offers a unique flavor that conquers the hearts of both Israelis and internationals.

In general, someone from the Moshiko team will be outside, right on the street, to offer you a bite of their falafel balls for free, so you can understand – in person – what delicious really means.

One of the best parts is the terrace they have in the middle of this lovely pedestrian street, in which you can sit and eat your falafel while watching an immense assortment of people from numerous different places and backgrounds walking around and loving Jerusalem.

Ready for a nice falafel in Jerusalem? Moshiko is the place for you!

Best falafel in Tel Aviv

HaKosem also made it to the first place in two other of our rankings. They got to the top sabich places in Israel, and also to the best shawarma places in Tel Aviv. When talking about falafel, they also deserve a huge round of applause from the audience!

Their falafel is breathtaking, and it is the ideal thing to eat while walking down the sea promenade. As you know, Tel Aviv is a spectacular city, having a falafel from HaKosem while discovering the city of Bauhaus architecture is an experience that you don’t want to miss.

As we suggested in one of our previous competitions, you must try HaKosem’s amba sauce. It will add a unique flavor to an appetizing falafel.

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Best falafel in Haifa

HaZkenim is a must. As simple as that. Located in the middle of the Arab neighborhood of the Wadi, and very close to the Haifa Museum of Art, HaZkenim prepares some of the best falafel in the entire world.

Their falafel is so delicious, that most customers do not add any topping or sauce to it, and some of their friendly staff even recommends that you try a falafel ball as it comes, without adding hummus or tahini to it, so you can have one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life.

Want to experience what real falafel tastes like? HaZkenim is the place you were looking for. Look no further.

Learn Hebrew today and your falafel will taste better!

It is time for you to learn some Hebrew. With the live online Hebrew courses offered by the Rosen School of Hebrew, doing so is easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

Be amazed by how fast you become fluent in this amazing and ancient language, and on your next visit to Israel you might be ordering your falafel in Hebrew!

What are you waiting for? The time is now! Behatzlacha!

About the author

Arie Elbelman R.Arie was born and raised in Chile, and immigrated to Israel in his early twenties. He wants to take an active role in the development of this young and smart country. Arie believes that the best way to shape our present and future is to live with more horizontal hierarchies, to smile a whole lot, and to always, always respect each other.

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