Let the competition begin: What is the best sabich in Israel?

We assume you love food and we think you want to try only the best places for traditional Israeli dishes on your next visit to the Land of Milk and Honey. In the past, we brought you a number of articles so you know where to go to have the best shawarma ever, and even when deciding where to eat the best hummus in Israel. At this opportunity, we want to talk about a new, different Israeli delight you cannot miss: Sabich.

The main ingredient of this very typical Israeli street food is eggplant, but it is not served in any way you’ve seen before. For this dish, the eggplant is fried, it comes in a pita and many vegetables and exquisite sauces are added, to provide a unique Middle-Eastern flavor you will never forget.

Sabich is delicious, and there are many places around Israel that think they have the best in the entire country. We have our own opinion and we will reveal it at the end of this article. In the meantime, get ready to feel hungry… If you are in Israel, you’ll want to go to the nearest sabich place right after finishing reading this article (if not before).

Ready for the ranking of the 3 best sabich places in Israel? Here we go! Bete’avon!

Where is the best Sabich in Israel?

Oved’s Sabich in Givatayim

This sabich is outstanding. It is known as the “best sabich in the world”, encouraging Israelis traveling around the world to take pictures with a sign saying “Oved’s sabich is the best one in the entire universe”, and get a free portion when they bring them the picture back in Israel.

Oved has been in the same exact spot for decades, and offers an experience that goes beyond just sabich. The owner, who is still the one serving the dishes, does a specific show for each customer, speaks many languages and knows more about soccer than Messi himself.

You can find this delicious sabich on the border of Ramat Gan and Givatayim. Come hungry, and get ready to taste “the best sabich of the entire universe”. If you decide to come on a Friday morning or noon, be prepared to wait. The line can sometimes be way too long, but it is worth your time. You must try it and we promise you… you will come back.

Sabich Aricha in Jerusalem

For all Jerusalemites this is a must. If you happen to be in Jerusalem, you have to make some time to try out Aricha’s sabich. Their unique flavors and home-made sauces are outstanding, their space is very unique and folksy, and their pita bread is breathtaking.

Aricha’s sabich is only a few meters away from the Machane Yehuda market, which is another must when visiting the capital of Israel. So, a good idea could be to enjoy a spectacular sabich and then walk around the “shuk” to get one last souvenir, or another Israeli condiment, before heading back home.

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Sabich HaKosem in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, lovely Tel Aviv! A few months ago we told you what to do when you only have 48 hours in the White City. But if you happen to have a few spare minutes, you must stop at HaKosem (which literally means “the magician”). Their sabich is amazing and they have an extraordinary location in the center of the city.

We already talked about this spot when we mentioned the best places to have shawarma in Israel, remember? Well, this stunning restaurant doesn’t only have shawarma (and falafel), it also offers sabich you just have to taste.

If you are coming back from Tel Aviv beach and want to walk around the lovely Dizengoff St., don’t continue without stopping at HaKosem and trying out their sabich. Do we have a deal?

Learn Hebrew today and have a gourmet experience in Israel!

If you want to know exactly how to ask for your sabich, or to enjoy Oved’s performance while serving your sabich dish, you have to learn some Hebrew. You can start today in one of the online, live Hebrew courses offered by the Rosen School of Hebrew and get surprisingly positive results in no time.

Speaking Hebrew will open several doors for you, not only to taste delicious Israeli delights, but also to explore the Land of Milk and Honey from a totally different perspective. Give yourself a gift and start learning this modern-ancient language today.

Hebrew is just around the corner, it is up to you to learn it or not. What are you going to do?

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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