Tourist tip #25 / The ‘Israeli breakfast’
Israelis know how to start the day right with a model breakfast that hits all the marks of taste and texture. From this foundation cafes get creative, offering their own delectable variations on this popular theme.
If you believe in the old adage that it’s best to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” you’ll have ample opportunities to indulge your appetite for the most important meal of the day during your stay in Israel.
Locals love their breakfasts, and many cafes serve the meal all day long. The most ubiquitous version you’ll find in Israel is what’s termed the “Israeli breakfast” – typically consisting of two eggs cooked to your preference (fried, scrambled, or in an omelet) and a freshly prepared salad, usually made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Alongside this you may find a variety of both hard and soft cheeses, and meze such as tuna, olives, roasted peppers and avocado. A selection of bread rolls with butter, jam or chocolate spread is also provided, and more luxurious versions may also include granola with honey, yogurt and fresh fruit.
Tea or coffee and fresh juice is regularly included in the price, although places that serve breakfast all day long usually offer only one of these options after midday.
Prices range from around NIS 30 for a simple Israeli breakfast, and though they can reach NIS 80 for a sumptuous feast with all the trimmings and a cocktail thrown in, they usually hover between NIS 40-60.