Looking for the perfect place to eat in Israel? Turn your phone into a culinary tour guide with these apps and other digital guides.
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Developed by celebrity chefs, the Tourism Ministry, NGOs, and other local food experts, these digital guides pack local food knowledge into e-books, interactive sites, and custom-made digital itineraries. Features include GPS capabilities and extensive filtering into categories, including varying levels of kosher certification. We've chosen five digital guides to help you find the best places to eat and explore in Israel.
Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants: Dining off the beaten track
This newly released e-book lists 100 of Israel's best ethnic restaurants, most of which are unknown to the general public. The book, which also includes 15 annual food fairs and 30 ethnic dishes, was compiled by Israeli Master Chef and food TV celebrity Gil Hovav and Jack Gottlieb, founder of the World Jewish Heritage NGO. The e-book is free and can be downloaded from World Jewish Heritage by signing up for their mailing list.
Taste of Israel: History with flavor
This 32-page food and travel guide reads like a digital magazine devoted to Israel's food and drink scene, past and present. This free app, published by the Tourism Ministry, includes a history of Israel’s culinary culture; a glossary of Israeli ingredients and dishes; a list of top restaurants, bars, and street food; wine and beer reviews; virtual market and city tours; an interview with celebrity chef Eyal Shani; recipes, and more. Look for it in your app store; versions are available for iPad, iPhone and Android.
Shuk Bites: Markets at your own pace
Shuk Bites offers tickets to taste a selection of offerings at markets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. After you order your ticket online, you pick it up in person and also gain access to other online resources that guide you through your market of choice. The tour company, which takes its name from the Hebrew word for market, gives you the option of touring five different markets: Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, the Old City market in Jerusalem, the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, the Levinsky spice market in Tel Aviv and the Flea Market in Jaffa. Cards buy tastes at approximately six shops in each market, including foods, drinks, spices, desserts and more, to be used within six months. “Bite cards” cost 79-99 shekels apiece and can be purchased at breakingbreadjourneys.com, Yalla Basta and Machne.
Lunch out with Matkonation. Photo by Danya Weiner
Tel Aviv Foodie Guide: Bloggers' favorites
This guide was produced by the women behind Matkonation, a Hebrew- and English-language food blog. The list, put together by people who know the scene, includes restaurants organized by category, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, fine dining, bars, kosher, Asian, Italian and vegetarian. The guide can be downloaded as a PDF.
The Guide by Telavivian: Restaurants on the map
This guide http://telavivian.com is a digital map and address book with a list of restaurants, cafes, and other shops around Tel Aviv. The colorful map, created by online lifestyle magazine Telavivian, includes a reliable list of food establishments, each accompanied by a brief description.