Stumbling upon the Sarona Market is like stumbling upon a rare unicorn. Filled to the brim with endless gourmet food/liqueur shops, delicious restaurants, and kitchen supply stores, this ‘market’ should be renamed “Safe Haven for All Things Food”. If you’ve ever been to NYC, think Chelsea Market takes TLV. As you walk into this place, it is as if you are transported to another world—a world where calories don’t exist. Yet, in this food lover’s paradise, it is easy to lose sight of the real gems of Sarona. Never fear: I am here to help! Below I have compiled a list of all of the must-see (AKA must eat) restaurants and shops. For maximum satisfaction, do exactly as follows. Beware, though, you may have to unbutton your pants by the time you leave.
Hiro Ramen Bar
Now, I know what you are thinking: who can eat Ramen in the heat of Israel? Don’t be misled by the name, Hiro Ramen Bar serves a small but varied
selection of other scrumptious Asian food. Their array of buns and salad are sure to hit the spot on a warm summer day. Even better, they offer a ‘buns special’ which comes with two buns and a salad of your choice. Depending on how hungry you are, the portion may be a little small. However, take that as a positive, as they are allowing you to save room for dessert!
In a time crunch? Got a tight wallet? Having a massive pizza craving? If you said yes to any of the above, then Via Rustico is the place for you! This pizza is a rustic and homey take on the on-the-go food trend. This isn’t your typical fast food pizza, though. Goodbye grease, hello gourmet!
Via Rustico offers thin crust pizza with a variety of toppings within an instant. The flavors are constantly changing, so depending on what time of day you go, you may be munchin’ on something different. The best part, though, is that this pizza is charged by weight! If you only want to spend 10 shekels, all you have to do is ask. So, if you are fickle about your food choices like I am, get yourself a small piece of pizza, and then move on to the next restaurant! What’s a food tour if you only eat at one place, anyways?
Who needs Paris when you have Fauchon? With a store on the perimeter of the market and a kiosk on the inside, you are sure to get your French fix here. From macarons to eclairs, these pastries are just as good– if not better– than they look. I recommend a pistachio macaron; it is the perfect treat if you want a little bit of indulgence without any of the guilt!
Now, I know what you are thinking: who goes to Israel and gets Mexican food?! Trust me, it is worth it. Set up in the style of indoor street food, Mexicana brings you the speed of chipotle with the quality of an upscale restaurant.
Plus, when you’re waiting, they’ll give you shot-sized portions of their margaritas… for free! The portions are big enough that you won’t feel disgusting after you finish them, but could also have leftovers depending on your big your appetite is.
In terms of a must-see place, Vom Fass is it. Vom Fass is the store you never knew you needed in your life but are so thankful that it is. This boutique chain from Europe stocks gourmet liqueur and oils in unique flavors to excite your taste buds. So why is it so great? They let you taste test anything you want. And, once you taste it, you’ll understand why I’m raving about it. The flavors aren’t overpoweringly sweet, yet mask the taste of alcohol so well you would think it is magic. I recommend the passion fruit is you are in a fruity mood, or the tarfetto is you are craving a boozy brownie batter.
My friend once said, “I don’t trust people who don’t like food”. This is how I feel about cookies. So, as you can imagine, when passing the Cookie Bucket, I could resist the urge to buy a cookie. And, man! They were delicious! I also tried a crepe with white chocolate, caramel, and sprinkles. It was good, but the cookie was definitely better.#PROTIP: Ask them to heat up the cookie to elevate your experience to the next level.
If you’re not hungry by now, you’re not doing it right. To find more Bible-like guides for the must-see places to go, check out Gooster, your intelligent tourist buddy. Accessed through the Facebook messenger, chat with Gooster for all of your food cravings. Maybe you’ll just discover your new favorite restaurant!
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