22 Facts About Eating In Israel That Will Resonate With Your Soul

I might be biased, but I firmly believe that the best part of traveling to a new country is the cuisine. For me, eating is all about the experience, and each culture has a different feeling associated with its native foods.

Israel is a melting pot of cuisines, from African to Turkish to Iraqi and Moroccan and beyond. In addition, the mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazi cooking has a huge impact on the culinary palette of the country.

Since eating in Israel is an experience in and of itself, I’ve asked my peers to help me compile a list describing what it’s like to sit down for an Israeli meal.

You know you’re eating in Israel when…

-it’s impossible to get water when you’re sitting at a restaurant.

-the only three Hebrew words you use on a daily basis are slicha (sorry, excuse me), mayim (water) and heshbon (check).

-eating challah in an Irish pub on Shabbat isn’t considered weird.


-ice cubes just don’t exist.

-hummus is literally your entire meal.

-there are automatically four dogs at your feet whenever you sit down in public.

-you know the difference between iced coffee and cold coffee.


-your salad consists solely of tomatoes and cucumbers.

-you put za’atar on everything.

-you drink Goldstar everywhere you go.


-you can’t seem to escape the eggplant.

-you get a 5 shekel Cofix fix every morning.

-you’re either Team Falafel or Team Schwarma.


-you know the sketchier a place looks, the better their food probably is (this goes for juice shacks as well).

-you’re still not entirely sure what sabich is.

-it’s normal to be served salad and fish for breakfast.

-french fries in your sandwiches, always.


-you’ve accepted that lemon with mint is the greatest combination ever.

-you have a strong opinion about arak.

-the vegetables you eat taste like they were picked minutes ago.


-you’re sick of the same old schnitzel/potatoes/rice at every single hostel.

-there are pickles on EVERYTHING.

-pita, all day every day.

Agree? Disagree? Did I miss anything? Leave a comment and let me know!

2 thoughts on “22 Facts About Eating In Israel That Will Resonate With Your Soul

  1. Totally agree !!!! Especially about the hummus being a whole meal and the freshness of the vegetables ! And all the rest too 🙂 lol. I’m Team Falafel by the way, and I think you could add that there is Tehina on almost any dish !!


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