Tel Aviv, White CityAnastasia, plant-based breakfasts worth the queue

Israel has the highest percentage of vegans per capita in the world.  That’s about 5% of the population! So, it comes as no surprise that the plant-based restaurant scene is thriving. As is Anastasia.

Top of my list in Tel Aviv is this charming café serving everything from almond milk porridge and artichoke-tahini sandwiches, to heartier soba noodle salads and squash stew served with couscous.

Plus there’s raw desserts, a long list of superfood smoothies and the beach nearby…

The setting

Located on the corner of Frischman and Reines Street, Anastasia is a 10-minute stroll from the beach. So it’s easy to pop in for a banana-cacao-date milkshake and a slice of GF pistachio cake after sunbathing or surfing.

Expect to queue (worth every second!), as Anastasia is extremely popular with vegans and vegetarians and often packed with both tourists and locals.

The staff are welcoming and the décor is minimalist. There’s cosy sofas outside in the sunshine – or you can escape the heat in the air-conditioned indoors and enjoy the natural light gleaming through the large windows.

The little things

Anastasia also sells vegan products such as Conscious Chocolate, Pukka Herbs tea, a range of dairy-free cheeses and every superfood powder under the sun!

Free WiFi encourages freelancers to work from their laptops here, matcha latte in-hand, and the wooden patio is the perfect place to sit if you want to bring your dog!


The fresh juice test

With an extensive drinks menu, it was a tough choice to make! I settled for the green smoothie with apple, banana, dates, parsley, lettuce, spinach, mint, walnuts and orange juice – which had so many different levels of flavour.

The non-juice options include a tempting iced carob shake and banana-turmeric-maca milk.

What we ate

My friend and I shared two breakfasts, two desserts and a large smoothie. The shakshuka puts a vegan twist on a classic Israeli breakfast, replacing the eggs with polenta and tofu balls, served over slow-cooked garlicky tomato sauce with the most heavenly aroma.

Alongside it are delicious dips like eggplant cream and tahini. The açaí bowl was topped with an extra generous helping of crunchy granola and the sorbet-like consistency made me feel as if I were already having dessert -even before the triple-layered tiramisu arrived!

This was made up of a date-almond base, a chocolate coffee mousse in the middle and coconut mousse to finish.

Finally, the raw cookies were filled with vanilla ice-cream and came with a decadent roasted hazelnut butter.

What else?

The takeaway menu at Anastasia features all their homemade specialities, from fresh gluten-free bread to their own soya, almond and rice milks.  Plus, Anastasia doubles up as a health food shop, stocking all sorts of specialist vegan products.

The bill

Acai & Granola   44 NIS
Shakshuka  54 NIS
Tiramisu  38 NIS
Cookies  39 NIS
Green Shake  34 NIS


What made us glow?

The menu – there were countless options I wish I could have tried! Next time, I’m definitely going to order the “open table” breakfast: a selection of 6 spreads, hummus and corn omelette, scrambled tofu and homemade bread!

Take my word, once you try this place you will definitely return on your next trip to Tel Aviv!

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Anastasia

Frishman Street 54,
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

+972 3-529-0095
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