Build- Your- Own Gluten Free Tel Aviv Tour

For the last few years I have been building a bucket list of gluten free friendly places to try around Israel. With a pretty overloaded schedule, I have a hard time getting out of Jerusalem so when I do I pack in as much as I can. Today, I joined teams with my new foodie friend Mallory and my gluten free bestie Maya to try as many gluten free places in Tel Aviv as we could in one day.

This post is a comprehensive review of the places we went on our tour Blikemah, Bana, TLVMakers, Arte Glideria, Johnnys Falafel, and Lelo.

Before we went, I asked you all what you wanted to know about each place and the votes were:
– Taste
– Selection
– Price
– Vibes
– Tiny dog sighting

Each rating will be on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being never going back and 5 being would go out of my way to eat there everyday.

Blikemah, HaBarzel 32 (Kosher)

This was our first stop of the day and I had really high expectations after hearing about this 100% GF cafe for months. While I wasn’t blown away it is kosher which is a plus.

Our rating:
– Taste: 2/5
– Selection: 4/5
– Price: 3/5
– Vibes: 2/5
– Tiny dog sighting: 5/5

While we saw many cute dogs, I was otherwise underwhelmed by Blikemah. In my opinion it’s quite overrated. Not only was the staff inattentive, things that were advertised on their instagram were not available and the real food items (aka pizza) was over priced.


We tried the croissant, cookie, cheese boreka, lemon curd muffin, and bread bowl pizza. The crust of the bread bowl was dense and flavorless as was the filling for the boreka. The croissant while tasty was super doughy and not flakey as a croissant should be. The lemon curd muffin was yummy but as it was covered with almond slivers I expected an almond flavour (which is my favorite kind of pastry) which it lacked completley. The chocolate chip cookie was delicious but I could have made one of the same quality at home. I will give them a 5/5 for smells when you walk in, even if they’re misleading.


In my opinion it was not worth the trip as it pretty far away from the rest of Tel Aviv. If you are in the area, drop in for a cookie or muffin but don’t go out of your way to try Blikemah.


TLVMakers, Maze 4

We stopped by Bana looking for Golden Sun Kombucha but unfortunately they were out. Lucky for us, we stumbled upon the near by TLVMakers Cafe which also carries a selection of this locally brewed probiotic drink.

Our rating:
– Taste: 5/5
– Selection: 3/5 for drinks and 1/5 for food
– Price: 2/5
– Vibes: 3/5
– Tiny dog sighting: 0/5

I was pleasantly impressed with the local brands sold at TLVMakers. We tried all 4 of Golden Sun Kombucha flavors that they carried as well as the Wild Dog Cold Brew. I really enjoyed the aesthetic of the place and while the kombucha was expensive, it was also really good.
There is a bit of a pressure to be quiet inside the cafe which was intimidating. Also, there is a lack of food options so don’t go there expecting to eat a meal. I really enjoyed what we tried and would 100% get both the kombucha and cold brew again but I wouldn’t go out of my way get them from TLVMakers. If you are looking for some trendy plants though they have you covered!

Arte Glideria, Nachalat Binyamin

When we got to Arte, I was thrilled to find out that all of their flavors are gluten Free except bread and butter. They use different spoons to scoop each flavour which is awesome for preventing cross contamination. I ordered the coffee and cream flavors and got a GF cone. The ice cream melted faster than I could eat it so maybe order it in a cup with the cone on top if you want to be able to savour each bite.


On a hot day, you really can’t beat this place except one of their freezers broke this morning and thus only half of the flavors were available so maybe wait a few days until it’s fixed.

Our rating:
– Taste: 4/5
– Selection: 2/5 (half the flavours weren’t out)
– Price: 3/5
– Vibes: 3/5
– Tiny dog sighting: 4/5

Johnny’s Falafel, Ternichovsky 2

THE HOLY GRAIL OF GF FALAFEL! Wow, I was blown away! Not only was everything cooked in a fryer 100% separate from the gluten products, they had specifically GF salads as well. Their GF pita was the best I have had and I really appreciated that the staff immediately asked if I was celiac when I ordered GF which shows just how educated they are about gluten. I was lucky enough to meet Johnny and he was extremely kind and took the time to get to know us a bit. Wonderful staff, amazing falafel, gluten free pita, what more could you want in life?

Our rating:
– Taste: 5/5
– Selection: 5/5
– Price: 5/5
– Vibes: 5/5
– Tiny dog sighting: 4/5

I couldn’t recommend this place more.

LeLo, Tasha St 2 (Not kosher but has a fridge of their products which are packaged at their mifal and are kosher dairy. ** Update: Kosher snif now open in Afeka!)

I don’t have words. LeLo, which only opened about a week ago, is raising the bar for GF cafes. While it isn’t kosher, it is amazing. I was blown away by the staff and especially the owner who took the time to talk to us and ask us how each item was. He greeted everyone who came in with a smile and truly impressed me with his commitment to fresh, high quality ingredients. He brought us a sweet treat at the end of our meal, macaroons which were out of this world as well as a little goodie bag of breakfast pastries to eat in the morning. I would trust this man with my life and am looking forward to going back soon!

Our rating:
– Taste: 5/5
– Selection: 5/5
– Price: 3/5
– Vibes: 5/5
– Tiny dog sighting: 5/5

LeLo has a wonderful outdoor seating area right off of Kikar HaMedina. It is a wonderful place to people watch, hang out, and enjoy the breeze. The boreka I ordered was 28 shekel but totally worth it. It was huge and had what felt like a kilo of cheese inside. LeLo is so good I would be totally happy to make the trip to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem just to eat lunch there. It is only a 10 min walk from Azrieli Mall, the 480 bus from Jerusalem, and the train line so its conveniently located and really an A+ spot!

Next on the bucket list: Abulafia in Cinema City, Ramat HasSharon and Reviva vCelia. Stay tuned for more gluten free adventures in Israel and around the world.

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I'm Jazzie, a 20 something wannabe globetrotter with Celiac Disease. Living in Israel and navigating being gluten free is no easy task, so I created TheIsraelBites to provide English speakers with information about surviving Celiac Disease in the Middle East.

5 thoughts on “Build- Your- Own Gluten Free Tel Aviv Tour

  1. Yafa

    Hi! LOVE your blog! Can you please also put in your comments if any of these places are Kosher. That would be an awesome help.

    1. theisraelbites

      Hi! Blikemah is, as is the falafel place if I remember correctly. Lelo unfortunately is not. TLVMakers I just got bottled drinks so I didn’t look for kashrut. Mochikva isn’t certified but it’s vegan and gf. Arte Glideria I really believe was kosher but I can’t remember 100%.

  2. Maya

    Thanl you very much! Now I wanna go and try all those things 🙂

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