Cafe Birenbaum is one of the longest running family businesses in Tel Aviv which is often overlooked by locals, myself included (plead guilty). Its history starts back in 1962 when it was opened as a pastry shop. Later in the 80’s, when a “new trend” of healthy food popped up in Tel Aviv, the pastry shop made a transition to a vegetarian cafe (still offering desserts). I’m pretty sure it was the vegetarian pioneer in town, but don’t hold me to it. At least for me it was the first place to dine out at after I evicted all meat products from my life.
When you step inside, you get this feeling that you are back in time in a good way. It feels very cosy and simple, as if you are at friend’s kitchen. The main “attraction” of this spot is all-you-can-eat between 10:00 – 15:00. For 50 ILS you get buffet with more than 40 (it’s not a mistake, I repeat – forty!!!) different salads and hot stews, most of them are vegan. It’s an unbeatable price for a healthy lunch. If you are not into buffets, they have a regular menu too.
Opening hours are pretty unusual for Tel Aviv, 06:00 – 16:00. All you can eat is valid on Friday as well when most cafés and restaurants don’t have lunch deals. Please remember to have cash, they don’t accept credit cards. I did say “once upon a time” experience, didn’t I?