Top 10 Hummus restaurants in Israel

You might not be bowled over at first by the Israeli obsession with hummus (and before you think “ffftttppphhh, what the heck does anyone see in that hummus stuff?!“, check out our beginners guide to hummus), but we’re pretty sure after a couple of dishes at any of the restaurants below, you’ll soon be licking your chops and joining the queues at the door…and if you’re looking for a hummus joint near you, check out the Hummus Map at the bottom of the page.

So here they are, the best, the very best, the top 10 hummus restaurants in Israel. Bon appetit!

Abu Hassan (otherwise known as Ali Caravan)

Abu Hassan Yafo1 Dolphin Street, Yafo

The favorite of many Tel Aviv locals, Abu Hassan is renowned throughout Israel and people are known to come from far and wide for a plate of the holy stuff. Don’t ask for a boiled egg with your hummus as the staff will get pissed with this “invented by the Jews” side-dish (go with the raw onion instead). Open from morning til the hummus runs out…Telephone: 03-6820387

Sa’eed

Saeed Akko hummusOld City market, Acco

Another legendary hummus joint, Sa’eed is a great place to stop by when on a day trip to Acco’s Old City and market. Erratic opening hours as Sa’eed stays open only as long as there’s some hummus left, so try and get there early lunchtime! The service is typically great and quick. Telephone: 04-9913945

Abu Adham

Kfar Yassif hummusKfar Yassif (11km north east of Acco), located next to the village Post Office

The original of what is now a national chain (none of which compare favorably with this place), here is the place to go for some true Galilee hummus. You can even get away with asking for a boiled egg here. Open all day til 5pm. Telephone: 04-9996245

Hummus Ashkara

Hummus AshkaraYermiyahu 45, Tel Aviv

One of Tel Aviv’s original hummus joints, this place has been serving up the mighty hummus for years, almost round the clock (yes, even in the wee hours of the night). You can get the regular plates of hummus here, plus a boiled egg (no questions asked), and they’ve also recently introduced – chips! Also Kosher for those interested. Telephone: 052-2532296

The Jingee

Hummus Kibbutz EinatKibbutz Einat (next to Rosh Ha’ayin)

We’re not even sure this is the name of the place (The Jingee translates to The Redhead), as it’s probably the most undercover of all the restaurants on this list. But the hummus is up there with the best of them. And the fact that the owner has the attitude that if the hummus runs out early he’s not going to make any more, makes the place even more endearing! No thrills, no extras, but great hummus and felafel. The place closes at 1pm, but the hummus often runs out before then, so get your skates on!

Hummus Bahadonas

Hummus Bahadonas138 Bialik Street, Ramat Gan

Another long termer, this place at one of the busiest junctions near Tel Aviv has been serving up hummus with lots of garlic, lemon and parsley for some 20 years! A hard boiled egg is no problem, and they even serve up a salad for those who don’t enjoy their hummus “straight”. Kosher (but without certification). Telephone: 03-7528074

Pinati

Pinati Jerusalem13 King George Street, Jerusalem

One of the Holy City’s secret tourist attractions, this Kosher hummus joint has been up and running for close to 40 years. Apart from the usual hummus, you can also enjoy some Kubeh soup (special dumpling-like morsels), giving it the feel of a “worker’s restaurant” rather than specializing in hummus only. Definitely worth a stopover when visiting the sites of Jerusalem and you’re not in the need for something fancy. Telephone: 02-6254540

Halil

Hummus Ramle6 Kehilat Detroit, Ramle

One of the most famous hummus restaurants in Israel, this place has some mighty fine hummus, and unlike many of the Arab hummus joints listed here, has no problem serving up a hard boiled egg alongside your hummus. Definitely not in line for interior design awards, the warm and friendly service more than makes up for it. Telephone: 08-9222284

Hummus Lina

Hummus LinaOld City, Jerusalem (next to the Via Dolorasa)

This small family run hummus restaurant is an awesome place to sit back and take a break in, while soaking up some of the amazing Old City atmosphere in the Christian Quarter. Regular no thrills hummus for you here, but with great, efficient service during those peak hours. Telephone: 02-6277320

The New Abu Gosh

Abu Gosh hummus65 Derekh HaShalom, Abu Gosh

Not a classic hummus joint as we know it, but this place is one of Abu Gosh’s finest (Abu Gosh is just outside Jerusalem and renowned as a place to eat at the weekend). Not only can you dig in to some hummus, but also enjoy some great salads, barbecued meat, and fish. Telephone: 02-5332019

The Hummus Map!

18 Comments

  1. sjyal

    December 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    This is an outdated and obvious list. I’m disappointed.

  2. Tori

    December 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

    BLUE BUS is the place to get the beat humus in israel!

    • Ashley

      December 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Never tried it to be honest, but heard mixed reviews…some love it, some don’t.

    • Laary Cemel

      December 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

      YES, I absolutely agree that Blue Bus should be on this list – and way up near the top, at that!

  3. Mitch

    January 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Missing a very important one, right outside the shook in Akko which actually destroys Sa’eed and the ones on the list that I’ve tried. Its called Melech HaHummus Abu Sohil. Best Hummus I’ve had in Israel no question.

    • Ashley

      January 17, 2012 at 6:35 am

      Hi Mitch, thanks for the input! I think I’ve actually eaten there, and if it IS the same place, is pushing Saeed mighty hard…

  4. Beeri

    April 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Despite the gloriouse reputation, all three hummus places named in J-m area, fall behind “humus Ben sirra” and “bring Aza LeBerlin”.
    In my own personal opinion so do other places mentioned, but that could also be a manifistation on my home biassness…

  5. William

    September 22, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Why would I want to visit a restaurant that will pissed off by an “invented by the Jews” side-dish? If I want to eat at a restaurant I want to enjoy the food, not experience Juden Hass. I’ll avoid a restaurant where I have to hear Juden Hass. I’m surprised no one else has said anything.

  6. Ariel

    October 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

    While I agree that most of these places have good Humous, there is a place in Lod that dishes up the best I have ever eaten…. Abu Michel!!

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  8. zst

    May 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    this is a list of someone who choose only the obvious and commercial places
    there are dozens of small authentic places that serve hummus that is ten if not one hundred times better

    • Ashley

      May 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Right. The Gingee, for example, is a HUGE commercial enterprise. Or perhaps not…have you ever been there?

  9. gerald chernicoff

    March 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    okay..we’re coming. Israel is our next trip overseas. Save some hummus for us.

  10. Theeadia

    April 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Samir’s in Ramle! Yummmmmmy

  11. Neil

    April 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Abu gosh is dangerous what with the current unrest

    • Ashley

      April 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Pretty sure that’s not the case!

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