When walking the streets of Tel Aviv it becomes clear that the city is very vegan friendly. There are hoards of vegan restaurants and bakeries, and almost every eatery is clad with a tomato heart, the official vegan friendly sign of Israel. Tel Aviv has become a hub for all things in vegan eating, so naturally its first vegan supermarket has recently opened in the heart of the city.
HaGal HaYarok is Israel’s first completely vegan supermarket and resides in the Carmel Market, at 50 Hacarmel Street. The store’s goal is to provide affordable 100% vegan food that is easily accessible to Tel Aviv’s vegan and vegetarian population.
The vegan culinary heaven provides a wide range of products including vegan dairy alternatives like cheeses and ice-cream and vegan protein options. All products available for purchase at HaGal HaYarok are certified vegan and their fair-trade approach allows them to provide vegan products that cannot be found in major retailers.
The founders of the market, Refael Avraham and Eylon Zakzer, intend to open up five more branches across Israel by 2018, thus making HaGal HaYarok the vegan chain supermarket of Israel.
HaGal HaYarok is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm, and on Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
Written by Sam Hertzig