Eating and drinking in Israel is a culinary experience unto itself, as the country is known for its diverse food scene and restaurants, combining both traditional recipes and local ingredients in modern and inventive ways. From street food like crispy falafel, flavorful shawarma and the always contested “best hummus” to fine dining, Israel has some of the world’s most renowned dishes, chefs and restaurants. The population of Israel is diverse and many have brought flavors from their home countries creating a unique fusion-style of food across the country including Russian, Polish, Moroccan, Iraqui and Yemenite flavors, and much more. Eating and drinking in Israel is also influenced by availability and local ingredients, highlighting fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and fish, and gaining popularity for ingredients such as dates, olives, and spices. Tel Aviv has also gained global recognition for its influence and progressive in vegan and plant-based eating, attracting international tourists from around the world.