Food and Wine

The Middle East is becoming increasingly well known as a foodie destination, and it’s about time!

All of Israel, Jordan & Egypt have special food experiences, and we believe that visiting a new culture always involves meeting locals and trying their cuisine – there is nothing like sharing a meal together to build bridges.  So, don’t just come and see and listen – get involved and smell and taste!

In Israel, the large waves of immigration from the four corners of the world have created a melting pot of culinary treats concentrated in one small space. As you wander through food markets, and trawl through menus, you will encounter cuisines from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and East Asia. While for years these different styles stayed separated from each other, the leading contemporary Israeli chefs enjoy mixing and matching traditions to create exciting new Israeli recipes.
As an aside, Israel is an outstanding place for vegetarians and even vegans. Whilst there is plenty of excellently cooked meat, Israel also offers many vegetarian staples such as hummus and falafel which are both made from chickpeas; sabich which is made from aubergine, egg, potato and herbs; and shakshuka which is made from eggs poached in a rich tomato and pepper sauce.

Food Experiences

Delving into this food culture can be a little bewildering, but at Pomegranate Travel we believe that it is an important part of any Israel tour.

  • Amman Street Food

    Middle Eastern food is a major highlight of travelling the region, and our Amman based street food tours are not to be missed in order to get off the beaten track and switch on your taste buds.

  • Bedouin Hospitality, Jordan

    Bedouin camps are evident in Wadi Rum, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families, and you will have the opportunity to learn about this way of life, so different from ours.

  • Cairo by Night

    Experience a different side of Cairo, experiencing the city by evening and night. 

  • Cairo Street Food

    One of the best way to enjoy being in Egypt is to ‘Eat like an Egyptian!’, and today we are hooking you up with a local expert in Egyptian cuisine and the Egyptian street

  • Chef led market tours & cooking workshops

    We love arranging special food tasting tours with leading chefs, specialist food historians, or foodie bloggers who will guide you through the most famous food and spice markets to the tastiest Israeli titbits and help you understand and appreciate the different flavours.

  • Fun family food

    Israelis are obsessed with their cheeses, and we invite you and all the family to visit a rural goat cheese farm and see where it all starts!

  • Home Hospitality

    Meet the locals for a more in depth experience. We offer home hospitality with, amongst others, Druze, Bedouin, Nubian and Orthodox Jewish families.

  • Nubian Experience, Aswan Egypt

    Aswan is perhaps the most beautiful city in Egypt, and it just so happens that one of most loved experiences - meeting with the Nubian community - takes place in our most loved Egyptian city.

  • Restaurant concierge & exclusive private meals

    If you’re looking to wow and surprise your loved ones out here in the Middle East we highly recommend a private wilderness meal.

  • Tel Aviv by Night

    Maybe you would like to explore the legendary nightlife of Tel Aviv with a local insider?

  • Wine culture

    Of course, great food deserves to be accompanied by exceptional wine. The grapevine is one of the seven Biblical native species of Israel listed in the book of Deuteronomy, and this land has a strong wine making tradition.

Why Pomegranate?

  • Tailor made itineraries
  • Deep local knowledge
  • Expert guides
  • Outstanding style & service