19 Places to Get Great Falafel in Philadelphia

When your next craving for these iconic, crispy-fried Middle Eastern treats hits, just refer to this list of where to get falafel in Philly.

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Whether you prefer them wrapped or stuffed or served on a platter with tabbouli, hummus, and veggies, falafel is essential and delicious. There are pockets (heh) of the city with high concentrations of falafel joints, but just about every part of town has a place where you can score these craveable, crispy-fried bean balls. Here are our favorite places to get them for takeout or delivery in Philadelphia.

Kanella Grill, Center City 
Kanella is a go-to spot for Philadelphians — it’s friendly, welcoming and the food is wonderful, including the falafel, which are always hot, fresh and made to order.

Suraya, Fishtown
If you can get a table in Suraya’s lovely (and heated outdoor garden) you’re in for a treat. The menu is rotating so they don’t always serve falafel, but when they do it is sure to blow you away.

 

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Shai opened back in November as a ghost kitchen — a delivery-only restaurant that operates out of an industrial kitchen with no space for guests. It’s run by Top Chef Masters alum Franklin Becker, who serves the falafel with a side of whipped tehina for dipping.

Falafel Time, Fitler Square 
It’s always falafel time, right? Here you can put it on a platter with salad and hummus, stuff it into a pita or stack it high on a sandwich. There’s no wrong answer.

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Goldie, Center City, Fairmount, and University City
Michael Solomonov’s vegan falafel joint was a beloved (and very busy) lunch spot pre-pandemic, and we’re still loving it for takeout and delivery now, whether we’re getting the falafel smooshed in a pita, served on a salad, or just as a “bag of balls” with a side of sauce.

Saad’s Halal Place, Spruce Hill
This spot just west of University City serves some of the best falafel around, and they’ve got a whole section of the menu to ways you can order yours — whether that be with feta, hummus, or in a sandwich.

Naf Naf Grill, Center City and Wynnefield Heights
Just about everything this Chicago-based chain serves, from their falafel to their chicken shawarma, is made fresh in store. Get those crispy chickpea balls in house-baked pita or over hummus, rice, couscous, or romaine.

Al Zaytouna, Italian Market
This halal restaurant at 9th and Christian offers Middle Eastern classics like kabobs, stuffed grape leaves, and foul mudam, plus falafel in platters and sandwiches.

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Halal Guys, Chinatown, Northeast Philly, King of Prussia, University City
Halal Guys started as a hot dog cart serving Muslim cab drivers in New York, and now they’ve brought their straightforward menu — gyro, chicken, and falafel served as a wrap-style pita sandwich or as a platter with rice and veggies — all over the world, including several locations in Philly, all currently offering pickup.

Bitar’s, Italian Market
In business since 1974, Bitar’s had revamped their interior a few years ago to make more space for dining by moving their retail. But amid the pandemic, they pivoted back to prioritize their market offerings. When ordering takeout or delivery, you’ll want to try their unique take on falafel, which is grilled till crisp rather than fried. We like it in the Owner’s Favorite, a mix of falafel, gyro meat, veggies, and harissa-spiked mayo.

Manakeesh, Spruce Hill
One of three excellent spots on this list on a two-block stretch of Walnut Street just west of the Penn campus, Manakeesh’s menu goes beyond Lebanese basics with their namesake flatbreads, fruit cocktails, and an extensive selection of Middle Eastern pastries — but their falafel is also fantastic.

Paprica Grill, Washington Square West
This Turkish spot won a Best of Philly for its kebabs, so make sure you check them out when putting in your order for falafel. The menu also includes khachapuri-esque pide flatbread topped with cheese and soudjouk (dry sausage).

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Makkah Market, Spruce Hill
Hit up Makkah during the day for bulk olive oil,  fresh-baked pita bread, or super-cheap spices. And pull up to their window any time of night (or day) for prepared foods. That’s right: 24-hour falafel in Philadelphia is real.

Alyan’s, Queen Village
This no-frills Mediterranean spot on South Street spot is the perfect place to grab a falafel platter (and some very creamy hummus).

Bishos Cafe, Northeast Philly
This solid Palestinian cafe serves falafel several ways, in platters and sandwiches and rice bowls. Take note that during Ramadan, the menu is tweaked, with morning items served at night so their Muslim customers can break their fast.

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Kamal’s, Market East
Reading Terminal Market’s resident Middle Eastern vendor offers a sweet option for a veggie-ful meal (something that’s not easy to find among the cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches there). Choose three, four, or five items from their veggie list, and be sure to make one of them falafel.

Sahara Grill, Midtown Village
This unassuming spot just east of Broad on Walnut Street is a well-kept secret amongst Center City diners. Our favorite is the falafel sandwich with a fattoush salad on the side.

Apricot Stone, Northern Liberties
Syrian-born Armenian chef Fimy Ishkhanian introduced the Main Line to Middle Eastern fare from the ’80s to the ’00s before she opened this spot on North American Street in 2016. Amid regional classics with an Armenian bent, she sells crisp falafel in pita, with rice pilaf and salad, or on their own with tahini.

Magic Carpet, University City
Magic Carpet runs not one but two vegetarian food carts on the Penn campus, one at 36th and Spruce and the other at 34th and Walnut. You can order online for delivery ($10 minimum) or pickup, and dress up your baked tofu, seitan, or tempeh with falafel on the side.