Cafe Eden, San Jose Transports You to the Mediterranean with its Authentic Cuisine

Chicken Shawarma from Cafe Eden

Everything that comes out of the kitchen at Cafe Eden in Downtown San Jose is made to taste as if you were sitting enjoying a view at a local cafe in Jerusalem. Inspired by cuisine from various regions of Eastern Mediterranean, including Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, the food here is hard to beat in terms of taste and authenticity.

Fresh Pita Bread Baked Daily at Cafe Eden

Continue your Middle Eastern vacation at Cafe Eden with a trip to the markets of Syria where the streets are filled with the smell of fresh baked bread. Cafe Eden tries to emulate this experience with its bread, baked daily. Its soft, buttery, fluffy texture makes it a treat to eat. Customers can enjoy the pita bread on its own or as a sandwich with falafel or other proteins. 

A fan-favorite is their Falafel Pita Pocket made with crispy falafels, hummus, pickled turnips, tzatziki (white) sauce, and fresh vegetables. However, what makes the sandwich phenomenal are their falafel balls. These are made with garbanzo beans, parsley, and a mixture of spices including cumin and chili peppers. The combination of flavors and textures in the Falafel Pita Pocket makes it a perfect lunch for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike!

Cafe Eden, 2 N 1st St, San Jose, CA

Falafel Pita Pocket Cafe Eden San Jose

Cafe Eden is Veggie, Halal, and Food Lover Friendly

In addition to being vegan/vegetarian friendly, it’s also Halal-friendly. Cafe Eden sources its meat from the best farm for Halal meat, Harris Farms to ensure its food is good from the source. Halal meat is healthier, cleaner, and is a more humane and ethical way to source meat.

Because of this, Cafe Eden is most famous for their chicken and beef shawarma. The chefs marinate the meat 1-2 days and slowly cooks it on a large skewer to ensure that the juices and tenderness are locked in. The preparation of the chicken and beef shawarma guarantees that the meat cooks to perfection. 

Chicken Shawarma from Cafe Eden

Healthy Desserts to Love from Cafe Eden

After enjoying an incredible meal at Cafe Eden, it’s time for dessert! Just like back home in Jerusalem, the chefs bake fresh baklava and date cookies daily. Indulge in a perfectly crispy and flaky baklava made with a mix of walnuts, pistachios, and sugar syrup. Or, pair a sweet date cookie with a hot cup of coffee! Because everything is made in house, even the desserts here are guilt-free.

Cafe Eden’s food allows you to experience the most popular dishes from the Eastern Mediterranean prepared just like it would be back at home. Since they make everything in-house, Cafe Eden guarantees the best ingredients and preparations go into each and every bite of their dishes. Check out the go-to spot for someone looking for authentic and healthy Mediterranean food in the Downtown San Jose area.

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Cafe Eden is located at 2 N 1st St, San Jose, CA

Co-authored by Sam Baker

Cathy Vu

Cathy is a lifelong resident of Bay Area, CA and a serial FOODIE. She loves going out to eat and discovering all the delicious dishes the world has to offer. With her love of food, she also enjoys sharing about the places she visits as well! Check out her food journey through the TasteM8 blog and the many yummy pictures on TasteM8's Instagram.