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Best Food in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem can be as delicious a place to visit as it is historic a setting and culturally enlightening to experience. The best of the local dining scene centers around the hearty traditional dishes, classic Jewish comfort foods, and a wealth of opportunities to taste a range of Levantine cuisines.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Adom

Restaurants

Azura

Restaurants

Barkan Vineyards

Wineries & Vineyards

Mahane Yehuda Market

Flea & Street Markets

Machneyuda

Restaurants

Pasha's Restaurant

Restaurants

Rachmo

Restaurants

Tmol Shilshom Cafe

Restaurants

Chris O's City Tips

  • There’s a lot to see and do but don’t try to cram too much in during your visit. Give yourself plenty of time to experience the most important sites.
  • It’s good advice for wherever you travel, but perhaps more so in Jerusalem, be mindful and respectful of others’ cultural traditions and religious beliefs.
  • For market shopping and some of the more humble eateries in Jerusalem, it’s a good idea to bring cash.
  • Adom
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Israeli)
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    Chris O Says:

    Adom is located at the First Station, the city’s defunct original railway station that’s now an open-air shopping center, with a variety of shops and places to eat and drink. Seeming to take a cue from the livelier and more fashionable dining scene down the road in Tel Aviv, Adom is a restaurant and wine bar with an upscale feel tempered by a relaxed atmosphere. Dishes from its contemporary Mediterranean menu worth mentioning include the obligatory (but nonetheless scrumptious) schnitzel with fries and tartar sauce; the slow cooked ossobuco with mash; and seaweed risotto with calamari and split blue crab.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • In addition to the great food, Adom has a excellent (and broad) selection of wine.
    • Adom is open seven days a week (from 1pm on Saturdays).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Hamburger in Israel 03/05/2020
    • Design restaurant in old train station 03/04/2020
    • Adom
    Address:
    First station 4, David
    Jerusalem 9534713
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-624-6242
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$70
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    12:30 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Azura
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli)
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    Chris O Says:

    Situated just outside of Mahane Yehuda Market, this celebrated traditional worker’s cafe is famous for authentic and homely dishes such as 'mejadra,' made with lentils and fried onions.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • If you only have time to visit one restaurant in Jerusalem, many locals would advise you to visit this one.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best traditional food of Jerusalem 03/12/2020
    • A taste of Turkey in Jersalem 03/12/2020
    • Azura
    Address:
    The Iraqui Market 4, Ha-Eshkol
    Machane Yehuda
    Jerusalem 9432204
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-623-5204
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Barkan Vineyards
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Chris O Says:

    About halfway between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Barkan Wine Experience is an ideal setting to relax for a few hours in the sunshine and, of course, sample some local wine. Many of the wines are made from grapes grown in adjacent vineyards, a number are award-winning, and a few are exceptionally good.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To ensure the winery is able to accommodate you and your group, it’s a good idea to get in touch before you plan to visit.
    • Even if you don’t have enough time to tour the winery and its vineyards, Barkan is worth keeping in mind for its gift shop, where you can pick up some liquid souvenirs before your flight.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hulda
    • The country's largest winery is in 30 minuets away from home 10/23/2019
    • The best winery tour we have ever done 08/19/2018
    • Barkan Vineyards
    Address:
    Hulda kibbutz
    Hulda
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 8-944-7790
    Other:
  • Mahane Yehuda Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    Mahane Yehuda Market is a must-see destination for any self-respecting foodie visiting Jerusalem… or simply anybody looking for some buzzing street life and something good to eat. The market is a marvelous place to sample a range of local delicacies such as falafel, to shop for all sorts of amazing herbs and spices (purchase some za’atar to add an authentic Middle Eastern taste to your dishes back home), and pick up all sorts of other tasty souvenirs while honing your people-watching skills and practicing your street photography.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get cash to spend before entering the market.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 295 things to do in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice busy market 03/13/2020
    • Great Experience 03/09/2020
    • Mahane Yehuda Market
    Address:
    Rehov Mahane Yehuda
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 76-539-8000
    Other:
  • Machneyuda
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Fusion)
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    Chris O Says:

    For an affordable and delicious meal in a kinetic setting, make sure to plan ahead by booking your reservation as early as possible for this popular market restaurant. Named after the local nickname for Mahane Yehuda Market, Machneyuda offers regularly updated menus that reflect seasonality, as well as cookery workshops to share its trio of chefs’ love of Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Seriously, reservations are highly recommended.
    • Closed for dinner on Fridays and lunch on Saturdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something special 03/17/2020
    • The best best place ever ! 03/05/2020
    • Machneyuda
    Address:
    10 Beit Ya'akov
    Located in the Lamahane Market
    Jerusalem 9432316
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-533-3442
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Wed
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Thu
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    6:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Fri
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    Sat
    9:00 PM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Pasha's Restaurant
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern, Grill)
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    Chris O Says:

    This well-established East Jerusalem restaurant is set within a restored 100 year-old Arab villa and is a smart choice for traditional home style Palestinian cooking.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Interested in partaking in one of the Middle East’s most popular traditions? Save time for an al fresco puff or two from the hookah after your meal.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #300 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    • Average 07/20/2019
    • Relaxing and yummy 06/05/2019
    • Pasha's Restaurant
    Address:
    Simon Ha tsedek street
    Jerusalem
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-582-5162
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Rachmo
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli)
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    Chris O Says:

    Another legendary (and legendarily down to earth) Mahane Yehuda restaurant, Rachmo is a humble eatery renowned across the globe for its 'kube,' a Kurdish/Iraqi dumpling soup. Local politicians, big name chefs (most notably Yotam Ottolenghi), and probably everyone else who’s had the pleasure of dining there, all profess their love for Rachmo!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • It’s not only about the kube at Rachmo. The restaurant’s hummus is a strong contender for the best in Jerusalem (in my opinion!)
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #232 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    • Acceptable home cooked food... 04/10/2019
    • Where the locals go 02/17/2019
    • Rachmo
    Address:
    5 Ha-Eshkol
    Jerusalem 9432205
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-623-4595
    Other:
  • Tmol Shilshom Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli)
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    Chris O Says:

    Situated down a tiny covered alleyway in a quiet courtyard, Tmol Shilshom is an old house converted into a shabby-chic bookshop and cafe lined with shelves stacked high with books and bric-a-brac. Tmol Shilshom is perhaps most popular for its breakfasts (and rightly so); the 'shakshuka' (eggs poached in a tomato sauce) is to die for.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • In the evening, this venue often hosts events with well-known writers reading their works.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 741 restaurants in Jerusalem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great local food 03/21/2020
    • Best Food in Jerusalem 02/28/2020
    • Tmol Shilshom Cafe
    Address:
    5 Yo'el Moshe Salomon
    Jerusalem 9463305
    Israel
    Phone:
    +972 2-623-2758
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$22
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    Fri
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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