This is one of my favorite places in Jerusalem, set in a unique location: In the cinematheque building in the Ben-Hinom valley, with a roofed balcony offering a superb view of Mt. Zion and the Old City walls across the valley. Be it a sunny or a rainy day, this is an inspiring view.
The ambience is also special due to the cinematheque guests who frequent this restaurant.
The vegetarian food is mostly Italian with different sorts of pasta, focaccia, pizza and risotto, but there are also tasty soups, salads and quiches. The service is friendly.
And last but not least: this place is also open on Saturdays, when most restaurants in Jerusalem are closed!
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the creamy potato soup!
You can order a "business menu" any time of the day, which includes a soup or salad, a main pasta dish and an orange or lemon juice for a reasonable price.
Eating in one of Mahana Yehuda Market's little restaurants is supposed to be a tasty and also a cheap experience.
Unfortunately, "Mat'amei Kube Bar" in the "Iraqi Market" part of Mahane Yehuda is neither.
It borrowed the name of the well known "Kube Bar" in Tel-Aviv,but it is not the same...
We had one of their brands of Kube ("Chamo"), which was nothing special, and humus (chickpeas) which was also mediocre.
These 2 small portions, plus 2 soft drinks, amounted to NIS 65.
Next time in Mahane Yehuda we'll go to a different restaurant..
Around Mahne Yehuda Market you will find many local restaurants with good food and great atmosphere.
Humus , Kebab , bakery , sweet deserts and many many more.
The prices will be cheaper than othre places and you will enjoy the local hospitality of the people of Jerusalem.
"Panoramic Golden City". previously called Papa Andreas Restaurant, is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, in the center square of the Muristan section.
We climbed the stairs to the large, spacious roof, and had a very good lunch (the usual Middle Eastern fare) with a great view all around us: The Muristan square with its small fountain right below us; the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer very close on one side, and the Holy Sepulchre Church nearby; the roofs and balconies of the Christian Quarter all around; the golden Dome of the Rock a bit further, and the Mount of Olives in the distance: the most inspiring background for an enjoyable meal. For a rainy day, there is also an indoor dining hall one floor down.
Favorite Dish: You can order all the salads (usually served as starters) for NIS 120. This includes 10 small dishes, such as humous, tehina, a plateful of falafel balls, eggplants salad, pickles, Turkish salad (spicy tomatoes and onions; the menu calls it "Turkey salad" but don't let that confuse you: there is no turkey in it at all!!); quite enough for 3 people who do not want to have a full meal.
This is a gem in the busy, bustling Machane yehuda market. A tiny low-price restaurant, its 7 or 8 small tables always full, serving delicious vegetarian Indian dishes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in Ichekdana, with the market atmosphere and aromas all around us. We ordered talis, and licked our fingers. The samosas and pakoras were also very tasty. The service was good and efficient.
Favorite Dish: Tali
The"Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family" was officially opened on 19 March 1863. With some major interruptions it serves as a hostel, restaurant and haven for pilgrims from all nations.
1987 the building was completely renovated. Pilgrimage activities resumed in January 1988,since then, guests from all over the world have been able to enjoy its hospitality.
One of the many highlits is its "Viennese Coffeehouse", serving many of the delicious dishes usually available only in Vienna: In addition to numerous classic coffee variations, teas, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, here you can find the range of dishes on offer in a traditional Viennese cafe, like Sachertorte with whipped cream, Apple Strudel, Goulash soup and Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad as well as special sandwiches.
There are also hotelrooms and dormitories available at fair prices
Favorite Dish: Sachertorte with whipped cream and Viennese Coffee, a "Melange"
If you had enough of chickpeas (humus), lamb shish-kebab and Knafe in the Old City, how about some authentic apple strudel?
No, this is not a gustatory hallucination or a fata morgana, there is a genuine Austrian bakery in the midst of the Old City of Jerusalem, a few meters away from the Arab market!
I am talking about the coffee house at the Austrian Hospice. Right on Via Dolorosa, next to the 3rd station of the cross, where Jesus fell for the first time.
An Austrian nun dressed in a white habit will serve you good coffee and your choice of Wiener cake: an apple strudel, or a Sachertorte if you so wish. You can sip your coffee and enjoy your strudel outside, in the garden, or indoors, with Franz Josef glaring at you from the wall.
Jerusalem is a microcosmos, full of contrasts and surprises, and this is one of them. But it's a very pleasant surprise!
We sort of discovered this place by accident but for David, it was the best accident that could have happened! We'd been shuffling back and forth through the Muslim Quarter, sometimes peering through a half-closed window of any number of special cafes where the older Palestinian men smoke their narghila pipes and drink their thick Arabic coffee full of hel (the kinds of cafes where women aren't allowed inside and even the non-Muslim male tourist would stick out like a sore thumb).
David was dying to try the narghila pipe but we didn't want to look like eager idiots out to exploit a cultural commodity. We ended up shuffling toward New Gate in the Christian Quarter and discovered this very nice cafe.
Not only do they serve tasty pizzas and delicious pistachio milkshakes here, but they were more than happy to fire up the narghila pipe for David - even showing him how to do it for future reference. Nice owner, and great music too.
It's funny - when we entered, we were the only non-locals in the place (as you can see it was fairly empty). The owner and his friend were listening/watching the latest popular Arab music videos. As soon as we sat down, the owner turned the videos off and put on some kind of Western music. We told him we wanted to hear the Arabic music and see the music videos, so he put them back on. Very accomodating place.
The first dinner at the Inbal Hotel was in the main dining room and set with lovely linens and dinnerware. Each course was presented beautifully and the food was devine.
Favorite Dish: Every course was delicious, very well prepared and seasoned pefectly.
I should say Israeli breakfast plentiful and very varied. Though it was Pesakh and they didn’t give us any bread.
Passover or Pesakh is a Jewish holy day and festival commemorating the Hebrews' escape from enslavement in Egypt. When Pharaoh freed the Hebrews, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover, no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread". Matza (unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday. This bread that is flat and unrisen is called Matzo.
You can see it on my photo. You can also see "Bon Apetit" in Russian!
Snacks are also available in the hotel's restaurant as are lunch and dinner.
We were so excited to find this place, even if it was our last night in the Old Walled City. Our dinner could not have been better and the service was fantastic...the hospitality that is served here is second to none.
I loved the cozy vibe of the place, and the fact that the doors to the restaurant were right in the middle of vendor stalls and an internet cafe; if you don't know of its existence, you'd probably pass right by. One of the staff at the Lutheran Guest House gave us a heads up on this place and I'll forever be grateful and only wish we'd known of it sooner. Once you're inside, you'll be taken with the cavernous walls and exotic Middle Eastern decor. Toward the back of the restaurant are some steps leading to a sunken area with pillows and a fireplace...a perfect area to take dessert and coffee or to chat over a glass of wine after dinner is finished. David had some of the best garlic chicken EVER...I had a tasty omelette.
The menu is in Arabic, Hebrew and English and I'd like to add that the owner himself made sure we felt at home here. Our waiter was attentive and sincerely friendly and as I said, the food was rivaled only by the decor. We lingered for a bit here and it was actually the perfect ending to our stay in the intimate Old Walled City.
(I only wish I had a photo that does it justice...camera was starting to go on the blink)
Of course I have no idea what the name of this restaurant is but if you can read Arabic, then you tell me....
Point is, David and I enjoyed the falafel sandwiches (rivaled only by the people watching!) so much that we ate lunch here every day! The owner has a few plastic chairs set up behind the cooking area so we ate there and it was so much fun to hear him calling out his sales pitch over and over as the crowds of locals scurried by on foot. I especially remember a group of Palestinian girls who appeared to be returning home from school; they joined us behind the cooking area and ate their falafel sandwhiches quickly. Meanwhile, we just sort of hung out here because the people watching was so classic....the smell of the falafel cooking, the sound of the owner shouting out in Arabic, the kaleidescope of people passing by in a hurry to get to wherever it is that they were going....it was sensory overload and we just loved it! The guy in the photo is the owner.
Marvad Ha'ksamim (in English it is Magic Carpet) is a Middle Eastern / Yemenite restaurant.
You can eat here meat like Kabab , pullet , chicken , hot and cold salads , humus , french fries.
Like any other middle eastern place.
Favorite Dish: The Kabab was very good and also the carrot salad which was very spicy , they serve a pita bread called Lahuh which is a yemenite bread.
Good food !!!.
We bought this bread and eat it with some spices..
I am trying to get them here, I think is a mix between oregano, salt and a few more spices, if you know the recipe, please tell to me.
Thanks again Martin for the names, as usual I should have written, so I did not forgotten.
This was in the Christian quarter
We entered this restaurant because on the menu shown outside, there was written also cuscus and I cannot say why, we were in the mood of cus cus.
The first day they said cus cus was finished, so we ordered roasted chiken that was good anyway.
We went back the day after and they said they could not cook cus cus that day, so we took some steak, hommos and decided we would eat cus cus at home.
Favorite Dish: The roasted chiken was particulary good, their hommos is nothing special instead