Top ChoiceChurch in Nazareth

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Dominating the Old City’s skyline is the lantern-topped cupola of this Franciscan-run Roman Catholic basilica, an audacious modernist structure that’s unlike any building you’ve ever seen. Constructed from 1960...

Top ChoiceFood in Nazareth

Elbabour Galilee Mill

The other-worldly aroma inside this spice emporium, run by the same family for four generations, has to be inhaled to be believed. Shelves, sacks, bins and bottles display more than 2600 products, from exotic...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Nazareth

Centre International Marie de Nazareth

Almost across the street from the Basilica of the Annunciation, this stunning complex is run by Chemin Neuf, a Roman Catholic community based in France, as a venue for ecumenical work among Christians and for...

Top ChoiceMiddle Eastern in Nazareth

Abu Ashraf

This old-time coffeehouse is famous all over town for its katayef (sweet pancakes folded over goat’s cheese or cinnamon walnuts and then doused with geranium syrup), coffee (a special mix of five kinds of bean...

Top ChoiceChurch in Nazareth

Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

According to Greek Orthodox tradition, the Annunciation took place while Mary was fetching water from the spring situated directly under this richly frescoed, 17th-century church (other denominations hold that...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Nazareth

Ancient Bathhouse

When Elias Shama and his Belgian-born wife Martina set about renovating their shop in 1993, they uncovered a network of 2000-year-old clay pipes almost identical to ones found in Pompeii – and then, under the...

Top ChoiceFusion in Nazareth


In a 200-year-old Ottoman-era mansion, this atmospheric restaurant – the songs of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum are on high rotation – serves traditional Nazarene recipes with a Mediterranean twist....

Church in Nazareth

Basilica of Jesus the Adolescent

Built between 1906 and 1923, this neo-Gothic church, with commanding views of Nazareth, has a clean, almost luminescent limestone interior whose delicate arches and soaring vaults can only be described as ‘very...

Farm in Nazareth

Nazareth Village

If you've ever been curious about day-to-day life in Nazareth in the time of Jesus, consider stopping by this recreation of a 1st-century Galilean farmstead. The wine press, quarries and some of the vineyard...

Mosque in Nazareth

White Mosque

Built in the late 1700s by Sheikh Abdullah Al Fahum – his tomb can be seen through a glass door off the sanctuary – this mosque is known for its long-standing support of harmony between Nazareth’s different faith...

Church in Nazareth


Hidden away in an alleyway off the souq, this humble Crusader-era structure, now a Catholic church, stands on the site of the synagogue where it is believed that the young Jesus quoted Isaiah (61:1–2 and 58:6)...

Greek in Nazareth


'Avra' means 'good atmosphere' in Greek, and that's exactly what this cafe-restaurant has, along with delicious Greek and Palestinian dishes and a soundtrack of traditional and modern Greek instrumental music....

Mediterranean in Nazareth


The wood-fired oven at this well-loved restaurant, adorned with antiques and wine bottles, turns out Arab- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as aubergine stuffed with pesto and cheese, as well as excellent...

Arts Centre in Nazareth

Liwan Culture Cafe

Founded to help bring cultural life back to the Old City, this cafe hosts exhibitions by Palestinian artists, most of them from the Galilee, and several free cultural events every week. A vegetarian plat du jour,...

Church in Nazareth

St Joseph’s Church

Across the courtyard and a grassy park from the upper level of the Basilica of the Annunciation, this neo-Romanesque Franciscan church, built in 1914, occupies a site believed by popular tradition to be that of...

Cafe in Nazareth

Rose Mary

This convivial bistro-cafe serves French and Italian dishes prepared with top-quality ingredients and fresh Galilean spices. The house speciality is shrimp and calamari with garlic and arak sauce. Also serves...

Arts & Crafts in Nazareth

Cactus Gallery

The shop above Nazareth’s sensational Roman-era ancient bathhouse sells creative modern jewellery and gorgeous Palestinian embroidery, made from old dresses in a convent in Jerusalem.

Pastries in Nazareth

Mahroum Sweets

A family tradition since 1890, this pastry shop, which moved to a new location in 2017, is one of the best places in Israel for baklava and other syrup-soaked Arab pastries, as well as kunafeh and Turkish delight.

Pastries in Nazareth

Elmokhtar Sweets

A brightly lit sweets emporium that could be at home in Beirut or Cairo. It has a selection of mouth-watering baklava, superb kunafeh (a hot, thin, syrupy cheesecake) and homemade halva.

Market in Nazareth


Fruit, veggies, bread and even pita pizzas are on sale along the narrow, winding alleys of the Old City’s market.