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Top Choice Gardens in Haifa

Baha’i Gardens

These formal gardens flowing down 19 steep terraces to a resplendent domed shrine – the final resting place of the prophet-herald of the Baha’i faith – are Haifa’s crowning attraction. There are bird’s-eye views fro…
Top Choice Museum in Haifa

Hecht Museum

This university campus museum showcases engrossing archaeological finds such as well-restored mosaics and troves of ancient coins, but the pièce de résistance is the Ma'agan Mikhael Shipwreck, a 2400-year-old mercha…
Top Choice Lebanese in Haifa

Ein El Wadi

Dishes at this exemplary family restaurant are as authentic as its ancient stone arches. After a warm welcome, settle in for Lebanese and Palestinian specialities such as fatayer (spinach-stuffed pastry), musakhan (…
Top Choice Eastern European in Haifa

Ma’ayan HaBira

Founded as a butcher’s shop, a carnivorous theme endures in Ma’ayan HaBira’s menu of Eastern European soul food. Lined with old photos and Bavarian beer tankards, the decor is as nostalgic as the recipes. Kostiza (p…
Top Choice Cafe in Haifa

Gal’s Bakery

Loyal to traditional recipes from around Europe, Gal’s Bakery serves up poppyseed babka, cremeschnitte (custard slice), chausson aux pommes (apple pastry) and a medley of other sugar-dusted delights. The greenhouse-…
Top Choice Church in Haifa

Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery

The Carmelite Order was established in the late 12th century when Crusader-era pilgrims, inspired by the prophet Elijah, opted for a hermitic life on the slopes of Mt Carmel. Today the order lives on around the worl…
Top Choice Museum in Haifa

Clandestine Immigration & Naval Museum

Using a series of powerful video testimonials, this fascinating museum showcases the Zionist Movement’s determined efforts to infiltrate Jewish refugees from Europe into British-blockaded Palestine from 1934 to 1948…
Shrine in Haifa

Shrine of the Báb

Though it’s primarily a pilgrimage site, modestly dressed visitors are allowed to enter this domed shrine holding the remains of the Báb, spiritual predecessor to the Baha’i faith’s main prophet Baha’ullah. Canadian…
Middle Eastern in Haifa

Douzan

Part Lebanese restaurant, part French-inspired coffee den with a hippie ethos, this eatery in the German Colony is original and genuinely friendly. Specialities range from sfeeha (pastries topped with minced beef, o…
Museum in Haifa

MadaTech

Kid-friendly science exhibits fill this elegant 1912 building, including hands-on displays in the astronomy rooms, optical illusions and a hall of mirrors (exhibits are labelled with the appropriate age group). The …