• Machneyuda Always-busy place serving playful haute-cuisine.
  • Abu Shukri Widely hailed as the best hummus and falafel joint in the Old City.
  • Modern Contemporary Israeli cuisine with Sephardic twist in an artistically designed setting.
  • Pinati Tiny, packed lunchtime spot for hummus, schnitzel and shakshuka.
  • Anna Stylish setting in a historic house for meticulously prepared Italian cuisine.

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  • Hamarakia Daily specials of fresh, nourishing soups.
  • Pasta Basta Tomato and cream sauces on fresh-made pasta.
  • Lina Restaurant One of the Old City's best hummus and falafel joints.
  • Al Ayed Kebabs and Palestinian specialities outside Damascus Gate.
  • Yemenite Falafel Center Takeaway shop with arguably the city's best falafel with Yemenite Jewish flavours.

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  • Azura Bubbling kerosene cauldrons of Iraqi specialities.
  • Hachapuria Bustling spot serving a variety of Georgian stuffed dough mains.
  • Morduch Kibbeh is the highlight at this long-running Mahane Yehuda spot serving Mizrahi-style cuisine.
  • Eucalyptus Innovative Bible-themed menu just outside Jaffa Gate.
  • Diwiny Pita Bar Happening spot with not your standard stuffed pitas.

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  • Machneyuda Pioneering and innovative market-driven cuisine.
  • Anna Simple but impeccably prepared fish and Italian fare in an airy 19th-century villa.
  • Yudale Creative modern fusion cuisine in a cool spot on the edge of Mahane Yehuda.
  • Lev Smadar Intimate Italian bistro attached to a cinema.
  • Angelica Reservations required at this sophisticated place with a blend of Israeli and international fare.


  • Abu Kamel They hand-crush the chickpeas at this hard-to-find Old City spot.
  • Abu Shukri No menu, just legendary hummus and sparking imitators.
  • Ikermawi The bustling anchor of eateries outside Damascus Gate.
  • Pinati Bare-bones downtown place serving hummus with pita and garlic-chilli paste.


  • Al Amin Sweets & Bakery Palestinian-owned shop close to Damascus Gate with signature Jerusalem baked goods.
  • Marzipan Sugary, decadent rugelach (croissants) and other bite-size treats.
  • Angel Bakery Go-to source for chocolate rugelach and bourekas (flaky pastries).
  • Lendner Bakery Revered for churning out delicious challah for generations.


  • Jaafar Sweets Well-known Palestinian vendor selling kunafeh, baklava and Turkish delight.
  • Zalatimo Old City hideaway famous for its speciality stuffed pastries.
  • Mousseline Small shop with unusual ice flavours near Mahane Yehuda.
  • Katzefet Frozen yoghurt, ice cream and smoothies just off busy Ben Yehuda.

Vegetarian & Vegan

  • Village Green One of the city's first vegan restaurants.
  • Nagila A wide-ranging cosmopolitan menu – all strictly kosher.
  • Imbala Progressive Israeli and Palestinian co-op with events and good food.
  • Cafe Bastet Hip spot with outdoor seating and open on Shabbat.