Restaurants

Top Choice Israeli in Jerusalem

Modern

Talented chef Avi Peretz devises delicious menus that feature traditional Israeli dishes with a modern twist. His Jerusalem tapas platter is a case in point, with seven tapas dishes concocted from vegetables that ar…
Top Choice Israeli in Jerusalem

Machneyuda

A trio of chefs has turned the local dining scene on its head at this fabulous restaurant near the market. It's not kosher, it's not staid (quite the opposite) and its menu travels the globe. Strangely enough, the l…
Top Choice Sweets in Jerusalem

Zalatimo

The Old City is home to many treasures: churches, mosques, synagogues and this pastry shop. Hidden in an arched vault underneath the Ethiopian Monastery, it is famous for its mutabbaq (filo pastry stuffed with clari…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Jerusalem

Pinati

The photos of loyal customers that cover the walls are testament to the longevity of this simple hummus joint, which is so popular that it can be almost impossible to get inside during the lunchtime rush. The half-c…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Jerusalem

Abu Shukri

After the best hummus in the Old City? This local favourite gets our vote. The standard platter includes a bowl of fresh hummus with your choice of topping (chickpea, tahina, fuul or pine nuts), some pickles and a b…
Top Choice Israeli in Jerusalem

Yudaleh

The precocious sibling of Machneyuda looks like a Hawaiian beach shack, serves the same exciting modern Israeli food as its big bro and is even more fun (and that's really saying something). Sitting at the bar, orde…
Cafe in Jerusalem

T’mol Shilshom

Named after an SY Agnon novel, this old-school bohemian haunt has been attracting a literary-minded crowd for 20 years. The food's nothing to get excited about and the chairs are possibly the most uncomfortable you'…
International in Jerusalem

Mantra Restaurant & Wine Bar

The world needs more restaurants like Mantra. It doesn't have hipster credentials, there's no celebrity chef in the kitchen and the interior design is never going to make it into the pages of a glossy magazine. What…
Moroccan in Jerusalem

Darna

Aromatic and delicious dishes from Morocco – including plenty of tagine and couscous choices – are served in atmospheric surrounds at this longstanding kosher favourite. Be sure to try the pastilla fassia (filo past…
Middle Eastern in Jerusalem

Le Petit Levant

Head here to sample delectable dishes from Lebanon and Syria. The service can be shambolic (sometimes reminding us of Fawlty Towers), but the food is sensational – flavoursome mezzes, succulent grills, tasty fatteh …