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Top Choice Monastery in Bethlehem

Mar Saba Monastery

A must-see on any journey through the Holy Land is Mar Saba Monastery, a bleak and beautiful 20km drive east of Bethlehem (beyond Beit Sahour).Women must view the phenomenal cliff-clinging copper-domed hermitage, fo…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Bethlehem

Hosh Al Jasmine

This local restaurant on a hillside in Beit Jala serves homely Palestinian food, beers and wine on the grounds of an organic farm, with hens clucking, birds singing and fantastic views over the hills of the southern…
Top Choice Bar in Bethlehem


This uber-trendy haunt 15 minutes' walk downhill from the Old City serves a variety of local beers and wine, as well as cocktails and shisha, to a mostly local crowd relaxing on couches on a terrace overlooking Mang…
Church in Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity

For the millions of pilgrims who descend on the Holy Land every year, the Church of the Nativity is the main reason for visiting Bethlehem. The church, believed to be built on the spot where Jesus was born, was orig…
Arabic in Bethlehem

Fadwa Cafe & Restaurant

Set in the grounds of the Hosh Al Syrian Guesthouse, the Fadwa Cafe & Restaurant is where chef Fadi Kattan cooks up sensational Franco-Palestinian fusion dishes. Kattan uses only fresh ingredients, so meals must…
Middle Eastern in Bethlehem


A Bethlehem institution for decades, top-notch hummus and masabacha (warm hummus with whole chickpeas) are just two of the dishes on the menu at this popular eatery close to Manger Sq.
Museum in Bethlehem

Museum of Palestinian Heritage

This impressive museum in the new complex of buildings opposite Soloman's Pools is the personal collection of one man, Ishaq al Hroub, who gathered this remarkable selection of traditional Palestinian exhibits over …
Cultural Centre in Bethlehem

Al Rowwad Centre

Al Rowwad is buried in the narrow streets of Aida refugee camp and is best visited as part of an organised tour. The centre is a wealth of information on the history of the camp and the Palestinian refugee issue mor…
Palace in Bethlehem


King Herod’s spectacular fortress-palace, Herodium, built between 23 and 15 BCE, was known through the centuries to Arab inhabitants as the Mountain of Paradise. It rises from the Judean Desert like a flat-topped ca…
Religious Site in Bethlehem

Rachel’s Tomb

In a desolate corridor created by Israel’s separation wall and near the main checkpoint into town on the Israeli side, stands Rachel’s Tomb. Rachel is said to have died here while in childbirth after which her husba…