Most tourists begin their exploration of Ramallah in Al Manara Sq, which is a short walk from where buses arrive from Jerusalem.

The streets that branch off Al Manara lead to the city's other neighbourhoods. Al Raeesy St (also known as Main St) and Palestine St (directly opposite) lead to the Old City and the entrance to the street market respectively, and are packed with coffee shops and kebab houses.

Set on a steep hill, Ramallah can be a disorientating and tiring place to get lost, but locals can generally point you in the right direction. Taxis are also relatively cheap; a journey within the city should cost 10NIS to 20NIS.


Ramallah has an excellent range of accommodation, with at least two good youth hostels, a decent number of midrange options and one top-end hotel, the Millennium (formerly the Mövenpick). Stay as close as possible to Al Manara or Arafat Sq if you can.


From Italian to Mexican to sushi, Ramallah is home to an ever-changing roster of restaurants that cater to locals and tourists alike. But by far the best and cheapest way to eat in Ramallah is to visit the local restaurants around Al Manara Sq. The Al Muntazah neighbourhood has a host of chic cafes, bars and dining destinations.

Drinking & Nightlife

Ramallah is the only party spot in the West Bank (although Bethlehem has a couple of good bars). Whether you prefer uber-trendy cocktail lounges or dive bars, you are unlikely to go thirsty. Both Area D and Hostel in Ramallah organise weekly pub crawls, usually on Thursday (the Friday night equivalent in the West Bank).


There is a lot going on in Ramallah, but you tend to need to be in the know to find out what is on when. Ask at your hotel, check online or pick up the entertainment listing This Week in Palestine.