Best restaurants in Palestinian Territories

  • Restaurants 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 be booked 24 hours ahead. The cafe is open for drinks 8am to 10pm daily.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bethlehem

    Hosh Jasmin

    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 West Bank. Lunch and dinner are served on rickety wooden tables perched on the very edge of the valley, while couches and treehouse-like raised platforms are a great place to relax and enjoy a shisha. The best time to come is at sunset.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nablus

    Al Aqsa

    This tiny eatery next door to the Al Kebir Mosque in the Casbah is unanimously considered to produce the finest kunafeh in the Palestinian Territories. Every day the warm, elastic cheese and syrup-soaked wheat shreds (it works, trust us) is divvied up from huge circular trays and dispensed to a throng of hungry customers. Do as the locals do and eat standing in the street outside.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Jericho

    Abu Omar

    Next to the main square, this local favourite serves the best roast chicken in the West Bank, period. It is double the price for a sit-down meal versus taking away, but grabbing a table is well worth it.

  • Restaurants in Bethlehem

    Afteem

    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.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ramallah

    La Vie Cafe

    Tucked away on a quiet street just 10 minutes' walk from Al Manara, this place has a diverse menu of pasta, pizza and sandwiches, with much of its produce grown in owners Saleh and Morgan's roof garden. On weekends, La Vie is a popular nightspot, serving a range of beers, wines and cocktails.

  • Restaurants in Ramallah

    Rukap's Ice Cream

    Renowned on both sides of the Green Line, Rukap’s is to Ramallah what kunafeh (warm, syrupy cheese pastry) is to Nablus. Choose between a small cone (10NIS) up to a large (16NIS) and bowls large enough to feed an army. Flavours range from the usual stalwarts to local favourites, such as Arabic gum, lemon and tutti frutti.

  • Restaurants in Jericho

    Al Essawe

    On a corner overlooking Jericho’s main square, Al Essawe’s lovely 2nd-floor terrace is an excellent place to watch the world go by. The owner speaks English, and the restaurant serves the usual Arabic fare, kebabs, falafel and mezze. Don't miss the fresh lemonade.

  • Restaurants in Bethlehem

    Peace Center Restaurant

    This Manger Sq eatery is the place to go for traditional Palestinian food downtown, with a range of dishes including makloubeh ('upside down' chicken, under rice cooked with nuts and spices) and mansaf (chicken or lamb over rice with a thick, meaty broth) on its varied and reasonable menu.

  • Restaurants in Nablus

    Al Aqqad

    This is a classic sawdust-on-the-floor Nablusi eatery just a short walk from the main gate into the Old City. Staff speak little English but will happily serve you a delicious shawarma pita packed with chicken or lamb, pickles and fiery chilli.

  • Restaurants in Ramallah

    Boaz

    Across the road from La Grotta, close to the Old City and down the hill from Al Manara, Boaz is a hole-in-the-wall kebab house with a few plastic tables outside opposite a popular shisha spot. Boaz, the owner, or one of his staff will ask whether you want lamb or chicken along with spicy moutabel (eggplant-based dip), hummus and Arabic salad.

  • Restaurants in Ramallah

    Pronto Resto-Café

    It's no longer the only place to get pizza in Ramallah, but it is easy to see how Pronto has survived since 1997 in a city where many restaurants barely last a year. From the fish (from Jaffa) to the wine (from Bethlehem), Bassem Khoury and family prioritise local ingredients and Pronto remains the only place for real Italian food in Ramallah.

  • Restaurants in Nablus

    Zeit ou Zaatar

    Situated in the lobby of the Al Yasmeen Hotel, Zeit ou Zaatar is worth noting because of its excellent range of both Palestinian and Levantine dishes, including mansaf (lamb cooked in yoghurt over rice). The restaurant is one of only a handful open on a Friday. Be warned: portions are enormous.

  • Restaurants in Bethlehem

    Square

    A lounge-style place on the opposite side of the square to Peace Center, Square is a good spot for an early evening beer with a view of the Church of the Nativity. It has a range of Arabic and Western dishes, including the Palestinian Temptation Platter, a mixture of local and Levantine mezze.

  • Restaurants in Ramallah

    Zamn

    The hippest spot in Ramallah for locals and expats alike, Zamn is a fun place for a morning croissant and coffee or a lunchtime sandwich. Walk down Dar Ibrahim and bear right at the roundabout.

  • Restaurants in Nablus

    Assaraya

    For a more formal sit-down meal, follow the locals and ascend Assaraya’s wood-panelled staircase from the main gate into the Old City. Take a seat in the restaurant’s two-storey glass atrium, which overlooks Martyrs Sq. The tables are adorned with folded white napkins and wine glasses (although there is no wine, this being Nablus), and the restaurant serves a mixture of Western and Arabic fare.

  • Restaurants in Jenin

    Aawtar

    Head up to Aawtar’s spacious roof garden for a choice of Arabic and Western dishes under the stars. Even on cool evenings, the terrace is packed with groups drinking, eating and chatting over shisha. Downstairs, the restaurant has bay windows overlooking the street and serves Arab staples as well as pizza, burgers and enormous salads.

  • Restaurants in Hebron

    Abu Salah

    Perched on the edge of Hebron’s Old City, this busy restaurant is one of the best for shawarma. It has a handful of chairs where locals perch to chomp down on their pitas, either chicken or lamb.