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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 Museum in Ramallah

Yasser Arafat Museum

Next to the ornate tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is a new museum that bears his name. Divided into two parts, the first half traces Arafat's life alongside that of his Fatah movement and other Pa…
Top Choice Ruins in Jericho

Hisham’s Palace

A short drive north of Tel Al Sultan, this is a spot not to be missed. The sprawling winter hunting retreat of Caliph Hisham Ibn Abd al Malik must have been magnificent on its creation in the 8th century, with its b…
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 Ramallah

Snowbar

For two decades, Snowbar has been the place to see and be seen in Ramallah. Although it has an often deserved reputation as a late-night party spot, on weeknights Snowbar has a chilled-out vibe with a mostly local c…
Top Choice Brewery in Ramallah

Birzeit Brewery

Since it opened in 2015, Birzeit Brewery's Shepherds beer has taken the West Bank by storm, challenging years of domination of the Palestinian Territories' beer market by Taybeh. Visitors to its hub of operations in…
Top Choice Arabic 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 shred…
Top Choice Middle Eastern 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.
Top Choice Theatre in Jenin

Freedom Theatre

Set in Jenin's refugee camp, the Freedom Theatre has persevered in the face of unimaginable odds, including the assassination of its founder, Juliano Mar Khamis, by masked gunmen in 2011. Palestinian filmmakers, act…
Top Choice International 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,…