Indagare’s favorite hot spot restaurants change all the time, but there are some staples in each of the destinations we love that never go out of style. Here is our current short list for the best restaurants in Jerusalem.
Best Restaurants in Jerusalem for Lunch
- Quick Break: Abu Shukri, a famed falafel and hummus restaurant in the Old City.
- Relaxed but Refined: Adom, a longtime institution (it’s been open since 2001) known for its sophisticated Mediterranean fare.
- Alfresco: Majda, a restaurant in the countryside that is run by a husband-and-wife team and has a changing menu with a focus on antipasti and Mediterranean mezze.
- Local Favorite: Sample several stalls at the Machane Yehuda Market, or sit for a meal at the market’s lauded Azura, a casual spot known for hearty, simple soups and stews.
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Best Restaurants in Jerusalem for Dinner
- Cocktails: The rooftop at the Mamilla hotel, which offers great views of the Old City.
- Hot Spot: Machneyuda, Jerusalem’s “it” restaurant for its buzzing atmosphere and creative cuisine like bouillabaisse risotto and polenta with parmesan and truffle oil. Another great option is Jacko’s Street, a fantastic Kosher restaurant has a sexy décor and modern Israeli cuisine.
- Relaxed but Refined: Machneyuda’s subdued sister restaurant, Mona, is elegant and homey and offers beautifully presented dishes.
- Classic: Eucalyptus, an elegant kosher restaurant set in an ancient stone building in Jerusalem’s Artist’s Quarter that serves modern interpretations of biblical foods. An alternate is Chakra, which attracts a buzzy crowd for its Mediterranean menu, chic atmosphere and alfresco patio.