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Jeanette's ongoing list of fun things to do
and places to eat in Israel! 

Let Jeanette know what she should add to her list!

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The Tayelet


View from top of the Church of the Redeemer


The bike path (HaMisella) around Jerusalem


Sweet n'Karem Chocolate Workshops in Ein Kerem

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Sinjlawi Family Shop
Old City, David St


A few of my favorite activities in Jerusalem...

  • Self-guided walking tours of neighborhoods. We love, especially, the Nahlaot and the Ramparts tours.

  • Tour the National Library. This gorgeous new building opened in 2023 and is interesting for the whole family. Next door to the Knesset and Supreme Court.

  • My dear friend Sheryl Sayah gives private Art and Food Tours around Jerusalem. She is also a docent at the Israel Museum and the National LIbrary.. Sheryl is an outstanding caterer too. Sheryl's contact info.

  • Rent a bike and bike the “Mesilla” (Train tracks) from the Tachana to the new Train Station in Malka… and beyond. The bike path is beautiful! You can loop around to the Knesset. Easiest to stay on the bike path and come back the same way. 

  • Machane Yehuda!! Nothing better. See some of the many fabulous restaurants below.

  • Hike (walk) in the new Gazelle Park. Lunch at Kaffit at the Botanical Gardens nearby.

  • Take the new "Bridge" Tour under the Western Wall. Fascinating!

  • The Tower of David Museum was reopened in 2023 . The new exhibits are amazing. Toward the end, don't miss the high-tech interactive architecture modeling.

  • Tour the Supreme Court.

  • The luxury company Yvel gives tours of their showroom and studios (near Mevaseret). See magnificent jewelry and learn about their training programs for new immigrants. Be prepared for a bit of a hard sell on fine jewelry!

  • If you haven’t done it in awhile, tour the Knesset. Fascinating. Bring passports! Make a reservation online.

  • Walk from Abu Tor to the Tayelet (promenade) to the US Embassy, and then around Arnona, then back thru Rehov Caspi to Abu Tor.

  • Don't even try driving to the Old City. A bus leaves the Tachana parking lot every 20 minutes and takes you to the Old City. 

  • Download the self-guided Ramparts Tour and walk along the Old City ramparts! You can now walk from Jaffa Gate to the Lion's Gate.

  • Great itinerary: self-guided tour of Nahlaot, lunch at Machane Yehuda, walk along Jaffa road to Mamilla, peak inside Waldorf Astoria, continue on to Old City, walk through Christian Quarter.

  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been renovated in the last few years. A must-see!

  • The Hurva Synagogue renovation is very cool. Take a tour.

  • Austrian Hospice (37 Via Dolorosa, in the Old City) sit outside and eat apple strudel

  • Climb to the top of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City. Magnificent views!

  • Hutzot HaYotzer (the artist’s colony across from Jaffa Gate). Visit our friends David Moss and Sharon Binder, the photographer Yaal Herman, and the other outstanding artists. 

  • Chocolate Workshop at Sweet n'Karem. Visit Ein Kerem, walk around this beautiful village outside Jerusalem, then learn how to make gourmet chocolates. The veggie/dairy cafe is excellent.




Self-guided tour of Nachlaot






Eating in Jerusalem

  • Ishtabach is our favorite casual restaurant in Israel. Very casual but scrumptious. Rehov HaShikma, next to Machane Yehuda. They open at noon, open thru dinner. Go early before it gets too crowded. One veggie selection, mostly meat.

  • The best steak I've had in Israel: O2 at the Inbal Hotel. This is a first-class restaurant where you can have a quiet dinner with great service. Delicious fish, asian sides, gorgeous desserts.

  • We really love the brunchy food at Cafe Nadi on Hillel St downtown. Delicious platters of Israeli dips, cheeses, bread.

  • This new restaurant is fabulous! Nah'man at Kikar HaMusika (off Rh' Yoel Solomon downtown). Delicious Mediterranean fish and pasta (dairy) in a fresh little restaurant. 

  • BEST sandwich I've had in my life: Rachel BaSderaCasual (dairy) cafe that makes the most amazing (large) sandwiches on homemade bread. Their salads are also incredible. They deliver too!   

  • Great new (meat) restaurant outside Jlm, Naya. Modern, chic, Asian restaurant in the hills near Sataf. Delicious Thai buns with meat, dumplings, etc. Beautiful vibe and great service.

  • Also new: In Kiryat Anavim (same exit off Route 1 as Abu Ghosh) there are several fun new outdoor restaurants. We love Pop Up Cafe!

  • Best hummus at Hummus Ben Sira, downtown, Ben Sira St 3, off Rehov Jaffa. Open until 2am.

  • Gan Sippur at Gan Sacher has a welll deserved reputation for excellent food and a fun place to eat next to playgrounds, a park and beautiful lawns.

  • Touro at the Jerusalem Press Club is expensive but superb French North African food: below Mishkenot Shananim (walking distance from the luxury hotels). BEST view in Jerusalem. 

  • Jacko's Street is an excellent restaurant on Agrippas St near Machane Yehudah. Inventive food, great service and drinks.

  • Delicious "waygu" steaks at Black Iron. Price but excellent. Outside Machane Yehudah.

  • Eucalyptus is across from Jaffa Gate (in Hutzot Hayotzer). Unique delicious food, not as great a setting as Touro. Expensive. 

  • Visit the Tehina King inside the shuk, across from Halva King. Very cool. They grind the techina on a stone.

  • New!! Knafeh stand in Machane Yehuda. FRESHLY made Knafe! On the main drag, near Halvah King.

  • Jachnun. “Malawe” bread, casual sandwiches. 30 HaEgoz, Machane Yehudah. Great bar, good prices. Very popular

  • Across from Machane, on Agripas: Joseph Burger Bar. Casual. Best hamburgers in Jerusalem! 

  • Pizza Flora - If you're not from New Haven, try their delish pizza! Corner of HaDekel and HaShikma

  • Basher is the best place for cheese and tastings. Inside Machane. They also have a restaurant near Machane Yehudah. 

  • Fishenchips. Delicious fresh fish, chips. In Machane Yehuda

  • Harvey’s Smoke House, new Kansas-City BBQ, Shim’on Ben Shatach St 7 (near Yoel Solomon)

  • Kadosh Cafe, BEST brunch in J-lm, Queen Shlomziyon St 6 (near Mamilla)

  • Pepito’s, Cuban Sandwiches in Machane Yehuda, New location on Agrippas. Outstanding!

  • Yehudit. If you like old-fashioned Israeli food (soups, kebab, salatim, etc) this is a great choice. Next to Machane Yehudah, recently renovated, they make their own pitot in a tabun on site. Delicious, nice, not expensive. Rehov Haarmonim 5

  • Modern, the restaurant at the Israel Museum. Excellent. Best deal is lunch (same food as dinner, but cheaper) or early dinner (by 5pm) for best prices.

  • Aricha Sabich, 83 Agripas. You haven't lived until you've eaten sabich (fried eggplant, whole egg, vegetables, sauces in a pita sandwich). 

  • Our friend Perry owns a cool downtown bar called Zabotinski (Shim'on Ben Shatakh St). Great for late drinks and burgers!

  • In my neighborhood, I like the restaurants behind the big yellow gas station on Derech Hevron:  Meditah is quiet and has delicious meat dishes. A little pricey, but always delicious.

At The Tachana (the old Train Station) on David Remez Street in Jerusalem:

  • Fiori Pasta Bar (outdoors, at the far end of the courtyard) is excellent. Dairy.

  • Station 9 - Thai and other Asian food (meat). Get the “bowls” or the “Bao” sandwiches and the drinks!

  • Lechem Basar (Bread/Meat) - Great hamburgers and other meat dishes

  • ReBar, the smoothie/yogurt place. Get lots of fruit in the GOAT yogurt shake.

  • Souvenirs and beautiful home goods? Our friend Devora Charash sells her beautiful ceramics on Fridays (on a cart in the craft area).

For many more recommendations, check out Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner's comprehensive reviews of restaurants all over Israel!


Osfa Clothing Boutique

Hummus Benchuck, Derech Bet Lehem 23 (Baka, Jerusalem)

Interesting shops in Jerusalem

  • Favorite clothing store in Jerusalem: Osfa (Rh’ Bet-Lehem, kitty-corner to Grand Cafe)

  • Eyeglasses: Optika Roim B'moshava (next to Super Hamoshava on Emek Refaim). They carry Theo brand.

  • In the Old City I really like the Sinjlawi Familiy Shop on David St (near the Jaffa Gate). Great ceramics, gifts, table cloths, embroidery, etc.

  • Best Gift Shop: Israel Museum (plus Hutzot Hayotzer, see above)

  • Nice boutiques on the alley next to Rh' Bezalel.

  • Interesting shop: Arab women’s embroidery cooperative near Damascus Gate: 02 6281377.  Call to make sure they’re still there.


Our favorite Shul in Jerusalem

  • We love our very friendly egalitarian Masorti congregation: Kehilat Ma'ayanot, Arnona HaTzeira Community Center, 11 Israel Eldad Street


Tel Aviv/Jaffa/Neve Tzedek

  • Mosaics with Mia  Mia Schon (a fabulous young woman originally from Boston) teaches mosaics in her studio and does huge community mosaic projects all over Israel. Inspirational, artsy and fun!

  • Four One Six – the best VEGAN restaurant in Tel Aviv. 

  • Sabich Frishman - Frishman St 42. If you haven't had a Sabich sandwich yet... you must!

  • Lara Roznovsky clothing, Amiad 14, Jaffa. Embroidered funky dresses. Pricey.

  • Walk up and down the streets named after rabbis (Pinchas, Hanina, Nachman). Awesome clothing, jewelry, art. Many fun places!

  • Eat at Dr. Shakshuka, Beit Eshel St 3. Casual and DELICIOUS!

  • Rent a bike along the tayelet in Tel Aviv and bike down to Jaffa and up to Herzliya. Or bike along the Yarkon River.

  • Walk to NEVE ZEDEK 

  • Among the many great design stores, go to Edition, 27 Shlush (home goods, design)

  • Gelato at Anita’s, Shabazi 40

  • No. 13 Concept store, Shabazi (clothing)

  • Designer Clothes Collection in Tel Aviv &, Herzliya

  • Meshek Barzilai Vegetarian gourmet in Neve Tzedek, Ahad Ha’am 6   03-516-6329


Mosaics with Mia

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