Jerusalem

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Rarely if ever will you have a bad meal in Jerusalem, as almost all restaurants here serve amazingly fresh produce. The variety of cuisine reflects the diversity of people living in the city. Don’t be afraid to ask locals where they like to eat hummus – you’ll quickly realize that the chickpea dish is taken very seriously here.

Top Restaurants in Jerusalem

1868 Restaurant

Just because the French-influenced fare served in this 19th-century building is kosher doesn’t mean it lacks inventiveness or abundant flavor. Dishes like sweet breads with grilled Portobello mushrooms are well worth the high prices.

St. 10 King David, 02-6222312, http://www.1868.co.il/
Tags: expensive | french | kosher

Abu Shukri Restaurant

While the hummus here is legendary, don’t expect it to arrive on fine porcelain plates. Located near the Damascus Gate, Abu Shukri is considered Jerusalem’s best location for local Middle Eastern fare.

63 Al Wad Rd., 011-972-2-627-1538, www.gojerusalem.com/items/571/Abu-Shukri-Restaurant-/
Tags: budget | local favorite | middle eastern

Adom Restaurant

Meaning “red” in Hebrew, Adom is a favorite for locals and in-the-know tourists. Built with traditional Jerusalem stone, the warm, intimate atmosphere is ideal for romantic meals, including handsome steaks or tapas at their spacious bar; reservations recommended.

David Remez Street 4, +972 2-624-6242, www.gojerusalem.com/items/504/Adom-Restaurant/
Tags: moderate | local favorite | french | small plates | israeli

Arcadia

The French-Mediterranean cuisine prepared here at this charming eatery by chef Ezra Kedem is some of the best in Jerusalem. The focus is less on décor and more on food, including excellent goose liver and terrine of salmon, making meals here extremely memorable and satisfying; reservations recommended.

10 Agrippas St., 011-972-2-624-9138
Tags: expensive | french

Hillel

You’ll find dozens of Hillel cafés scattered throughout the city – with excellent coffees, pastries, salads and sandwiches, in addition to a delicious traditional Israeli breakfast, which consists of local cheeses, eggs and salad.

8 Hillel St., 011-972-2-624-7775
Tags: budget | cafe

Samis

Meat lovers will relish the delectable fare at this mixed-grill eatery. Upon being seated, a number of small, delicious side salads will be delivered to accompany your kebab or shwarma. Come hungry.

80 Agrippas St., 011-972-2-625-0985
Tags: moderate | middle eastern

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