9 delicious Jerusalem eats

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Jerusalem: known not only for its holy sites but also for its great food. It’s nothing short of a food-lovers dream. There is a vast range of food options from different cuisines and price points to choose from. Here, I’m dishing out some of Jerusalem’s best eats. Whether it’s a quick bite, a casual meal, or a sit-down event, you’re sure to find a new, delicious spot in Jerusalem!

*All of the food recommendations below are kosher-certified. 

King of Fries – Jaffa Street

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Who doesn’t love a fresh, crispy french fry, especially when it’s topped with some extraordinary sauces? King of Fries has over twenty different sauces to top your fries. They have everything from pesto to peanut butter. So whether you’re a classic ketchup and fries kind of gal, or if you’re looking to broaden your horizons with some chocolate sauce fries, King of Fries has something for you. While known for their fries, it is in the name, after all, King of Fries isn’t limited to these crispy, deep-fried potatoes. They also serve fish and chip combinations, offering white fish and salmon options. Stop by for a fish and chips lunch or an afternoon snack! 

Pepitos

Latin street food meets comfort food at Pepitos. Located in the Machane Yehuda area, Pepitos is the perfect place to grab a quick bite after a busy day at the Shuk. They have sandwiches, arepas, and empanadas, including some vegetarian and vegan options. Also, for all those that are gluten-free, all the arepas are made from corn flour, meaning there is no gluten! Beware, you may not be able to stop after your first arepa or empanada — you’ll be coming back for more!

Oranim Cafe

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Oranim Cafe will be your new favorite brunch spot. Located in Katamon village, Oranim Cafe offers the perfect atmosphere to get together with friends and family. If you’re looking for a location for a celebratory occasion, Oranim Cafe is the place to go. They have ample outdoor seating for a family get-together or celebration. Additionally, you can rent their outdoor space for any celebration you have in mind. Aside from their great atmosphere, Oranim Cafe also has some noteworthy food. They offer truly delicious and creative sandwich and salad combinations, great breakfast options, as well as pasta dishes. 

Fiori

If you’re looking for somewhere that knows pizza and pasta, Fiori is the place to go. Located at the First Station, Fiori offers an array of pizzas, pastas, salads, and even risotto. If you’re ordering a pasta dish, first choose your pasta shape and then choose a pasta sauce. 

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Taco Luis

From their great prices to their delicious food, Taco Luis knows how to do it. They offer great tacos and rice bowls. Taco Luis has a great lunch deal that cannot be beat: three small tacos and a choice of a fresh juice all for 49 shekels (about $15). Their corn tortillas are gluten-free, homemade, and super fresh. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Mexican food, I urge you to try Taco Luis; it’s that good. 

Cafe Nadi

Cafe Nadi, another great Friday brunch spot. Located near Jaffa Street, Cafe Nadi is the perfect location for a serene yet buzzing cafe. Choose to sit outside for the ultimate picturesque brunch scene. You’ll immediately be greeted to a table with mint and basil-infused water to brighten up your day. Their menu options include salads, sandwiches, pastas, shakshuka, and so much more. 

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Mistabra

Yet another can’t be missed cafe and lunch spot. Nestled in the Rehavia neighborhood, Mistabra offers pastas, sandwiches, salads, and a breakfast menu. Enjoy a nice meal with friends or sit down for a work lunch. Mistabra has a small, shaded outdoor seating area to enjoy your meal, as well as indoor seating. 

Jacko’s Street

The ultimate spot for your fancy Thursday night plans. Jacko’s Street is a meat restaurant in Machane Yehuda offering a great ambiance and even better food! They have some of the most interesting and delicious flavor combinations I’ve ever had. Dare I call it a five-star restaurant? If you’re looking for a more casual but equally delicious spot, try Jacko’s Son. Located right next to Jacko’s Street, Jacko’s Son is a new bar spot to enjoy drinks and some awesome Asian cuisine.

Alma’s Soups

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Picture this: you’re stuck outside in the freezing cold with the wind blowing at you from all directions. You’re craving something warm and comforting, but you’re also looking for something a little more substantial than a hot chocolate. Cue Alma’s Soups. This small soup storefront has an array of soup options for a very reasonable price of 15 to 20 shekels ($4.50-$6.00) a bowl. They have vegetarian soup options as well as meat soup options. With multiple locations so close to each other, you can grab a bowl at the top of Ben Yehuda street and enjoy another bowl while strolling down Jaffa Street. 

Jenny Lieberman is a recipe developer, certified group fitness instructor, and recent high school graduate from Boca Raton, FL. She loves all things health and wellness, so you will probably find her looking up the newest food and fitness trends. She is currently on a gap year program at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah (MTVA) in Jerusalem, Israel. Jenny will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, starting Fall 2021. You can follow Jenny on her Instagram healthy food account (@toomuchonmyplate_) to see more of her recipes!