Hidden among the galleries, shops and boutiques, of the Artist Colony in Jerusalem, lies The Eucalyptus, a delightful and unique restaurant. Chef Moshe Basson greets all diners, and if you’re lucky, he will share a riddle with your table as well. His eclectic menu consists of “a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine.” The ambiance is both sophisticated and artistic. Popular choices are the tasting menu and the figs stuffed with chicken breast in a tamarind sauce. The fusion of modernity, culture, and the bible as a guide makes Eucalyptus a worthwhile and delectable culinary experience.
Felt Alley (between Hativat Yerushalayim 14 and Dror Eliel st.) Jerusalem
Located on the outskirts of the vibrant Machane Yehuda Market nightlife sits Crave, a gourmet bustling American style street food restaurant. If you like a mix of bold and intense flavors tangled together, this is definitely the place for you! Crave specializes in all different types of meats enhanced by vegan cheese, eggs, faux bacon, and more. Your palate will explode with diverse and unique flavors! It has a cool, casual, and trendy vibe. Crave is inventive, creative, and exceptionally delicious.
Ha-Shikma St. 1, Jerusalem
Jacko’s is a high end edgy restaurant located in a vibrant area on the brim of the Machane Yehuda Market. The ambiance is both playfully carnivorous and trendy. Jacko’s is always a place to look forward to. Their beef fillet is to die for, being both soft and delectable. If you order from the tasting menu, ask for the special seating overlooking the open kitchen which is something to see! Jacko's should be a destination culinary stop!
Agripas St. 74, Jerusalem
Recently expanded because of its popularity, Ishtabach is a fun, cool, and casual restaurant near Machane Yehuda Market. It's the perfect place for a quick bite with a date or friend! It has a laid back vibe of that truly reflects an Israeli cultural experiences. Their unique stuffed pastries with various meats (and vegan options) is what the craze is all about! The Siska, (a meat filled pastry), in particular, is a favorite by all!
Ha- Shikma, corner of Biet Yaakov 1, Jerusalem
Open until 5 AM, Jachnun Bar, a traditional Yemenite restaurant, is a great place to go to prolong a fun night out. It is located in the pulsing Machane Yehuda Market scene. Malawach (a Yemenite fried puff pastry) is served with many different fillings (of your choice) such as, hummus, fried onions, eggplant, olives, egg, etc. Specializing in Jahcnun (a rolled dough pastry), traditionally served with a spicy tomato dip, Jachnun Bar is an authentic and delicious Middle Eastern experience.
HaEgoz St. 30, Jerusalem
Tucked away in the beautiful Kikar Hamusica in Jerusalem is a charming cafe. Tmol Shilshom is quaint and quirky with wall to wall books of all kinds. They are known for fantastic Shakshuka, a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce. It is not only a great place to meet friends, but the perfect place to go alone. As well as hosting literary events, Tmol Shilshom attracts interesting people. Definitely a hidden gem. Go there to feel nostalgia or make your own history.
Yo’el Moshe Salomon St. 5, Jerusalem
Hummus Ben Sira
Looking for a great Hummus experience? Hummus Ben Sira serves hummus with a variety of toppings and side dishes such as mushrooms, and cauliflower. A particular house specialty is the ground beef combo. The pita bread is very fluffy, soft and warm. Hummus Ben Sira is located off a beaten path on Ben Sira Street, off Ben Yehuda. They close at 2 am, so it is a great place to stop for a midnight snack.
Ben Sira St. 3, Jerusalem
Recommendations courtesy of Emily Sinensky