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Restaurants

 

*Refers to restaurants with multiple locations throughout the city

$ - $$$$ refers to expense

Restaurants will display their Kosher status in a prominent location. Most restaurnats that are kosher will have licenses sponsored by the State Rabbinate. A few establishments have “independent” Kosher certificates (“Hashgacha Pratit”), which are known to be legitimate checkers of Kashrut.

It is customary to tip between 10-15% per meal at a restaurant.

 

Rehavia

 

Cafe Yehoshua - $$ - Azza Street cafe

Shosh Cafe - $$ - Delicious brunch

Pizza Flora - $$

Wine Bar - $$ (open on Shabbat)

Wine Bar - $

Bab Al Yemen - $ (open on Shabbat with no payment necessary - you pay a different night)

Mistabra - $$ (nice Coffee shop)

Lehem Shel Tomer* - $ (amazing Challot)

Sushi Rehavia* - $$

LaPietra - $$

Bardak - $$

Humus Rehavia - $

 

Mahane Yehuda/Nahalot

 

Beer Bazaar - $$ - good beer selection

Mahaneyehuda - $$$$ - Need reservation in advance. Very expensive and loud but incredible

Azura - $$ - Only open for lunch

HummusTahini - $ - *some say* it’s the best hummus in the city

Hatch - $$ - good beer selection

Ishtabach - $$ - excellent meat

Argento - $$ - Israeli take on empanadas

Hachapuria - $$ - Georgian food

Mona - $$$ - nice restaurant

Cafe Bezalel - $/$$ - Great cafe with outdoor seating

Nocturno - $ / $$ - Coffee shop, bar and concert venue

 

City Center

 

Tmol Shilshom - $$/$$$

Jahnun Bar - $

Gatsby - $$$ - Speakeasy with excellent cocktails. Open on Shabbat

Foccacia Bar - $$/$$$ - Open on Shabbat.

Kadosh - $$ - Excellent brunch and Sufganiyot.

Kedma - $$$/$$$$ - fancy meat restaurant in Mamilla mall

Humus Ben Sira - $ - delicious hummus and close to HUC

Caffit - $ - Coffee shop with lunch near HUC

Aroma* - $ - The Starbucks of Israel. Closest one is in Mamila Mall

Muffin Boutique - $ - Best bagels and muffins in Jerusalem, on Ben Yehuda St.

Sam’s Bagels - $ - Also good bagels on Ben Yehuda Street

 

 

Emek Refaim

 

First Station - Has multiple nice restaurants, including some open on Shabbat. Also includes smaller restaurants, ice cream, etc.

Ben Ami - $/$$ - Excellent coffee shop and brunch spot

Waffle Factory - $$ - delicious late night waffle spot

Coffee Mill - $ - much of this guide was written in this comfortable coffee shop

Thailandi - $ - “Thai” food.

Bagel Cafe - $/$$ - Another decent bagel spot in Jerusalem

American Pie Pizza - $$

Japanika - $$ - Sushi

Silo - $ - Nice bar near first station in a refurbished water silo

 

Entertainment

 

Movies

Cinema City - Entrance to the City - https://www.cinema-city.co.il/

Yes Planet - Baka - https://www.yesplanet.co.il/

Cinemateque - https://jer-cin.org.il/en

Lev Smadar - https://www.lev.co.il/location/smadar/

 

Theater

Jerusalem Theater - https://www.jerusalem-theatre.co.il/eng

Habima Tel Aviv - https://www.habima.co.il/

 

Concerts

Yellow Submarine - https://yellowsubmarine.org.il/en/

Nocturno - https://nocturno.co.il/en/

Sultan’s Pool - Spring, Summer and Fall only

Zappa - https://www.zappa-club.co.il/zappaclub/zappa-jerusalem/

 

 

Yoga and Fitness

 

The YMCA is the closest fitness studio near HUC. They offer a student rate and have a full gym, pool, and basketball courts. You can visit in person to see pricing details or contact them here: http://ymca.org.il/fitness/.

 

Programs like CrossFit and various Yoga studios exist around Jerusalem as well

Crossfit - https://crossfitjerusalem.co.il/

Inspire Jerusalem YOGA - https://www.inspirejerusalem.com/

Iyengar Yoga - http://www.iyengaryogajerusalem.com/

Flow Jerusalem - https://www.flowjerusalem.com/

 

Note that some classes at yoga studios or gyms will have male-only or female-only classes to cater to the Haredi or Muslim communities.