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Old City Restaurants

The Old City of Jerusalem may be where one goes to see places of religious importance, but that doesn’t mean that one can’t find time – between visits to holy sites – to sample some of the best traditional Middle Eastern cuisine that Jerusalem has to offer.

Recommendations

The following are five must-visit restaurants in the Old City.

Lina, Christian Quarter

Head to the Christian Quarter to Lina, one of Jerusalem’s leading hummus restaurants. Lina, which offers a hummus-only menu, is Located close to Station 8 of the Via Dolorosa. It serves a number of variations of the traditional hummus dish, such as hummus with pine nuts and hummus with beans. It is definitely a crowd favorite and is not to be missed.

Austrian Hospice Café on Via Dolorosa St., Muslim Quarter

The Viennese-style cafe at the Austrian Hospice is one of those unique destinations that combine class, ambience and delicious food. Enjoy some goulash soup, schnitzel, sacher-torte or apple strudel while sitting on the garden terrace of the café. When you have completed your meal, make your way to building’s rooftop for a great view of the Old City.

Armenian Tavern, Armenian Quarter, near Jaffa Gate

A definite highlight of the Armenian Quarter is the Armenian Tavern which serves traditional Armenian food and is located inside a 1000-year-old building that was once part of a Crusader cloister. Here you can sample home-style food prepared with special Armenian herbs and seasonings.

Bulghourji restaurant, Armenian Quarter

Located in a building which was once a bulgur wheat factory, Bulghourji offers Armenian cuisine and is known for its quality meat dishes. Bulghouri hosts events for up to 300 guests.

The Quarter Cafe, Jewish Quarter 

The Quarter Cafe is a kosher dairy cafe that is ideal for small gatherings or larger events. In close proximity to the Western Wall, it is a great place to eat before or after a tour of the area. It also has a spectacular view of the Old City.