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Restaurants at the First Station

The First Station is one of the hippest and most vibrant hangouts in Jerusalem — a center of leisure, culture, sports, tourism and events.

But maybe most importantly, Jerusalem’s renovated old train station is brimming with restaurants, cafes, drink bars and other culinary opportunities.

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Where to Eat at the First Station

Lechem Basar (Meat and Eat)

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Courtesy of Lechem Basar Restaurant

Lechem Basar has dedicated its culinary efforts to 2 staples of delicious dining — quality meat and fresh-baked bread — and delivering a top-notch, kosher mehadrin culinary experience at reasonable price.

On the menu, you’ll find a variety of steaks, hamburgers and a selection of different types of meat and chicken. And of course, you’ll want to pair them with a fresh-baked focaccia straight out of the stone oven and maybe a quinoa or chicken salad, stuffed vegetables, pastries stuffed with lamb, meat carpaccio or corvina fish ceviche.

In addition, their lunch deal is one of the best in town with an appetizer and a main course with your choice of sides starting at 79 NIS. You can also add a glass of wine for 18 NIS and a dessert for just 28 NIS.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 12 pm – 12 am, Fridays: 12 pm – 3 pm, Saturdays: 1 h after Shabbat – 12 am
Kashrut: Mehadrin Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Hamiznon (The Kitchen Station)

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Photo: Courtesy of Hamiznon Restaurant

The Kitchen Station features from around the world, with the accent on Mediterranean cuisine. Elements fusing old and new Jerusalem can be seen everywhere, from the presentation of the food to the interior design of the restaurant.

The kosher-dairy menu incorporates flavors from central European cities and ingredients from different places and cultures around the world, such as black tahini from Nablus, Italian Arborio risotto and Japanese panko crumbs. Diners get to watch the preparation of the dishes through the open kitchen window facing the courtyard.

Breakfast and brunch are quite popular at Hamiznon, likely in no small part thanks to the fact that all the breakfasts come with a glass of cava, wine, fresh-squeezed juice or coffee until 2 pm during the week and all day on Friday.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 7 am – last customer, Fridays: 7 am – 1 h before Shabbat, Saturdays: 1 h after Shabbat – last customer
Kashrut: Dairy Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Station 9

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Photo: Courtesy of Station 9 Restaurant

One of the more exciting additions to the First Station’s repertoire, Station 9 is where Jerusalemites go to get their Asian cuisine fix.

The creative (and kosher) Asian fusion eatery combines the traditional dishes and flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and more with influences from the Israeli and Middle Eastern kitchen.

Their take on the the Taiwanese Bao — a fresh steamed bun with chipotle aioli, cilantro and chili with your choice of peking duck, fish, ground beef patty or spare ribs — is a must-taste. The cocktails aren’t half bad either!

The atmosphere is definitely family friendly, but on Thursday nights it’s trendy and youthful with a DJ and drink specials throughout the night.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 11 am – last customer, Fridays: 11 am – 1/2 h before Shabbat, Saturdays: 1/2 h after Shabbat – last customer
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Adom Restaurant

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Photo: Courtesy of Adom Restaurant

Adom is a veteran Jerusalem culinary institution and fusion restaurant, specializing in sea food and fresh fish, Italian and French dishes, and a rich selection of fine wines. Established in 2001 in the historic Feingold Courtyard, the restaurant has since become a well-known name. The restaurant is part of the Adom group, which also includes the Colony Restaurant, Lavan at the Cinematheque, and Little Italy.

Opening hours: Sun-Sat: 12:30 pm – 2 am or last customer
Kashrut: Non Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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The Fresh Kitchen

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Photo: By Mosh Hezkialevitz

Fresh Kitchen is a chain of cafes based on modern cuisine, combining lifestyle, health and freshness. The chain was established to meet the needs of those looking for tasty, fresh, refreshing and healthy food, made mainly from local ingredients and exclusive fusions.

The rich menu offers a wide variety of tempting, balanced meals: indulgent breakfasts, fresh pasta dishes, exclusive salads, sandwiches in bread made with all-natural ingredients, hot dishes, and a large range of desserts from a boutique patisserie.

Fresh Kitchen also serves excellent organic coffee from selected coffee blends, fresh, refreshing shakes, and freshly squeezed juices.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 7 am – 12 am, Fridays: 7 am – 1 h before Shabbat, Saturdays: 1 h after Shabbat – 12 am
Kashrut: Kosher Dairy Mehadrin Jerusalem
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Landwer Café

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Photo: By Mosh Hezkialevitz

The Landwer Cafe chain now has 20 branches around the country, continuing a long tradition of a love of coffee and fresh roasted coffee beans.

Landwer at the First Station lives and breathes the original spirit of the classic café, in a contemporary Israeli package.

The menu serves continental and Mediterranean cuisine, suited to the season and inspired by the world’s most respected culinary traditions. At any time of day, come and enjoy anything from a light sandwich in the morning, a hot, satisfying midday meal or a snack in the evening alongside a quality beer.

Since its early days, the chain’s kitchen has been overseen by Chef Shachar Barnea, who specializes in Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, and his touch is apparent in every dish.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 8 am – last customer, Friday nights: closing at 2 am (bar)
Kashrut: Non Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Beit Hakavan

Beit Hakavan is a kosher meat and vegetarian restaurant founded by the famous Israeli chef Avi Levi, a Master Chef winner and owner of Hamotzi.

The restaurant is housed in a quaint, restored old station house along the railroad tracks a minute’s walk from the First Station. It is a combination between gourmet and street food. Offerings include shakshuka in a pita, Grandma Rachel’s french fry omelette in a pita, steak strips and a sunny-side-up egg in pita, a pan with cauliflower and sweet potato and a bean dish with sausages and tehina.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 1 pm – 11:30 pm, Fridays: 12 pm – 4 pm
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Fiori

There’s nothing quite like fresh-baked pizza and fresh pasta, and Fiori is the place to find them at the First Station.

Fiori only uses the freshest ingredients to ensure that every dish is bursting with flavor — the vegetables come straight from the market, and the pastas, ravioli, pizza dough and sauces are all made daily.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 12 pm – 12 am, Fridays: 12 pm – 3 pm, Saturdays: 12 pm – 8 pm
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Vaniglia ice cream parlor

Once upon a time Rugzinsky brothers, Nitzan and Itai, were just a couple of guys making their own ice cream in a small shop. These days, Vaniglia is an immensely popular chain of ice cream parlors and an institution for Israeli ice cream lovers far and wide.

Vaniglia prides itself on excellent ingredients, products, and service, putting considerable effort into creating unique, first-rate ice creams.

All of their ice cream is made with fresh milk and cream, vanilla pods from Madagascar and Tahiti, cocoa from Valrhona, hazelnuts from Piemonte and pistachios from Sicily, fresh, ripe fruit from Israel, and pastries baked on the spot that are incorporated in the ice cream together with unique seasonings, herbs and flowers.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 11 am – 12 am, Fri-Sat: 10 am – 12 am
Kashrut: Non-Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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re:bar offers a wide variety of specially blended drinks and healthy, filling meal alternatives. The menu includes shakes based on whipped low-fat yogurt with fruit and nutritional supplements, smoothies made with fruit sorbet, fresh juices, and yogurt dishes with healthy toppings.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 8 am – 10 pm, Fridays: 8 am – 1 h before Shabbat, Saturdays: 1/2 h after Shabbat – midnight
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 4 David Remez St., Jerusalem

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Hachatzer

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Photo: Courtesy of Hachatzer Restaurant

Hachatzer restaurant is located just a few minutes’ walk from The First Station. It is a warm and cozy chef restaurant run by Moti Ochana who graduated from the prestigious culinary institution ‘Le Cordon Bleu’.

The menu is seasonal, and it combines the qualities of the French gourmet culinary with the spicy Mediterranean cuisine. Some of the most recommended dishes are sweetbreads with grilled tomatoes, the Jerusalem fish mix, a variety of juicy steaks and veal assado in barbecue sauce.

For those of you who like to be surprised, the restaurant also offers a special tasting menu that gives you a chance to sense all the goods that the kitchen has to offer.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 12 pm – 5 pm, 6 pm – 11 pm; Fridays: 12 pm – Shabbat
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 7 Derech Beit Lechem St., Jerusalem

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Medita

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Photo: Courtesy of Medita Restaurant

The Medita restaurant is all about the “new middle east”. The restaurant blends in perfectly with the new and western Jerusalem urban style in every possible way. It is designed using decorative and luxurious elements alongside classical Mediterranean features. You will notice an open kitchen and a traditional Taboon oven.

The menu offers a rich variety of meat dishes, such as the minute steak focaccia, seared tuna with green salad and soy caviar, whole sea bream served with arak liquor and dill, and 250 gram hamburger served with fries and vegetables. You will also want to check out their especially recommended tasting menu.

If you’re looking to spend a nice night out, the Medita restaurant transforms into a bar after the sun sets and offers an impressive menu of quality alcohol, beer and wine from all around the world.

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 12 pm – 2 am; Sat: 1 h after Shabbat – 11 pm
Kashrut: Kosher
Where: 101 Derech Hebron St., Jerusalem

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The First Station – More Details:

Open: 24/7
Parking: Plenty of parking space for cars and bicycles at the paid parking lot.
Free parking lot across from the Liberty Bell Park.

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