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The Most Popular Restaurants in Jerusalem

If you’re looking for an incredible dining experience, sometimes it’s best to simply follow the crowd.

Check out Jerusalem’s top 5 most popular restaurants. You can’t go wrong!

Focaccia Bar

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It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that makes Focaccia Bar one of the most popular restaurants in Jerusalem because there’s just so much to like about it.

The menu has something for everyone — from focaccia breads, pizzas and pastas to mouthwatering hamburgers and steaks — and every dish is fresh and delicious.

And when it comes to atmosphere, you’re not going to find much better. The open pizza and focaccia kitchen fills the air with that fresh-baked-bread smell; a diverse crowd of families, young people, groups and tourists creates an exciting, happening buzz; the high ceilings and glass-covered terrace keeps things feeling spacious; and Focaccia’s friendly staff is always on hand to make sure your having a good time!

Then there’s the unbeatable central location just off Hillel Street, a few steps from the all the bars, hotels, shopping and attractions of downtown Jerusalem.

Where: 4 Rabbi Akiva Street, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3290727

Brasserie

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The village of Ein Karem on the outskirts of Jerusalem is one of the most picturesque parts of the city to enjoy a meal with a view, and if you’re going, you don’t want to miss Brasserie. The charming 2-story Mediterranean-style bistro has some of the best atmosphere, food and views in town.

The menu features a variety of delectable Mediterranean and local dishes with a unique twist provided by Brasserie’s chef, including salads, fish, pasta, meats and various other seasonal dishes, and the bar is well stocked with a selection of fine Israeli wines as well as beer, whiskey and other spirits. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a delightful brunch with a gorgeous view — served daily from 10:00 am — or take advantage of their generous business lunch deal Sunday-Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Brasserie can host private meals and events for 20-80 people with the options of table service or buffet-style.

Where: 15 Simtat Hama’ayan St, Ein Karem, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-328-1838

Alma Cafe

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Nestled in the corner of the urban Independence Park, Alma Cafe is one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque breakfast spots and an accessible escape from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city center.

While breakfast and weekend brunch are certainly the biggest draw, the cafe’s menu is actually quite eclectic. You’ll find everything from lavish Israeli breakfast spreads and shakshuka to fish, pasta, pizza and tantalizing desserts like cheese cake with fruits, vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.

Where: Independence Park, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3281914

Tommy’s

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Another restaurant that is taking Jerusalem by storm is Tommy’s. This restaurant is the city’s leading restaurant in the street food scene, but it has a twist. Tommy’s serves fast food with a gourmet touch. The owner, Chef Tomer Reuveni, from restaurants 1868 and Eucalyptus, uses the best ingredients and gives every dish on the menu a daily chef treatment.  You will find a 100% homemade rib eye steak burger, a classic Philly sandwich with caramelized onions, a chicken fajita with colorful vegetables and homemade chili sauce, and a wide range of other fine delicacies.

Where: 21 Kkl St, Jerusalem
Contact: 072-3290776

Machneyuda

Photo: Katia Shepeliavaya

Photo: Katia Shepeliavaya

Located smack dab in the Machane Yehuda shuk area, this young restaurant’s name is derived from the diminutive way in which the locals pronounce the shuk name: “Machneyuda.”

The menu changes weekly according to the shuk’s seasonal items as well as the personal tastes of its three chefs. Menu item names are often conversational — even story-telling — including such phrasings as, “Beef tartar nearly naked – confused?”; “Macaroni That Itzik’s Mother Made in Algiers”; and “the Devil wears panna cotta.”

Where: 10 Beit Yaakov St, Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem