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Top Falafel and Shawarma Restaurants

Falafel and shawarma stands, along with hair salons, are a dime a dozen in Jerusalem. While we all crave falafel or shwarma from time to time, that doesn’t mean we are willing to grab anything in sight. Quality is a must. The following are definitely the best that Jerusalem has to offer in the way of falafel and shawarma establishments.

Hummus Shel Tehina

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If you’re addicted to rich, creamy hummus — who isn’t? — then you can’t go home without trying Hummus Shel Tehina, where your hummus is always served warm with a side of pita bread, house-made pickles and an option for a refill (for those who can handle it). You can’t go wrong adding a side of falafel, salad or fries, and if you’re in the mood for something a little different, try their famous hetzi-hetzi masbaha — — a variation of hummus with whole chickpeas and more tehina.

Where: 23 Nissim Bahar Street, Jerusalem

Mifgash Ha’esh

Mifgash Ha’esh is one of the most popular shawarma and falafel restaurants in Jerusalem, not only with locals but with politicians and members of government. With an abundance of seating options, Mifgash Ha’esh is ideal for those seeking a sit-down meal with family and friends, rather than a meal on the run.

Arkadesh, City Center

Located on Shamai Street in downtown Jerusalem, a visit to Arkadesh is a perfect stop between activities in the surrounding area such as shopping in the adjacent Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. There are plenty of seating options with tables outside as well.

Shalom Falafel

Having been around since 1945, Shalom Falafel is definitely one of the mainstays of the Jerusalem falafel scene. Shalom Falafel is located on the bustling Bezalel Street, a 10 minute walk from Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda Market. Little more than a shop front, we suggest taking your purchase and walking through the historic streets of the Nachlaot neighborhood or walking down the hill towards Sacher Park.

Hasabichiya

Do not leave Jerusalem without tasting a sabich sandwich, an Iraqi food consisting of pita bread with fried eggplant, hard boiled egg, salad and hummus. If you are open to going somewhere that doesn’t serve falafel or shawarma – we know that it may sound like a sacrifice– then Hasabichiya is a definite must.