A small, unassuming coffee shop, opposite a fruit stand, with a yellow "Danesi Café" sign out front serves up fresh coffee and sachlav to a constant flow of customers during the day. At night, the small coffee shop turns into a packed bar with limited indoor and outdoor seating. With a laidback vibe, they prepare various local specialties including sabich – an Iraqi dish stuffed with eggplant, hardboiled egg, tomatoes, and pickled lemons, served with bread. Do not miss Sunday nights when they pull the grill into the middle of the Shuk pathway and grill up fresh fish and vegetables. Their menu changes weekly every Sunday.
This hotspot is housed in a centuries-old building, whose space used to house a hotel, bar and dance Bordello during the British mandate. With original, colorful tiles lining the floor, parts of the original architecture remain. You can either enter through the Georgian market, or take the first two lefts after entering from the Yaffo Street entrance. Tucked away, you will see a large courtyard that fills up after dark. The Casino de Paris does not have any outdoor signage and draws a pretty local crowd. One of the two owners is a member of the popular Hadag Nahash (meaning "fishsnake") band, so famous rock star friends stop by the small bar whenever they're in town. With Balkan Beatbox in the background, you can gorge on many of the tapas options, including local favorites like stuffed sweet potato and laffa with meat and eggplant. Casino de Paris offers over 15 local Israeli microbrews, liquor and draft beer.
Drawing a large student crowd, the Shuka Bar was opened by three students who met in the army and decided to open a bar with a different approach. They strove to create a new concept of nightlife in Jerusalem. With a slightly more academic feel on some nights, the Shuka offers "lectures on the bar," where speakers are brought to the Shuk to talk about topics from education to Jewish philosophy and politics. Shuka sells only Israeli, locally made beer. With Shapiro, Malka, Alexander and Bazelet, customers can enjoy special happy hour deals including a shot of Arak during happy hour for only 3 NIS.