When the Jerusalem Railway Station opened in 1892, it included a two-story stone building, a mechanism to change the train’s direction, and a large water tank. Over 100 years – and one major renovation – later, The First Station has become a central location in the entertainment and dining scene in Jerusalem. With restaurants serving up fresh international flavors, favorites from notable Israeli chefs, and an array of Kosher offerings, the complex attracts hungry diners looking for an Asian bite or Italian meal. Stop by to fill your stomach and feast your eyes on years of history.
Tasty bites meet historic location at these Jerusalem restaurants
HaSadna (The Culinary Workshop) is an eatery and bar situated in Jerusalem’s JVP Media District, close to the old railway station. The crew behind HaSadna (the same as internationally-acclaimed Machneyuda) are masters in the art of chilling, and the vibe here is ideal for unwinding after a long day. The varied and creative menu showcases garden-fresh local ingredients with items like sashimi in vanilla oil, homemade sausages, succulent slow cooked short ribs and fresh handmade pastas. Don’t miss the creative tasting menu.
The Kitchen Station offers a kosher menu and a culinary trip around the world with a distinct emphasis on the Mediterranean. Breakfast and brunches shine here. This restaurant takes you on a journey through Israel’s salad-rich contemporary breakfast to its hearty shakshuka dish with mozzarella and roasted peppers. The Catalonian frittata with fresh thyme and parmesan is another solid choice. Choose from a long list of salads and appetizers for sharing. Dine on rich pasta or savor fresh fish à la plancha.
This spacious restaurant and wine bar presents an eclectic French/Italian menu with many options from meat to seafood. The vino here takes center stage with an extensive wine list featuring great international picks as well as a huge selection of Israeli boutique wineries. The people flow in as steadily as their wine, while their ever-changing menu makes Adom a must frequent spot.
Located in the first train station, this kosher eclectic Asian restaurant is considered one of the best in town. Enjoy a hearty bowl of ramen soup with a deep broth, an abundance of noodles, vegetables and a soy-marinated soft-boiled egg. Try handmade dumplings, Tom Yum soup, perfectly-fried gyoza and a long list of mouthwatering appetizers. Asian dishes from Japanese to Thai are all cooked with authenticity. Order some creative cocktails and bring friends to share as many different dishes as possible!
From DIY pasta (including gluten-free and vegan options) to flavorful focaccia starters and pizzas perfect for sharing, Fiori serves up plate after plate of carby deliciousness. The Italian restaurant, centrally located on The First Station plaza, also offers an array of fresh grilled vegetables, Italian-style salads, and sweet desserts. Relax in their indoor-outdoor tent while eating simple and tasty food with a glass of wine – just as it is done in Italy.
Beit HaKavan is MasterChef winner Avi Levy’s creative North African cuisine spot, revealing a palate woven from his Tunisian roots via his interpretation of authentic Jerusalem street food. The restaurant, which was reborn after a thorough renovation, is situated in a historic two-story building that once housed the railroad's control mechanisms. Try the iconic Station Mixed Grill (an assortment of meats combined with fried onions), Panko-crusted cauliflower, and the must-try masabaha, a chunky chickpea topped hummus.
As its name suggests, Bread and Meat is a restaurant specializing in delicious staples – high quality breads, tender meats, and light sides of vegetables and salads. Nothing more, nothing less. This Kosher restaurant serves up chicken, lamb, beef, and fish alongside fresh vegetable sides and fluffy foccacia and sourdough bread. Drawing inspiration from its ancient location at the First Station, the restaurant mixes an urban atmosphere – featuring shared seating options and a bar – with eclectic decorations. Don’t forget to bring your appetite and Kosher meat eating companions to dine at this quality restaurant.