While street food in Israel isn’t hard to come by, it’s hard to weed out the authentic eats from the tourist traps. Jerusalem’s food scene is one where like its classical musicians, Jewish authenticity takes center stage. Even the hottest spots thrive on Jerusalem’s genuine vibe, as hip night spots lead by chefs bring out the beauty of the market, delighting locals and visitors alike. In all this hustle and bustle, no matter how hip, there’s always a touch of vintage, history and Jerusalem-chic. From traditional sabich and falafel to new school pita pocket fillings like fried red mullet and "chraime" (a spicy North African fish dish), Jerusalem restaurants are serving up the goods. Join Keren Brown in her foodie adventures as she explores the Holy City to hone down on Jerusalem’s most authentic spots from little nooks serving piping-hot bourekas to cozy no-frills restaurants serving homemade dumplings.
The most authentic Jerusalem restaurants
Take a bite out of Jerusalem’s authentic food scene with Keren Brown’s list of the most authentic Jerusalem restaurants
The top Jerusalem restaurants serving authentic food
This 60-year-old eatery, owned by Pini – passed down from his late father Musa, who started it all—has mastered phyllo bourekas. Enjoy the incredible flakiness and crunchiness of this doughy pastry as each bite melts in your mouth. A must-have choice is the version that includes salty cheese, a hardboiled egg and Pini’s homemade tahini alongside oversized pickles.
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