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The best of Jerusalem

A roundup of the best of the best Jerusalem has to offer in every category

By Jennifer Greenberg
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Jerusalem is a must go on our list of things to do in Israel. While tourists come to Jerusalem with a blind list of ancient historical sites and holy landmarks to check off, the capital of Israel is so much more than a big wall and a Jaffa gate. Jerusalem is quickly catching up to Tel Aviv in terms of Israeli culture & nightlife, while its hotel game and authentic cuisine are as on point as ever. Add some venues and activities from our extensive list of “the bests of Jerusalem” to your itinerary for a culturally and personally diverse experience.  

Time Out's 'Best of Jerusalem' list

The bloc
The bloc
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11. The best family-friendly things to do in Jerusalem

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While you may want to tackle all the famous historical landmarks that cover generations of your family’s heritage, there is only so much dry history your children can take and only so many rugelach you can buy them at the Mahane Yehuda market to keep them from complaining. We’ve taken the entire family into mind and come up with a list of fun things to do in Jerusalem with your children and your children’s children. While Tel Aviv’s got the kid-friendly Park HaYarkon, Jerusalem’s got plenty to do with a biblical zoo, interactive museums, and even a scavenger hunt to trick the kids into learning with a hands-on history tour around town.

Jerusalem nightlife
Jerusalem nightlife
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12. The best Jerusalem restaurants and bars to hit up on Erev Shabbat

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It's Friday night. You’re in the heart of the Holy City, and at the end of a long and exhausting day of exploring the Jewish history and Israeli culture, you really fancy that bite to eat and a drink – or several. But, the sun has set and you’re looking around, only to realize that everywhere you see is closed. While for much of the city, Shabbat is a sacred time to be cherished with family and friends, for those less religious, it simply means a temporary goodbye to the exotic diversity of the famous Jerusalem nightlife. Although, that’s not entirely true. For dotted around this now silent and crowd-less ancient city, little Jerusalem restaurant hot spots and one particular bar in Jerusalem are alive and booming, and more-than-ready for eager visitors who aren’t quite ready to give up their Friday night freedom.

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Ein Karem
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13. The best things to do in Jerusalem if you've been here before

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So, you’ve prayed at the Kotel, you’ve been inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, you’ve tasted the finest of cuisine at Jerusalem restaurants in and around Machne Yehuda, but do you really know this central city of Jewish history? Have you truly experienced the sheer diversity of sights and sounds that this 3000-year-old city has to offer? We’ll guess for you - probably not. Aside from being just a capitol for the Abrahamic religions, Jerusalem equally holds the crown for being the capital of hidden gems. And while there are just too many to choose from, we’ve handpicked a specific seven that may shine the brightest to the curious - yet accustomed – tourist.

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