As I told you in my first article dedicated to the old city of Jerusalem, I was surprised by the young and festive side of the city as soon as I arrived. I was lucky to be invited as part of the "Open Restaurant" festival, which shows the city and its chefs through culinary events and the stay began with a high note with a private evening in … a tram line privatized for the party occasion there !! In the program of decorations and garlands of light, music, songs and hundreds of young people there to have a good time all together. In the terminal, a buffet of chefs from the city awaits us, just to try some specialties and other creations. And we could even talk to the mayor of the city who came to inaugurate the event.
The culinary program promised to be festive for my greatest happiness! And to discover Jerusalem through its culinary culture, what could be better than a visit to the market? From day one, we went to the very colorful Mahane Yehuda market, also known as "Shuk". Like Jerusalem, its market is very eclectic, mixing tradition and modernity in a cheerful and colorful environment.
Here you will find everything you need and I think I stopped at all the stalls to smell the spice flavors, try the halva, fresh and dried fruits, …
At night, the market completely changes its appearance, the iron curtains of the stalls reveal graffiti portraits of street art artists representing the owners of Jerusalem's stores or personalities. Bars and street food stalls mark the black alleys of people where young people laugh and listen to loud music (very loud ^^). Local youth and tourists mingle there for a good time and the night continues in the many restaurants that have opened the entire market in recent years.
During the stay, I was able to discover several tables in Jerusalem where young chefs revisit traditional cuisine to give a touch of modernity, be inspired by different cultures and try different flavors.
Not far from the market, the Dwiny restaurant invites you to take a break from a timeless environment. On the menu, street food dishes served in pita bread, fresh and colorful salads, fried onions, etc.
Dwiny Pita Bar
6 Beit Yaakov
In the area of the old train station in Jerusalem that has been transformed to accommodate shops and restaurants, Chef Roni Finzi offers cuisine with Asian inspirations: green papaya salad, woks, etc. But also absolutely delicious hamburgers!
David Remez St 4
To try a Mediterranean cuisine but very modern, go to the Medita and its many dishes to taste the dough anyway: eggplant caviar, candied lemon salads, ultra tender pomegranate beef … And for dessert l ¡la Inspiration is clearly French with chocolate coulant and macaroni!
101 Derekh Khevron
I was really pleasantly surprised by all the entertainment and outings offered by the city of Jerusalem. It is very young, it moves, it is festive and it is one of the sides that I really loved. Jerusalem is a very eclectic and cosmopolitan city that is really worth discovering!