Vegefied’s guide to Jerusalem. Learn more about what to do there and where to eat.
Updated: 15 May 2019
Once depicted in the Middle Ages as the center of the world, Jerusalem is home to three of the Abrahamic faith; namely, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It is primarily known today for its political and religious importance and if you know where to look, you will see that it has so much more to offer. Here is a guide for enjoying the city in a short time.
Start your day early as there is so much to see and discover in Jerusalem but make sure that you first have a hearty breakfast at Herbert Samuel. Centrally located at Zion Square, it is a beautiful haven from the city’s hustle and bustle. Treat your taste buds to a breakfast buffet with sun-dried tomatoes, wild spinach, artichoke hearts, and other delightful Kosher dishes.
Gear up for aafter filling your tummy and take in iconic landmarks in all four of the Old City’s quarters such as the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, David’s Citadel, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
After filling your tummy with satisfying food, you are ready to explore Jerusalem. Go to the Old City to the Temple Mount which is sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews. There you can marvel at the beautiful Dome of the Rock, with its large golden dome and glazed ceramic tiles. Non-Muslim visitors must use the Mughrabi Gate by the Western Wall to enter the temple. Be ready for long lines, though.
Jerusalem is a city of various landmarks and it can be easy for travelers to forget that it is a thriving metropolis with real people. Do not forget to explore the city’s narrow streets and soak in the incredible rooftop views as you make your way to more popular landmarks.
After discovering the city on foot, Pergamon to satisfy your hunger. Named as one of Israel’s best restaurants, it serves Mediterranean cuisine with an array of vegan options. Have some coffee afterward or order one of their unique cocktails.
Go to Mahani Yehuda Market, the largest market in Israel, for some lunch. Delight in a maze of more than 250 vendors selling anything and everything you can think of, from fruits, vegetables, and clothing. Open every day except, Sabbath, it will treat you to a myriad of smells, sights, and sounds.
Take a taxi to the top of the Mount of Olives, or if you feel like you are up for a challenge, walk uphill for about 30 minutes from Gethsemane. Begin your journey of discovery at the Mosque and Chapel of Ascension where Jesus is said to ascend into heaven and then head down to the Church of the Pater Noster, which boasts of beautiful courtyards decorated with the Lord’s Prayer translated into more than a hundred languages.
Go one more level down to the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene and take in the view of Jerusalem below. Jews believe that when God returns, he will redeem the dead at the Mount of Olives, which is the reason why more than 150,000 Jews chose it as their burial place.
Sunset is the perfect time for incredible views and you will be treated to such when you go to the Mount of Olives. Watch the sun sinking behind the holy city and take some photos to remember the experience by.
Make your last dinner in Jerusalem by dining at Cafit Mamilla. Choose from their classic evening menu which includes dishes such as cream of artichoke and garlic confit, eggplant burnt with tahini and tomato salsa, pizza Margherita, and Bulgarian cheese in olive oil and hyssop with a selection of spicy olives.
Now that you have taken in as much of the city as you can, you will surely be leaving with a lighter heart and fond memories.
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