Jerusalem is one of the world’s most fascinating cities… and it also happens to be an amazing place to eat.

In this Jerusalem food tour post, I’ll give all the details about a few of the ultimate culinary gems to get a taste of this incredible city.

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Jerusalem – Just outside Damascus Gate

Jerusalem food tour

I had wanted to visit Jerusalem since I was a kid, and finally I had a chance.

But along with some sightseeing, the main reason I wanted to visit Jerusalem was to eat, and see the incredibly loving people behind the food.

I met up with my friend David from The Hungry Tourist (check out David for some amazing food), and Rafram, an expert on Jerusalem, and we set off to devour the ultimate food of Jerusalem in a single day.

I’m going to share with you all the places we ate.

First, watch this entire Jerusalem food tour video:

(Or you can watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLmNLrog6dQ)

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Hummus Acramawi – my favorite hummus so far

Hummus Acramawi

There’s no better way to start the day off when you’re in this region of the world, than with a plate of hummus, pita, and fresh raw vegetables.

Of every hummus I’ve ever had, this little family restaurant located on the outside of Damascus Gate of Old Jerusalem, is probably the best I’ve ever tasted.

Hummus is relatively simple ingredient dish – chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, salt –  but what’s amazing, is that no two plates of hummus are the same. Every version tastes and feels different.

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Here’s the spot

The hummus in Jerusalem at Hummus Acramawi was a more fluffy version (rather than being too dense), and almost had a whipped texture to it.

Additionally, the generous amount of olive oil made it perfectly moist without being too heavy and the lemon chili sauce is what elevated it to hummus perfection for me.

Again, up until now, this is the best hummus I’ve ever had anywhere.

Hummus Acramawi
Address: 2 Ha-Nevi’im, Jerusalem 9720301, Israel
Price: 20 ILS ($5.57) per plate

Al-shuala Grill Restaurant
Beef shawarma at Al-shuala Grill Restaurant

Al-shuala Grill Restaurant

Just a short walk from Hummus Acramawi and you’ll find Al-shuala Grill Restaurant, known among food lovers to serve one of the best shawarma’s in Jerusalem.

As you enter the restaurant you’ll be in awe of the gigantic rotating meat, slow roasting away and waiting to be shaved into your shawarma wrap.

In addition to the meat being flavorful, the bread is a thin wrapper (similar almost to a Mexican flour tortilla or an Indian rumali roti).

Al-shuala Grill Restaurant
Price: 26 ILS ($7.26)

Al Baghdadi Kabab
Al Baghdadi Kabab

Al Baghdadi Kebab

Deep in the winding narrow lanes of East Jerusalem in the Old City, this piece of preserved history is a culinary gem. The owners family originally moved to Jerusalem from Baghdad.

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Fresh kebabs from scratch, outstanding

When we arrived, the owner began making his kebabs from scratch, seasoning the minced lamb with salt, pepper, parsley and onions, and chopping and mixing it at the same time by rocking a curved sword over the ingredients (you have to watch the video to see it).

The salad

Additionally, he made one of the most memorable salads I’ve ever had – a combination of cucumber, tomato, and parsley, again, finely minced with the sword, and mixed with raw tahini.

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A meal I’ll never forget

The kebabs, and the hand-made food love the owner showed to us was why this meal in Jerusalem was probably my favorite of the entire day.

Home-made hummus in Jerusalem
His hummus was also amazing

His hummus was also excellent and hand-made. It was more dense and sticky than the first version. Eating kebabs in Jerusalem is a food and people memory I’ll never forget.

Price: 100 ILS ($27.89)

Zalatimo Sweets
The legendary Zalatimo Sweets

Zalatimo Sweets

One of the most legendary of all sweets shops in Old Jerusalem is Zalatimo Sweets, a generations old shop that only serves mutabak.

Mutabak is the Arabic version of a thin stuffed dough, and versions of it are common throughout the Middle East and influenced into Asia as well.

Old Jerusalem
Cheese filled mutabak in Old Jerusalem

For the version at Zalatimo Sweets, the owner slaps out a piece of dough until it’s paper thin – I think it’s filo. Then he fills it up with either cheese or walnuts, wraps it up into a little packet, brushes it with olive oil and bakes it.

Out of the oven, it’s dusted with powdered sugar and served with tea or murky Turkish coffee (what I ordered).

The Jerusalem style cheese mutabak was the clear winner for me. It was perfectly crunchy and gooey, sweet, and rich from the cheese, and amazing with coffee.

Also, it’s hard to beat sitting in an ancient shop within Old Jerusalem, the history of this place will blow your mind.

Price: 30 ILS ($8.37) each

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Azura Restaurant in Jerusalem

Azura Restaurant

Located within Mahane Yehuda Market, Azura is one of the best restaurants for a huge local feast that you’ll find.

With all the food slow cooked and presented at the front of the restaurant waiting to be ordered, it sort of reminded me of being back in Asia eating a Thai or Indonesia rice and curry feast.

The owner explained that much of the influence of his dishes were Turkish in origin, but his family also prepared some Mediterranean, Iraqi, and North African dishes.

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David and I feasting at Azura

Leave it up to David to order almost everything possible they had.

And the food was absolutely incredible.

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Azura – a must eat dish

The restaurant name is Azura, but it’s named that because it’s also one of their signature dishes, a slow cooked eggplant covered in a wonderfully spiced minced meat topping that was loaded with cinnamon.

The azura was among my favorite dishes of our meal at Azura – do not miss it!

mousakka
Amazing mousakka

Additionally, their mousakka, a layered minced meat and eggplant pie, was probably the best version I’ve ever had. I loved the tart tomato sauce it was drenched in.

Their Moroccan style oxtail stew is also insane. Ok, really, just choose whatever you see, and it’s one of those places where you can’t go wrong.

Total price for everything: 400 ILS ($111.55) but we had a lot of food

Mahane Yehuda Market
Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda Market

When you’re in Jerusalem, be sure to reserve some time to wander around Mahane Yehuda Market, a great open air food market. You could have an entire Jerusalem food tour right within the market – there’s so much to taste.

We sampled a few desserts including an Iraqi funnel cake, which tasted just like an Indian jalebi which I had previously eaten.

By this time on this extreme single day Jerusalem food tour I was starting to get a little full to be honest. So we set off to do a little Jerusalem sightseeing.

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

I won’t get into the details about the Jewish significance of the Western Wall of Old Jerusalem, you can always read more about it, but it was an amazing special site to visit in person.

While were were there, we also decided to tour the Western Wall Tunnel, an incredible underground network of tunnels built when King Herod expanded the Temple Mount.

Price – 35 ILS ($9.76) per person

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

After emerging from the Western Wall tunnels I next wanted to visit the Dome of the Rock, the most recognizable landmark in Jerusalem, and an important Islamic shrine.

Unfortunately everyone told us it was too late to enter, so we only managed to get an impressive view from a nearby school.

Old Jerusalem
Walking the streets of Old Jerusalem

Walking Old Jerusalem

In addition to the incredible Jerusalem food, and the unparalleled religious sites, just walking the ancient streets of Old Jerusalem was a highlight for me.

Walking down Via Dolorosa, a lane in Old Jerusalem believed to be the path that Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion, was something truly moving and it was a privilege to have the opportunity.

Mount of Olives
View from the Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Since our dinner reservation wasn’t until a little later, we decided to head to the top of the Mount of Olives for the sunset over Jerusalem.

Again, I was speechless at the beauty and the significance of the location.

Machneyuda Restaurant
Machneyuda Restaurant

Machneyuda Restaurant

To complete this ultimate Jerusalem food tour, David got us reservations at Machneyuda Restaurant, one of the most trendy and high demand restaurants in Jerusalem.

They serve very unique, very trendy, high quality, and creative dishes. And although it’s a loud music exciting kind of restaurant, it’s also fine upper-scale dining as well.

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Appetizer platter

Again, we had quite a significant amount of food, all served one by one. The mixed appetizer including everything from sashimi with tahini to rocket salad was excellent.

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Some type of stuffed burrata cheese

This stuffed burrata was also excellent, as was the truffle polenta, fillet mignon, and selection of desserts.

It was a great unwinding restaurant to complete one ultimately amazing Jerusalem food tour in a single day.

Machneyuda Restaurant
Address: Beit Ya’akov St 10, Jerusalem, Israel
Total price: 700 ILS ($195.21)

Jerusalem food tour
The ultimate Jerusalem food tour

Conclusion

There are a lot of stories to tell in Jerusalem, but I came for the food.

And what I can tell you is that in Jerusalem you will be able to taste some incredible food, but additionally, when you start eating, you’ll connect with some extremely generous people.

This day of eating and exploring Jerusalem was one of the most memorable days of my life – the connection of food, people, history, and religion – it’s all at its strongest in Jerusalem.

Again, huge thank you to my friend David from the Hungry Tourist and Rafram, for taking me on this unforgettable day of eating.



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  • Izy Berry

    6 days ago

    How can such simple food taste so good!! Would love to have some hummus right now. Thanks for taking us on your journey with you as always!

  • Malichat Ua-anant

    1 week ago

    I always fond of all kind of Hummus.I think it’s the best vegetarian dishes. There are variety of simailar dishes in Lebanist Indian , and Egyptian restaurant in Bangkok. But be able to go to the actual places the serve these food must be wonderful. Seem like Micah will be another expert on food pretty soon. You and Ying are wonderful parents. And Micah is so lucky growing up along with both of you and hasn’t been left out from your experiences. Wonderful!

  • joshua

    1 week ago

    loved your trip to jerusalem . i want you to visit india once more. this time come t the south part of it.

  • Uzma

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark,

    My husband and I are always so impressed to see you and your wife traveling with Micah – and making it look so easy! For those of us with kids who miss traveling and are too intimidated to go on long trips with an infant – please share a few tips on how you are able to travel to so many diverse areas with a baby.

    Thank you for all the work you put into your videos and opening up the world of food travel to so many people. Much love from the U.S.

  • Paula Zina

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Mark,
    Another, delicious, heart warming, incredible food tour. So so enjoy your travels, and so grateful for sharing it with us. You are the perfect person to do this. Your joy for food is contagious, and inspirational. Thank you very much, and happy traveling in the marvelous world of foods. Loves.

  • Handra Halim

    2 weeks ago

    So amazing!! Thank you Mark!GBU!

  • Saurav Choudhury

    2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark. This is absolutely amazing! I have been following the Vogs on Youtube, and it mesmerizes me knowing about the diverse virtual culinary journey you are taking us through. Waiting to see Micah also join you soon in the food journey actively.

  • Richard

    2 weeks ago

    Well done Mark, for sharing your food experience in Jerusalem.

  • Bernie

    2 weeks ago

    Mark, I enjoyed your Jerusalem tour immensly, I thought of Sebastian…his taste buds, he loved the vegetarian dishes. He’s not a me

    Hi Mark, I really enjoyed your Jerusalem tour!! Thank you so very much!! It certainly reminded me of Sebastian, his taste buds!! This was his favorite type of food, the vegetarian dishes especially. He wasn’t a meat eater, occasionally chicken and fish…But not any fish, yet he was so easy to please growing up. Lol!!!

  • varun

    2 weeks ago

    Inspiring others to travel.since 2009.

  • Henty

    2 weeks ago

    Am glad in having your email here mark and many many jealous abt your food tours and hoping that someday you invite me to join your spectacular food tour…am awaiting for that invitation !!! Big hug and kisses from Bali Island Indonesia

  • Layla

    2 weeks ago

    My husband and myself are big fans of your videos and have an urge to travel the world like you finding simple delicious foods from all over. I was so happy to see that you are here visiting our country of Palestine and wish we could have met you and your wonderful family. If you are still in the vicinity I hope you will have time to enter the Dome of the Rock and also visit Ramallah. Thanks for the great videos snd looking forward to more of them in the future. ☕️

  • Pedro

    2 weeks ago

    Wow! Thank you Mark for this great information, as always. Love your blog so much.

  • Doug Harris

    2 weeks ago

    The food looked incredible! And I am amazed how fast Micah is growing.

  • Stephen

    2 weeks ago

    Always amazing food in that region of the world, whether it’s prepared by Jews or Arabs! Every time I read about Middle Eastern food it makes me want to return to the region.

  • kieran smith

    2 weeks ago

    Love your videos from everywhere you go, I have tried some of the places in the Philippines you went and enjoyed 100%. Thanks for the ideas and keep up the good work, have to try Jerusalem sometime.

  • Mels

    2 weeks ago

    Thank you Mark for sharing this lovely story to us. It’s informative indeed and help us a lot to plan to our next destination. More power!

  • Casey Chiang

    2 weeks ago

    Man! I didn’t know that Jerusalem had such great eats! Thanks, Mark, Mrs Wiens and baby too! 🙂
    It’s always a great pleasure reading your food reviews and watching your vids. Do add in more descriptions of the taste [I know that it’s not easy, but please do try. We only had your head-tilting and swooning expression to go on to gauge the ratings so far…. no offense :P]
    Still, you guys have earned your stripes! 😉

    Salute! From an amateur food reviewer wanna-be.
    Warmest regards
    Casey Chiang, Singapore
    Here’s a little excerpt from one of my posts on FB for your opions:
    One of the biggest reasons that I love Halal foods is because they mostly made them from scratch.
    Imagine waking up at 2am to prepare the menu for the day (no joke right?).
    There’s simply no short cut for good tasting food n superbly textured chilies… N that’s Not even doing justice to each and individual sweat n hard work poured into each dish.
    We at EPIC take this opportunity to thank our local Halal chefs for they contribution to the local food scene.
    Without them, our foods would not have its current admirable n unique identity.
    Stay tuned, as we share n post more highlights in the local foods here in Singapore n other international cuisines that have decided to make their homes here.
    Kudos to all the chefs out there n their beautifully done, heartfelt recipes.
    They gave us a part of themselves in those dishes.
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=931945353611565&id=100003883263749

  • Wilfredo Alvarado

    2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark, Amazing video ,foods are awesome,we’re happy for you and God bless

  • Yvonne

    2 weeks ago

    Great post! I visited Jerusalem for the first time in January, and it was a culinary treat. I especially loved the dairy products and the shakshuka. And the schwarma. Wait, don’t forget the European-style desserts–chocolate cake, cheesecake. Oh, oh, and the beautiful fresh produce! Gotta go back.

  • nui acain

    2 weeks ago

    good to be you Mark, travel and eat all foods around the world. Well you are the best anyway. Thank you so much for the video and Jerusalem tour. Awesome.

  • Francoise

    2 weeks ago

    Its amazing, its makes us dream to be there with all the food

  • Kim Brown

    2 weeks ago

    I saw the video on YouTube and everything looked amazing! So glad you got to try so many things and venture through historic places.

  • R. M. Himayathullah

    2 weeks ago

    Awesome photography and videography!

  • Anilkumar Karimbanakkal

    2 weeks ago

    Wonderful Mark.. I’d seen your video the very first day when did you post on youtube. The v restaurant owner of Al Bhagadi is superb.. ☺👍

  • Ralph P Cohen

    2 weeks ago

    Mark, you have grown these years that I’ve seen you back then and growing with Ying, now a beauty of two food and travel world experts as parents Micah will flourish in his future!

  • Marvin Bucu

    2 weeks ago

    This is great! The hummus looks so delicious. One of my favorite foods. Nice video Mark. Looking for more great videos.

  • Stephan

    2 weeks ago

    Hello Marc,

    ….it’s a fantastic video from one of the most interesting place in the world.

  • Laurie

    2 weeks ago

    👍. Thanks again for a great video. Now I am anxious to try and make some of the dishes myself at home. As always, you are a delight to watch.

  • bob mimis

    2 weeks ago

    hi Mark, well you did it again ,i had breakfast at 8 am and i started watching your video on Jerusalem .watching your face and listing to you talk about the different food my mouth just started to water and i said to my wife i am going to have a 2nd breakfast now after watching mark . well done mark great video

  • Dana

    2 weeks ago

    Looks like your baby is taking after you, Mark. Munching on your hand it that one pic..

  • Eric law

    2 weeks ago

    Thank you and your family for the insight

  • Alex Meidl

    2 weeks ago

    Everything looks so delicious, thanks for sharing Mark!

  • Trinidad M. Castillejos

    2 weeks ago

    Hi, Mark, Ying & Micah,
    GREAT! TRAVEL & FOOD of the world. Thank you very much sharing.

  • Jae Dehaych

    2 weeks ago

    Awesome blog, Food looks even awesome !

  • Wame

    2 weeks ago

    Fantastic video report, as usual Mark. Great company, a historical city and great companions to enjoy eating with.

  • Dolores Chien

    2 weeks ago

    As usual, your blog of Jerusalem is excellent. I admire your wonderfully strong wife. She walks after you so energeticly with your amazingly well behaved child. You must have an extremely strong stomach. People there are so pleasant and friendly. Thank you ever so much ! I am an eight-three old woman with disabled knees, with your terrific blogs, I still can enjoy going places with you and seeing different foods . May God bless you and your beloved family !

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Dolores, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words of support. And so glad you enjoy the food and cultures of different places as well. Hope you have a fantastic day!

  • Bustaman

    2 weeks ago

    great video, great culture, great people. Have you consider to use 360 video? so we can see what your see surrounding you. Off course, I still like to see your face plus the environment surrounding you too.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Bustaman, thank you very much. I haven’t thought too much yet about 360, but that’s something I could definitely look into more.

  • Bonito Bilaoen

    2 weeks ago

    Great Food as always Mark! Mabuhay Weins Family!

  • Elise KHOURY

    2 weeks ago

    great food!

  • Ana Nolasco

    2 weeks ago

    Great production as always. You provide us insight to the world out there even without living the house. Of course, it also inspires us to go out and travel and see the beautiful places God has given us. Thank you for your wonderful work. BTW, how often do you post new blogs/vlogs. Sometimes, I get disappointed when I find no new uploads. Again, I appreciate your hard work and God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Ana

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Ana, thank you very much. On the main channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/migrationology) I post 2 times per week, on Wednesday and Sunday. But if you are subscribed and are not getting notified, you can click the little “bell” icon on my page, which will send you notifications when I publish a new video. Thank you!

  • Cathy orlando

    2 weeks ago

    Always a delight to journey to new locations given your advice. Thank you for a video packed full of info!

  • Fred J

    2 weeks ago

    Great Hummus 👍🏼🍯

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Fred, that was the best I’ve ever had!

  • Mark Wiens

    2 weeks ago

    Thank you for sharing the pics. Keep up the good work! Enjoy.

  • Inge(Indrawati)Pranada

    2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for the amazing Video, Mark.
    The food are all incredible and look all delicious. Love all your videos and for me it is always a journey into a new world.
    Regards

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you for your kind words Inge, really happy to hear that.

  • Terry

    2 weeks ago

    Awesome, Foods look so inviting. Thank You for sharing your Journeys.

  • Sounak Majumdar

    2 weeks ago

    love your exploring.I also love to travel like you. But one thing i hate you dont get fat after eating all of those…just joking.

  • Paula

    2 weeks ago

    Super cool Mark!

  • paul

    2 weeks ago

    never associated Israel with food, i visited during in college, but now i gotta go again!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Paul, awesome to hear you’re been there before. The food is amazing!

  • Still truckin

    2 weeks ago

    Mark, looks delicious — my favorite street food in old Jeru was Kanafeh – a sweet cheese pastry baked in giant pies and sold on carts in the old city. Hope you caught that too. Thanks for the great food tours! =marc

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much. I didn’t try any in Jerusalem, but had some previously in Jordan and in Nazareth. It is pretty amazing!

  • Ruby

    2 weeks ago

    Oh my god!! Every dish looks awesome

  • G Itaya

    2 weeks ago

    Love your videos!! The food is always amazing and the tours, very delightful!!

  • Jenny Nangoy

    2 weeks ago

    Wonderful Mark THANKS !
    Really I have never seen or thought about Jerusalem food before
    I am thinking of these foods relating it from the foods they had like in the Bible at the time of the Roman Empire in general and the foods in Jerusalem Nazareth and Bethleham in particular at the time of Jesus ….around the beginning of The aan no Domini and beyond …..up till now when you visited those places …a journey to know and to taste the interesting foods what we would know from the time in the Blible New Testament
    The photos of the views and of the FOOD are superb !!!
    BRAVO Mark and THANKS very much
    REGARDS from
    Jenny Nangoy

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Jenny, thank you very much for your thoughts and insights. It’s amazing to think that some of these same dishes could have been enjoyed back 2000 years ago in Biblical times in these same streets of Jerusalem. Hope you’re doing well and having a great weekend!

  • Michael Cui

    2 weeks ago

    I am encouraged to travel to Israel and Jordan after seeing your videos. Thanks and keep traveling. 😎

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you very much Michael, that’s great news. The entire region, with its people, food and history, is fascinating.

  • emmanuel

    2 weeks ago

    4 me it’s always a pleasure to watch the vlog of Mark Wiens and family

    • Peggy Postma

      2 weeks ago

      Since I don’t travel anymore, I just follow your blogs and that allows me to see all the different foods you taste, and all the places you see and travel too……I can almost taste the food that you show and that make me feel good…..! Thank you Mark it gives me pleasure to follow you on your blogs, give my love to your wife and give your beautiful son a kissy from me……all the way from Southern California…….

      • Mark Wiens

        2 weeks ago

        Hi Peggy, really appreciate your kind and encouraging words. Hope you and your family are doing well!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Huge thank you Emmanuel!