Israel Tourism Tool Box: Jerusalem

Explore Jerusalem

Where To Stay | What To Eat | What To Do

Where to stay

Arthur & Harmony Hotels

It doesn't have to cost a fortune to stay in Israel. If you'd like a less expensive option, consider Arthur & Harmony Hotels. Although the rooms aren't big, they have great character that gives off unique vibe. And, you can't beat the location – right in the Ben Yehuda area. For reservations at either hotel, call +972-3-542-5555.

Arthur: 13 Dorot Rishonim Street | +972-2-623-9999

Harmony: 6 Yoel Moshe Salomon Street | +972-2-621-9999

David Citadel Hotel

The David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem feels like home for those who visit Jerusalem often. It's right in the heart of Jerusalem – overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the historic Tower of David and Jaffa Gate – and only a short walking distance to many of the city's historical attractions. With elegant guest rooms and stylish dining, this hotel is a perfect fit for a luxury stay in Jerusalem.

Maia's Tip: New City rooms do not have balconies or a view. The Deluxe rooms have balconies and a partial view. You can find the best view in the Alcove Deluxe room – you'll look directly at the Old City! Be sure to specify the room "in the middle of the horseshoe" when booking. 

7 King David Street | +972-2-621-1111 | Reservations: +972-2-621-2121 | email | website

Mamilla

With the same owners as the David Citadel Hotel, Mamilla is contemporary, modern and minimalistic with music and atmospheric lighting. The rooftop at the Mirror Bar and Cigar Bar has the one of the best views in Jerusalem! Mamilla's location is great – just steps from the Old City and part of the Mamilla Mall.

Maia's Tip: The Studio rooms are small, so if you are looking for a larger room, book the Executive Studio or higher.

11 King Solomon Street | +972-2-548-2222 | Reservations: +972-2-548-2200 | website

Mt. Zion

If you're looking for a cool hotel with character that doesn't cost as much as others, consider the Mt. Zion Hotel. Described as an "authentic" hotel in Jerusalem, Mt. Zion has a definitive Middle Eastern feel. As opposed to the other hotels listed, Mt. Zion is a bit farther away than the Old City and the Ben Yehuda area.

17 Hebron Road | +972-2-568-9555 | email | website

 

What to eat

Angelica

Right across from the King David Hotel, this restaurant is elegant, trendy and beautiful – plus the food is innovative and delicious! The ingredients are fresh, the cuisine is creative, the service is great, the ambience is chic – overall an enjoyable experience! If you want your own space, they also have a private room.

4 George Washington Street | +972-02-623-0056 | website

Cavalier

Cavalier has a great atmosphere with good food, great service and nice lighting. Small and intimate, the French Mediterranean menu has something for everyone!

Maia's Tip: A go-to restaurant in Jerusalem, it's a great place for a good meal before you hit the shops on Ben Yehuda Street.

1 Ben-Sira Street | +972-02-624-2945 | website

Chakra

If you want to feel like a local and eat good food in an upbeat restaurant, call Chakra and book your reservation. With a Mediterranean fusion menu, many Baltimoreans pick Chakra as their restaurant of choice in Jerusalem. It's the only place in town where you can get a full head of cauliflower! 

Maia's Tip: Reservations here are a must – even on a cold, rainy Monday, it's always packed with Israelis and tourists alike! 

41 King George Street | +972-02-625-2733 | website

Darna (Kosher)

An institution in Jerusalem, Darna has exotic Moroccan food served in a colorful restaurant by lively kaftan-clad servers. A fun establishment, many travelers cite Darna as their favorite restaurant in Israel.

Maia's Tip: Get good directions. Although centrally located near Ben Yehuda and Jaffa Street, it can be a little tricky to find.

3 Horkonus Street | website

Eucalyptus (Kosher)

Want to try something new? Go for Eucalyptus. Lesser known than other restaurants, Eucalyptus is quirky and one-of-a-kind. The food can be described as Middle Eastern with a twist. 

14 Hativat Yerushalayim | +972-02-624-4331 | website

Machneyuda

Machneyuda is the hottest – and one of the loudest – tables in town. The kitchen is led by three of Jerusalem's star chefs – Asfa Granit, Yossi Elad and Uir Navon – who offer creative, beautiful presentation of their meals in a very timely fashion. Reservations here are a must. 

10 Beit Yaacov Street | +972-02-533-3442 | website

Mamilla Rooftop (Kosher)

As the name implies, Mamilla Rooftop is on the rooftop of the Mamilla Hotel. The menu varies but the view remains constantly incredible. This is a great spot for drinks in the late afternoon. 

Maia's Tip: Go here for the view – you're sitting right on top of the Old City of Jerusalem! 

11 King Solomon Street | +972-2-548-2222 | website

Notre Dame Center Rooftop Wine and Cheese Restaurant

Located across from the New Gate in the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame, the rooftop is a must-do in Jerusalem. The wine list features international as well as Israeli wines and the cheese selection is extensive. The restaurant is beautiful yet comfortable and the view is amazing!

3 Paratrooper Road | +972-02-627-9111 | website

Versavee

Versavee is a quaint restaurant, situated down an alley in what is considered the first "mall" in Jerusalem. If you're in the Old City where good restaurants are scarce, try Versavee for a great labane

Jaffa Gate | +972-2-627-6160 | website

 

What to do

The City of David

The City of David reveals some of the most exciting archaeological finds of the ancient world deep underground. In addition to the underground exploration, there's a wide array of activities and theme tours including segway tours, night tours, paintball, hiking through ancient aqueducts, taking part in an archaeological dig and more!

For more information, visit their website.

Eretz Bereshit

Want to head out in the wild? Visit the Judean Desert just 20 minutes outside of Jerusalem to see how our matriarchs and patriarchs lived in Biblical times. Choose from a wide variety of activities including pita making, mosaic workshops, pottery restoration and camel rides. 

To explore more options, check out their website

The Israel Museum 

Having undergone a 3-year, $100 million renovation in 2010, The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world's leading art and archaeology museums. With many options on how to explore the museum - on your own, with a docent, with an audio guide or getting a guided tour - you should leave yourself a good few hours for total exploration. Located in Jerusalem near the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), one of the gems inside the Museum is the Dead Sea Scrolls.

For more information, visit their website

The Museum of Seam

The Museum of the Seam is a museum of socio-political contemporary art that offers controversial subjects for public discussion. Since this building was previously used as an outpost, throughout the museum there are "lookout points" that give you different perspectives on the city. During your visit, go up to the roof for a unique panoramic view of Jerusalem as well as a nice café lounge that gives you more information about the museum. 

Maia's Tip: Reservations are nice, but not necessary as tours are self-guided. 

For more information, check out their website

Yad Vashem

A must-see for everyone who visits Israel, Yad Vashem musuem was established in 1953 by the Knesset (Israel's parliament) to commemorate the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered by the Nazis during the years 1933-1945. Renovated in 2005 and designed by Moshe Safdie, the museum centers on light as you walk throughout the galleries. The content and the design combine to make a powerful, life-changing experience. Entrance is free; you can rent an audio guide onsite. 

Maia's Tip: Order a private docent who is trained and educated by the museum. Use this form to order a private guide and return it to the Groups’ Department. Note on the form that you received it from The Associated.

For more information, visit their website

Want to venture outside of Jerusalem? There's still plenty to do! 

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park 

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, encompasses 1,250 acres of rolling hills in the Judean Lowlands. Over the course of 2,000 years, people used these caves as quarries, stables, granaries, storerooms, water cisterns, workspaces for pressing grapes and olives, cultic houses of worship, dovecotes, hideouts and gravesites. Explore the park on your own or join Archeological Seminars on an ongoing archeological excavation – digging, sifting, examining pottery and crawling through unexcavated cave systems. About an hour southwest of Jerusalem, this is a fun activity for the whole family, both underground and above ground!

For more information, visit their website

Neot Kedumim

This unique outdoor museum draws on a variety of disciplines – Bible scholarship, botany, zoology, geography, history and archaeology – to bring the Bible to life. With the Bible in one hand and a spade in the other, Neot Kedumim has established a network of natural and agricultural landscapes bearing names that indicate their textual source – the Forest of Milk and Honey, Dale of the Song of Songs, Isaiah's Vineyard, the Fields of the Seven Species. At Neot Kedumim you live the life of our forefathers, the founders of the Jewish and Christian faiths – picking the fruits of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel, making olive oil, tasting the produce of the vine, herding sheep and goats, drawing water from an ancient cistern.

Phone: +972-0-8-977-0777 | email | website

Chiriya / Ariel Sharon Park

Opened in 1952, the Chiriya acted as a landfill until 1999 when the public called for its closure due to the massive environmental pollution. Considered the most ambitious environmental project in the country, the Ariel Sharon Park has been transformed into a recycling park, a waste transfer center and an environmental education center. It is being developed on the last open space in the center of the country and, ultimately, will be a 2,000 acre park – complete with open areas, miles of bike paths, fields, lakes and rivers, picnic areas, bird watching opportunities, sport fields and an amphitheater for summer concerts and performances. At the Chiriya, you can experience a place that once stood for pollution and negligence, but now acts as an ecological and ideological lighthouse exemplifying Israel’s future.

For more information, visit their website.

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