Best of: Jerusalem

Best of: Jerusalem

LOCAL FASHION DESIGNER

Tali Shurin Designs. Tali’s Designs are ethereal and romantic, and I can’t get enough. I could look through her creations all day.
 

PLACE FOR BRUNCH

Gourmandises on Yoel Moshe Street 10 is the perfect little corner for an intimate brunch. A mix of Paris with a touch of Jerusalem, this café is a perfect hideaway for a quick escape.
 

SHISHA

Al Andalus. Sit on the street with locals in this shisha café in the Christian Quarter next to Avtimos Market. Al Andalus is the place to get the most authentic shisha. Play backgammon and watch the locals go about their day.
 

HOTEL

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is the best hotel in the region (Gershon Agron Street 26-28). The architecture, the food, the service— a perfect combination of Arabic and Jewish, old, and new. This hotel has been completely revamped from the original building used as a British Officers Club in the 1920’s.
 

FAVORITE BUILDING KNOWN FOR ITS ARCHITECTURE

The YMCA building was built by Arthur Loomis Harmon in 1933 (King David St 26), the same architect that built the Empire State Building.
 

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Eucalyptus in the Artist’s Alley. Be sure to order the pate macaron. It is an unexpected flavor: the sweetness of the macaron and the savory flavor of the pate makes for a delicious explosion of tastes in your mouth. Make reservations +972-2-6244331.
 

FAVORITE SALON

This one-woman salon is located in an annex of her apartment, but this doesn’t take away from her perfection. The best waxing, thorough and clean and nails that end up perfect every time. Call Zahava for an appointment +972545353787.
 

FAVORITE JEWELER

MORIAH Jewelry featured in our September Issue.


FAVORITE COCKTAIL BAR

King’s Court in The Waldorf Astoria is constantly coming up with new cocktails. The space is designed with an Old European flair complete with a man seated at the piano.


FAVORITE INTERIOR DESIGNER

J. Mark Studios (King David Street 22) is a recent addition to the scene in Jerusalem and so far what I’ve seen is beautiful. Americans transplanted to the Holy Land guarantees professionalism and style.


FAVORITE LOCAL ARTIST

Judaicut located at Yoel Solomon 21 in Jerusalem has those perfect gifts you can take home and give as wedding gifts or housewarming gifts; any event is worthy of receiving an intricate papercut by the little old French man who owns the shop!


BEST VIEW

You have not seen Jerusalem until you have seen it from the Park in Armon Hanetziv. A Clear view of East Jerusalem and the old city and Temple Mount. Valleys and Mountains and on a clear day you can see the desert and the Dead Sea. A perfect view at night of nightly fireworks from Arab weddings in the valley.
 

BEST THEATER

Lev Smadar Cinema at Lloyd George 4. This old romantic theater has a chic café at the entrance. Seats are comfortable and cozy.
 

BEST PICNIC SPOT

Teddy Park has a great water fountain accompanied with music. The earlier shows In the summer are inundated with children running in and out of the streams of water, but after dark, the adults are free to kiss on the park benches and enjoy treats brought from home.
 

BEST CUP OF COFFEE

Aroma Café has many branches throughout the country. Unanimously the best coffee in the world.


BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

Mike’s Place in Jerusalem often has live music.
 

BEST MUSEUM

There are a million museums of course, but the David Citadel Museum is by far the most beautiful. Located inside the walls of the Citadel named after King David are room upon room of antiquities found in Jerusalem. Take a trip through time and get some stunning pictures in the gardens and on from on top of the citadel walls.
 

BEST DAY TRIP

Take a day trip to Bethlehem in the West Bank to eat Makloubeh, visit the church of the nativity and watch the sheep graze on the mountainside.
 

BEST LOCAL STREET FOOD

Achim Levy Felafel in the Machane Yehuda Market. Cheap and easy.

 

TravelClaire Blumenthal