A coffee shop in Israel isn’t just a place for a cup o’ joe and a pastry. Most cafes here have complete (mostly dairy) menus with sandwiches, salads, hot dishes, desserts, of course, and all that alongside some of the best coffee in the world.
This article offers an overview of the dozens of quaint, friendly and pretty coffee shops downtown. So, come rain or shine, you’re sure to find the perfect cafe to fit your mood and pallet.
Trumpeldor Cafe | 7 Bezalel St. – This small, family-owned cafe sits on the corner of Trumpeldor and Bezalel and offers an intimate, friendly and quiet atmosphere. It’s a great place to think or chitchat, with friends or even the owners. Kosher
Nocturno | 7 Bezalel St. – This popular cafe-restaurant-bar is a bustling venue most hours of the day with a lovely vegan menu (beyond the classic cafe menu), a sweet little balcony sitting area and, in the back, the Designers in the City complex. Kosher
Cafe Bezalel | 8 Bezalel St. – Here coffee is served along with Bohemian chic in the quiet Bezalel pedestrian mall alongside a beautiful old architecture (and right across from the Bezalel department of architecture). Open Friday night and Saturday.
Cafe Nadi | 5 Shmuel Hanagid St. – Nadi (which means club in Arabic) is a quaint cafe which sits on the corner of Shats and Shmuel Hanagid. Enjoy fresh dishes with friendly service. Kosher
Modus | 31 King George St. – A surprisingly intimate coffee shop that sits along the busy thoroughfare. It’s worth trying their specials which are usually vegetarian/vegan cooked dishes. Kosher
Ben Yehuda – Yaffo St.
Halitatea | 5 Hillel St. – Jerusalem’s tea house offers dozens of international teas with dishes to match the nationalities. Halitatea is located in a quiet alleyway just off Hillel St. Kosher
Muffin Boutique | 16 Ben Yehuda St. – The Canadian owners bring the classic Montreal bagel, healthy shakes and 100% natural muffins to the Jerusalem cafe scene. Kosher
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Jerusalem | 34 Yaffo St. – An American style establishment, Coffee Bean offers fresh salads and sandwiches and very popular frozen shakes. Kosher
Babeit Cafe | 16 Shamai St. – A little, cozy, colorful place that serves an array of fresh Belgian waffles and a must-have hot chocolate. Kosher
Tmol Shilshom | 5 Yoel Moshe Salomon St., entrance via a courtyard (follow the signs) – The over 20 year old mythological coffee shop-bookstore is the place to go for award-winning shakshuka, delicious dishes and drinks, all this encompassed in authentic Jerusalem ambiance. Kosher
Gourmandises | 10 Yoel Moshe Salomon St., entrance from Kikar Hamusica/Nachman Square – A Parisian-style cafe with freshly prepared French pastries every day. Kosher
Shlomtsion Hamalka – Yanai
Kadosh | 6 Shlomtsion Hamalka St. – An old Jerusalem establishment, over 40 years old. Enjoy the European style, the rich dishes and a bustling atmosphere. They also happen to serve some of the most elaborately flavored sufganiot (doughnuts) around Hanukkah time in December. Kosher
Eitz Cafe | 3 Yanai St. – This quaint little cafe off the beaten track is a social business – all proceeds are donated to an organization that helps needy and homeless people in Jerusalem. Open Friday night and Saturday.
Shraga | 3 Yanai St. – Minutes from Mamilla, this staple Jerusalem cafe is a great place to enjoy a quiet homemade-style meal. Kosher
Of course beyond all the individually-owned cafes in town, there are also all the classics such as Cafe Hillel which started on Hillel Street and Aroma, including a 24/7 branch on Hillel Street.
We look forward to seeing you sipping your coffee in one of these lovely downtown cafes!