A Selection of the Best Jerusalem Street Food in the Machane Yehuda Shuk
Street food has been around for centuries but in the last few years it has become more popular the world over and Israel is no exception. As the street food phenomenon has spread, new places have opened all over Jerusalem but some of the best Jerusalem street food is in the Machane Yehuda shuk where you can now find a wide variety of interesting street food offerings including traditional dishes all over the world.
There are so many places to choose from but here are my top picks of Jerusalem street food:
Even though other burger joints have opened in the area, Josef Burger is still my favorite. My preference is for the Angus Burger (NIS 45) which I find to be more tender and juicy than the house burger. They have a great choice of toppings and the service is normally quick and friendly. There is also a good business lunch deal for NIS 55 including a main, side dish and drink. My standard order is a medium Angus burger with goose breast and green salad and as a special treat, I get goose liver and/or chili pineapple toppings.
Memphis Burger is also very good, the burger itself is great but the bread always seems to disintegrate and it is also a fast food/take out place, whereas Josef is a fun place to sit and enjoy your meal.
The beauty of Pasta Basta is in the simplicity of the offering. First, you choose your pasta, then a sauce and finally extra toppings, with the price starting at NIS 23. The pasta is all freshly made and the sauces and toppings are equally fresh. They also serve soup, salad and wine from the barrel for NIS 16 a glass!
DWINY PITA BAR
The concept at Dwiny is open or closed sandwiches so each dish can be ordered either inside a pillowy fresh pita, or on top of small toasted pita bruschetta style. All the ingredients are fresh and interesting with fillings including seared entrecote, osso buco, fried red mullet and crispy cauliflower. My favorite dishes are the Entrecote pita (NIS 38) and the Lamb Siniya with tahina and pickled lemon (NIS 42).
As a Brit, nothing tastes quite like the real thing but Fishenchips is definitely the closest option I have had in Israel and it has already outlasted all its competition in the shuk. The Mixed Crunchy Cod Goujons with chips (NIS 42) includes a mixture of batters and is probably the most popular dish but the Panko Red Tuna with chips (NIS 47) is also a delicious and interesting dish.
Fishenchips (Kosher- dairy/parev), 12 HaEgoz Street, 02 624 9503.
Aka is a Turkish kebab restaurant near Shuk Machane Yehuda, opposite Rachmo. The kebab/shawarma is made out of veal and pistachios and served in a Lavash Flatbread with the option to add parev yogurt, among other toppings. They also sell goose leg confit sandwiches and goose fat roasted potatoes.
Aka, 6 HaShikma Street, 02 500 1292
There is finally a place to get a good slice of pizza in the shuk! Craft Pizza opened in June 2018 and serves pizza by the slice, with a great flavor and lovely sourdough base. As well as traditional options, they also other tasty toppings like grilled zucchini, beet, kalamata olives, pineapple and chili, and a great spicy salsa on the side. A slice of margarita pizza is NIS 14.
Craft Pizza (Mehadrin), 12 HaTapuach Street, 02 663 3847.
This popular steakiah (meat grill) has a separate takeaway window along with street-side tables. The extensive takeaway menu includes their famous Jerusalem mixed grill and my personal favorite, succulent pargit (NIS 54 in laffa), both with their secret spice mix. There is also a selection of salads and main courses in takeaway containers if you are extra hungry or don’t want bread.
Hatch is primarily known for its homemade sausages and craft beer, but other popular dishes include Fried Chili Mac n Cheese Balls (NIS 24), Classic Buffalo Wings (NIS 32) and home-made kettle chips (NIS 15). As well as five varieties of craft beer, they also serve a selection of cocktails and Frosé – a rosé wine slushy. They also deliver
This popular Georgian bakery, specializes in Hachapuri, a selection of cheese-filled breads. My favorite is Acharuli (NIS 30 small, 35 large) which has a cracked egg on top, designed so you can break off the crispy crust and dip it into the cheese and egg center. They sell a variety of other Georgian pastries but the one with the egg on top is the most popular.
HaChapuria , 5 HaShikma Street (corner with HaEshkol).
FALAFEL HAACHIM LEVY
An iconic part of the street-food scene, this falafel stand in the open shuk is always busy so you can guarantee a piping hot fresh batch of falafel.
Falafel HaAchim Levy, 60 Agripas Street, corner of Machene Yehuda Street, 02 625 0282.
Other street food around the shuk:
- Argento – Argentinian empanadas and meat sandiwhces
- Ishtabach – Shamburak, a Kurdish Syrian pastry filled with meat and vegetables
- Jachnun Bar – Yemenite malawach and jachnun
- Soramelo – waffles
- SushiYa – fresh and well-made sushi and fish bowls
- Urbun – cinnamon buns
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