Discover which fast food restaurants are open on Shabbat in Jerusalem.
I am often asked where to eat in Jerusalem on Saturday/Shabbat, especially by first-time visitors. Most of Jerusalem closes down on Friday afternoon, however, there are still plenty of cafes open on Shabbat, you just have to know where to find them. I have decided to split the recommendations into three categories: fast food/takeaway, nighttime and daytime, as the recommendations for these categories are very different. I will start with fast food, as it is the easiest one.
Chili Pizza has been around for several years. The restaurant serves a traditional range of toppings to satisfy non-kosher consumers, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and cheese, bacon and eggs, and spicy beef and sweetcorn. They serve ready-made pizzas by the slice and the freshly made individual pizzas are even better.
The menu also includes some pasta dishes and desserts. The website includes the Chili Pizza menu in English and you can order deliveries by phone, 11 am to 5 am, 7 days a week.
Chili Pizza, 28 Hillel Street, 02 625 4040
Iwo’s Burger is a typical burger restaurant with American diner style booths. The choice of burgers includes beef, veal, lamb or bacon, and among the more gourmet toppings are Emmental, Roquefort and Parmesan Cheese, Bacon, Goose Liver and Truffle Butter. They also serve a selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as, sticky chicken wings and tater tops with cheese.
You can find the Iwo’s Burger English menu on their website and you can also order an Iwo burger delivery in English. Iwo Burger is open until 3am, 7 days a week.
Iwo’s Burger, 24 Hillel Street, 02 622 2513
As well as the usual pizza selection, Domino’s Pizza also offers chef pizzas by Asaf Granit. These pizzzas have gourmet toppings such as asparagus, mushroom, parmesan and truffle oil; spinach, cauliflower and pine nuts with an alfredo sauce; thin-sliced beef, parmesan with fresh rocket; broccoli, salami, parmesan and roasted almonds, and more.
There is a choice of alternative pizza bases including whole wheat and gluten-free, as well as the option for vegan cheese.
Online ordering is only in Hebrew but telephone orders can usually be made in English. Deliveries are normally received within 30 minutes or you can collect from your local branch.
Domino’s Pizza, 122 Herzl Boulevard; 1 Etsel Street; 25 Rivka Street, 1700 70 70 70
Unlike other burger places open on Shabbat, Captain Burger uses only kosher products and does not serve dairy. Burger meals start at NIS 46 including a 110g burger and fries. The burgers are not the best in the city but they still tasty and better than chains like McDonald’s. You can order Captain Burger online in Hebrew.
Captain Burger, 4 David Remez Street, First Station, 02 671 9403
P2 serves real Italian thin-crust pizza in the heart of Jerusalem and they also serve gluten-free pizza. Other interesting dishes include Panzanella Salad, Calzone and Gnocchi. They do not have a menu online and do not deliver. You can pre-order by phone for collection, if you know what you want.
P2, 36 Keren Hayesod, 02 563 5555
A simple, authentic Asian noodle restaurant near the Old City. Mian Noodles offers five kinds of noodles: ramen, egg, spinach, carrot and rice noodles, with different types of meat and vegetarian toppings.
Mian Noodles, 22 King Solomon Street, 02 994 4333
The Hillel branch of Aroma is open 24/7, with a large seating area and free WiFi. The menu is similar to the kosher branches and they do not serve any meat at the Hillel Branch, see full Aroma menu in English. There is also a small branch of Aroma in Yes Planet Cinema Jerusalem, which is open on Shabbat.
Aroma, 18 Hillel Street, 02 625 5365; 4 Naomi Street, Yes Planet, 02 656 7787
For those who are not familiar with Yemenite food, Jachnun is a roll of Malawach pastry (fried flaky bread). Jachnun is traditionally cooked on a low heat and eaten on Shabbat morning by Yemenite Jews, with fresh tomato sauce, hard-boiled eggs and schug (spicy pepper and coriander paste).
Jachnun Bar also serves a variety of Malawach options filled with salads and dips. Stand out items include the Shakshukalawach, Pizzalawach, Malawach filled with shakshuka and chocolate-filled Malawach.
All the food in the restaurant is vegetarian, with vegan options and it is open 24/7, including Shabbat. Here is the full Jachnun Bar menu in English (page 2), they do not deliver.
Jachnun Bar, 28 Hillel Street, 02 566 1919
Although the quality of the meat at Black Burger is superior to other chains, it is still a chain restaurant and the quality and service can vary greatly. It is, however, a great option for a group dinner. Be warned, if you are going for a pre-movie meal allow plenty of time and they don’t do takeaway.
They do not offer deliveries are not available but you can call in advance for collecting takeaways. The menu is only in Hebrew and they claim that all the meat is kosher, but they do serve cheeseburgers and the mashed potato is dairy.
Black Burger, 4 Naomi Street, Yes Planet, 02 930 9575
Some people like to stick with what they know. McDonald’s has a number of branches around Jerusalem, some are kosher and closed on Shabbat,. The branches in the City Center on Shamai Street and in Yes Planet are both open on Shabbat but they do not deliver.
McDonald’s, 4 Shamai Street; 4 Naomi Street, Yes Planet