Eating in Jerusalem


The Tower of David Museum is launching a new culinary project that tracks the stories of the Jerusalem kitchen throughout history and to the present day

 "Eating in Jerusalem" tells the stories of the Jerusalem kitchen as they were told in archaeological, historical and literary resources and how they constitute the colorful culinary scene in Jerusalem today.

Over the last decade, Jerusalem has become a culinary powerhouse.  Tours, meetings, workshops, and lectures about food take place all over the city.  The restaurants, bars and food stalls in and around the Machane Yehuda market brought about a cultural revolution in urban entertainment and turned the area into a food mecca for locals and tourists alike. Local chefs gained national reputaions and many Jerusalem restaurants have become national institutions.

Even so, many people ask:  Is there really such a thing as “Jerusalem food”?  How can you define the Jerusalem kitchen, if at all?  Are there differences between the Jerusalem kitchen and the Tel Aviv kitchen or, indeed, the Israeli kitchen?

At the Tower of David Museum we decided to try to answer these questions by researching and presenting various aspects of food in Jerusalem during the city’s history.  In “Eating in Jerusalem'' we will dissect the Jerusalem food experience through eateries, ingredients, special dishes, markets and by talking with the food experts in the city.

We will collect and archive the stories and materials we gather and together we will compile a comprehensive guide to food in Jerusalem.

 The project will be accompanied by a series of blogs as well as tours during the summer months, offering a sampling of Jerusalem food in the city’s alleyways and an experience of learning and tasting the special culinary offerings of the city! 

And coming soon - webinars in English about food in Jerusalem.  More information at

Recipes, recipes, recipes! 

Here is where food goes from the screen to the pot! Feel free to join the WhatsApp group of 'Eating in Jerusalem' to receive inspiring recipes, recipes we found in old archives and books, recipes of grandmothers from different ethnicities and recipes of the favorite dishes of chefs an d restaurant owners. To join the group click here

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