How to taste your way through Israel’s capital of cool? We asked the habitués of this historic quarter of food stalls and cafés for their picks.
Naeel Husein, Produce Vendor: “I eat at Miznon almost every day. It’s close to Carmel Market and serves pitas stuffed with grilled meats and vegetables.” 30 King George St.; 972-3/631-7688. $
Meirav Ameo, High-Tech Product Designer: “Friday afternoons find me snacking on fresh bread and olives at Porto, one of the city’s best wine boutiques.” 6 Tchernichovsky; 972-3/620-6610.
Barak David Mizrahi, Graphic designer: “Café Italia is a simple place that lives by the maxim ‘less is more.’ They have great seafood and desserts.” 6 Kreminitzki. $$$
Ifat Schlezinger, Creative Director: “After ordering a mix of greens— apple, celery, ginger, and cucumber—from the Tikva juice stand, I feel like Superwoman.” HaShomer St.; no phone.
Rotem Bar Or (pictured left) with friend Ross Belfer Singer: “There’s always something going on at Hoodna Bar, be it an art exhibition or surprise jazz session.” 13 Abarbanel; 972-3/518-4558.
Shiri Gafni, Criminal Prosecutor: “Georgian restaurant and bar Nanuchka has a cheerful atmosphere; I always get the sorrel soup and cheese-filled khinkali dumplings.” 30 Lilienblum; 972-3/516-2254. $$$
Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150