Every budget-savvy travelers loves a good street food destination, and Jerusalem is one of the best. From classic vegetable stalls to fragrant falafel stands, here’s what you should order for affordable eats when you’re in the city.
Chances are, you’ve had an encounter with this staple. Just in case you haven’t, we love the way Upgrd.com’s Rocky Horan describes the falafel experience: “Your palate will be overwhelmed by the flavors of garlic, cumin, coriander, and chick peas all coming together. Don’t be scared by the green look of the inner falafel — as that’s just the extra cilantro and parsley that causes it to turn green.” Wash it down with made-to-order fresh pomegranate juice, usually for just 7 Israeli shekels ($2 USD), and you’ll create a healthy, high-antioxidant feast for less than $5.
You can buy hummus in refrigerator sections across the universe, but none will compare to the kind you can find in spots like the open-air Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. This street-side version is loads creamier than the pre-packaged variety, with an extra dose of oil and fresh herbs.
3. Fresh-Squeezed juice
While not technically a food, one of the most special treats you’ll find in the open markets of Israel are the fresh juices made out of seasonal fruits in the alleys of the old city. “Vendors will squeeze just about anything into a cup,” says Yoni Passwell, CEO and co-founder of custom itinerary company Voyjer. “The best time of year is the fall, when pomegranates prevail and cool freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is sold in every street corner.”
Schnitzel — whether on a sandwich, served with hot fries, or on its own — is incredibly popular in Jerusalem. You may have experienced this delicacy elsewhere in the world made with veal, but in Israel, it’s a fried chicken breast. Ask the vendor for a touch of schug, the delicious but fiery Yemenite hot sauce.
This one is a personal favorite of Intrepid Travel executive. Michael Sadowski. Muttabaq — translated from the Arabic term for “folded” — is a savory, stuffed, and pan-fried bread, commonly found all across the Middle East and even in parts of Asia.
Your morning bagel has nothing on Israeli shakshuka. This staple of Israeli cuisine is often enjoy for breakfast, but it really works for any meal of the day. Here, eggs come poached in a bubbling dish with a spicy tomato sauce and peppered with a sprinkle of cheese.