Jerusalem travel tip: Haaretz sends you to sip on coffee in the capital, from the oldest institutions to the youngest, hippest places.
Cafe Mizrahi: The Marriage
This café, established by Eli Mizrahi over a decade ago, was the first café to open in the Mahane Yehuda Market. It’s situated in a crowded area of the market, yet nonetheless serves as a quiet, almost intimate, corner to relax in with a coffee and a pastry when you need a break from all the hustle and bustle. Other than Italian coffee (from Caffè Diemme), you’ll find a range of baked goods that change every day. They include savoury pastries – like a spelt flour pastry with kale and goat’s cheese, and calzone with gouda, artichoke and leek – and sweet treats – like croissants, tartlets and brioche; carrot and crème pâtissière muffins or chocolate and poppy seed muffins; “secret” cheesecake (the secret’s in the base) and a vegan Bounty treat that’s absolutely decadent. Basically, this is the perfect place to marry coffee and cake.
8 HaShazif St, Jerusalem
Kadosh Café: The Veteran
Keren and Itzik Kadosh’s café is probably one of the most veteran, loved places in the city and, ironically, probably not because of its coffee. Kadosh falls somewhere between a café and a restaurant, a brasserie and a bakery; to call it a café is a major understatement. Therefore, it might not come as a surprise that it is loved for many reasons that go beyond its coffee and atmosphere. Whether it’s the delicious breakfasts, like toasted croissants or croque-madame made of brioche with gouda cheese; lunches like fish or fresh pastas, salads, quiches and bruschettas; or the cherry on top – decadent desserts and aromatic pastries, sweet and savoury alike (oh, the profiteroles and éclairs). They also sell cakes that you can take home.
6 Queen Shlomziyon St, Jerusalem