Jerusalem is a vibrant city filled with people from all different cultures, so it’s no surprise that this would inevitably shape a fantastic culinary culture. But it’s not all about the savory delights. You’ll find the city’s most decadent treats at these bakeries and dessert shops.
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Belgian, $$$
Courtesy of BaBeit Cafe | Courtesy of BaBeit Cafe
BaBeit, which translates to ‘at home,’ is famous for its delicious Belgian waffles and offers many variations and endless toppings. Many of its regular customers usually go for the homemade hot cocoa, which can be mixed with brandy. The best part about this sweet spot is not only its treats but also its opening hours; open until 1 am to satisfy your late-night sweet tooth.
After serving three generations of happy customers, Magdaniat Pe’er stands as Jerusalem’s oldest bakery. It is most famous for its age-old challah recipe, but it also offers a variety of cakes, cookies, pastries, and danishes. Luckily, this bakery has two locations within central Jerusalem: one in Mahane Yehuda Market and the other in the German Colony.
Mousseline is a French ice cream shop that has some of the best scoops with the most unique flavors in the city. The choices are either milk-based or sorbet, but regardless of the one you choose, you’re bound to be satisfied. The owner learned ice cream-making in France, and her skills are showcased in each scoop.
If you consider yourself a coffee snob but also want a warm pastry to go along with it, The Coffee Mill is the way to go. This small coffee shop offers a vast array of coffee flavors, such as mint, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and butterscotch. Their freshly brewed coffee beans hail from Guatemala and Ethiopia, but the shop is conveniently located in the German Colony, making these exotic beans easily accessible.
Halitatea is officially a health food restaurant, but it specializes in creating remarkable spice combinations for tea, as well as notable desserts. Some of its specialties include macarons, scones, meringues, and pies, all of which are homemade. If you live for your daily cup(s) of tea, Halitatea has a wide enough selection for even the pickiest of tea lovers.
Courtesy of Gagou de Paris | Courtesy of Gagou de Paris
Gagou de Paris is a French bakery in the heart of Jerusalem. It makes a number of delicious Parisian-style baked goods, including éclairs, baguettes, Napoleons, croissants, and, of course, croquembouche. There’s also an option to get a stunning wedding cake from these talented bakers.