The Turks brought shawarma to Israel during the Ottoman rule of the Middle East. What makes shwarma one of Israel’s best-selling street foods is that it is always served in a fresh, piping hot pita pocket filled with homemade salads, wonderful flavors and textures. Shwarma is a great street food, here’s our guide to the best places to eat it.
Halo Teiman has some of the best shawarma. Choose from one of these four types of shawarma: lamb, beef, chicken or turkey or mix them all together! Add some juicy salads to the fresh pita, and you will have a delicious fast food.
Halo Teiman, Weizman Blvd 7, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 2 625 2525
Arkadesh is a gourmet shawarma restaurant located on Shamai Street in the center of town. It’s also the only place in Jerusalem you can get avocado in your shwarma.
Arkadesh, Shamai St 6, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 2 622 3688
Located in the heart of the city center on Ben Yehuda Street, Hamarush is a very small hole-in-the-wall venue featuring some of the best tasting, fresh shwarma in the area. Hamarush sells two types of shwarma complemented by a side of hand-cut fries. Other Middle Eastern delights, including hummus and kibbeh in the winter, are also available.
Hamarush, Ben Yehuda 2, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 2 622 3663
A popular eatery, Mifgash Ha’esh is often frequented by politicians and ministers of the Israeli government! The shwarma is made from 100% spring chicken meat with a drizzle of lamb fat Mifgash Ha’esh also serves a variety of fresh salads.
Mifgash Ha’esh, Yirmiyahu St 23, Jerusalem, Israel +972 2 648 0999
The Vegetarian Shwarma
The Vegetarian Shwarma has taken this popular meat dish and turned it into a vegetarian’s delight. Expect all the same condiments to accompany it, just no meat.
The Vegetarian Shwarma, Hillel St 23, Jerusalem, Israel, +972 77 500 9330