Top Places To Sample Bourekas In Israel

Photo of Yehuda Jacobs
8 November 2016

An Israeli specialty, try bourekas. A delicious, flaky pastry made from phyllo dough, it contains many different fillings that settled immigrants brought to Israel from their native countries. Bourekas come in many different shapes and sizes, with fillings such as salty cheese, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. They are often sprinkled with seeds, or other toppings like pizza sauce and their shapes are usually indicative of their fillings: a square boureka is filled with potatoes, while a round one is filled with salty cheese.

Freshly-made potato bourekas on sale at a stall in Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem | © Yoninah/Wikimedia Commons
Turkish style bourekas with phyllo dough at Borekas Ramle | ©Yehudah Jacobs

Bourekas Ramle

Cafe, Israeli
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The impressive display of pastries at Bourekas Ima
The impressive display of pastries at Bourekas Ima | Courtesy of Bourekas Ima
At Bourekas Ramle you will find delicious Turkish-style bourekas with three types of fillings: cheese, potato with lots of black pepper, and fresh spinach. What makes this place unique is the shape of the pastry as well as the condiments that you can add to them – pickles, tahini sauce, a hard-boiled egg and a Yemenite hot pepper sauce called schug. Enjoy a cup of fresh lemonade to wash it down.

Aroshatas Bakery

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Aroshatas Bakery is a small bakery that makes different type of bourekas by using olive oil instead of margarine. Enjoy a kurkish Kada – a whole-wheat pastry made with olive oil that is filled with sweet potato, eggplant, or cheese. This bakery is a must-visit if you are near the center of town.

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