Exploring And Eating Out In Nahalat Shiv’a, Jerusalem
A city of many cultures, Jerusalem has a magic all its own. The best way to feel the city’s atmosphere is to dive right in. Nahalat Shiv’a was the third neighborhood built outside the Old City walls, in 1869. Today, it is an attractive, artsy pedestrian walkway lined with restaurants, pubs, craft shops and art galleries. From the finest restaurants to vibrant nightlife, Nahalat Shiv’a offers attractions for every taste.
Located in a picturesque 130-year-old building, Tmol Shilshom is a charming bookstore-cafe restaurant. It features two separate sitting areas and frequently hosts literary and other events in one hall, while serving the most delicious food and drinks in the other. Books are everywhere, giving this iconic little cafe a special atmosphere. You can check the upcoming events on Tmol Shilshom, where you can also find some tempting recipes (grilled eggplant and toasted pecan salad sound particularly good).
Shanty Restaurant Bar, cozily hidden in a little alley on Nahalat Shiv’a 4, is a perfect place for a quiet lunch. Located in a 19th century building and beautifully designed, this stylish bistro offers superb food and a generous selection of wines, beers and other alcoholic beverages. Try the seafood and the entrecôte.
For a taste of the local music scene, head to Blue Hall Music. Recently renovated, this is easily one of the most popular spots in the area. What was once a dingy pub has become a classy restaurant with sleek, modern design, great food and live music every day from 10 pm. Try the citrus-glazed chicken steak.
Early birds or those who partied hard and missed dinner will find a rich, hearty meal at Zuni Restaurant. Zuni offers a tempting late night menu: take a seat on the balcony to enjoy a great view of Nahalat Shiv’a. Try the grilled eggplant in garlic & sour cream aioli.
Nahalat Shiv’a has previously hosted a vast sea of brightly colored umbrellas suspended over Yoel Moshe Solomon Street. Umbrella Sky Project was an unusual art installation that began a few years ago in Agueda, Portugal, and has since spread to other countries. The multi-colored canopy shades the passers-by from the heat and certainly brightens up the street.
If you’re looking for a unique gift from Israel, visit 8 Ceramists Altogether, a cooperative gallery of 11 Israeli ceramic artists who exhibit their work in galleries, exhibitions and museum shops both in Israel and abroad. Each of the artists has a unique style and technique. The colorful, hand-made pottery is a great example of Israeli decorative art.