There is no better place to experience genuine Palestinian cuisine than at the center of the West Bank, in Ramallah. With stunning views, exquisite dining opportunities and a vibrant culture, Ramallah is the ideal location for travel addicts. Ramallah has been described as ‘a misunderstood cosmopolitan bubble’. To help you navigate this bubble, here is our list of its top 10 restaurants.
The Orjuwan Lounge specializes in a gourmet menu that crosses Mediterranean food with cuisines from all over the world. They settle for nothing less than the best and use locally grown produce and top-quality meat cuts. The Orjuwan Lounge’s experimental dining is particularly exciting. After seating you, the staff will serve you a selection of 12 dishes that can’t be found on the menu, these dishes will change regularly so diners at the Lounge will always be in for a surprise. Last but not least, their impeccable menu is enjoyed in a renovated Ottoman building, situated in the Masyoun Heights.
The Darna restaurant boasts a modern setting, with a breeze rolling in through the windows. With light spilling in through the glass, the ambiance of the Darna is simply unforgettable. The Darna specializes in Mediterranean grilled seafood and steaks, served with hot homemade bread and a seasonal salad. In the summer the vast open windows keep the restaurant cool, and in the winter, the firelight keeps the room toasty warm. Their stunning decor, which includes lush green trees, is combined with their exquisite food, making for the perfect dining experience.
Peter’s Place is known for its views of Palestine and the Dead Sea, as well as its flavorful Palestinian dishes. Its most memorable feature, however, is the otherworldly architecture of the restaurant’s interior. The cozy stone seating areas are reminiscent of an ancient era and contribute just as much to the dining experience as the food itself. The decor also features old rugs, vases and woven baskets that add to the restaurants historical allure. As if the design of the building weren’t exciting enough, Peter’s Place also offers an ever-changing menu that is bound to leave your mouth watering.
What began as a hobby quickly became one of the tastiest places to dine in Ramallah. This particular restaurant began with simple chicken dishes cooked on coals, accompanied by special salads. Since then, Za’rour has developed its menu to include grilled meats, seafood, steaks, and the occasional Italian dish. The restaurant’s main selling point, however, is the size of its garden area, which seats up to 120 people. So don’t expect to find yourself fighting for the best seats, there is more than enough space in this quality restaurant. For a taste of their original specialty, try one of their many delicious chicken dishes.
Address and telephone number: Catholics Street, Old City, Near Ramallah Municipality, Ramallah, +970 2 2956767
This lovely little restaurant is the go-to place for thousands of diners in Ramallah. Their presentation and fresh ingredients make for a very memorable dining experience, and their innovative adaptations on classic dishes will leave you wanting more. Expect to be overwhelmed by their coffee and their syrupy waffles, as well as their array of sweet drinks, topped with a hefty helping of whipped cream. Finally, the dishes on their menu compliment one another exceptionally well, so you will be left craving absolutely everything they have to offer.
Meal at Janan's Kitchen | Courtesy of Janan's Kitchen
Vintage is a unique restaurant/coffee shop in the heart of Ramallah, which we’ve included on this list because of its popularity and the quality of its meals. They offer an extensive range of dishes that includes wonderfully presented salads. Palestinian classics like tabouleh, fattoush and katayef also feature on the menu. Its most appealing feature, apart from its memorable meals and drinks, is its interior design; the decor has an eclectic feel with a retro contemporary design.
Meal at Janan’s Kitchen | Courtesy of Janan’s Kitchen
With a beautifully constructed and ever-changing menu, Janan’s Kitchen is an absolute must for food addicts. They specialize in home-cooked, authentic Palestinian meals. Expect nothing less than a hearty, hot meal that will give you a taste of true Palestinian cuisine. This family run restaurant will leave you stuffed full of good food, and planning your next visit.
Address and telephone number: Riviera Palace, Back Street, (near the prime minister and the National Bank) Masyoun, Ramallah +970 2 297 5444
Snowbar provides a truly spectacular combination of swimming and dining in the sun. As you enter you will find yourself overwhelmed by the spectacular views over the hills of West Ramallah, surrounded by captivating smells and longing for a dip in the pool. After sitting down to a meal prepared by the finest chefs available, slip into the cool water and bask in the sun. The Snowbar can even be reserved for group functions, so you can eat and swim to your heart’s content.
Ziryab presents its food in a miraculous way, it is safe to say that they could serve anything and make it look tasty. Yet the quality of the food speaks for itself, boasting an array of wonderful flavors in an authentically Palestinian style. Ziryab also features an memorable interior. The style contributes to the warm atmosphere.
For a true fine-dining experience, the Hareer restaurant is at the top of every local’s list. The Hareer uses the centuries-old Levantine cooking methods that make their dishes entirely unique and truly delectable. The style of the Hareer is impeccably modern, keeping the highest standards of taste in mind. The restaurant is located in the Executive Club, which is ideal for travelers with expensive tastes who will settle for nothing less than real luxury. To make the most of your visit, follow up your gourmet meal with a trip to the steam room and sauna. Your visit will be unforgettable.