Machane Yehudah Market / Tourism / Where to go in Jerusalem

Where is the action in Jerusalem?


Photo: Miriam Woelke

A new cafe inside the Machane Yehudah Market
I still remember the “old days” when tourists and young Israelis used to go to all the bars and restaurants at the Russian Compound. Don’t ask whether it was kosher or not. Mostly it wasn’t but people loved having their beer there. Even American Yeshiva Bochurim.
This was more than twenty years ago and, soon after, all the beautiful old buildings at the Russian Compound were demolished. New bars and restaurants had open their gates on the nearby Heleni HaMalka Street. The bars are there until today but keep on losing customers. The same is happening to the Emek Refa’im Street in the German Colony. The newly opened Old Train Station attracted more people due to a nice cozy atmosphere.  
But where are all the young people gone? You don’t find them in Emek Refa’im or the Old Train Station. Maybe in Heleni HaMalka but where you really find everybody is at the Machane Yehudah Market. Every evening from Sunday to Thursday, live concerts are taking place. When the fruit and vegetable shops close in the evening, bars are opening. All the lanes turn into a long “party mile”. You don’t have to spend too much money, as cheap pizza is right around the corner in Agrippas Street. A kosher place. And the kosher 5 – Shekel coffee chain Cofix is not too far away. 
This is where people of all age groups hang out these days. Summer has started and this week’s heatwave attracts even more people to have a cold beer at the Machane Yehudah Market. 🙂
Are the bars kosher? Parts of them are but you have to investigate.

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