While your heart and soul revel in the beauties of nature, let your palate delight in fine dining of all sorts. Your options range from the traditional Jerusalem kitchen using local produce, to diverse cuisines at several exclusive gourmet restaurants. All you have to do is choose.
Majda, Ein Rafa – Overlooking the rolling green of the Jerusalem hills, Majda offers a magical dining experience. The menu represents the best of regional Arab cuisine, using fresh, local ingredients, from fish and vegetables to cheese and wine straight from nearby dairies and vineyards.
02-5797108 Open Wed-Sat. Not kosher.
Rama's Kitchen – A culinary treasure hidden amongst the hills, Rama's Kitchen sits on a wooden terrace nestled within a thriving plant nursery. The menu is a Mediterranean culinary encounter that integrates the most advanced cooking methods of the western world into dishes straight out of the traditional Arabic and Mediterranean kitchen.
The restaurant is only open Thurs-Sat.
Derech HaGefen – Taste the warmth of home in the middle of a flowering garden at this coffee house and restaurant in Beit Zayit. Breakfast is served until noon from a kosher gourmet dairy menu that shows delicious hints of Italian influences.
Muza BaHar – Located in Moshav Shoresh, this restaurant is housed in a round building that allows diners to look out over the panorama of the Jerusalem hills. A modern bistro-style menu emphasizes French and Italian cuisines, with the restaurant itself producing most of the ingredients for unrivaled quality and freshness.
02-6246897 Open Mon-Sat, 8:30am-last customer. Not kosher.
Muma – Built in the early days of the kibbutz, the building that houses this restaurant in Kiryat Anavim was once a barn, and is now a protected historic landmark. Tables inside and on the terrace offer diners a spectacular view of the Jerusalem hills alongside an eclectic menu, bringing together influences from diverse cuisines.
02-6459727. Open Mon-Sat, 12 noon-the last customer. Not kosher.
Abu Ghosh – Look to the old Mifgash Caravan, established in 1950, for an authentic culinary experience, visit HaMisada HaLevanonit to taste delicious eastern Lebanese cuisine, or try out the Mediterranean Naura, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine and grilled meats.
Cafes – After a busy day, take a seat and refresh yourself at one of the area's cafes and coffee shops. Try Cafe Hillel at the entrance of Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim, or the Clementine coffee house at Beit Nekofa.
Culinary Tours – Find delicious and educational tasting tours and cheese seminars for individuals and groups at the Har Eitan Farm.
054-4403762 (Shai Seltzer)