Jerusalem has a host of incredible bakeries with different specialities
so it depends on what you’re looking for. These five bakeries in
Jerusalem do what they do excellently.
is most famous for the gooey rugelach. The most popular are the
chocolate variation but they’re also available in cinnamon, vanilla,
blueberry, sesame seeds, apple, poppy seeds, chocolate chip and cheese
With the rugelach taking center stage, it’s easy to overlook
the bakery’s excellent hallot, cakes, savory pastries, biscuits,
meringues and more. The flagship store on Agrippas Street is always
teeming with American Yeshiva students and tourists, whereas the Emek
Refaim franchise store is a little more suburban and has a small dairy
café on site.
44 Agrippas Street (Original branch)
Kosher (Rav Rubin, Beit Yosef, Rabbanut)
2. Lechem Shel Tomer
Shel Tomer is an artisanal bakery with scrumptious croissants,
sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, focaccia, French bread and other healthy.
This small and charming bakery has branches in
Rechavia and Old Katamon and also serves as a coffee shop with a small
dairy menu. The bakery sells delicious items that go well with their
breads like olives and sundried tomato spread, pesto and olive tapenade.
30 Azza Street
3. Magdaniat Pe’er
oldest bakery, Magdaniat Pe'er has a branch in the German Colony and in
Mahane Yehuda market. Magdaniat Pe'er makes the best non home-made
halla in town (available in white, whole wheat, plaited or round
variations), that are just the right combination of soft and sweet.
bakery also offers cakes, sugarless cookies, pastries with whole wheat
flour, bourekas, breads, danishes and decorative cakes for any occasion.
The German Colony branch is just off Emek Refaim and has a small
outdoor garden and a tranquil atmosphere. The Mahane Yehuda branch often
offers two hallot for NIS15 on Fridays after 2 p.m. in winter and after
3 p.m. in summer.
5 Hamagid Street (German Colony); 33 Eitz Chaim Street (Mahane Yehuda Market)
4. Gagou de Paris
easy to walk right past this unassuming bakery on King George Street in
the center of town, but French-speakers in Jerusalem and those in the
know head there for their fix of Parisian-style pastries.
are generally fresh and amazing and the millefuille (Napoleon), eclairs
and French baguettes are great too. The place has a Parisian feel, is
simply decorated and offers warm and friendly service.
14 King George Street
5. The Natural Choice
Natural Choice is treasured by those who are health conscious and those
with food sensitivities, but the bakery is also appreciated by a wider
audience. The breads and confectionery on offer are both healthy and
delicious with organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, egg-free and yeast-free
options available (or a combination of these).
To start, it’s worth
trying their whole spelt sourdough bread, the sweet rye halla, oat
cookies and humus sambusak (savory turnover with fillings inside). The
bakery often offers up to 50% discount in the early mornings on the
goods from the day before.
111 Agrippas Street
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