Wining and dining with a view

The Pontifical Institute Notre Dame is no longer just a destination for its guests, but now a stop for wine and cheese enthusiasts thanks to a new rooftop restaurant.

July 24, 2011 18:46
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Notre Dame Center Wine & Cheese Restaurant

Notre Dame Center Roof Top Wine & Cheese Restaurant 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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The Pontifical Institute Notre Dame in Jerusalem is no longer just a destination for its guests, but now a stop for wine and cheese enthusiasts thanks to a new rooftop restaurant that serves up a tasty panorama of the city as well.

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Since the Notre Dame Center Roof Top Wine & Cheese Restaurant opened across from the Old City's New Gate a few months ago, news has spread through word of mouth attracting people from all over the country, city residents and volunteers in addition to the hotel's guests.

“It has been very successful so far, and the view is awesome,” Father Juan Maria Solana told Travelujah. “It is one of the best in town."

The wine bar, with sweeping, awe-inspiring views to the east and south of Jerusalem, opened in March. Outdoor dining is perfect after a hot Jerusalem summer day. Indoor seating is replete with modern furniture and a swank atmosphere.

The wine list has a selection of imports and Israeli vintages. Cheeses run the gamut from French gruyere to British cheddar, plus goat cheeses and fresh butter. Even if you don't like wine or cheese, a trip to the bar is worthwhile. Other drinks and a selection of light foods and meals are on the menu in addition to the exclusive wine and cheese lists.

The Pontifical Institute of Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center is a diverse location. The impressive building, across from the Old City's New Gate, is home to a guesthouse, an exhibition for the Shroud of Turin, a cafe, an elegant restaurant and a church, Our Lady of Peace Chapel, in addition to other outlets.


“Notre Dame has always been looking to be a peaceful place for everyone,” Solana said.

3 Paratroopers Road, across from the Old City's New Gate, Jerusalem.

Nicole Jansezian writes for Travelujah, the leading Christian social network focused on connecting Christians to the Holy Land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.

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