City Bites: A dream come true

The Agada event hall derives its ethos from the great-grandfather of Zionism while taking its design cues from King Arthur and his noble knights.

Mamilla Cafe (photo credit: ISRAEL21c)
Mamilla Cafe
(photo credit: ISRAEL21c)
The Alrov Mamilla Avenue is home to a legendary Jerusalem building, the Stern House, where Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl stayed during his visit to Jerusalem in 1898 to meet German Emperor Wilhelm. These days, besides a museum dedicated to Herzl’s momentous sojourn in Jerusalem, the site is also the home of Agada, a venue for intimate high-end events.
Agada’s name is a play on what is perhaps Herzl’s most famous uttering, “Im tirzu ein zo agada,” (roughly translated as “If you will it, it is no dream”), which was a rallying cry for the Zionist movement decades before it was immortalized by Walter Sobchak, the most quotable character in what is perhaps the most quotable movie ever made, The Big Lebowski.
Agada is located on the top floor of the Stern House, with a hall and a terrace overlooking the old-meets-new view of the Mamilla Mall. The hall’s well appointed design is inspired by the stuff of dreams and fairytales, with furnishings reminiscent of the days of yore when knights still clacked their spurred boots on the cobblestones of Ben Yehuda Street, jousting in Safra Square and swigging mead from wooden tankards at the Mirror Bar.
But we digress. The medieval atmosphere extends to the seating arrangements, which consist of heavy wooden tables that can accommodate up to 40 people each. The kosher dairy menus for breakfast, brunch and dinner are of the highest quality and great for bar- and bat-mitzvahs, elaborate birthday celebrations and anything else you can think of. Agada can make your dream event come true. is a new online international travel portal offering all the latest information on things to do, restaurants and places to stay in Jerusalem.