Top 5 health havens in Jerusalem

The New Year is a great reason to make resolutions, eat more healthily and start afresh.

Mount Zion hotel 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Mount Zion hotel 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
1. Village Green Restaurant German Colony
Up your intake of vitamins and minerals and enjoy a hearty, delicious meal at the same time. The new branch of the popular vegetarian restaurant, Village Green, offers wholesome food in a charming and homely setting. The restaurant caters to those who are vegan, macrobiotic, sugar-free, gluten-free and on all sorts of restricted diets and offers an abundance of organic and fair trade produce prepared in a way that will appeal to even die-hard meat-eaters. Specialities include the warming soups, home-baked breads like spelt sourdough and whole-wheat with raisins, quiches and lasagnes. Or, go for the buffet with a big choice of creative salads and hot dishes.
5 Rachel Imeinu Street
(02) 650-0106
2. The Mount Zion Hotel Spa and Fitness Center
Where else in the world can you be pampered in the shadow of Mount Zion and overlooking the grand Old City walls? This spa in the quaint and elegant Mount Zion Hotel has an excellent list of treatments, a well-equipped fitness center and a gorgeous outdoor pool for warmer days. Visitors should not miss the detoxing and cleansing experience of bathing in the Turkish hammam (steam bath), which is divided into several rooms of varying temperatures. Tranquil and magnificent.
17 Hebron Road
(02) 568-9555
3. Flow Power Yoga Studio
Those interested in re-vitalizing mind, body or soul will reap benefits from the simple act of attending a yoga class. No matter your age, strength or flexibility, yoga is for everyone. This studio in the distinguished neighbourhood of Talbiyeh offers warm, experienced teachers and classes for all levels. Flow Power Yoga in particular focuses on cardio, strength, and flexibility and is great at reducing stress, controlling weight, relieving lower back pain and enhancing focus. What could be a better start to your day and year?
33 Jabotinsky Street, Talbiyeh (inside Yankuta Building)
(02) 563-3073
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4. Anise
Health food chain, Anise, offers a village-like atmosphere, great service and a huge range of quality health food products. Those looking to lead a healthier lifestyle can derive inspiration from Anise’s colourful, densely packed shelves. The store specializes in health foods, vitamins, naturopathic remedies and natural cosmetic products.
Seven stores throughout Jerusalem
(02) 534-2037
5. Boogie
Dancing to vibrant world music is simply great for body and soul. The Boogie is a much-loved regular dance event that takes place at various venues around Jerusalem and brings together a mixed crowd – young, old, Israeli, anglo, secular and religious, with the option of single sex dancing separated by a curtain. Grab your mom, friend, husband and kids and head to the boogie.
Various venues around the city
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