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DINING

David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

No trip to Israel would be complete without a Shwarma Lafa, a Middle Eastern sandwich that is traditionally stuffed with Israeli salad and humus. Shwarma is prepared on a vertical spit and is served in smaller shavings which are cut off the larger piece of meat. The shwarma is then mixed with Israeli salad (diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and parsley) and is wrapped in a lafa, a type of fresh and flattened bread.

While there are only a handful of great restaurants in the city, there are many excellent dining options ranging from Armenian, to Eastern European, to Ethiopian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and vegetarian.  Most restaurants in the city are kosher but there are a few non-kosher establishments as well.  While many consider Arcadia to be the best restaurant in the city, it has gotten very mixed reviews on travel websites.  Popular restaurants include Machneyua (Mediterranean), the Eucalyptus (Middle Eastern), and Scala in the David Citadel hotel.

IF YOU GO

Jerusalem is home to many hotels in all price rangers.   The David Citadel is one of the city’s new hotels and its 384 spacious and elegant guest rooms with breathtaking views of the Old City, comfortable lounge and terrace, and excellent Scala restaurant set it above the rest. Other popular options include the King David, Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, and the Mamilla Hotel.

GETTING THERE

El-AL (אל על‎, which means to the skies or skyward) is Israel’s flag carrier, offering flights to the country from five continents and 34 cities.  International flights arrive at  Ben Gurion Airport, Israel’s only international airport.  A taxi, shared taxi, or bus to Jerusalem takes roughly 45 minutes. A rail line to Jerusalem is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2017.

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