Jerusalem is home to some of the most ancient culinary traditions in the world. The Old City is a hive of possibilities.

Visitors looking for the perfect hummus might try Abu-Shukri in the Muslim quarter, whose reputation has wafted out of the city and attracts visitors from far and wide. In the Christian quarter there is Hummus Lina, a 60-year-old family-owned restaurant that is always packed with happy guests.

Jaffar Sweets makes what may be Israel’s best knafeh: the super sweet and brightly colored pastry – a Levantine specialty – made with creamy cheese and a crisp layer of delicate noodles drizzled with sugar syrup, topped with chopped green pistachios.

Abu-Shukri 
El Wad HaGai Street 63, Jerusalem
972-2-627-1538

Hummus Lina
42 Al Khanka Street, Jerusalem
972-2-627-7230

Jaffar Sweets
Khan el Zeit Street, Old City, Jerusalem
972-2-628-3582

Lin Arison & Diana C. Stoll are the creators of The Desert and the Cities Sing: Discovering Today’s Israel, a treasure box that highlights Israel’s creative achievement and innovation.