Emek Refaim street in the German Colony of Jerusalem is known for its restaurants, cafes and shops. While many restaurants on the street have closed in recent years, and several blame the popularity of the Tachana Rishona restaurants, there still remains a wide range of choice if you’re planning to go out and eat. Being located in Jerusalem with its high proportion of religious residents and visitors, most, if not all of the restaurants on Emek Refaim are kosher. Kosher restaurants are generally split into two categories; Meat and Dairy (there is a Jewish religious prohibition against consuming dairy products after meat).
Aldo isn’t quite a restaurant, given that it only sells ice-cream, but you can sit there and the ice cream is delicious, so we’ve included them in this list. Aldo sells both dairy based ice cream and non-dairy based alternatives like sorbet, so if you’re keeping 6 hours between meat and milk, you can still drop in for a scoop or two.
Bagel Cafe is a dairy restaurant, which surprisingly has a clear focus on selling bagels. The restaurant has a large bar of spreads, cheeses and other fillings for your bagels though other food (for example, salad) is available, as is take out.
Burgers Bar has branches all over the country, but this chain of restaurants got their start on Emek Refaim. While they have moved from their original location, Burgers Bar still maintains a presence on the street.
Caffit is a chain of dairy restaurants that like Burgers Bar got their start on Emek Refaim when they opened their first cafe on the street back in 1987. The menu is an Israeli one, with several great salad options.
Focaccia Bar’s main draw is their large focaccias that you can order there. Most of the dishes at the restaurant are meat based, but there are some vegetarian/vegan options available on the menu.
Kanpai Street Wok
This modern asian street-food restaurant sits on the corner of Emek Refaim and Masaryk streets.
Pompidou is a dairy, Italian restaurant on Emek Refaim with a large outdoor seating area. There’s a range of food available, including the classic large Israeli breakfasts that require an extra table or two for all the things, pastas, pizzas and more.
With a second branch located in the city centre of Jerusalem, Roza sells hearty meat dishes and earned a reputation for their steak sandwich.
This popular sushi restaurant has a branch situated in a beautiful arab style villa on Emek Refaim street. The restaurant offers a sit-down service, as well as a take out menu & deliveries. There’s a wide range of options to choose from, including non-sushi items on the menu. Sushi Rehavia also operates a membership program that lets you collect points from each purchase that can be put towards future meals at any of the chain’s branches.
The pistachio green of the building at the end of the strip is home to Waffle Bar - a chain of restaurants with branches located throughout the country and Jerusalem. Although their waffles are probably the main reason for visiting this restaurant, their other food is also great (the author of this post is particularly fond of their toasted cheese wraps).