Breakfasts in Jerusalem

( all details on this page are correct as of November 2012 )

Israel is famous for its healthy breakfast. Unlike the fatty European alternatives ( fried everything in England! ) and fatty meats and cheeses in Europe, Israel boasts a nutritionally perfect plate for breakfast. The default is eggs of your choice, salads, cheeses, olives, various breads and a hot and cold drink. In Jerusalem, most restaurants offer the above, but not all. On this page, we will try to offer a comprehensive guide to your choices of breakfast in Jerusalem.

EMEK REFAIM has a wide selection of restaurants that serve breakfast.

AROMA coffee shop, Jerusalem Mall

Kaffit Restaurant - Botanical Gardens

Newly opened in the Botanical Gardens in Jerusalem is a branch of the KAFFIT restaurant.  They offer a breakfast for two persons for 88 shekels. Whilst the breakfast is average ( salads, eggs, excellent bread and cheeses) , the scenery at this restaurant is of the the nicest in Jerusalem ( see above ). Parking is free, and can be accessed via the gas station on Herzog Street. 

Friday morning often offers a buffet selection at various restaurants. the absolute winner is an old book shop located jut off the Nahalat Shiva street - called Tmol Shuilshom. For 65 shekels , there is a breakfast buffet second to none in terms of both the choice and the quality.


ROSMARIN COFFEE AND MORE....located at Rosmarin 1, in the GILO neighborhood.

ROSMARIN COFFEE AND MORE - The buffet below is served on Friday mornings ONLY, includes hot and cold drinks, and eggs served according to your choice. The price is an amazing 45 shekels per person, which is perhaps the best value you will find in Jerusalem ( correct as of November 2012 ).
The new restaurant is open 7 days a week, and has the most beautiful garden of all Jerusalem restaurants . From Hebron Road, take a right turn into Gilo, and then an immediate right again. You can't miss the restaurant, which has its own private parking lot around the back.
The restaurant is open from 06.00 to 01.00 and serves  a varied breakfast menu, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes hot sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, freshly squeezed juices, iced drinks etc.  Cakes , borekas, and other goods are freshly baked on the premises. The balcony is enclosed in winter and overlooks the most magical of gardens. The restaurant has free WIFI.


ROSMARIN - breakfast  - ABOVE

On the RIGHT , you can see perhaps the best breakfast in town - open on Saturdays too. For around 90 shekels, you can breakfast for 2 in the unique Jerusalem suburb of Ein Kerem. The restaurant is the last on the left as you go down the hill, and before you turn left to the Spring.

The Mamilla shopping center ( see right )  has several options. AROMA , ROLADIN and RIMON (Glatt kosher) offer wonderful outdoor seating areas with views of the Old City. It's the great advantage of the Mamilla center - regular restaurants with one the most views in the world! There is also a branch of CAFE CAFE which has good deals for two. Rimon now has an amazing Friday morning buffet breakfast that costs 49 shekels ( as of Sept 2012 ) plus 9 shekels for a hot drink.
The GRAND CAFE on BET LECHEM street is the latest addition to the Jerusalem cafe scene. The cafe is Paris outside and New York inside! The breakfasts start at only 32 shekels, and go up to to 48 shekels for eggs benedict. The atmosphere is very inviting, and the food is excellent. In the warm Jerusalem climate, sitting outside is a real treat!
HAIVRIT on the Givat Ram Campus also offers the typical Israeli breakfast ( see left ) 
The main JERUSALEM MALL offers several alternatives - Hillel, Aroma, a Kaffit branch, Yotvata, Sambooki are the restaurant options in addition to the fast food hall in which you various alternatives.
The Aroma coffee shop in the Jerusalem Mall is renowned for its speed of service, cleanliness and high quality of food preparation. Salads are freshly cut immediately after you place your order, and are ready within minutes.
Perhaps the most fascinating place for breakfast these days is the "Mahane Yehuda" food market at the northern end of Jaffa Road. Known for its bustling food stalls and crowded alleys, it has become the surprising home to half a dozen or so boutique type small restaurant, located among the various stalls. It's a MUST to sit down with a coffee, and watch market life go by!
If you are on Emek Refaim Street, Tuffenei has an amazing deal ( correct as of September 2012) - 35 shekels per person for a full breakfast!
The breakfast to the left is one of the best in Jerusalem! It's from a restaurant called Yehoshua. and is located at the top of Aza Street in the neighborhood of Rehavia. I hope they don't mind that I took the photo after eating most of the excellent bread and drinking my coffee!

Another boutique bakery located opposite is "Tomer's Bread". This is a small boutique chain of baked goods, cakes and plenty of wonderful other delicacies. There are branches in Arnona and Old Katamon too. The chain is run by Tomer, who learned his trade in France, and all his good are of an amazingly high quality! His bakeries all have a few tables and chairs to sit down and relax. If you happen to bump into Tomer, you can ask him how his swimming is coming along, as he is an avid swimmer, and trains every day.

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