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Café Hillel: Kosher Dairy and Vegetarian Delights in the Heart of Jerusalem, Israel

Kosher Dairy and Vegetarian Café in Jerusalem, Israel


Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel
Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of nice meals at Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel. Located a few blocks away from the popular Ben Yehuda Street, Café Hillel stands out as a prominent kosher dairy establishment in the area.

 

The Café on Jaffa Street is in the center of Jerusalem. However, Café Hillel has also expanded beyond its original location on Hillel Street and now operates multiple branches across Israel. The chain, which was established in 1998, has over 25 locations throughout the country, bringing the Jerusalemite atmosphere highlighted by world-class coffee and food to different regions. This expansion is part of a broader trend in Israel where coffee chains have become quite ubiquitous, much like global fast-food chains elsewhere.


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“Whether it's a casual brunch or a formal dinner, the menu at Café Hillel is crafted to offer a taste of Jerusalem through a diverse range of dishes, satisfying a spectrum of palates with a focus on fresh, dairy, and vegetarian-friendly ingredients.”

Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel
Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel

The café, which also caters to a vegetarian clientele, offers a variety of meals including breakfast, lunch, and brunch options. Its Israeli cuisine, coupled with a friendly vegetarian approach, makes it a suitable spot for diverse dietary preferences.

 

Café Hillel's menu is chock full of choices of kosher dairy cuisine, infused with a taste of local Israeli flavors. For those starting their day, the breakfast options range from traditional shakshuka to various egg dishes, along with special combo meals like the “Hillel Breakfast” featuring eggs, bread, and a side of salad. For a lighter start, one might opt for French toast or a selection of pastries.

 

Lunch and dinner offer a heartier fare with a selection of salads like the Greek or Nicoise, offering a blend of fresh vegetables and cheeses. Focaccias and pizzas boast toppings such as roasted pepper spread, and for a local twist, the vegetarian shakshuka focaccia merges Italian and Middle Eastern tastes.


Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel
Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel

The sandwich and toast section includes choices from the classic salmon bagel to inventive options like avocado spread on toast. Main dishes extend the variety with soups, pasta, and specialties like salmon fillet, each dish resonating with the essence of Mediterranean cuisine.

 

For those with a vegan preference, Café Hillel provides a dedicated menu featuring dishes like vegetarian shakshuka and a bulgur salad, ensuring that all dietary needs are met with flavorful options.

 

Drinks and desserts are not an afterthought, with a selection of hot and cold beverages, from cappuccinos to natural juices, and sweet treats like hot chocolate soufflé or a range of baked goods.

 

Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel
Café Hillel on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, Israel

Whether it's a casual brunch or a formal dinner, the menu at Café Hillel is crafted to offer a taste of Jerusalem through a diverse range of dishes, satisfying a spectrum of palates with a focus on fresh, dairy, and vegetarian-friendly ingredients. It’s central location in the heart of the city makes it an excellent choice to stop by for a meal.


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