Succot in the Holy City 2017

Even if you have your own Succah at home, it is always fun to experience eating in a restaurant Succah, especially in Jerusalem where some restaurants make a huge effort to decorate their Succah.

There is no question that Kikar Hamusica is a wonderful addition to the Jerusalem restaurant scene and with a choice of five restaurants – there is something for everyone’s taste.  They have one large Succah in the middle of the square with musical performances taking place from lunchtime until the evening. All the details of the various concerts are on their website.

Kikar Hamusica

Anna Italian Café in Ticho House will have a Succah on their front balcony overlooking the garden (and possibly at the back as well) – click here for a full review.

In past years Gabriel has always had the most impressive Succah and as it is on a pedestrian street, it is spacious and comfortable.

If you feel like venturing outside the city, Muza Bahar in Shoresh is a wonderful location with incredible views and I personally love the food  – full review here.

The new Isrotel Orient Jerusalem are welcoming non-hotel guests to their Succah for both chol hamoed and chag meals.  It is top on my list of places to try over Succot. Other hotels that have a spacious Succah include the Inbal, Mamilla Hotel and David Citadel.

Although it will be busy with people heading to the kotel, all the cafes and restaurants in the Mamilla Mall have a Succahso there is plenty of choice.  The best views can be found at Rimon and Roladin which both serve a good variety of salads, sandwiches and pasta and have great views of the Old City.  Kedma, a deli style meat restaurant, directly overlooks Jaffa Gate and has a large balcony with a Succah.

I hope this has given you some ideas of where to eat over Succot in Jerusalem. To read previous Succot posts, click here.

In order to write this before Succot starts, I am basing some of the information on my experience in previous years or information I have received from the restaurants themselves.


Hotel Review: Ultimate Urban Style at Ultra

More and more boutique hotels are popping up all over Tel Aviv and each one offers something different to its guests. The new Ultra Hotel is in a prime location in central Tel Aviv, for those wanting to experience all that the White City has to offer. A short walk from the beach, the stylish urban hotel is a great option for a modern traveler with a lower budget.

The focus of the hotel is on the guests, captured perfectly in the hotel tagline “Ultra begins with U.” The great service I received certainly reflected this sentiment.

The intimate hotel reception and lounge area offers 24-hour complimentary tea and coffee with refreshments including fresh fruit, cakes, biscuits and an adorable selection of jelly sweets. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the option to use an electronic key system via a phone app.

Hotel patio – Credit: Assaf Pinchuk

While many of the urban rooms overlook the street, I was given a room that opened onto one of two beautiful shared patios. Although the rooms are fairly small, they are well equipped with complimentary water, an espresso machine and chocolates, as well as a lovely bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower.

The hotel is already popular with locals, as well as tourists and business travelers. It is not family-friendly, although there was a couple from Europe with a child while I was there.

One of the biggest draws for me was the Scandinavian cocktail bar, Botanika in the entrance to the hotel. The bar offers a great selection of cocktails and bar food at night and serves as a coffee shop during the day. Breakfast for hotel guests is also served in the bar, which is a unique setting for breakfast.

I found the buffet selection was more limited than many Israeli hotel breakfasts, but it included everything I needed for a good breakfast – hot coffee, perfectly cooked eggs and lovely breads that were incredibly tasty and fresh.

The hotel offers reduced-rate parking in the adjacent building and free entrance to the gym across the street. The stylish design of the hotel is all thanks to the general manager, Tomer Peleg, and his mother who sourced the furniture, fixtures and fittings from all over Europe.

Ultra is an ideal choice for those looking for a modern hotel in a central location. For more information: and for booking rates, click here.

Ultra: Environmentally friendly, with a Scandinavian cocktail bar to boot. (Assaf Pinchuk)

Click here for the PDF of the article in The Jerusalem Post. The full article on The Jerusalem Post website is for subscribers only but it can be read by non-subscribers on a mobile device with this link.

Here is a full review of Botanka cocktail bar.