Israel is an ethnic melting pot of cultures, religions and immigrants. As a result, the food scene in Israel is extraordinarily diverse and also of a very high standard. 80% of Israelis are Jews of whom more than half were born in Israel. But most of their parents, grandparents or great grandparents came to Israel from more than 120 countries, bringing with them foods, recipes and food traditions from six continents. And the 20% of non-Jewish Israelis have their own food traditions too. Israel is also a part of the Western world, and very little happens in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Paris that doesn’t find its way to Israel within a few weeks. Put all this together and you have the ingredients for one of the most dynamic, fascinating – and delicious – food scenes in the world.
The hottest new place for tourists to get a taste of Jerusalem, It’s Machane Yehuda (“Camp of Judah”), the largest and busiest outdoor market in Israel. Opened in 1928, Machane Yehuda encompasses a maze of downtown lanes bearing names such as Apple, Peach, Plum, Berry and Almond -- just a few of the many foodstuffs you can buy there. The shuk (rhymes with “cook”), as it’s better known, has always been a favourite of visitors for its colorful, pungent, open-air atmosphere where Jews and Arabs bargain-hunt side by side amid the cries of merchants hawking everything from haloumi cheese and herring to chicken hearts and halva. Lately, however, culinary tours of Machane Yehuda are all the rage as Jerusalem has invested in upgrading the infrastructure of the shuk, and high-end arts shops and trendy eateries find a place among generations-old produce stalls.
The Cuisine of Israel is a melting pot of culinary influence of several regions & traditional cooking methods. Israeli cuisine is majorly influenced by Jewish & Arab style of cooking. There is a tremendous variety of cuisines and food eaten in Israel, certain dishes are considered typical Israeli food.
Israelis are spoiled about their food. They’ve been spoiled by grandmothers who were all gifted cooks, and who expressed the love to their children and the longing to their old country through food. A lot of food. These traditional foods of Israel can be found easily throughout the country in restaurants and cafes and food stands.
Some famous dished which one should try are Shakshouka, a famous breakfast made out of eggs, Pita bread, Shnitzel – chicken cutlets breaded and fried, Baklava - a sweet layered pastry, Knafeh & mint tea. You should also try the sesame candies and falafel. Overally you will never be short of choices when it come to food in Israel.