The best Hummus in Jerusalem
BY: EZRA RABINOWITZ
Imagine a group of friends sitting around a little table, ripping hunks of pita bread and wiping a plate of a creamy beige paste, sharing it together. Welcome to the world of hummus, one of Israel’s most popular fast foods. Locals argue about what makes certain hummus the best; chunky or creamy, whether to serve it with fava or garbanzo beans and should you wipe clockwise or counterclockwise. Hummus is not just a food, It’s an experience.
We explored the streets and alleys of Jerusalem, in search of the best hummus. Here are Jerusalem’s top joints, where you can relax, sit back, and wipe some fresh hummus while taking in the local vibes.
Things you should know before:
Almost all hummus joints are small and cozy, with a family like and down to earth atmosphere. Furthermore, most hummus joints in Jerusalem offer bowl refills. So if you chowed down your first bowl too fast, you may ask for another one – on the house. A rule of thumb in hummus joints is to ask if they have refills, so please feel comfortable doing so.
Between Azza and Berlin
Sitting on a corner between Azza street and Berlin street, the owner gave it the most fitting, and not most creative name – Between Azza and Berlin. This gem is not located in the center of town, but rather in the hip neighborhood of Rechavia, favored by students. Enjoy great hummus, and the freshest, crispy and godlike felafel we’ve ever tasted.
Where: Azza Street 55, Jerusalem
Hachumus Shel Tchina
Some people believe that good hummus also contains a generous amount of tahini (tchina). Apparently, the owner is one of those people. This cute spot serves fresh and fluffy hummus that will pleasure your taste buds and leave you asking for a refill.
Where: Nisim Bachar Street 23, Jerusalem
Located right next to the Mahane Yehuda Market, hummus Arabes will offer you a quiet spot to enjoy a good bowl of hummus, while also still being able to take in the bustling vibe next to the market. If you are really brave, you can try eating the hummus with freshly sliced onions served on the side.
Where: Shilo Street 1, Jerusalem
This place makes an effort to make all feel welcome (though this is usually true for all hummus joints). Grab a table and enjoy the freshly served hummus while being able to hear playful laughter from the kitchen. If you pay attention, you’ll be able to see the chickpeas get ground right before your eyes. More interestingly, If you have Celiac, they even serve gluten-free pitas. Just to make sure that all feel welcome and at home.
Where: Shamai Street 12, Jerusalem
Hummus brings people together, takes down walls and even forgives you if you get some stuck on your upper lip. It is loving and forgiving at the same time. As all Israelis know, a good bowl of hummus is one of the most heavenly experiences one can experience. Hopefully, you’ll come to discover so yourself – Enjoy!