Jerusalem may be a popular Israel bible tour destination given its rich biblical history and archeological sites, Jerusalem also offers delicious and irresistible food particularly if you visit the Mahane Yehuda Market. Often referred to as ‘The Shuk’ by the locals, Mahane Yehuda is a very popular marketplace with the locals and also tourists. The market has over 250 vendors that feature the local crops, fruits and products, restaurants of different cuisines, and more. Let’s check out one of the popular Israel food tours today, checking out the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem and the variety of food you can find here.

Dairy and Cheese Products

Israel’s rich cultural diversity also lead to the diversity of food products that can be found at the Mahane Yehuda market. Such diversity can be seen and tasted in the variety of dairy and cheese products that can be found in the market. You can find different types of dairy and cheese products here including yogurts, labnehs, feta, and an assortment of flavored cheeses.

Dried Fruits and Nuts

Another common food product found in the market is the assortment of dried fruits and nuts available. Dried fruits are also popular gift items among the locals and tend to be present during Jewish holiday celebrations which are eaten along with wine. For most tourists, the dried strawberries and pineapples are highly recommended for starters. There is also a wide selection of nuts found in the market. Mixing dried fruits and nuts is commonly done by the locals. Hence, you can also mix and match different dried fruits and nuts to create your own mix.


The Mahane Yehuda market also showcases the produce of local wineries located in the nearby Judean hills. Some Israel food tours feature the local wines and cheeses together. The wines are also paired with locally made chocolate in other food tours in the market. You can also avail wine tours that include visiting the wineries themselves which takes you to the countryside.


The restaurants found in the Mahane Yehuda Market is the perfect picture of what Israeli food has evolved today which is diverse and multi-cultural, thanks to the many influences present in the city. Israeli food is still evolving today which is why you can find food of Mediterranean origin and those of Middle Eastern origin and others in between. You can also find restaurants in the market that are of European origin coming from the different expats that now call Jerusalem their home.

If you are looking for a great food adventure in Israel, come and visit the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. It is one of the most popular markets to visit when it comes to Israel food tours and cultural immersion through food.