Tastes of Tzfat: part two

A few more not-to-miss places

What’s better than eating your way through a foreign city? Experiencing a place through flavor ensures a lasting impression and specific memory of a place, likely to be good ones if you approach Tzfat with an open palate.

If you happen to be in town on a Wednesday, the local shuk is a must. Here you can see the sprawling produce vendors alongside artisan olives, nuts and dried fruit, spices and of course candy stalls. The produce is the real prize here, with fresh local greens going for 4 shekel a bunch and perfectly ripe and sweet strawberries for 10 shekel per kilo. Biting into these fresh raw treats reminds us just how fertile and special Israeli terrain is.

If you find yourself cruising down Jerusalem street and in the mood for an inexpensive, filling and tasty treat, just follow the reggae music to the Sabich shop. With a bright green sign and always smiling employees, this small shop serves up a mean sabich for just 15 shekel. Inside a warm pita they combine potato, eggplant and egg with all of the toppings and salads you would find with falafel. A nice break from falafel and Shawarma, this sabich is the best on the block and will definitely leave you wanting to come back for more.

Just across from the Livnot campus is an impossibly tempting lachoch stand. Lachoch is a Yemenite bread, similar to a crepe but thicker, on which they pile different cheeses and some vegetable seasonings, including their fresh ground spicy chilies as requested. At 35 shekel it’s a special treat well worth it once or twice on your visit to Tzfat. Not only is it fun to explore the traditions of Yemenite Jewish cuisine, but did I mention they pile on 5 types of cheese!

One of the greatest pleasures of walking around in Israel is the constant fresh juice. At the end of the artist’s shopping corridor in the old city is our beloved Avi, who can be found every day behind his juice table. There he offers fresh pomegranate, orange and grapefruit juices for a few shekel, along with seasonal apple cider and lemonade. I’m not quite sure if his warm presence or the phytonutrients of the juice are more nourishing, but the combination is an uplifting aspect of any day in Tzfat.

– Tess Rose (NE83)