If I had to recommend one restaurant in Jerusalem to tourists, this would be it, based mainly on the location and comfort factor. There seems to be something on the menu to please everyone- plenty of meat dishes, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Quality was above average. This isn’t somewhere that only serves meat or only serves dairy, so the choice is better than most Jerusalem restaurants. Also open on Saturday afternoons.There are lovely views, though how much you can actually see of the old City is very exaggerated as you are at a much lower elevation than I was expecting from other reviews.
Within the cinema building, it’s quite an artsy place. There’s a cosy main area inside (which, for UK visitors, reminded me of Carluccios), then a conservatory area with the popular views (you’d need to book ahead), and a small outside area with a couple of tables and a long bench, which we thought was the best place to sit for a relaxed summer lunch. Lavan is actually quite easy to find- 10 minutes’ walk from the Jaffa Gate. Recommended for ambiance.
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