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“Great Place for Food and Entertainment”

The First Station Jerusalem
Ranked #30 of 304 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In the heart of Jerusalem, the First Station is a major center of entertainment, culture and culinary delights. The complex is accessible and open to the general public - both local Jerusalemites and tourists, and is a lively focus of activities, with something to offer for a variety of wishes and needs, on the go almost all hours of the day, every day of the week. The Station's location in the city's downtown tourist and culture area makes it a bridge between neighborhoods and communities, and the first station for any visit or night out in the heart of Jerusalem.
Eilat, Israel
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64 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Place for Food and Entertainment”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The First Station (or "Mitcham Hatachana") is a great place for a late afternoon or evening visit. The place was once Jerusalem's train station, back then in the mid-19 century, until in 1998 the people in charge decided to shut the railroad down. The train was too slow and not many people bought a ticket for the train to Jerusalem. Now the train station is no longer a train station, but a site full of restuarants and shops, The place got renovated really nicely- it doesn't look old at all, there are signs on the columns of the station that give you historical facts about the place, a piece of the railway still lays along the station and in the center there is a large wooden plaza where live performances and entertainment is being made each evening.
The last time a was there I attended the Miniature Train Exhibition and it was really nice, but I suppose it'll be over when the month ends. Before you go, I suggest you to look into the First Station's website. They tell you everything you need to know about exhibitions taking place, performances coming up and many other activities. Every Sunday and Monday takes place an artists' fair in the station, so if you like arts and crafts, you should go then and look around the stalls. There are some very talented people showing and selling their stuff.

Visited September 2013
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new york
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“Great place to visit in the evening!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

During our 2+ weeks in Israel, one of the evenings we visited The First Station. It is a fun vibrant place with several restaurants, live entertainment and shops open late. We had a great time, and a delicious meal in a upbeat, vibrant atmosphere with locals and tourists alike. GO!

Visited August 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Small and crowded”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Been there Friday noon, the place was crowded.
The place offers restaurants, the food and drink booths and market booths.
In addition, very bad Bathroom facilities.

It doesn't interest after half hour.

Visited August 2013
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Herzliya, Israel
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“interesting renovation”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This place is a very old train station that has not being in use for many,many years and it was changed now into a site of restaurants,coffee shops and speciallity stores.
There is an important point to mention ,many of the restaurants and food places are closed on Friday night in Jerusalem but in the First Station there are at least 3 places open on Friday night.I must confess I have been there Friday night and saw many shops closed so I could not enter of course and tell about them.The site is lively and lit up in the evening and many families with small children walk around there.There is also a mini-trains exhibition but it is closed on Friday and Saturday.

Visited August 2013
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Hollywood, Florida
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“New but will he great”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Just opened a few months ago but will be awesome. Nice sanctuary in the heart of town. Really pleasant and mix of old and new Jerusalem style.

Visited August 2013
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