No visit to Israel is complete without exploring the fabulous food scene.

There is a wide variety of options and local specialties: from falafel to tahini to shakshuka but it all starts with hummus.

Every city in the country boasts at least one spot with this delicious dish. As most visitors start or end in Jerusalem, we will explore its top spots.

#1 – Hummus Abu Shukri

Al Wad St. Ras Salem | Next to the 6th Station of Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem 9710700

This place is famous. So much so that other spots around the country have copied the name in attempts to cash in on its fame.

Featured in international publications, its decor is nonexistent.

A small spot in a central location, it serves hummus, falafel, salads, Fuul (fava beans), Kebabs, Bread, and Drink.

The service is quick and the hummus is made fresh daily according to a family recipe.

You may have to ask for a menu if not offered to explore the other food options that they carry.

Service can be mediocre, though the food makes up for it.

#2 – Pinati

13 King George, Jerusalem 9720921

Pinati boasts a full menu including a variety of soup, rice and spaghetti dishes.

They also serve a well-received schnitzel and moussaka.

It is open for lunch and dinner and gets rave reviews for the service and all menu items.

Large portions, fast, friendly service, and generous portions make this a crowd-pleaser.

#3 – Hummus Lina

Al Khanka Street | Old City, Jerusalem 17392

Located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, many tour groups frequent this popular spot.

Never fear, there is an upstairs area and you can also order your food.

Alternatively, you can just visit before or after lunch time. Order at the counter.

You can add pine nuts, and choose from toppings such as Masabacha, spices, pickles or beans.

The pita bread is fresh and excellent.

#4 – Hummus Ben Sira

3 Ben Sira, Jerusalem 9418103

Highly rated on review sites, it uniquely offers cauliflower hummus in addition to the traditional style.

The atmosphere is fast paced with a very busy vibe.

Order your favorite dish at the bar and specify if you do not want olive oil on top of your hummus.

More of a local spot with a “greasy spoon” vibe, this place has yet to be discovered en masse by tour groups.

#5 – Tala Hummus and Falafel

Latin Patriarchate inside the old city | First Left After Jaffa Gate Next to Greek Consulate, Jerusalem

This hummus restaurant receives really good feedback and is located near the Jaffa Gate.

There is Free wifi in the restaurant and it is open from 8 am to 11 pm.

This Jerusalem Hummus restaurant is your early morning or late night spot for those hunger pangs.

#6 – Hummus Azura

The Iraqi Market 4, Ha-Eshkol | Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem 9432204

This family-owned Hummus restaurant in Jerusalem is located in the Machne Yehuda market.

There, you will meet the parents and the nine children variously working in this Iraqi restaurant.

Open for brunch and lunch, there are a wide variety of dishes.

Some of them even include kosher meat spot beyond hummus.

The Beef sofrito, Kima and oxtail soup are also excellent dishes.

Try this unique spot!

#7 – Hummus Akrmavi

2 Ha-Nevi’im, Jerusalem 9720301

Located across from Damascus Gate, this small and cozy lunch spot offers two types of hummus as their only menu items. It will be served with peppers, onions, cucumbers, pickles, falafel, and pita. Inexpensive, it is open from early morning until early afternoon. Not as well known as many of the others listed, it offers a truly local experience