The first thing you’ll notice about Safed is its multitude of kosher sandwich, snack, and falafel shops along Jerusalem Street (the main downtown road), open day and night, except for the Sabbath, when the whole town is closed up tight. Safed is not a great place for fine dining, but if you have a car, there are good choices in nearby Rosh Pinna and in the surrounding countryside.

Near Safed

These choices are possible lunch or dinner excursions from Safed, but can also be reached from such places as Rosh Pinna, Vered HaGalil, or even Akko, Nahariya, Tiberias, or Haifa. Besides the opportunity to enjoy unusual meals, these restaurants offer a chance to explore remoter parts of the countryside.

A Veggie Paradise

Amirim, the same moshav (cooperative village) we recommended for its lodgings is also an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat. We recommend it even to non-vegetarians, as the food is creative, seasonal, extremely fresh and super tasty. Among the vegetarian choices inside the village of Amirim are:
Dalia’s (tel. 04-698-9349)-A shining light of traditional and contemporary vegetarian cuisine in Israel it offers freshly baked breads and huge portions all reasonably priced. Beyond the excellent food, the draw here is the balcony, which provides a stunning panorama of the valley below, including the Sea of Galilee. Reservations are a must.

Bait 77 (tel. 04-698-0984)-A delightful vegetarian bakery, stop here for pastries in the morning, excellent pizzas at dusk (and after).

Rishikesh (tel. 052/578-4114)-An authentic Indian restaurant, it offers both meals on location or for take away (or if you’re staying at Amirim, they’ll deliver to your holiday unit).

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