Jerusalem is one of those cities in the world that makes you feel strong emotions, whether you are religious or not. Jerusalem will enchant you and make you feel the same passion for Israel that we do. You’ll be amazed when you visit the Old City, visit Jerusalem’s museums, and roam the cobblestoned alleys and small passageways of its never-ending suburbs.
Today, we’ll explore things to do in Jerusalem at night, as the sun sets and the city lights up. If you’re looking for something to do in Jerusalem after the sun goes down, all you have to do is put on your walking shoes. Jerusalem is an even more enchanting experience at night, and you will remember your experiences for years to come.
Best things to do in Jerusalem at night
Jerusalem’s Kotel / Western Wall / Wailing Wall
The Kotel (also known as the “Wailing / Western Wall”) is the holiest spot in the world for Jews. It is an exposed portion of a much larger retaining wall that is 57 meters (187 ft) high, located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. It is the last remaining portion of the wall of King Herod’s Second Temple. The Temple Mount is where Jews believe the third (and last) Temple will be erected when the Messiah arrives. It is also the place where Christians believe God exhibits his divine presence.
There is something quite amazing about seeing this Wall when the sun sets. It is a fantastic spot to sit silently and in amazement, as it is illuminated and has Jews praying at all hours. The greatest night to attend, undoubtedly, is Friday around sundown. Many Jews congregate to dance, sing, and usher in Shabbat (their Sabbath). The prayers they provide have been chanted by Jews for ages, and sitting there allows you to learn more about this heritage while also enjoying the wonderful tunes and even spontaneous dancing!
PS- The place is open 24 hours a day. The only ‘condition’ for entry is modest attire. Ladies should not be wearing short clothes, and males should be wearing a kippah to cover their heads (they provide a Kippah upon entrance to the Western Wall).
Eat and walk around the Old City of Jerusalem at night
Jerusalem’s eateries are open at night. There are station complexes in Jerusalem, where you can rent a bike if you want. You can also view a variety of nighttime events. You can visit Alrov Mamilla Malla for a premium experience of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. The “Jerusalem-style” Tmol Shilshom is located just next to Nahalat Shiva.
The Jerusalem Chords Bridge
You can also choose to walk across the Bridge of Strings. The Chords Bridge is a cantilever cable-stayed bridge that has become one of the city’s most iconic features. It is visible from many sections of the capital and sits at the city’s entrance (it is the first thing you notice when you enter by driving). It is now Jerusalem’s tallest structure. Lit beautifully at night, a night stroll on the bridge would be the perfect way to seek the good energy of Jerusalem at night.
Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem
Yemin Moshe, which overlooks the Old City, is undoubtedly one of Jerusalem’s most lovely and scenic neighborhoods. It also has a fascinating history, since it was one of the first residential areas created outside of the Old City Walls towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Today, it is a renowned Jewish neighborhood, home to many artists. They are only limited by one condition: they must keep the quarter’s original character. So, if you want to visit this gorgeous location at night, go ahead, but keep in mind that it’s a peaceful and elegant place, so try to respect the privacy of its residents. The iconic Montefiore Windmill is the neighborhood’s “standout feature,” aside from its cobblestone pathways and beautifully groomed gardens.
Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem
The Mahane Yehuda Market (“shuk” in Hebrew) is one of the coolest spots to spend an evening. It’s located between Jaffa and Agrippa’s streets and has two large open ‘passages’ in amongst plenty of small passageways, and when night falls, it’s a treat. The place is full of cafes serving some of the best local dishes. Historically, when the shop owners left, the market was left desolate. But that has changed in the last 10–15 years with the introduction of a diverse range of pubs, cafés, and live music. The best evening to visit is Thursday, when it’s filled with locals who don’t have to work the next day.
There are so many places to eat and drink that you’ll be spoiled for choice, but some of our favorites are:
Beer Bazaar-For microbrewery enthusiasts, this business offers over 100 different types of beer, as well as many on tap.
Que Pasa – Although there is no meat offered here, there are varieties of fish, vegetable, and dairy dishes, including mullet, bruschetta, sardines, and tortilla. They also feature local performers, so you can listen to live music.
Meorav Yerushalmi – For carnivores, this is the great spot in town to obtain the famed Jerusalem mixed grill. All of their delectable meat is wrapped in pita bread (with salad and fries on the side!). The quantities are massive, the lines are lengthy, and if you arrive after 11 p.m., they may be sold out!
Azura, a family-run, budget-friendly restaurant, has been in operation for 25 years, and we can see why: they provide Iraqi, Kurdish, and Tunisian delicacies at reasonable prices. You’ll leave satisfied and delighted whether you have hummus, shakshuka, meatballs, or chicken stew. Don’t miss out on their beef Sufrito dish!
Kikar Safra, Jerusalem
The municipality complex is housed in City Plaza in central Jerusalem. Its position was intended to showcase that the city should serve all people, as it was previously ‘the seam line’ between East and West Jerusalem. It was built in 1993. The complex is diametrically opposed to the old structure, which was built in 1867 during the Ottoman Empire era. A fountain, rows of palm trees, and a massive sculpture called ‘Archimedes Screw’ may be seen at the main entrance off Jaffa Road. The Daniel Garden is nearby.
Fun fact: after their city’s team wins a prestigious basketball or football trophy, sports enthusiasts rush to this square. It’s also where the largest sukkah (huts roofed with branches) is erected each fall for the Sukkot celebration.
PS: If you are wondering if Jerusalem is safe at night, it absolutely is. Your chances of being robbed or injured are far lower than in other large cities across the world. The residents are quite polite and eager to help you, whether you want directions, aid, or simply advice!