Gluten Free in Shuk Machane Yehudah
In the last few years, Shuk Machane Yehudah has truly become the cultural heart of Jerusalem. What was once a place to buy groceries quickly turned into a “Yom Kef” for visitors to Jerusalem from near and far. While there are endless options within the shuk for a bite to eat, finding the gluten free options in the Shuk can be difficult!
Here is a list of my favorites in the bustling Jerusalem market, Shuk Machane Yehudah:
Pepitos- A cheap, quick, and filling option for meat eaters and vegans alike! Pepitos serves up authentic arepas, empanadas, and yucca fries which are ALL GLUTEN FREE. With a really high level of consideration put into ensuring there is no cross contamination, Pepitos is easily one of the safest options in the Shuk for celiacs. Read more about them in this post about cheap eats in Jerusalem. They are Kosher.
Falafel Mullah- Located just a few minutes walk from the main part of the shuk, Falafel Moolah has been known for years and THE SPOT for gluten free falafel in Jerusalem. If you tell them you are gluten free, they will make you fresh falafel served up on a plate with all the fixings except the pita.
Etrog Man- ACAI GOALS x 1000. Be prepared to wait but just embrace it as part of the experience. Etrog Man is a natural health store with a huge variety of juices, health shots, smoothies, and the most beautiful açaí bowl you have ever seen. The entire store is 100% gluten free.
Beer Bazaar- Looking for someone to grab a cold drink off the tap? Beer Bazaar always has a cider on tap which rotates according to the season. Additionally, they have different Israeli ciders to choose from by the bottle and wine on tap. Be careful though, while I’ve had mostly great experiences there, they did mix up my drink once and then told me, “you should have smelled it first.” Kosher.
Mousseline- The BEST ice cream in Jerusalem and a gluten free cone? What could be better? While you are there be sure to try the basil flavor, it is INSANE. Mousseline is known for their interesting flavors including wasabi, saffron, grapefruit basil, and more. They have vegan and dairy options and they are kosher!
Arbes- Talk about the most insane potatoes I have ever had! While Abres doesn’t have the best hummus in Israel, they do have gluten free falafel and smashed potatoes- fried to perfection with massive amounts of lemon and garlic. Worth the visit just for the potatoes. Located on Shiloh street just across from the open Shuk. Kosher.
Pasta Basta- I wouldn’t recommend it for celiacs, but if you’re looking for pasta and are gluten intolerant or prefer a gluten free diet, Pasta Basta is a convenient option for a build your own pasta bowl. You get to choose you sauce, toppings, and noodles from a pretty wide variety. They recently renovated putting in more seats and updating their ordering process which makes it much quicker to get your pasta. If you’re celiac, take the ten extra minutes to walk over to Al Dente for a safer experience with even better pasta and gnocchi! Both Pasta Basta and Al Dente are Kosher.
Crave– While I only ate there once and all I ordered was pickles, I have heard some good experiences at Crave. They supposedly have a gluten free bun and depending on who you ask they are understanding about allergies. Kosher Mehadrin and great for meat eaters- would not recommend it for gluten free vegetarians.
Jackos– With two restaurants in one, Jackos Tavern is a great option for people with allergies. With clearly labeled menus, knowledgable waiters, and a wonderful atmosphere, Jacko’s Tavern is a great choice for nice dinner in the shuk then move to Jacko’s Son for drinks with friends at a bar that feels like Tel Aviv in Jerusalem. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance! Kosher.
Cookie Cream– Gluten free cookie ice cream sandwiches ?! I’m so down! They keep the gluten free cookies in a separate case and if you ask they will be very careful about the ice cream!
Habesh: You’ve probably seen me post about this place a thousand times as it is one of my favorite places from a CHEAP vegan meal to split with friends. Habesh serves traditional Ethiopian Injera with a wide variety of vegan curries on top (you could also get meat) for just 40 shekel total. It is easily enough food for 3 people and while they do not claim to be without a doubt gluten free, it is made out of 100% buckwheat flour and my celiac friends and I have all eaten there with 0 problems. Not kosher.
Find all the places listed here on my Gluten Free Israel Map!