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Tasting Wadi Nisnas

by backpackisrael

Today I want to tell you about Wadi Nisnas, a small neighborhood in downtown Haifa, which is the main city in Northern Israel.

The residents of the neighborhood are Arab Christians and Muslims, living side by side, in peace with each other. In the past the neighborhood also had a lot of Jewish residents in it, but for some reason they left, which is a real pity.

I visited Wadi Nisnas a few days after the fire stopped flaming through Haifa. If you haven’t heard, Israel was on fire last month, literally. Fire burst in many locations across the country, all at once. In Haifa, more than 500 houses were burnt down. Many believe that the Israeli Arabs inflamed the country. So… When I came to Wadi Nisnas with a group of people, they were wondering if there even could be a co-existence between the Jewish and Muslim people living in Israel. Because Wadi Nisnas is all about co-existence.

Near the entrance to the neighborhood sits a very special institution called “Beit Agefen” (“The House of the Grapevine”). It’s a Arab Jewish cultural center in Haifa, that is creating dialogue between the two groups through art and culture. There are doing a super important job!

But I want to tell you less about the co-existence (although it’s interesting) and more about the food, because if you visit Wadi Nisnas, you should definitely try the food.

First Stop – Mama Pita:

If you like pizza, you should stop by “Mama Pita”, a great family-run pizzeria. I recommend you order a pizza with hyssop (“Zaatar” in Hebrew). It’s delicious! And cheap!! You can find the place on Alenbi 57, Haifa. It’s open from 7:30 in the morning to 15:00 in the afternoon. The owners and workers believe that it’s not all about the business, and that they need some time with their family and for themselves. That’s why the don’t work until very late.


Some of Mama Pita’s Delicious Pizzas

Second Stop – Pastry Shop of the West (קונדיטוריית המזרח) 

If you like sweets, this is a great place for you! Sadly, they sell the sweets per kilograms, which means that if you’re not planning to share it with others, I suppose you won’t need so much. But I do recommend you try the fantastic, sweet and fresh tamarind (“Tamar Indi” in Hebrew) beverage, which costs only 3 Shekels per cup. I’ve never drank such a wonderful drink, which also has a wonderful aroma of roses. Highly recommended! You can find the place on Alenbi 34. It’s open from 7:30 until late.

Do try to find a place that sells kanafeh for a reasonable price! It’s a sweet pastry that I highly recommend tasting!


The Tamar Hindi Drink – Best Drink Ever!

Third Stop – Falafel!

There are many places to eat falafel in Wadi Nisnas. I recommend eating in one of two places: “Falafel Ha’zkenim” (פלאפל הזקנים, “The Old People’s Falafel”) or “Falafel Micheal” (פלאפל מישל), which is right in front of the other falafel place. Falafel is a deep fried ball made of ground chickpeas or fava beans. I recommend you ask for some tahini on top.

Falafel Ha’zkenim is located on The Wadi 18 Street and is open from 8:00 until 20:00.

Falafel Micheal is loated right in front of the other falafel.


Inside Falafel Micheal with Micheal

That’s all for now! Hope you have a great trip in Wadi Nisnas when you come here!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Busy with my studies and such. But I haven’t forgotten you all! Hope to post again soon.



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