Saturday, July 28, 2007

Jerusalem: Avichail Bakery

In Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighborhood sits a no-frills straightforward bakery. Their mini-croissants are airy and dense with sweet cheese, their borekas crisp and covered with toasted sesame seeds. Sheets of chocolate cake and mounds of almond cookies are constantly being refreshed. Everything we chose was straight out of the oven.
I only visit Avichail Bakery (est. 1932) in the wee hours of the morning. They are open 24 hours (except for Friday and Saturday) and for those of you who have never been to the Meah Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, there is a surprising nightlife in the religious 'hoods. At 2 am people are out stocking up on challah rolls, rugelah and cinnamon buns. Stopping at the bakery is a nice cap to an evening visit to the Western Wall (a place which is also bumping all hours of the night).

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