Baginah Garden Cafe
74 Beit Lechem
Kashrut Rabbanut Jerusalem Dairy
Sunday - Thursday 10:00am till 12:00 midnight. Friday till 4:30pm. Saturday
night till midnight. Closed Shabbat.
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is located on Derech Beit Lechem in the Baka/Talpiot, neighborhood of
the busy road of Derech Beit Lechem, one comes across a large garden
gate surrounded by foliage. A discreet sign above the gate indicates
that this is the entrance to a restaurant.
as the name proclaims, is a garden cafe, set in the grounds of an old
colonial house. There is indoor seating available, but to use that would
be missing the point. The garden is stunning; a lush, verdant space
with trees arching over the tables, creating a restful, welcoming and
shaded area to eat in. The tables are covered in cloths of deep cerulean
blue with a bright floral pattern, and wicker chairs complete the ensemble.
Even if the
food were inedible I expect this restaurant would attract customers,
it's setting is so beautiful. Luckily, this is not the case! Cafe Baginah
is a dairy cafe with the usual selection of salads and soups, pasta,
potato and pastry dishes, attractively presented and tasty throughout,
although portions are not particularly generous.
should be made of the bread, which comes in the form of white or brown
rolls, which are freshly made, and delicious.
The menu includes
dishes with interesting combinations of ingredients that raise the already
good standard of cuisine to a higher level. Pumpkin soup with thyme,
vegetable quiche with eggplant, tomatoes and olives, an interesting
concoction of sliced potatoes and cream, and parmesan salad are some
of the more unusual offerings.
This is the
only restaurant in Israel in which I've seen coke floats on the menu
- a concoction of Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream that brings back memories
of England.I haven't
tried the desserts, but am confident they would be of a similarly high
Prices are reasonable
and what you would expect for a dairy restaurant - a main dish costs
between 30 and 50 shekels, hors d'ouevres and desserts somewhat less.
Service is friendly and prompt. All in all, this is a pleasant cafe
that is lifted out of the ordinary by its stunning setting. In the relatively
arid conditions of Jerusalem, it is a true pleasure to sit in such a
garden for a few hours, sipping a coffee or having a light meal, surrounded
by such lovely natural beauty.
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