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Where to get your Chanukah Donuts in Jerusalem – A quick guide

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It’s Chanukah time and IsraelNewsStand is here to tell you about just some of the delicious donuts Jerusalem has to offer

By JOSH HENDERSON and ILANIT CHERNICK

With winter approaching, the festive season has hit Israel. The Chanukah spirit is already in the air with the festive lights and chanukiahs lining the streets of Israel and marketplaces filling the air with the smell of fried food, as a way to remember the Chanukah miracle of the oil of the candles in the newly rededicated temple lasting eight days instead of one. 

After spending a full day trying out some of the delicious Chanukah treats Jerusalem has to offer, the StandWithUs team has come up with a quick guide of some of the City of Gold’s best spots to get your Sufganiyot (Israeli donuts) this holiday. And yes, we needed a good visit to the gym after this adventure!

Boutique Central, Agripas Street 64 – NIS 10

As a French-style patisserie, Boutique Central’s delicious selection of donuts includes your classics like jelly, dulce de leche, Nutella and more but what stood out about these donuts is that they are baked, not fried and made in true brioche style. The dough is not oily in the slightest, and the flavoring is not overpowering. The Pistachio cream-filled donut with the vanilla chocolate topping was definitely our favorite!

Gourmandises By Yoel, Friends of Zion Museum, Yoel Moshe Salamon St 42 – NIS 16

Inspired by two Olim from Paris, this annual pop-up shop hosted by far the most exotic donuts we came across, at the brilliant Gourmandises. Flavors included Honey and Orange Blossom, Pistachio and Roses, Bretzel, Chestnut and two of our personal favorites: Lychee and Strawberry, and Creme Brule.

The dough is cooked to perfection and the delicious unique flavors create a real party in one’s mouth. Biting into the Creme Brule donut was an unforgettable experience and it left us just wanting more – Yum!

Kadosh, Queen Shlomziyon St 6 – NIS 18 to NIS 22

The legendary Kadosh – beloved so much that there are lines out the door as people wait to get their hands on their perfect, Sfenj (Moroccan) styled donut(s). Flavors this year are numerous but their star donuts are set to be the “Kallah from Istanbul” (The Bride of Istanbul) and the Old City donut. The Kallah from Istanbul donut includes chestnut cream, creme patisserie and toffee-caramel all-in-one, while the Old City donut has two flavors in one – pistachio with halva. 

Delicious donuts at Jerusalem’s famous Kadosh restuarant.

We were treated to both the Carmel Popcorn flavored donut and the Pineapple donut – both of which were delectable with every bite. Their donuts are so good, they made a book to share the light with the world on their work of art. Mmm… we want more!

Roladin, Mamilla Mall – NIS 7 to NIS 14

This year Roladin took their donuts to another level – as always. From Royal Truffle to Cheese Cake Cassis, Vanilla Pecan and the classic jelly and dulce de leche donuts, their presentation is a feast on the eyes. The taste too. We couldn’t get enough of the ‘Cold Vanilla Cookie’ donut – a play on Roladin’s original oreo donut but taken far beyond. The flavors are rich and mouthwatering with patisserie cream on the inside and the whipped cream on the outside is so high it even brushed our noses as we bit into the crumbly cookie topping. 

To top it all off,  with a minute walk to the Old City walls, what better place is there to take a bite into this oily treat than meters away from where the Chanukah miracle happened over 2,000 years ago?

Some of the Chanukah treats available at Roladin Mamilla.
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