The Hansen house, formerly a leper colony situated in the heart of Jerusalem, used to be one the scariest places in the city. Today the Beautiful compound has been meticulously renovated, and now it serves as a bustling local arts and culture center. The place’s café and restaurant is run by “Ofaimme farm” for sustainable agriculture – a small family owned farm from the Arava producing top notch organic goats cheese, olive oil, honey, spices and spreads. The menu is dairy and carb heavy, making it naturally vegetarian friendly, but vegans and gluten-free advocates are also easily catered for here. The signature dish is the “Burekason” a hybrid of a French croissant and Jerusalem style Burek – a shell of flaky, crispy, buttery dough stuffed with savory treats like warm chard with goats’ cheese or burnt pepper salad with a runny egg. Other staple dishes are the white Shakshuka, consisting of goats’ yogurt and sweet onions, or the local “Bitron” cheese baked in a case of puff pastry with honey and cracked black pepper. The café spreads across several rooms, all packed to the brim with history – don’t miss admiring the original artifacts left here from the times when the place served as a leper colony, such as travel boxes, medicine bottles or the doctors’ typewriter. Be it for breakfast, brunch or lunch the place tends to be packed with a mixture of students, artists, families and couples all seeking the rare combination of great food and a great location. Reservations, therefor, are recommended (especially on Fridays), though not mandatory.