Despite being a part of the “Machneyuda” group, Talbiye (which takes its name from the neighborhood in which it operates) is anything but a bustling happy and wild new Israeli restaurant. In fact, it is perhaps the closest Jerusalem gets to a proper classic French bistro. Situated under the Jerusalem Theater, Talbiye offers a great experience in any given hour of the day – not only before or after shows. In the morning hours there’s great coffee and even better warm buttery baked goods alongside some eggs benedict or homemade Gravlax. The lunch menu features a wide selection of timeless classics like a proper Schnitzel (made from veal, not the prevalent chicken), Beef Bourguignon, Club Sandwich or Sausages with Spaetzle. In the evening and night hours you’ll feel almost obligated to pamper yourself with a glass (or even better, a bottle) of either local or imported wines, or perhaps a classic cocktail. Bistros like this – operating almost 24 hours, open 7 days a week, are a rather common sight in any given global city. In Jerusalem, however, they are much rarer. In fact, Talbiye is perhaps the only place in Jerusalem where you can have a proper brunch on Saturday, when most of the city’s restaurants and cafes are closed (as they are Kosher).