The First Station Jerusalem

The First Station Jerusalem

The First Station Jerusalem
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
In the heart of Jerusalem, the First Station is a major center of entertainment, culture and culinary delights. The complex is accessible and open to the general public - both local Jerusalemites and tourists, and is a lively focus of activities, with something to offer for a variety of wishes and needs, on the go almost all hours of the day, every day of the week. The Station's location in the city's downtown tourist and culture area makes it a bridge between neighborhoods and communities, and the first station for any visit or night out in the heart of Jerusalem.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • shootingstarbeauty
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shabbat in a Public Space -- Yes Please!
    The First Station was an excellent hub for our family, which we visited three times during our stay in Jerusalem. We dined out here twice and attended Kabbalat Shabbat services there too. Let's focus on Kabbalat Shabbat since you can read restaurant reviews elsewhere: 1) There's singing. There's dancing. There's ruach! 2) This isn't a typical Friday night service. It's a fusion of Ashkenazi and Sephardic tunes. Plus, you can even grab a cocktail and daven. What a concept! 3) Arrive early so you can get good seats and prayer books. It fills up FAST! 4) The spiritual leader and musicians who conduct this service are truly inspiring. I highly recommend this service to anyone who wants a unique way to start Shabbat.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Sarah W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    restaurant in Jerusalem
    went to RONI restaurant. its been open for 1.5 months. the food is fantastic. Everything was amazing they gave a ARAK on the house as soon as we sat down. we were so full from the food we could not order dessert. :( the owner is nice and friendly. the staff always had a smile and happy to help in any way. we asked for something not on the menu and they made it with a smile. they are very accomadating not like most restruants
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Station is good for an evening out
    We visited First Station several times. Saturday night is popular for a night out. First Station was a link between Jerusalem and the port of Jaffa, opening in 1892. It's a good place in Jerusalem for dining and entertainment. First Station is a good place for an evening out.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
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Jazizollah
London, UK124 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The place looks very sad and neglected now. Cafe Landwer have left and there is nowhere to order just coffee or tea. There are a few restaurants left including Adom.
The Gaza war didn't help but I was just very disappointed.
Written 22 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited First Station several times. Saturday night is popular for a night out. First Station was a link between Jerusalem and the port of Jaffa, opening in 1892. It's a good place in Jerusalem for dining and entertainment. First Station is a good place for an evening out.
Written 9 February 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We were in Jerusalem, so we visited the First Station several times. It is not far from our hotel. Saturday night is popular. for a night out. The food is really good, and it's affordable. The First Station was built during the British Mandate period and later restructured as a community center. We liked our visits, the First Sation is First Station is aa lively place.
Written 28 October 2023
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Sarah W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
went to RONI restaurant. its been open for 1.5 months. the food is fantastic. Everything was amazing
they gave a ARAK on the house as soon as we sat down. we were so full from the food we could not order dessert. :(
the owner is nice and friendly. the staff always had a smile and happy to help in any way.
we asked for something not on the menu and they made it with a smile.
they are very accomadating not like most restruants
Written 20 July 2023
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Irakli B
Georgia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
A great place to relax, a lot of cafes and restaurants, a lot of people gather in the evening, a wonderful historical place
Written 19 July 2023
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shootingstarbeauty
Lancaster, PA294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
The First Station was an excellent hub for our family, which we visited three times during our stay in Jerusalem. We dined out here twice and attended Kabbalat Shabbat services there too.

Let's focus on Kabbalat Shabbat since you can read restaurant reviews elsewhere:
1) There's singing. There's dancing. There's ruach!
2) This isn't a typical Friday night service. It's a fusion of Ashkenazi and Sephardic tunes. Plus, you can even grab a cocktail and daven. What a concept!
3) Arrive early so you can get good seats and prayer books. It fills up FAST!
4) The spiritual leader and musicians who conduct this service are truly inspiring. I highly recommend this service to anyone who wants a unique way to start Shabbat.
Written 3 July 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We visited First Station several times. When we visited on Saturday night, it was very busy with people with celebrating the end of the Sabbath. The visitors were well-dressed and were having meals such as gnocci with salad and other Italian-style dishes. Many family groups were enjoying themselves, it was a festive atmosphere. The service was very good, the wait-staff patiently explained the menu. I must add that the night before we had bought a necklace, which unhappily had a link missing. However, the jeweler fixed it on the spot, no discussion entered into. The shop has attractive hand-made jewelry, which is quite unique.
Written 17 February 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
PROS
* Concentrated area of restaurants, cultural performances, and activities for little children
* Located in historical edifice – the original main train station at the end of the line from Jaffa to Jerusalem initiated in 1892.
* It is possible to lounge and relax there
* There are many shaded areas
*. There are probably close to a dozen food establishments, many of them with some kosher supervision, and probably at least one with the “elegant” supervision
* There are a tremendous amount of games, toys, activities, entertainment, rides for little children.
* One can see and walk on the remnants of the original train tracks that comprised the station.
* The outer edifice from the street side is a historical reminder of train travel 130 years ago.
* There is abundant, parking on both sides of the structure

CONS
* This dining and entertainment facility is relatively newly refinished and refurbished, and as such has minimal tourist value nor potential that I can see
* The turnover for restaurant seems unreasonably high.

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… twice in the month of August 2022, and at the behest of children and grandchildren.

The first time, we visited the then new restaurant, Izik, and it was average at best. We were not very satisfied, nor very happy with that, although the owner and the server did admirably try to address and correct and attend to our concerns and disappointment.

The second time, we took the little ones to the absurdly, and wildly extremely expensive ijump pavilion (see my one photo of the cost listings). They jumped and climbed and ran and laughed and enjoyed it, and were adults sat and watched and supervised and participated and relaxed and rested and eh… slept.

One thing that I especially enjoyed: an old authentic Israeli vintage train passenger carriage from at least 80 years ago. It’s been converted into a long display of electric toy trains going through classic European Swiss Alpine Villages. Shall I say that the little children also enjoyed that with me?

ADVICES
This is certainly a fine and decent place for tourists to wander here and visit in the evening – for food and drinks, or whatever after a long day, seeing the sights of this Holy City. But there is no other reason for your guide to bring you here… other than to eat……
Written 12 December 2022
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Jazizollah
London, UK124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a great place to walk around. Located about 30 minutes walk from the centre and on the edge of the German Colony area of Jerusalem. It is a disused railway station (you can still see the tracks. Here are restaurants and coffee joints. Some open on the sabbath and a couple of strictly kosher ones so obviously not. The Lanver cafe is good for coffee and light meals. The public toilets there however are a disgrace. It is forgivable that you can't flush your toilet paper (use the bin provide) as this is a plumbing infrastructure issue but what is not acceptable is the absence of soap and also broken hand dryer. The comment of a staff member at my hotel was "nobody goes to the public toilet at the First Station"
Written 29 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The First Station is a great place for a night out that won't break the bank. We visited several times when we were staying nearby in Jerusalem. We first visited a soup restaurant; I had lentil soup with herb bread. The next time, we visited Fiori and had Italian gnocchi with an enormous garden salad. We also shared a bottle of local beer. We also visited a jeweler, where we bought a hand-made lapis lazuli necklace for my daughter. First Station is a great place to wander around, prices are moderate. It's a hangout for younger Israelis. By the way, First Station is family friendly.
Written 3 November 2022
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