Nearly identical dairy cafes are legion in Jerusalem, and Beit Lechem Road, the leafy and uncharacteristically peaceful thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of the old stone villas and gardens of Baka, is home to more than its fair share.
Occupying a choice spot midway along the road's length is Kalo, a pleasant-enough cafe that earns its charm more from its location than from any particular unique attribute. Presided over by a cantankerous owner, the cafe offers a standard dairy menu of soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches, with plenty of choices of coffee and tea as well as freshly mixed juices.
The interior is undeniably attractive, bathed in Baka sunlight, and it attracts a bustling crowd of neighborhood regulars, including both hip young Israels and the many young English-speaking immigrants and short-term residents that populate Baka and the German Colony, clustered around tables with laptops in tow.
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