Bayit Vegan ("House and Garden") may sound more like a name for a magazine than a name for a neighborhood, but it fits the neighborhood that carries it well enough: Built on one of the hills on the western outskirts of Jerusalem, Bayit Vegan combines spacious stone houses and, yes, gardens with bucolic views of the Judean Mountains for those people lucky enough to be able to afford it (much of the neighborhood's population hails from the United States).
It's also home to the Holyland Hotel, former home of the famous model of Second Temple Jerusalem (now at the Israel Museum), and current home to the Holyland Park Cafe. A neighborhood in Jerusalem doesn't deserve a title without an upscale kosher dairy cafe, and the Holyland Park Cafe amply fulfills that requirement. The menu offers the standard assortment of soups, mountainous salads, fish, pastas and other Italian-ish fare, including calzones, rarely seen in Israel. Complement your meal with the view and a house special margarita.
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